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Tender Opportunity – Provision of Business Support Consultants for DR!VE Project (ERDF)

Invitation to Tender

Selnet are looking to commission qualified business advisers who are proficient in supporting both mainstream business start-up and Social Enterprise start-up. The business advisers will be able to support entrepreneurs in all areas of Lancashire including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.

The successful applicant will contribute to the overall success of the DR!VE project by committing to achieving a proportion of the output targets and results within this short timeframe – 1st March to 30th June 2023.

 

Background:

The Lancashire business support project DR!VE has been delivering support across the County since early in 2021. The ambitious plan to support more than 200 new-start and existing businesses to grow in Lancashire over the project timeframe will be achieved within the project timeframe. This has been achieved through a small partnership of providers who have hosted qualified business advisors and led by Selnet Ltd, (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network). The partnership has had huge success in starting and developing businesses across the County.

Recently in partnership with Boost, Lancashire’s business growth hub Selnet have secured a short extension to the DR!VE delivery term. This means from March to June 2023 the DR!VE project will continue to support Lancashire entrepreneurs helping them to start-up in business. Within this short period, we will support 60 entrepreneurs who will benefit from support tailored to their individual needs.

 

The Opportunity:

Through a blend of one-to-one and one-to-many activities, DR!VE will cater to the specific needs of Lancashire entrepreneurs looking to explore their idea to develop a sustainable business, this includes Social Enterprise start-up. The indicator we are set to deliver is defined in ERDF terms as ‘P11 – potential entrepreneurs assisted to be enterprise ready’.

Published on the Chest please see link below:

https://procontract.due-north.com/ProjectManagement/ProjectDashboard?projectId=cb17754b-a491-ed11-811c-005056b64545

 

If you are interested in the opportunity or have any questions, please follow the instructions in the portal above.

Deadline for Tender responses –  Wednesday 15th February 2023 at 10am

 

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Phab Ltd

Phab Office:
Summit House, 50 Wandle Road,
Croydon, Surrey,
CR0 1DF

Contact: Dawn Vickers

 

Web: www.phab.org.uk

Email: info@phab.org.uk

 

    


About Us

Phab supports a network of around 120 inclusive, accessible clubs in all age ranges, offering activities which all members (disabled and non-disabled) can share and enjoy together. Phab runs the Integrated Living Experiences and Skills for Independence residential projects at fully accessible activity centres in Cumbria and the South East. Phab organises conferences and forums across the regions, with workshops, training, advice and group discussions.

 


 

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Shine Coaching

Contact: Fiona Redding

 

Web: www.shine-coaching.com

Email: enquiries@shine-coaching.com

 


About Us

Shine Coaching is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that offers life coaching sessions to men in Lancashire over the age of 18 who experience anger issues.  We offer sessions over the phone to our clients, making it more accessible, whilst also reducing travelling costs for our clients.  As a CIC with limited funds, we can then spend more funding on client contact time, maximizing the resources we can devote to those who need it.  We have built relationships with community agencies who have direct and indirect (through partners, for example) contact with men.  We have received referrals through agencies but also direct referrals from men themselves.  Coaching works with where the person is now and where they would like to be.  We work with men to identify their goals around reducing anger, and often, their other identified goals cascade into reducing their anger too.  As an average, we offer between 6-8 sessions, but more can be negotiated. This flexibility is important to us.  We offer our sessions over the phone for various reasons; we know that men are more likely to access treatment if it’s easier to do so; life coaching as a profession has been the pioneer in over the phone work; to cut down on overheads; accessible and easy to set sessions and means we can reach people we wouldn’t usually be able to, including those who identify as agoraphobic.

 


 

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Lets’ Grow Preston

Contact: Annie Wynn

 

Web: www.letsgrowpreston.org

Email: letsgrowpreston@gmail.com

 

    


About Us

We are a network of community gardens and friends of open spaces covering the whole PR postcode. We provide bulk buying discounts and a monthly network meeting for the 34 members to attend and share their experiences and their ideas. We loan tools and equipment. We help communities to improve their environment. We provide training in horticulture so that communities and individuals can grow their own food and plants.

We have 4 sites from where we promote physical and mental wellbeing through volunteering in horticulture. Following the principles of social therapy in horticulture, we build esteem and confidence.

Our volunteers are diverse. The youngest is 14 and the older is 86. We have SEN groups and individuals, retired people and people who are seeking employment as well as people on long term sick or with disabilities preventing them from working.

We create surplus by delivering training, facilitiating projects and selling plants.

 


 

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Selnet Social Business Expo 2023

Selnet would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Councillor Suleman Khonat, all our exhibitors, speakers & attendees at our much awaited Social Business Expo 2023 on Tuesday 17th January.

It was a huge success and so nice to see everyone together, sharing information & showcasing their work.

To see pictures from the day, check out our gallery below.

 


 

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Selnet Awards 2022 And the winners are…

Lancashire social enterprises celebrated and promoted for their phenomenal impacts and achievements!

The story from Twitter

And the winners are!

 

Startup Social Enterprise of the Year winners Beanstalk Business Support CIC​ ©Andy Ford

 

Winner – Beanstalk Business Support CIC​

Beanstalk Business Support CIC is passionate about helping businesses become stronger, sustainable and profitable. Our trading enterprise delivers business support and administration services to entrepreneurs, start-ups, not-for-profits and SMEs. In addition, we provide employment, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities, with job coaching and pastoral support, helping people towards employment.

Highly commended award presented to UDevelop

Shortlisted were Beanstalk Business Support CICEnterprising HabitsNo Whispers CICRainbow Youth CentreUDevelop

 

 

Small Social Enterprise of the Year winners Let’s Grow Preston ©Andy Ford


Winner –
Let’s Grow Preston

Let’s Grow Preston is a charity, established in 2011, whose aims are to improve and maintain for the benefit of the inhabitants of Preston (defined as the PR postcodes) and its visitors, the gardens, landscaped areas, open spaces, playing fields, playgrounds and recreational amenity spaces with the object of improving the conditions of life of the public by providing resources and support which are ancillary to those provided by the local authority.

Highly commended award presented to His Provision CIC.

Shortlisted were Barks & RecreationDivine Days Community CICLet’s Grow PrestonHis Provision CICPreston Domestic Violence ServicesSelf-Advocates Training PartnershipWEAREHOPEST CIC (Hope Street)

 

 

Large Social Enterprise of the Year winners Recycling Lives Social Enteprise ©Andy Ford


Winner –
Recycling Lives Social Enteprise

Recycling Lives Social Enterprise is changing lives. Our rehabilitation programmes equip people with skills and confidence to improve their lifestyles and employability and reduce re-offending rates. Our food redistribution work supplies charities and community groups with goods to feed people in need, tackling food poverty while also preventing food waste.

Shortlisted were Active LancashireChild Action NorthwestCommunicate SLT CICLancashire WomenRecycling Lives Social EnterpriseShelter Lancashire

 

 

Work or Training Social Enterprise of the Year winners Active Lancashire ©Andy Ford


Winner –
Active Lancashire

Our application focuses on Active Lancashire’s Pendle YES Hub (PYH) and Rossendale Works (RW), two employment and training programmes we designed in partnership with councils, the DWP and others, with our colleagues delivering services.

PYH launched in February 2021 as a base to support young people in Pendle affected by Covid-19, offering tailored access to courses, work opportunities, and health and wellbeing activities.

RW launched in 2018 to reduce unemployment in Rossendale. Alongside one-to-one coaching and job fairs, it offers a skills course in collaboration with employers, featuring interviews at the end.

Shortlisted were Active LancashireCalico Enterprise LtdDivine Days Community CICGroundwork CLMLancashire MindRecycling Lives Social EnterpriseRenaissance UK Ltd

 

 

Social Enterprise Employee of the Year winner Dominic Hawke CANW ©Andy Ford


Winner –
Dominic Hawke CANW

“Dominic goes above and beyond with his participants on his caseload to make sure that they are supported throughout their journey. He is helpful, cheery and a team player and does not let his barrier of being partially sighted get in the way of work; from helping us move furniture within the office to picking up young people in a taxi ensuring they are supported with appointments.”

Shortlisted were Aisha Sharif – Lancashire Women, Amanda Cane – URPotential, Ammara Jamil – Community CVS, Angie Thomas – URPotential, Bushra Nawaz – CANW, Carl Simms – CANW, Dominic Hawke – CANW, Jez Palmer – CANW, Louise Taylor – CANW, Maira Butt – Lancashire Mind, Maria Corr – Calico Enterprise Ltd, Michelle Dixon – CANW, Rachel Denby – Groundwork CLM, Sally Hardaker – URPotential

 

 

Striving for Equality Award winners Renaissance UK Ltd ©Andy Ford


Winner –
Renaissance UK Ltd

Renaissance-UK supports all members of the LGBTQ+ community, those suffering with substance misuse and issues around sexual health, which naturally encircles complex mental health issues. There is a constant drive and unwaivering focus to ensure all strands of equality are recognised and advocated for.

Highly commended award won by Calico Enterprise Ltd

Shortlisted were AFC Fylde Armed Forces ProjectCalico Enterprise LtdDivine Days Community CICLancashire MindRenaissance UK Ltd

 

 

Environmental Champion of the Year winners Child Action Northwest ©Andy Ford


Winner –
Child Action Northwest

CANW promotes environmental sustainability across our services and is committed to reduce waste, limit energy consumption and procure sustainably. An Environmental Task and Finish Group convenes bi-annually to monitor / review agreed organisational targets.

Shortlisted were Child Action Northwest and Shared Future CIC

 

 

 

Volunteer of the Year winner Kizzy Felstead of Spring into Action ©Andy Ford


Winner –
Kizzy Felstead Spring into Action

“Kizzy is one of a group of ambassadors, all of whom have lived experience of a learning disability, physical disability or autism. During lockdown, the group did lots of work to promote friendships via zoom, they spoke to people in the NHS and organised a friendship conference which took place in November 2021 when people were able to gather in larger groups. Kizzy has shone over and above in her role as a volunteer ambassador, taking it upon herself to organise the other ambassadors, as well as supporting them both within sessions and outside of sessions.”

In recognition of the shortlisted candidates’ work, special recognition certificates were awarded to Caroline Roberts – Spring into Phab, David Smith – URPotential, Emma Swanson – Lancashire Women, Katie Middleton – His Provision CIC, Nicola Larnach – Calico Enterprise Ltd, Reagan Kelly – Divine Days Community CIC, Sarah Cewe – Rainbow Youth Centre

 

 

Social Enterprise Champion 2022 winner Martin Needham​ of Rainbow Youth Centre ©Andy Ford


Winner –
Martin Needham​ Rainbow Youth Centre

Martin established the Rainbow Youth Centre after personal experience made it clear to him that help and advice surrounding Trans / LGBTQI+ issues, and mental health in children, was incredibly hard to obtain and harder to access. Having closed his business to concentrate on providing support in this area, Martin self-financed the youth centre for the first 2 years.

Shortlisted were Karen Livesey – No Whispers CIC, Mandy Taylor – Lancashire Women, Martin Needham – Rainbow Youth Centre, Wesley Partington – AFC Fylde Community Foundation

 

 

 

Social Enterprise of the Year 2022 winners Communicate SLT CIC ©Andy Ford


Winner –
Communicate SLT CIC

Communicate SLT is a Community Interest Company providing high quality speech, language and communication services and training, predominantly in Lancashire. We empower individuals aged 0-25 years directly and through others, using high-quality, evidenced-based approaches to maximise impact where they live and learn. Our mission is to enable effective communication for all to improve children and young people’s inclusion, independence and life chances.

 

The final category shortlisted 27 social enterprises from all categories entered at the 2022 awards.

 

A huge thank you to our Sponsors

On behalf of all our members, Selnet Directors would like to thank the following organisations for supporting the Social Enterprise in Society Awards 2022!

 

 

 

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A Solution Within

Contact: Hannah Brownhill

Tel: 07794 922710

 

Web: www.asolutionwithin.org

Email: asolutionwithin@gmail.com

 

    


About Us

A Solution Within Community Interest Company has an aim to equip young people with the necessary tools to support positive self-esteem and wellbeing. This is achieved through school workshops, assemblies, targeted programmes and teacher training.

 


 

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His Provision CIC

272-274 Central Dr
Blackpool
FY1 5JB

Contact: Christine Phillips

Tel: 07704 031100

 

Email: hisprovision4blackpool@yahoo.co.uk

 

    


About Us

His Provision was born out of a local church soup kitchen/food pantry and registered with companies house in June 2013. Initially operating from the church premises and a small rented shop we were blessed when Green Pastures purchased our multi purpose premises for us in January 2015. The new centre has allowed us to offer supported accommodation to four men, plus move on accommodation for a further two clients. We also host a community hub, free family meal, volunteering opportunities, community café and training centre, and also houses our food pantry.

 


 

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St. Antony’s Centre

Eleventh Street
Trafford Park
Manchester
M17 1JF

Contact: David Flanagan

Tel: 0161 848 9173

 

Web: www.stantonyscentre.org.uk

Email: secretary@stantonyscentre.org.uk

 

    


About Us

St Antony’s Centre provides front line Information, Advice and Guidance services to various community & faith groups, charities and employers across the North West. In addition, the centre is accredited training provider and currently holds contracts across the region to deliver predominantly Maths, English and ICT courses across a number of community venues, employers and partner locations. The face-to-face provision is complimented by an extensive range of distance learning CPD and vocational qualifications.

As well as the outreach provision St Antony’s boasts permanent bases in Manchester, Accrington and Blackpool from which services are delivered in partnership with others. The Head Office facilities in Trafford Park Manchester also provides Conference, meeting and exhibition space.

 


 

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