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SPE Furnishings Limited

Adlington House
Adlington Street
BB11 2SQ

Contact: Mark Hirst

Tel: 01282 222030






SPE Furnishings has two stores, one in Burnley and one in Wigan.

We offer brand new, quality furniture and electrical items to all members of the community at affordable prices, to suit all budgets.

We also specialise in partnering with local Credit Unions to offer affordable, ethical and low interest payment plans.

We provide goods to Local Authority and other Housing Support Agencies to ensure clients receive high quality and new items of furniture and electricals whilst reducing the budgets of the Agencies.



SPE Furnishings is a Retailer with a difference, established in 2017 to offer Brand New, Quality Furniture and Electricals at Discounted Prices.





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Rosemary and Time CIC

Contact: Donna Rowe-Green

Tel: 07880 348597






Rosemary and Time CIC delivers gardening related activity workshops, training courses and ongoing projects aimed at supporting both geographical communities and communities of interest. Our main focus has been people living with dementia and their carers, and those living in care homes and the activity co-ordinators that support them.



This social enterprise grows plants to sell at local events and farmer’s markets, creates wildlife habitats, including bird boxes, bug hotels and hedgehog homes for sale. They supply care homes with subsidised priced activity sessions and provide training for those wishing to learn more about gardening, they can also provide bespoke consultancy and training to organisations wishing to develop the skills of their staff.




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SoMi Academy CIC

63 Rogersfield

Jamie Turner

Tel: 0151 607 2777





SoMi Academy CIC is a not-for-profit education company specialising in music & performing arts education provision, for children. Delivering social change through performing arts, ongoing education, arts/performance projects, CPD & an online learning platform.



The Academy has a subscription online learning platform for children, parents and teachers. There is also an online shop where you can purchase clothing, instruments and accessories.





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Dr!ve Project Administrator Recruitment

Social enterprises across Lancashire are businesses that are building a fairer, more equal society.  Selnet the recognised lead for social enterprise in Lancashire has recently secured a contract to deliver DR!VE  a multi-partner business support project that supports enterprises and entrepreneurs in Lancashire.

Affilius are recruiting a project Administrator to join their team. As a key project partner in the delivery of the DR!VE project the successful candidate will be employed by Affilius and work within their business support team, undertaking admin support to the business advisers supporting mainstream and social businesses in East Lancashire to grow and develop.

The project is joint funded through European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and forms part of the Lancashire ESIF programme. DR!VE is designed to fill gaps in business start-up and development support provision, and the project will support eligible businesses to achieve the business aspiration defined within an initial business action plan. This role will undertake the monitoring and compliance processes within the delivery of the project.


To apply for this position, see details within the Job Specification by  Friday 23rd April 2021.


Interview date: w/c 26th April 2021


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Opportunity for Selnet members and other Social Enterprises on the Fylde Coast

Selnet have recently made a connection with Robertson Construction North West. They are volunteering staff time to provide expert business advice to VCSEs and SMEs local to their current projects including the Blackpool Holiday Inn at Talbot Gateway and The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Preston. The advice will be ranging from construction advice to business level advice including but not limited to health & safety, bid writing, legal, HR.

If you would like us to refer you for advice around any of the above topics or wish to discuss anything further, please contact Yvette on 07958 432165 or email


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Welcome to DR!VE

DR!VE is an ambitious plan to support more than 200 new-start and existing businesses to grow in Lancashire over the next two years.

The Social Enterprise Lancashire Network, Selnet, is heading the partnership of qualified business advisors that can turn good business plans into business for good.

We’re here to help get business moving in Lancashire.

How can we help?

A friendly and approachable advisor will spend up to two days supporting you and your team to increase the chances of your business thriving and surviving.

That could include explaining the basics of business if you’ve decided to work for yourself for the first time, perhaps linking you with potential partners or helping with market research so that an existing business can grow or advise on moving premises and taking on more staff.  Alternatively, you may need to consider changes to your products and services in the post-Covid world.

In addition, Selnet will be arranging a series of masterclasses with expert speakers to guide participants through common business hurdles such as finance, administration and marketing/social media.

The support is bespoke to your organisation and at no cost to you as it is funded by the European Regional Development Fund with support from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

For more information, call Nina Cowell at Selnet on 01772 200690 or email


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Peer Networks – Sharing experiences to meet the current challenges


Whether it is business disruption, staffing issues, a change in customer needs or a host of other issues affecting your social enterprise, Selnet understands that you are facing some of the biggest business challenges right now.

In some cases, it’s a challenge just to make ends meet. We’re here to help.

Selnet is excited to be rolling out a national networking programme for social enterprise leaders in Lancashire that want to maintain and develop their organisation for future success.


Start Planning For The Future

Starting in early 2021, this intensive programme will take 18 hours over 8 weeks and is government funded so no cost to the businesses. Together social enterprise leaders in Lancashire will learn from each other’s shared experiences as a Peer Network.

Each group will consist of 8-to-10 business leaders led by an experienced facilitator.

In addition, there’s bespoke business support for your organisation and a series of masterclasses to learn new skills.

The Programme Will Help You:

  • Overcome business challenges and act on new opportunities
  • Build a trusted network of connections for support now and in the future
  • Improve long-term personal and business performance
  • Consider ways to increase turnover and social impact
  • Use the Peer Network to help overcome challenges or make changes in your social enterprise

You will not be placed in a group with any direct competitors, so you can openly share your expertise and benefit from others, without fear of compromising your competitive advantages.

This is not formal management or skills training it will have a personal development focus with flexible topics worked though with the help of a professional facilitator and in small groups of likeminded social enterprise leaders in a similar situation to you.



Group 1
Wednesday mornings starting Wednesday 10th February then 24th Feb and 3rd 17th and 24th March (Additional project activity will be planned around your schedule)

Group 2
Friday afternoons starting Friday 12th February then 26th Feb and 5th 19th and 26th March (Additional project activity will be planned around your schedule)

Who Is It For?
This support is for anyone working in the social enterprise sector in Lancashire. Leaders now – and leaders of the future.

The agenda is set by the group. The context is supporting each other to develop new ways of working and building knowledge and skills to expand your organisation’s impact.


Why Take Part?

Participating in a peer group can help you gain fresh perspectives, inspire new ideas and change habits of thinking. It can also help you form new contacts, build networks and gain valuable professional and personal support from a team of like-minded peers. The group is a place to try out new ideas before they are fully formed, and to share your difficulties as well as celebrate successes.


Participate in Peer Networks

Participating social enterprises should have a trading address within the Lancashire LEP area and have:

*SMEs that do not meet this criteria due to Covid-19, but did meet the criteria during the 12 months prior to March 2020 are also eligible


Please register your interest to participate or if you have any questions about this programme email Yvette Holden on


Register Interest to participate (pdf)
(Adobe reader required to use interactive features)

Also available in Microsoft Word format here


The programme is jointly funded by BEIS and Lancashire County Council



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Kickstart Gateway

Selnet have been approved as a Gateway provider for the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, providing funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

About the Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Selnet as a Gateway Provider
Selnet recognise that social enterprises across Lancashire are in a unique position to offer excellent opportunities to young people however this is unlikely to be at scale. In becoming a Gateway provider, Selnet aim to make it easy for our members to get involved, whether you can provide just one placement or several.

What employers will receive
In addition to the wages cost, the Government are providing further
on-boarding costs of £1,500 per job placement. This is to support the young person with training and to help them become ‘job ready’, as well as helping with any set-up costs. Selnet will be on-hand to advise employers how to make best use of this funding to ensure a positive outcome for all. 

Start date
Working with 11 Selnet members, we have our first 50 placements approved and are hoping to have the young people in post early in the New Year.

We are now able to vary our agreement with DWP and extend this offer to other businesses that can support a young person.



If you have a placement to offer and would like to work with us, fill out this quick Expression of Interest (EoI). We need just a few details about your business and the type of roles you’re planning to offer.

Please complete and return your Expression of Interest to Yvette ( who will be happy to help.


Further Information

Job Placement Criteria
The job placements created must be new jobs. The placements must not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

The job placements must:

  • Be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • Pay at least the national minimum wage or the national living wage for the employee’s age group
  • Only require basic training

What is a Gateway

Gateway Representatives have been selected by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as credible organisations with experience in managing partnerships agreements and have a robust financial and governance process to manage Kickstart placement procedures.

The DWP has checked and approved Selnet as a Kickstart Gateway using the Cabinet Office Spotlight Tool.

If you’re creating fewer than 30 job placements, as a Kickstart gateway Selnet can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant for you.

This does not guarantee that you will get Kickstart Scheme funding. Your application will be assessed against the Kickstart Scheme criteria by DWP.




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Pathways Associates CIC

Suite 2
St James Court West

Lynn James-Jenkinson

Tel: 01254 790220






Pathways Associates Community Interest Company is committed to supporting individuals to take control of all aspects of their lives as described by the 12 pillars of independent living.



Pathways operates as a social enterprise reinvesting surplus into supporting research and developments which promote our principles and make our services available at a subsidised rate (or largely free) to people who may be entitled to health and social care services and their families.





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ABD Community Centre

Burnley RoadABD Centre Image
OL13 8EU

Contact: Peter Dunn

Tel: 07718 901813





About Us

The ABD Community Centre is a unique and valued social inclusive community resource in the centre of Bacup.

It’s aim is to provide a resource centre that will address the wellbeing and needs of local people.



ABD can provide room hire, office lets and always looks to bring additional services and activities (community support and IT services) into the centre to provide activities and services that people want and need.





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