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Senior Project Lead Officer – Job Advert

Selnet (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network) is looking to recruit a Senior Project Lead Officer to work within our Building Better Opportunities (BBO) projects. The BBO projects for Lancashire aim to support those most at risk of exclusion from the labour market and identify, reduce and/or remove barriers to engagement and employment for participants. Selnet is the lead partner for three BBO projects.

This role will work across the three BBO projects, performance managing the work of our delivery partners and ensuring that the project stays on target. Each project has a different aim and we have around 30 delivery partners working with us. The post holder will work with all members of the BBO team and work closely with the Partnership Manager to ensure quality and effective delivery of the project.

As Senior Project Lead Officer, you will provide a resource for partner queries and foster relationships between project partners. You will manage your own caseload of partners and report to the Partnership Manager with both statistical and qualitative information relating to a partner’s delivery progress. Highlighting performance, good practice and measures to be implemented to avoid risk to projects.

The successful candidate will play a key role within management exercises including service procurement. This may include writing tender specifications, working with our procurement partner Blackpool Council to issue tender documents, answering queries from potential bidders, facilitating tender scoring panels, issuing contract awards letters.

This will be a fixed term post to end June 2023 subject to continued funding and no significant drop in the number of project delivery partners. The successful candidate will be subject to a six-month probationary period.

The Application Form can be downloaded here or requested by emailing or calling 01772 200690. The application form should be returned for the attention of Donna Marshall at Selnet Ltd, Brentwood House, 15 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8PS or via email to Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

Post-recruitment timeframe and application details are:

  • The post is full-time – 37 hours per week
  • Salary£31,500 p/a
  • 25 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays
  • Company pension scheme
  • Flexible working with some office based work in Preston and some remote working
  • Application deadline 1pm on Tuesday 17th August 2021
  • Interviews will be held on Friday 20th August 2021
  • The post will commence on the successful candidate’s earliest available date



SELNET Application for Employment 2021

Senior Project Lead Officer – Job Description July 2021

Senior Project Lead Officer – Job Specification July 2021


Selnet is a Social Enterprise, Company limited by guarantee with no share capital. Company number 05671228.


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Selnet in UK’s Top 100 Social Enterprises – for 3rd year!

The annual NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards recognise the most outstanding achievers in UK social enterprise, with top awards in six categories this year.

The NatWest SE100 celebrates the success of socially-driven ventures across the UK – by naming the most impressive 100 social enterprises of the year in a top 100 Index, and giving six SE100 Social Business Awards for the most outstanding achievers. It was created by Pioneers Post in partnership with NatWest more than 10 years ago and aims to support social enterprises not only through recognising their achievements but also by sharing their stories and expertise through articles, films and networking opportunities.

NatWest Social & Community Capital’s Megan Virrels said: “It’s always one of my highlights reviewing the SE100 entries and seeing how many examples of resilience, courage and perseverance there are in our sector. The winners have all shown incredible dedication and commitment to delivering a positive future for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged among us. I hope you all feel rightly proud in the difference that you are making to communities across the UK and beyond.”


Selnet recognised for 3rd consecutive year

Selnet exists to enable, develop and support the vital work across Lancashire’s frontline social enterprises. Since 2007 we have been supporting social enterprises across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen to connect, develop and grow, through:

  • Our vibrant, impactful membership network
  • Specialist business start-up and growth advice and support
  • Securing opportunities for our members
  • Developing and leading partnerships
  • Promotion and representation on a local, regional and national basis.

Our impacts continue to increase from our support and training for members during Covid to our contract extensions – and our work towards securing opportunities for our social enterprises and their communities. We have now secured over £23.8M for our sector; securing opportunities, enabling partnerships, managing contracts and accessing funded business development services.



We are thrilled and honoured to be recognised as one of the top 100 Social Enterprises in the UK for the 3rd year running!

It’s a testament to the dedicated and passionate team at Selnet, working hard on behalf of our members and for Lancashire residents.’

Donna Marshall, Partnership Manager



The Sewing Rooms Leaders shortlisted for Leaders of the Year

Huge congratulations for Paula Gamester & Maureen Fazal who were shortlisted for Leader of the Year as Co-founders of The Sewing Rooms / Connector Media: “for social enterprise bosses demonstrating excellent leadership, effectiveness and inspiration in taking the team on a mission-driven journey to success”


Want to know more about Selnet? 

During Covid we have invested in a Membership Lead Officer to engage and support our sector. To find out more about becoming a Selnet member contact Yvette Holden

Read the full Pioneers Post article here




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Employability Skills Provision for Building Better Opportunities – Age of Opportunity Project (East Lancashire) Phase 3

Intro: Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced organisations to provide employability skills support to Age of Opportunity participants from specified Boroughs within Lancashire (Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale).  Proposals are sought from organisations that can demonstrate competence in delivering relevant support to people aged over 50 with multiple and complex barriers into employment, training or education. The delivery partner will be expected to carry out a diagnostic assessment with potential participants to determine eligibility, suitability and need.  This will be followed by a comprehensive action plan to agree a course of action for the eligible participant, which will improve their lives and ultimately take them closer to work or learning.  The delivery partner will be the key contact and support provider for the participant and will also introduce the participant to a variety of specialist services should they be needed, some of which will be other BBO funded services.

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

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DR!VE Business Support Consultants – Invite to Tender

As part of the new Business Support project DR!VE secured by Selnet and partners. Connector Media t/a The Sewing Rooms (West Lancashire) invite you to look at this opportunity:



To secure the DR!VE Project Connector Media t/a Sewing Rooms (Sewing Rooms) have joined forces with Selnet Ltd, the Social Enterprise Network for Lancashire. Selnet are nationally recognised as one of the UK’s top 100 Social Enterprises and the lead body representing social enterprise in the Lancashire sub-region. Selnet provide a range of business support services delivered through partners that build capacity, provide resources and opportunities to help increase competitiveness, sustainability and impact of the business supported. Selnet have many years’ experience in contract management and are the lead partner in the delivery of the DR!VE project.

The Sewing Rooms is a project of Connector Media Community Interest Company (CIC). Registered company no. 06362350. The Sewing Rooms social enterprise is a business that trades to tackle social problems. Their goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we work with, as well as improve peoples’ life chances and do business by putting people and the planet first. Reinvesting the money that our business makes into the communities around us.

“DR!VE” is a new, bespoke, stand-alone programme for Lancashire enterprises and entrepreneurs that fills a gap in both business start-up and growth support provision across Lancashire. Throughout our delivery of the DR!VE project we aim to provide an enjoyable service which guides our clients through planned support to create business, increase competitiveness, profitability, employee engagement and ensure client satisfaction.


The Opportunity:

The Sewing Rooms are a small team that gives clients flexibility and high levels of personal responsibility, expertise supported by a strong network of industry partners. They are looking to commission experienced and qualified Business Advisers to support their delivery of the DR!VE project  

The opportunity is now live/launched on the Chest:

If you are interested in the opportunity or have any questions please follow the instructions within one of the portals above  


Deadline for receipt of Tender – Friday 6th August 2021 – 10am


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Partnership Opportunity: Provision of Financial Capability Support for Building Better Opportunities Projects in Lancashire (2021-2022)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced organisation/s to provide specialist support to improve a participant’s financial capabilities from each of the three projects. Projects; Age of Opportunity, Invest in Youth and Changing Futures work across the whole of Lancashire. Our projects have been in operation for approximately 4 years during this time it has become evident that a significant proportion of BBO participants are experiencing exclusion from the labour market due to financial limitations. These relate to the participants personal financial situation or insecure home, and as such these circumstances act as a barrier to progression for the individual.

Proposals are sought from organisation/s that can support this important function helping participants remove barriers which present a major obstacle to them. Financial barriers often relate to the balance between benefits and employment income, poor financial management and debt, and in many cases need access to affordable care provision for dependants. Participants would access this specialist support via a referral from one of the current delivery partners within the relevant BBO project either at the start of their journey if financial circumstances are a limiting factor to full participation, or alongside other support activities whilst they are on project. 

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

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Growing Resilience CIC

Office 5, The Boulevard Centre
45 Railway Road

Contact: Richard Wallwork

Tel: 07786 261 485





Growing Resilience is a self-awareness course that considers encountering conflict and stress in everyday life, as a certain inevitability. The programme shows the participants how to grow a mental health toolkit to become more resilient and be better able to cope with times of chaos and deal with conflict pro-actively, focussing on a positive future situation.




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Enterprising Habits Ltd

36 Briercliffe Road
BB10 1 XB

Contact: Ibrar Syed

Tel: 07545 261780






We offer a range of services to local residents and families across East Lancashire that includes vocational qualifications, functional skills, employability skills, enterprise support, bi-lingual info advice and guidance, traineeship (16-25) etc.



We deliver services such as an employability support programme, traineeship, apprenticeship, SIA courses, Adult Education Budget, ESOL classes, IT courses, bespoke business start-up support, entrepreneurship and info advice & guidance




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Queens Market Morecambe

25-27 Victoria Street

John Baxendale

Tel:07876 701970




Queens Market will provide local businesses support and education to work together and generate change, reinvest in activities to support further regeneration and expansion of Morecambe and this initiative.



Queens Market is essentially an ongoing community project whereby we support the fledgling businesses and encourage growth of these businesses into the local community and beyond. The moment staff and visitors walk through the door, they are welcomed into the family – the support is ongoing. Boasting a large hall, many events and clubs can take advantage of this space, with profits going back into further projects which evolves with the changing times. We have ambitious plans to help the local and wider community, such as with transport, odd jobs, volunteering, resolve social isolation and become the forefront of community services needs to support the social services.

We have approached Lancaster & Morecambe College who have shown interest in renting some of our space and working with Queens Market Morecambe to provide learning opportunities.




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Lancashire’s leading light awarded MBE

Liz Tapner, CEO of Selnet, awarded MBE for services to social enterprise

The social impact of Liz Tapner’s work has been huge. She has led Selnet, the Social Enterprise Network for Lancashire, to secure over £23M investment through a variety of projects and contracts; all to enable social enterprises to achieve real change for disadvantaged people and deprived communities across Lancashire.

Working with a wide range of social enterprises, Liz’s work helps enable business solutions to tackle social problems; from training and skills development organisations to community cafes, and health and social care to performing arts.

Over 15 years, Liz has been responsible for developing Selnet into the major infrastructure organisation it is today. All this is rooted in enabling and directly engaging the sector, working closely with 12 sector representatives as Selnet’s Board of Directors and leading a passionate, active staff team.

Liz is nationally recognised as a sector leader for her hard work, inspiration and impacts. She has sustained Selnet across highly challenging times; she has secured significant opportunities for the sector and formal awards for her work.

Now, Liz has been awarded an MBE for Services to Social Enterprise, based on her phenomenal achievements.


I have had over 15 amazing years working with some phenomenal social entrepreneurs. I love my work, helping others has helped me personally through some difficult times, and supports my own mental health.

Being recognised in this way, I feel humbled – it’s an unexpected honour. I went from being a service user with serious challenges, to becoming a CEO – and now I’m honoured at being awarded an MBE!

I built my skills, confidence, and a career I am so dedicated to – it’s all about bringing real opportunities and assistance to this amazing sector. The purpose is always to enable and support services that have real impacts on addressing social inequalities. – Liz Tapner MBE


Selnet represents the interests of Lancashire’s social businesses at regional and national level. Bringing resources into Lancashire, this enables businesses to grow, local communities to prosper, and individuals to benefit from services and engage within their local area.

The Queens’ awards mark the achievements and services of extraordinary people across the UK. Securing a wide range of support services and supporting multiple partnerships over 15 years, Liz has secured over £23.8M for the growth and development of the social enterprise sector across Lancashire.

Graham Jones, Chair of Selnet Board said:


This award is highly deserved, Liz Tapner’s work has encouraged social enterprises to grow and enhance the business activities that create jobs and benefit our communities.

Liz has ensured access to new opportunities; providing in-depth knowledge and practical support to strengthen and grow the social enterprise sector.

Graham Jones


To find out more about Liz Tapner MBE and Selnet, visit or @SelnetLtd across social media.


Are you a social enterprise? Join Selnet!

If you are trading for a social or environmental purpose, we can support you to start-up, develop, connect and grow. Being part of Lancashire’s wider social enterprise community enables your access to additional services and resources, up-to-date sector news, funding information, networking events, training opportunities and a platform to promote your business.

For more information speak to our Membership Lead Officer Yvette Holden on or 01772 200 690 or visit




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Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

Gawthorpe Hall
Burnley Road
BB12 8UA

Contact: Charlotte Steels

Tel: 01282 773963






Chaired by Lord Shuttleworth, we are an independent charity that uses its extensive, nationally significant collection of textiles and craft items to inspire and educate. Based at Gawthorpe Hall, we provide access to the collections via public exhibitions, study visits for students, researchers and specialist groups, as well as school visits, artist collaborations and commissions, workshops, demonstrations, talks and gallery tours. We deliver community outreach to support the wellbeing and skills development of local residents in Burnley through a textile studio within Valley Street Community Centre.



We create a range of gifts and homewares utilising designs from the collection to support income generation for our charitable activities.




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