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Lancashire LEP

WWW.LANCASHIRELEP.CO.UK

 

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a creative collaboration of leaders from business, universities and local councils, who direct economic growth and drive job creation.

The LEP was formed in 2011 to make Lancashire the location for business growth and inward investment. Since then, we have played a crucial role in coordinating the county’s economic priorities.

Our role is to ensure the best possible economic conditions so that businesses can start, grow and thrive, by enjoying easy access to high-grade support for sustainable expansion.

We work with government to bid for public funds, focussing on opportunities that maximise job creation and growth to spread the benefits right across the county.

Our strong strategic focus has enabled us to secure a £1 billion growth plan and bring forward over 50 major growth initiatives. Whilst all parts of Lancashire have benefited from these ambitious growth programmes and investment plans, half of these initiatives are within the five most deprived areas, reflecting the LEP’S ambition to drive inclusive economic growth.

 

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Beyond the EU Projects: What next for Lancashire?

The event Selnet had been planning with Network For Europe on the 1st April was postponed due to Covid-19. We are committed to continuing to lobby in the best interests of our sector and keeping our members informed as the consultation progresses.

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“The consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, to replace ESF and ERDF, still seems far away, given the pandemic, but it is becoming more urgent as time passes” –
Andy Churchill

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Network for Europe have shared an update including a Briefing Paper that refers to the ERSA-NCVO letter sent last year to the Prime Minister. Click here for the latest update from Network For Europe.

Background and issues for consideration concerning the Government’s proposed Shared Prosperity Fund, which will replace EU structural funding now that the UK has left the EU:

Now that the UK has left the EU, this funding will cease. In order to replace it, the Government has pledged to set up a Shared Prosperity Fund to “reduce inequalities between communities”. There are several issues that will need to be considered when setting up the Fund. These include:

  • the priorities and objectives of the Fund;
  • the amount of money to be allocated;
  • the method of allocating it between the countries and regions of the UK, and whether this is based on need (and what measure is used to determine need);
  • the model by which funding will be allocated, whether pre-allocating an amount for a country or region or inviting competitive bids from across the UK;
  • the length of the planning period and the way in which this could conflict with domestic spending priorities;
  • who administers the funds (whether they are controlled from Westminster or by the devolved administrations) and the degree to which local authorities are involved;
  • the implications of the Fund for state aid rules.

Although the Government has not yet published its consultation on the Fund, a number of organisations have already made comments about the possible design. Although these vary in their emphasis (for example, the Welsh Government is strongly opposed to the idea of administering the Fund from Westminster), most organisations seem to agree that the level of funding should be at least maintained at its current level, it should largely be allocated based on need, and local authorities and partners should be closely involved.

Read the full report here.

 

1st April event – postponed

The UK has left the EU, and so EU Structural Funds (ESIF) will start to taper off from 2020-21. The ‘UK Shared Prosperity Fund’ (UK SPF) has been proposed to replace ESIF funding but as yet there is no replacement prepared for when ESIF ends.

Selnet have facilitated EU programme-funded delivery partnerships for 13 years. We are currently managing 3 Building Better Opportunities projects for 50 partners, having secured £14.7M for our sector over 6 years.

Selnet are working to ensure funding is secured for the sector to continue delivering on their missions and building on the impacts being achieved in communities across Lancashire.

As the recognised lead for social enterprise in Lancashire, we are collaborating with Network For Europe to deliver “Beyond the EU Projects What next for Lancashire”; a Consultation Readiness Event to update and prepare our sector in advance of a national consultation on what will replace ESIF.

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“Unfortunately this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course. In the meantime, on this page and via the Selnet Informer, we will be issuing some information regarding the Shared Prosperity Fund and the implications for Lancashire of ESIF funds coming to an end.”

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New date TBA 
Click here for more information and to book online

 

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Job Opportunity: Membership Lead Officer

 Applications are now closed

Selnet is the recognised lead for social enterprise in Lancashire and is named within the UK’s Top 100 social enterprises; we help Lancashire’s social entrepreneurs achieve ambitions, respond to challenges, tackle inequalities and empower local communities.

We are a social enterprise, run by our members to meet the needs of our members. Selnet represents Lancashire’s social business interests at national, regional and local levels through our wide network of stakeholders and partners. Members of Selnet join like-minded business people to share ideas, network, grow and develop, find local connections and help open their business up to new markets. Through our communications channels, members receive up to date sector news, funding information, events and training updates and have a platform to promote their business.

We are investing in this core aspect of our mission, using trading surplus to create a new Membership Lead Officer role. This role will help us to give Selnet membership a whole new energy; by building our membership base, identifying members’ needs and helping us to meet them. The post-holder will also support the development of the business, working with the Network Manager and CEO to design an improved and more meaningful offer for members.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification here 

To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter directly addressing the Job Description and Person Specification provided to dawn@selnet-uk.com or by post to the address below by 12pm on 10th March 2020.

Selnet Ltd
Brentwood House, Victoria Road
Fulwood, Preston
PR2 8PS

 


 

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Positive Action in the Community

Hills House
Leeds Rd
Nelson
BB9 8EL

Tel: 01282 877214

 

Email: info@p-a-c.org.uk

Web: www.p-a-c.org.uk

   

 

ABOUT US

We are a local registered charity working across Pendle, Burnley and Rossendale on a number of projects which support people to build emotional resilience, improve their emotional health and wellbeing, make positive choices, and improve their education and employment chances and move on to live independent lives.

We provide supported accommodation to Homeless young people, support to adults and children affected by domestic violence and early support to families who are struggling to cope.

 

 


 

 

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Community Futures

15 Victoria Rd
Fulwood
Preston
PR2 8PS

Contact: Denise Partington

Tel: 01772 717461

 

Email: admin@communityfutures.org.uk

Web: www.communityfutures.org.uk

 

ABOUT US

Community Futures is a registered charity (702233) and company limited by guarantee (333713). Our legal name, Community Council of Lancashire, was adopted over 40 years ago to enable us to become a Rural Community Council. This provides us with a unique role in supporting rural community life in Lancashire.

Most of the work we do is rooted in our very first actions as a support agency. Our initial hands on support for unemployed men and their families in Manchester, the flag ship Brentwood House Recuperation Home for Mothers (which also gave refuge to Jewish families fleeing Poland) and an abundance of self-help programmes in some of the most deprived communities in Lancashire all helped to build our credibility and reputation for the work we do today.

Not a lot has changed. We make organisations, individuals and communities better.

This can be better at what they do themselves or for others, but ultimately everything we do has this as a goal. We see evidence of our achievements all over Lancashire, from the community volunteer we supported to take on her own services, to the community that is thriving because we saved its Playgroup.

 


 

 

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Spring North

Business Development Centre
Suite 21 – Eanam Wharf
Blackburn
BB1 5BL

Tel: 01254 503200

Contact: Angela Allen

 

Email: office@springnorth.org.uk

Web: www.springnorth.org.uk

     

 

ABOUT US

OUR VISION

To develop innovative solutions to create a positive impact on the lives of children, young people, families and the communities in which they live whilst challenging inequality and disadvantage – to enable them to meet their full potential.

 

 


 

 

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RELEASE into Victory

Contact: Gina Gonzales MD

Tel: 07597 998169

 

Web: www.csasupportlancashire.com

 

 

ABOUT US

RELEASE into Victory (RiV) is a support service for adults over the age of 18 who have experienced or are affected by Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). RiV is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company established in 2013; based in Leyland, we operate across Central Lancashire. Fundraising for our services is through the Angel Gifts shop and crafts centre at 98 Hough Lane, and our training, engagement ad counselling support takes place in our dedicated workshop and counselling rooms upstairs.

Watch our interview on That’s TV Lancashire and visit us online for more about our shop: https://www.facebook.com/angelgiftsgg

As a service, Release into Victory have three action points:

  • Raising awareness of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA): The time has come to stand together and face the fact that CSA is a whole society issue, if we ignore the problem we are simply allowing a veil of secrecy for the abusers to hide behind and therefore giving perpetrators opportunities to continue with this crime against vulnerable children. By raising awareness of CSA we can send a message to perpetrators that as a community we believe that sexual abuse is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated it in our society.
  • Training for support services: Our multi-agency approach is a major component of our service. We work in collaboration with local support services by exchanging & sharing Information, skills and expertise. We are running sample sessions from our training room in Leyland from March 2020 for support agencies to find out more about this service.
  • Support for survivors: Survivors deserve to be heard in a way that is best for them as individuals. People who have been abused often need and benefit from opportunities to validate their stories, speaking out about their experiences often leads to a sense of freedom and relief and can be very empowering. Our 1:1 confidential listening service, provides support to individuals to enable them to work out where they are emotionally on their own personal healing journey, and signpost on to professional counselling/therapy if required. We also provide access to our Peer Support Network.

 


 

 

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Trust House Lancashire

Contact: Catherine Smith

Tel: 01772 825288

 

Email: office@trusthouselancs.org

Web: www.trusthouselancs.org

        

 

About Us

Trust House Lancashire is a specalist counselling service for Men, Women and Children who have experienced sexual violence or abuse of any kind. We also offer Family support to the whole family of children who have experienced sexual violence. Our main office is based in Preston town centre, we also have rooms available in Burnley, Fleetwood, Blackpool, Ormskirk and Smelmersdale. Trust House Lancashire believes that every individual has the right to be free from all forms of sexual violence and abuse. Our vision is a safe Lancashire free from sexual violence and abuse. 

 


 

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Selnet Vice Chair awarded MBE for services to Social Enterprise in Lancashire

Selnet Vice Chair Alistair Clarke has been awarded an MBE for his work with social enterprises across Lancashire. A former radio news editor, Alistair is a chartered business advisor and professional marketer as Director of Tick The Publicity Box CIC – a community interest company established in 2008 to aid social enterprises and charitable groups to raise awareness through marketing, PR and events.

Selnet members will recognise Alistair as one of our specialist Business Advisors, and as the host of our annual Enterprise in Society Awards, most recently held in November 2019 at the Villa in Wrea Green. He is also the Chair of Social Enterprise Solutions CIC in Blackpool.

Alistair said: “I’m delighted and honoured that my work with social enterprises in Lancashire has been recognised. I’m passionate about supporting people and social businesses that want to help others in their community.

“If you’ve ever bought a copy of the Big Issue, been shopping at the Coop, seen a show at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre, or you’re one of the volunteers at Integrate Preston, then you’re already helping social enterprises. It’s about selling goods and services and then using the profits to help others in the community.

“I work with so many people across Lancashire that do amazing work often with vulnerable people, in difficult circumstances and with limited funds and I want to see all of them considered for a national honour in the future.”

Selnet CEO Liz Tapner said “Huge congratulations to Alistair on this fantastic achievement! Alistair is an advocate for the sector in Blackpool and as part of the Selnet Business support team has supported many individuals and organisations across Lancashire to realise both their business and social ambitions. Alistair’s enthusiasm for our sector is huge and this is well deserved recognition”.

 

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