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Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2021 – Event Info

The final countdown is on!

The Selnet team are so excited about the Lancashire Social Enterprise awards 2021.

The awards are being hand made, the judging panel is meeting and we’re putting the finishing touches to the night.

Social enterprises across Lancashire have gone above and beyond expectations in the past 18 months, helping people in crisis and keeping lives together. They deserve recognition and we can’t wait to hear the stories and meet the social enterprises in person…finally!

The event takes place at the wonderful Crow Wood hotel on December 2nd and we’ve got some amazing entertainment lined up for you.


Guest Information


Crow Wood Hotel & Spa, Holme Road, Burnley. BB12 0RT

The Crow Wood Hotel in Burnley is located just off junction 11 of the M65 making it easily accessible from Blackburn, Accrington, Nelson and Colne.

From the M65 Motorway Eastbound

  • Crow Wood Hotel is situated just off junction 11 of M65. However, there is no junction 11 exit when travelling eastbound.
  • Therefore, we recommend that you exit M65 at junction 12 eastbound and then travel westbound to exit at junction 11.
  • Leave the motorway at Junction 12, signposted Nelson & Brierfield
  • Take the 4th exit off the roundabout onto M65 Westbound
  • Leave the motorway at Junction 11, signposted Burnley
  • Take 3rd exit onto Royle Lane, signposted for Crow Wood and The Woodland Spa

From the M65 Motorway Westbound

  • Leave the motorway at Junction 11, signposted Burnley.
  • Take 3rd exit onto Royle Lane, signposted for Crow Wood and The Woodland Spa

The map is clickable and will connect you to Google maps


Order of Events

Estimated timings for the evening, they are subject to change however we will try to keep to the programme:

6.30 – 7pm – Guest Arrival

7.20pm – Dinner Call & Service

9.45pm – Awards Ceremony

10.45pm – Entertainment

12.00am – Event close


Dress Code

Dress code is smart & party wear, for a better idea of what guests wore at previous awards ceremonies see our photo gallery.


Health and Safety

We will be complying with all Covid-19 restrictions and guidance surrounding gatherings at the date of our event to ensure we are maximising safety and peace of mind for everyone joining us. Please see our Guest Information page for full details.


The Selnet Awards 2021 Sponsors

On behalf of all our members, Selnet Directors would like to thank the following organisations for supporting the Social Enterprise in Society Awards 2021!


One of these phenomenal 28 organisations will be awarded the judges’ choice category, Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year 2021!

The very best of luck to all our nominees!

Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year

Beanstalk Business Support CIC
Growing Resilience CIC
We Be Kids


Small Social Enterprise of the Year

Barks & Recreation
Brew Me Sunshine
Divine Days Community Arts
Let’s Grow Preston
SHAPE Lancashire


Large Social Enterprise of the Year 

Child Action Northwest
Calico Enterprise Ltd – Furniture Matters
Lancashire Women
Recycling Lives Social Enterprise
Travel Assist


Covid Hero Award

@TheGrange Community Centre
New Era Enterprises Ltd
The Sewing Rooms


Work or Training Social Enterprise of the Year

AFC Fylde Community Foundation
Brew Me Sunshine
Calico Enterprise Ltd
Child Action Northwest
Recycling Lives Social Enterprise
Social Enterprise Solutions


Employee of the Year

Carl Simms,  Child Action Northwest
Jez Palmer,
Natalie Hall,
Vicky Hutchinson,  Lancashire Women
Julie Smith, 
SHAPE Lancashire
Craig Kirby, 
The Sewing Rooms


Striving for Equality

Child Action Northwest
Equalities and Justice Northwest Ltd
UR Potential


Environmental Champion of the Year

Calico Enterprise Ltd – Furniture Matters
Let’s Grow Preston
Recycling Lives Social Enterprise


Volunteer of the Year

Jaymie Armstrong,  Brew Me Sunshine
Katy Smith, 
Child Action Northwest
Krysti-Ann Monroe,
 Lancashire Women
Yasmin Shakir, 
Jessica Marina Bridge, 
Renaissance UK
Tina Calderbank, 
SHAPE Lancashire
Beryl Lymer, 
Spring into Action
Donna Hannigan, 
UR Potential


Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2021

Annie Wynn,  Let’s Grow Preston
Dave Scholes, 
Tony Carr, 
Social Enterprise Solutions
Linda Markey, 
UR Potential


We can’t wait to celebrate with you on the night!




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Change Grow Live

CGL HQ – Towerpoint
44 North Road

Contact: Katie Bebbington






Change Grow Live is a charity specialising in Substance Misuse and Criminal Justice intervention projects in England and Wales. We’re funded by councils and local authorities who commission us to provide services, and we sometimes receive donations from the public.

Because we’re not a business, we’re not looking to make a profit. So we can focus on making sure that everything we do is helping the people who use our services, and the wider public too.

In Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, we operate under the brands Inspire, New You and Go2. Within all our services in Lancashire, we have teams that support with all of the following and much more

  • Clinical interventions for drug and/ or alcohol treatment
  • Family Safeguarding
  • Criminal Justice
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Education, Training and Employment
  • Recovery Support
  • Behaviour Change




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Beanstalk Business Support CIC

Contact: Kerry Stevens

Tel: 07720 779809





Beanstalk Business Support CIC has recently been established to help businesses to be stronger, more sustainable, and more profitable. We provide business support, training, and mentoring to help start-ups, not-for-profit organisations, self-employed individuals, and small business owners (SME’s) manage their business and administrative processes successfully while ensuring that communities benefit from the businesses within them.

Small businesses are the backbone of local communities; they provide character and individuality that reflect a town’s personality. Business owners and employees usually live and work within their communities. Building successful businesses inspire a climate of pride, creates a thriving local economy with local jobs, and secures strong community bonds.




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Rebuild with Hope Foundation

C/O Mclintocks LTD
46 Hamilton square
Birkenhead CH41 5AR

Contact: Louise Atherton

Tel: 07738 760039




We are a newly formed organisation providing employment, training and support for individuals involved with the criminal justice system whilst on RoTL, community licence and post release.

We will provide real work opportunities through a recycling, repurposing and retail operation and in collaboration with partners embed relevant training and wrap around support linked to identified progression routes.

We have a number of employers in a variety of sectors across Lancashire and other parts of the North West who will employ individuals progressing through the Foundation.

View our Announcement leaflet for further information




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Selnet Finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards

Selnet named a finalist in The Education, Training & Jobs category of prestigious national Awards, recognising businesses which are transforming society.

The Social Enterprise Lancashire Network, ‘Selnet’ has been shortlisted in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, recognising it as one of the leading social enterprises in the country.

Selnet based in Preston is a UK finalist in the ‘Education, Training & Jobs’ category. It is a business that exists to enable, secure and develop frontline social enterprises across Lancashire.

Since 2007 Selnet have been supporting social enterprises across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen to start-up, connect, develop and grow. By developing and managing projects like Building Better Opportunities, Selnet lead programmes so social enterprises can secure revenue through their specialism; all to deliver contracts that transform lives. Selnet CEO Liz Tapner MBE said:


“Before Covid hit, we had just relocated to a social enterprise landlord. 3 months later the team were all working from home, maintaining existing contracts that support highly vulnerable people, securing new opportunities and maintaining communications across the network – all enabling the sector to survive, adapt and feel empowered.”


As lockdown covered our communities, Selnet worked intensively to maintain delivery, working with 5 specialist social enterprise partnerships and commissioners so that essential services for disadvantaged people could continue.

While maintaining and supporting teams delivering projects across Lancashire, Selnet worked hard to enable sustainability, resilience and impact of social enterprises.


We worked hard supporting frontline social enterprises whose services have never been more needed. We bid, secured and mobilised a high-level ERDF funded business start-up and growth support programme, ‘DR!VE’ – we and our 4 delivery partners have all invested our own reserves, to make this support possible; all specialising in social enterprises – and blimey its good timing!


On hearing the news of being shortlisted, Selnet’s senior management team Liz Tapner MBE and Donna Marshall were delighted.

Selnet lead programmes creating opportunities for social enterprises to support our  communities, enabling social entrepreneurs to develop skills and achieve their ambitions, respond to challenges, tackle inequalities, and empower our communities.

Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social or environmental purpose. There are 100,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing £60bn to the UK economy, each one being set up to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face from homelessness to the climate emergency.

The UK Social Enterprise Awards run by Social Enterprise UK, the national membership body for social enterprises, recognise the nation’s most pioneering social enterprises.  Selnet will be joining other shortlisted organisations at the prestigious awards ceremony held at London’s iconic Guildhall on 8 December.

This year the Awards featured two new categories one recognising a Social Enterprise Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice and the other for the Social Enterprise Team of the Year – a category specifically acknowledging those teams which have demonstrated the strength, passion and resilience so characteristic of the social enterprise sector over an extremely challenging year.

Previous winners have included a company set up to tackle furniture poverty, an IT consultancy employing people with autism and a community energy co-operative – demonstrating just how diverse the social enterprise sector is.


Commenting on the Awards, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK Peter Holbrook said:

The UK Social Enterprise Awards are back, bigger and better than ever before. We have had a record number of applications this year, all of which have showcased the strength, dynamism and resilience of the social enterprise community through what’s been an incredibly difficult and uncertain period.

Over the course of the pandemic social enterprises have been going above and beyond the call of duty to support their teams, the individuals, and communities they work with, showing the grit, determination and innovation so inherent to this sector. They’ve been operating directly on the frontline of the crisis, launching new products and pivoting their business models to meet the needs of communities and society as a whole.

The Awards are all about celebrating the achievements of the UK’s social enterprise movement, which is showing us that another way of doing business is possible – one which has never been more important as we look to build back better and address the climate emergency.”


Are you a Lancashire 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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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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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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