Selnet are excited to introduce our Flying Start Delivery Team

The Flying Start service provides valuable support and resources to help businesses navigate the challenges of their formative years.

The service is aimed at ambitious future business leaders, with a focus on building business acumen and to acquire and apply the core skills required to establish the business and drive sustainable business growth. If you’re looking to turn a brilliant business idea into reality or take your new business to the next level, Boost’s Flying Start service can help you achieve your personal and business goals.

In partnership with Boost, Selnet are leading the Flying Start service and bring together a team of experienced advisers:


Kerry Stevens  |  Business Advisor |  Beanstalk Business Centre CIC

Kerry’s role involves providing pre-start-up support to entrepreneurs starting a business, and business support to owners of young businesses, under three years old, with aspirations of growth.

Her specialisms include business administration, bookkeeping, community/social enterprises, and food and hospitality.

“Our niche lies in supporting the softer skills crucial for starting a business. This includes overcoming imposter syndrome, building confidence, business communication skills, and effective networking.”


Chris Trickett  |  Business Advisor  |  Community CVS

Chris’s role involves assisting organisations to improve and enhance their sustainability through professional business advice, best practice management, leadership consultation and training.

His specialisms include business processes, logistics, media, marketing, tech, leadership and management.


Lynn Trickett  |  Business Advisor  |  Community CVS

Lynn’s role involves extensive experience of delivering professional business advice and training, specialising in business set-up, growth, social enterprise, business law, and all areas across the logistics of set up and growth.

Her specialisms are all rooted in leading each client to a reality of business sustainability.

  • There are examples of the business advice and guidance from Lynn through the ‘I Use Boost’ posts shared by Selnet, with new posts being shared weekly.
  • On 29th May in Blackburn with Darwen, Lynn delivered the Understanding Social Media Masterclass in Blackburn.


Daniel Fenton  |  Business Advisor  |  Practical Performance Coaching

Daniel’s role involves 1:1 coaching and masterclasses, with specialisms in branding, digital marketing, client engagement, pricing, sales, social media, business development, pitching and book-keeping.

His specialisms are rooted in changing lives of entrepreneurs by coaching and upskilling start-ups, and creating lasting & sustainable value & change.

  • On 20th June from 14:00 – 16:30 Daniel’s next workshop on Financial Management for SMEs is the second webinar in a series of 3 for start-up businesses.
  • On 25th July from 17:30 – 20:00 will be S.M.A.R.T marketing for new business, again as a webinar, and the third workshop in a series of 3 for start-up businesses.
  • Daniel has already led masterclasses in Burnley including Business Start-Up Essentials, Financial Management and Funding for Start-Ups and SMEs and delivered an online workshop on knowing your customers and how to increase sales through tailoring your pitch. 
  • The ‘Meet the Boost Team Q&A’ from Daniel was posted by Boost in April 2024, and case studies of Daniel’s clients will be shared soon.


Tony Carr  |  Business Advisor  |  Social Enterprise Solutions

Tony’s role includes 1:1 coaching to enable business start-up and growth, including for social enterprises. His specialism is enabling creative thinking to inspire and enable entrepreneurs.

  • Tony’s advice “’Are You Being Served’…. Correctly?”is about how customer service is a key ingredient in business, and how it is important to get the basics right!
  • Tony organised the recent Starting a New Business workshop in Fylde in partnership with Fylde Council. More workshops are being lined up alongside ongoing one-to-one business advice.


Lateef Badat  |  Business Advisor  |  Shout Network

Lateef’s role includes 1:1 business advice, mentoring, coaching, peer 2 peer support and masterclasses, specialising in digital, creative, media and professional services.

His ethos is focussed on enabling business growth through entrepreneurs’ empowerment, motivation and inspiration.

  • As a ‘mindset magician’ Lateef helps business owners and teams to work smarter and perform better through empowerment, motivation and inspiration – and his ‘Meet the Boost Team’ article will be published soon!
  • Most recently, Lateef led training events for Flying Start in May 2024, with a Business Start-up Essentials workshop in South Ribble, and How To Build Your Personal Brand, Generate Leads And Get New Clients On LinkedIn as a masterclass in Preston.


Jane Binnion  |  Business Advisor  |  The Growing Club

As a business advisor, Jane’s role is focussed on delivering Flying Start business support to female entrepreneurs across Lancashire.

“I love it when women realise how many entrepreneurial skills they already possess and that starting a business is not such a huge leap after all.”

  • 6-month course fully booked! On 26th March, Jane began The Growing Club’s 6-month start-up course for women in Lancashire who are ready to start a small business. The purpose of this course is to take women through a systematic programme of starting a solid, sustainable business; equip participants with the skills to run a sustainable small business, ensure systems are in place to make things run as smoothly as possible from day one and provide peer support to break the isolation, build confidence and provide accountability.
  • Read more on the Boost website. We will be sharing client feedback and highlights of this course soon.


Alistair Clarke MBE  |  Business Advisor  |  Tick the Publicity Box

Alistair supports people thinking of starting a company as someone to talk to, ask a million questions of and to inspire their confidence to get out there and make it work.

As an accredited, specialist social enterprise business advisor, Alistair has a wide range of experience from advising private businesses to grow, take on more staff and diversify their products and services, and supporting hundreds of  social businesses that want to do good in the community.

“The first 20 years of my career were in broadcast radio so I enjoy advising creative companies and bring lots of skills to clients about marketing, communications and effective use of social media. I’m here to take the worry and stress off clients who want to start a business but don’t know where to start.”

  • On 13th June from 14:00 – 16:00 at Preston Town Hall, Alistair will deliver a Flying Start Marketing Masterclass to fine tune your company’s marketing and make it sing AIDA! That’s Awareness, Interest, Desire and Action to give your printed materials, social media and presentations the best chance of turning enquiries into sales. A two-hour session with industry tips, hints and ideas to kickstart your firm’s public image.
  • In March 2024, Alistair’s Inspiration and Spotlight article on Harnessing the innovation in social entrepreneurship in Lancashire was published on the Boost website.
  • Alistair’s ongoing business advice and support is helping entrepreneurs across a wide range of businesses, and we are sharing these on social media.



Selnet’s management team

The Flying Start service is led by Selnet, and our team includes:

Nina Cowell  |  Account Manager  |  Selnet Ltd

Nina is an excellent ‘networker’ and loves talking to people and finding solutions to help them move forward. Now as an Account Manager on the BOOST Flying Start Programme, she is helping entrepreneurs and businesses get the support to meet their needs.

She recognises the importance for businesses in Lancashire to get the help and support they need and is currently working towards Level 5 CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting.

Her skills include introducing project clients to new links and opportunities that can have a positive impact on their business, their enterprises and their own inspiration. 


Yvette Holden  |  Account Manager  |  Selnet Ltd

Yvette has been the front face for Selnet members for three years and excels at helping business leaders to market and promote their business. Now as an Account Manager on the BOOST Flying Start Programme, she is helping Entrepreneurs and Businesses get the support to set up and grow their businesses.

Yvette enjoys speaking to people and hearing about their business ideas, ambitions and plans and is now working towards Level 5 CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting.

“It’s really satisfying to support entrepreneurs progress to turn their ambitions into realities”.


Dawn Welham  |  Marketing and Promotion Manager  |  Selnet Ltd

Dawn is the marketing and promotion manager for Flying Start. With a background as a business advisor, she also has experience in coordinating cross-sector collaborations, bid writing, reporting, marketing and publicity.

“The scale and diversity of the support available through Flying Start is the most fantastic opportunity to empower entrepreneurs, businesses and enterprises.”


Alison Davies  |  Programme Manager  |  Selnet Ltd

Alison is managing the delivery of the Flying Start project, utilising her experience to achieve the project aims and have a positive impact on Lancashire businesses and the economy – all by enabling a partnership approach for entrepreneurs to realise their true potential.


Liz Tapner MBE  | Programme Accountability  |  Selnet Ltd

Liz is a chartered business adviser and business mentor with extensive experience of business support programmes and the driving force behind Selnet. She is responsible for developing Selnet into a major infrastructure organisation and securing over £25m investment into Lancashire enterprises. 

Her passion is supporting people to achieve their best and in the main her experience has been gained creating new enterprises and enabling growth. Liz loves to see viable and sustainable businesses operating for social good.


Want to know more?

If you’re starting, growing or scaling a business and want to find out how our funded services can help you, please contact our experienced team today. We’d love to support your growth ambitions.

Visit Selnet’s Flying Start page for more information, call 01772 200690 or email or

As part of the Boost partnership, there is a range of services being delivered through partners including the Growth Company, Growth Lancashire and Selnet. Find out more here.




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