Awards and Accreditations

Selnet have gained national recognition for the achievements of our company and team. We are continually working to shine a spotlight on the work of our sector and to raise the profile of social enterprise in Lancashire. Here is a summary of our awards and accreditations:



March 2024
Alison Davies: Women in Social Enterprise ‘WISE100’ 

Selnet’s Programme Manager Alison was named in the UK’s top 100 Women in Social Enterprise at the seventh annual NatWest WISE100 awards. This is a platform to celebrate, support and share expertise, learning and inspiration among women in social enterprise, social innovation, impact investing and mission-led business across the UK.




June 2023

Selnet: UK Social Enterprise Top 100 Index

Formally announced on 10th July – this is the fifth consecutive year for Selnet to be ranked in the UK’s Top 100 social enterprises. Selnet’s work, from project management of partnerships (Under One Roof, Building Better Opportunities and DR!VE), bidding for contract opportunities (Kickstart Gateway, to new projects with Preston City Council and Fylde District Council), providing practical training (bid writing and social media workshops) and events (Enterprise in Society Awards in November 2022 and Social Enterprise Expo event in January 2023).

From this platform we are able to campaign for, promote and highlight our membership and sector – including new UKSPF amendments. Thank you to our fantastic team members and to everyone involved in work with Selnet.




June 2022

Selnet: UK Social Enterprise Top 100 Index

This was the fourth year that Selnet was ranked in the UK’s Top 100 social enterprises! In 2022, the NatWest SE100 Awards had the tagline ‘Building back better, bouncing back bigger’. Our work across Lancashire is to provide specialist advice and support to start up, develop, connect and grow – from securing new contracts to managing extensive partnerships. We are dedicated to supporting social enterprises to deliver their amazing work, from continuing our membership support to most recently opening new projects DR!VE (ERDF) and Under One Roof (LCC).




September 2021

Selnet: Finalist in national Social Enterprise Awards 2021

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



July 2021

Selnet: UK Social Enterprise Top 100 Index

For the third consecutive year, Selnet is ranked in the top 100 UK social enterprises at the NatWest SE100 Awards recognition the support secured and services successfully continued in response to the impacts of Covid-19. This award is a testament to the dedicated and passionate team at Selnet, working hard on behalf of our members and for Lancashire residents.




December 2020
Investors in People accreditation renewed for 3 years

We’re delighted to have been awarded ‘Investors in People’ accreditation for a further 3 years, until the end of 2023. This recognises the open, trusting and effective team working within Selnet, where all members share, and work towards, the same vision & purpose.


May 2020

Selnet: UK Social Enterprise Top 100 Index

For the second consecutive year, Selnet is ranked in the top 100 UK social enterprises at the NatWest SE100 Awards after securing £5.5M extensions to 3 Building Better Opportunities projects, delivering the Building for Sustainability Leadership programme, securing the Two/Zero social enterprise scale up project, the success of the Enterprise in Society Awards and continuation of Lancashire’s crisis support (furniture) service.


January 2020

Investors in People accreditation renewed

Selnet have held the IIP Standard for over 9 years and was most recently reaccredited in 2019.




November 2019

Liz Tapner: Women in Social Enterprise WISE100

Selnet CEO Liz was named in the WISE100 having been nominated in the ‘Social Business Leader of the Year’ category. This recognition reflects overall qualities as well as successes during the past year. It follows a string of high-profile awards including the UK’s most influential Woman in Social Enterprise at the Social Enterprise UK Awards in 2018 and recognition as a Northern Power Woman 2019.



November 2019

Donna Sadler: Women in Social Enterprise ‘WISE100’

Selnet’s Partnership Manager Donna was named in the UK’s top 100 Women in Social Enterprise ‘WISE100’, recognising her role as Selnet’s own Anchor-woman, keeping things moving often behind the scenes, getting things done!




February 2019

Selnet: UK Social Enterprise Top 100 Index

Selnet is ranked in the top 100 UK social enterprises at the NatWest SE100 Awards and were shortlisted under the ‘Growth’ category, after securing 3 Building Better Opportunities projects, NatWest Skills and Opportunities funding and continuation Lancashire’s crisis support (furniture) service the previous year.



January 2019
Liz Tapner: Northern Power Women Top 100

Liz is ranked as one of the Top 100 ‘Northern Power Women’ at the Northern Power Women Awards, which showcases role models and celebrates the many different ways women contribute to a thriving Northern Powerhouse.

Being recognised in the Top 100 Northern Power Women from all sectors and industries reflects Liz’s impact in representing our sector and securing opportunities for conversations, contracts, and collaborations. Selnet was established to support the social enterprise sector across Lancashire;




November 2018

Liz Tapner: Woman in Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise UK’s national awards shines a spotlight on the leading lights of the social enterprise community, recognising the outstanding achievements of businesses which trade for a social purpose.

Liz was awarded the ‘Women in Social Enterprise’ award at the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2018, recognising her as the UK’s most influential woman in social enterprise.




November 2017
Liz Tapner: Honorary Fellowship of Social Enterprise UK

Liz was awarded one of the Social Enterprise UK’s first Honorary Fellowships which recognises those who have contributed to creating such a diverse, thriving and truly impactful social enterprise community and continue to drive the sector forward.