Selnet Social Business Expo 2023 – New Date Announced

We are delighted to finally announce the rescheduled date and invite you to join us for our first in-person networking Expo event!

This informal yet important day is designed to help you come together with like-minded businesses all striving for social good.

The event will be opened by newly appointed Mayor, Counsellor Suleman Khonat (see details) supported by Blackburn Cathedral’s Vice Dean, Canon Rowena Pailing.



We have an action-packed day!

There will be lots of opportunities to network, share ideas, best practice and learn from each other.

Many Lancashire Social Enterprises, charities and entrepreneurs will be showcasing their services and products.

You can sit and listen and be inspired by Lancashire sector leaders speaking on topical subjects.

  • How businesses can bring social enterprises into supply chains and the value that social businesses bring to the local economy
  • ‘Gross domestic happiness’ – What’s the point of measuring gross domestic product when it doesn’t include measuring people’s wellbeing & happiness?
  • How to overcome the main fears that hold our sector back from reaching their true potential


Speakers include:
Further info available soon on speaker topics and content

Tony Carr
Managing Director of Social Enterprise Solutions (UK) CIC and Lancashire’s 2021/22 Social Enterprise Champion.


Paula Gamester
Director of The Sewing Rooms

Paula is an experienced businesswoman who brings entrepreneurial flair, knowledge and commitment to the sector. Paula’s leadership secured national recognition in 2020 when The Sewing Rooms was awarded the Social Enterprise Resilience Champion award and was listed within the UK’s SE Top 100 Index.


Speaker and author Norry Ascroft

Norry has helped hundreds of businesses and individuals to overcome their challenges and achieve their ambitions.

He specialises in helping young people and his book, The Truth About Bullying, is regularly the number one seller in its category on Amazon and helps to build resilience in teenagers through increased confidence. If they know why their problems are happening, they can do something about it.


Join Us!

If you would like to exhibit your business at one of our stands, please download our booking form.

There will be a small charge for exhibiting at the event, a reduced fee for Selnet Members and full cost price for non-members:

  • Stand cost for a Selnet member – £25 + VAT
  • Stand cost for non-members – £50+ VAT

This event is free to attend, and refreshments will be available.

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2023

Time: 10am – 2pm


Venue: Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, BB1 5AA

The map is clickable and will connect you to Google maps


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Yvette Holden, Membership Lead Officer on 07958 432165 or email


Please tag us on social media using #SE_EXPOLANCS23


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