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Selnet Social Business Expo 2022 – POSTPONED


We 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: TBC

Time: TBC


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 yvette@selnet-uk.com.


Please tag us on social media using #SE_EXPOLANCS22


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Lancashire’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2022

Selnet believe that social enterprise can transform lives and change the world. We are here to support Lancashire’s social enterprises to start up, develop, connect, and grow.

Social enterprises based or operating in Lancashire – highlight your work and celebrate your impacts at the 2022 Selnet awards!

Over the last 12 months, social enterprises across Lancashire have simply been there when needed supporting individuals and empowering Lancashire communities. These businesses adapted to external pressures, react to emerging need and support Lancashire residents in ways only they can.  



On 4th November 2022, our Enterprise in Society Awards will highlight and celebrate impacts made across our exceptional business community.


The Big Night

The Selnet Enterprise in Society Awards 2022 will be staged at the luxurious Village Hotel (De Vere) in Blackpool.

Join us for an unforgettable evening that celebrates: hard work, huge social impact and the strength and resonance of businesses that operate for GOOD!

Friday 4th November 2022 at 7pm til Midnight

3 course meal, live entertainment, awards presentation and a great opportunity to network withother social enterprises in Lancashire.

Tickets are £49 each or a table of 10 for £450. Book by phone on 01772 200690 or email awards@selnet-uk.com stating the number of tickets required for your organization.


Sponsor an Award

To discuss sponsorship opportunities and your support of the Lancashire social enterprise sector, contact Liz Tapner MBE, Selnet’s CEO, on 01772 200690 or email liz@selnet-uk.com.



Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year

For social enterprises that have formed since 1st January 2020. The judges will consider your social mission, why you started up and what you have achieved.


Small Social Enterprise of the Year

For social enterprises under 10 staff (but no limit on volunteers). The beating heart of Lancashire’s social enterprise sector may be small but achieve great results. So, don’t be shy, really impress the judges with details of your ethos, your team’s skills and experience and how you support society.


Large Social Enterprise of the Year 

For social enterprises with 11 or more staff. The powerhouses of social enterprises. Show the judges how you bring about big changes to people and the planet.


Work or Training Social Enterprise of the Year

Given the amazing success of Building Better Opportunities and other support programmes in Lancashire, Selnet is blown away by the efforts that organisations go to in helping the most vulnerable in society move closer to the workplace. Within your application, give the judges a couple of real-life case studies to demonstrate how you have changed lives.


Employee of the Year

Tell the judges about your employee or your colleague who goes way beyond their job description. Give some examples of real differences they have made.


Striving for Equality

When equality, diversity and inclusion are present Social Enterprises reap the rewards. We are looking to highlight a Social Enterprise who have fantastic Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and are able to demonstrate their impact when working on behalf of others to tackle inequalities.

Tell the judges about how you are advancing equality for your target groups e.g. race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, social mobility, disability, health including mental health or age.


Environmental Champion of the Year

In Lancashire, our people and our enterprises are making huge strides to improve the environment. Some towns have declared a Climate Emergency, some businesses are reducing their environmental impacts, addressing the global issue.

The judges will be looking at practical measures being taken by our sector to improve Lancashire and how it fits into a wider strategy.


Volunteer of the Year

We love this category! Tell the judges why your people volunteer, what they do, about their approach to helping others and highlighting the impacts they have achieved.


Social Enterprise Champion 2022

This is always a tough category, but the judges will consider individuals who are shining examples of social enterprise in action in Lancashire. Past winners have been exceptional leaders in their field who turned an idea into a social enterprise, enabled positive change and who carry the Social Enterprise banner with them in everything they do.


Social Enterprise of the year

From all the nominations received, the judges will also choose Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year No additional nominations are required for this category.


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


See photos from our past Awards Events



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