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Selnet Awards 2019 – Shortlist announcement coming soon!

The nominations for Lancashire’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2019 are now closed! We have had a phenomenal response from organisations across Lancashire and will be announcing the shortlist very soon.

Tickets for the big night at The Villa in Wrea Green will be released when the shortlist is announced. Stay tuned on social media for updates and to support or sponsor the event itself click here




On the biggest year in Selnet’s history we are planning our annual celebration of Lancashire’s social enterprises to match! We are delighted to announce First Ark Social Investment as our 2019 headline sponsor. First Ark Social Investment get finance to the people making a difference; through flexible investment and support, they help North West social organisations have an even wider impact. 

Join us to celebrate outstanding organisations, remarkable start-ups and inspirational enablers.



Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year *
Small Social Enterprise of the Year *
Large Social Enterprise of the Year *
Community Impact Award *
Enabling Ability Award *
Environmental Champion of the Year *
Volunteer of the Year
Social Enterprise Employee of the Year
Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2019

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year 2019;
This is the judge’s choice category, awarded from all organisational nominations received.
* Big or small, new or established, any organisation submitting nominations in the Enterprise in Society Awards 2019 could win this category.

An expert judging panel will score the nominations submitted and the highest overall score per category will be the winner.

Winners will be announced on the big night!



The Selnet Enterprise in Society Awards 2019 will be staged at the luxurious 4* Villa at Wrea Green, in the countryside just a few miles north of Preston.

The Villa started life as an impressive 19th century country residence and it retains the air of quiet elegance that befits its distinguished heritage. Set amidst rolling parkland, The Villa presents an imposing aspect from the sweeping private approach and, once inside, the beautifully designed pavilion marquee room will play host to a night of superb food, great entertainment and, of course, the announcement of the winners of the Enterprise In Society awards!

Dress to impress!

The Villa, Wrea Greenthe-venue


Tickets will be on sale once the shortlist is announced – stay tuned for exciting announcements! #SelnetAwards#selnetawards


Our Sponsors

Selnet are delighted to have First Ark Social Investment as headline sponsors of the 2019 Enterprise in Society Awards. First Ark Social Investment get finance to the people making a difference; through flexible investment and support, they help North West social organisations have an even wider impact.



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Selnet member notice! Annual General Meeting on Friday 4th October 2019

On the biggest year in Selnet’s history, we are pleased to give members formal notice of Selnet’s Annual General Meeting on Friday 4th October 2019.

We are planning to incorporate the AGM in to a Members Trade Fair and guided networking event to make sure attendees get the most value from coming along. The Trade Fair event will be 9:45 – 13:30 and include lunch on Friday 4th October 2019. Everything will take place at the premises of our long term network members INTACT, at The Intact Centre, 49 Whitby Avenue, Ingol, Preston PR2 3YP.

To participate in the Trade Fair, members are invited to bring banners, promotional materials (case studies, impact reports, examples of work), to out your stall and share with other members, Directors, partners and supporters. You will also get ‘time at the mic’ to talk about what your organisation is currently doing, the impact you are having and to share opportunities or ask for support or input from the network.


Booking is now open online: https://selnetagmtradefair2019.eventbrite.co.uk


At the AGM and in line with Selnet company rules there will be FOUR seats available for members to nominate their representative to the board of directors. I am sure I speak for all directors when I say we are looking for people from the membership to step forward to support and help influence Selnet’s strategic direction.

Any full Selnet member can put forward a nomination, to do this please complete a ‘Director Nomination Form’ and return this to liz@selnet-uk.com before 1st October. To find out what would be expected of you as a Selnet Director download this form. If you have any questions regarding a position on the board please get in touch.

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Building Better Opportunities Lancashire

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a national programme from The National Lottery Community Fund who are matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Selnet is leading three specialist partnership projects that are delivering support across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen; ‘Age of Opportunity’, ‘Invest in Youth’ and ‘Changing Futures’ are unique in being delivered by 45 exclusively Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Organisations. With each partner having specific expertise in supporting disadvantaged people, our partners combine to help each participant understand, address and overcome a wide range of barriers. Over three years, 3270 disadvantaged people will benefit from support tailored to their individual needs and interests to overcome complex barriers and move towards work and training.

The ‘barriers’ that contribute towards people being disadvantaged and unable to engage in work, education or training can include issues around; mental health, low self-esteem and low confidence, health problems or disabilities, caring responsibilities, debt, low or no skills, access to childcare, BME, LGBT, chaotic lifestyles and substance misuse.



In September 2018 we reached a huge milestone; in 2 years our partnerships had engaged 2000 people to help them address and overcome barriers. 200 people who were previously struggling with multiple barriers had started a new job or begun training.


Perhaps one of our projects could help you or someone you know?

Selnet’s Role

Selnet led a 12-month process of developing three Lancashire-wide partnerships to provide specialist employability and skills support to disadvantaged people. Two projects began in August 2016; the ‘Age of Opportunity’, supports the over-50s, and ‘Invest in Youth’, supports young people aged 15-24. The third project, ‘Changing Futures’, began in February 2017 and supports people with multiple and complex barriers to employment. 

To find out more, click on the links below to visit the project pages:

The Age of Opportunity project supports people who are over 50 and currently unemployed or economically inactive to improve their skills and employment opportunities.

The Invest in Youth project supports young people aged 15-24 who are unemployed or economically inactive including those not in employment, education or training ‘NEET’ or at risk of becoming NEET, to improve their skills and employability.

The Changing Futures project supports individuals who are at risk of exclusion from the labour market to overcome multiple and complex barriers and move towards employment and training.


More Information on European Funding in Lancashire

The 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme provides funds to help local areas stimulate growth. The funds support investment in innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs.

A single ESIF Growth Programme has been set up to combine three separate European Funds. The Growth Programme provides funding to help projects in England that create jobs and economic growth.

For more information:

Lancashire LEP developed arrangements to ‘opt-in’ to the Big Lottery Fund (now known as The National Lottery Community Fund) to enable Lancashire to build a strong foundation for social inclusion programmes. This resulted in a £12.5m project for Lancashire in Building Better Opportunities joint funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund that will encompass 5 Lancashire projects.

Read more here:





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