Social entrepreneur Claire Dove receives OBE, to add to list of recent honours

Claire Dove, leading social entrepreneur and CEO of award-winning social enterprise Blackburne House, has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2013.

The honour recognises her commitment to growing the social enterprise sector across the UK and internationally. Claire is Chair of Social Enterprise UK, the national body for the growing business sector, and leads Blackburne House – a social enterprise in Liverpool that helps more than 1,000 people each year gain employment skills and training to help them find long-term employment.

Claire recently gave her time to support the ground breaking Public Services (Social Value) Act, a new law that requires public sector commissioners to consider social value when contracting providers. It gives commissioners the green light to choose providers that are committed to delivering community prosperity and wealth – like social enterprises and charities. The Act is already being embedded by public sector commissioners and councils in England and Wales who want to use their spending power to create lasting social change in villages, towns and cities.


Claire was also recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, and has recently been appointed to the Board of the Charity Commission.

Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK, said:

“Claire is a wonderful ambassador for social enterprise nationally, but at the same time has remained fully committed to her local community – her feet have never left the ground. She brings all of her professional conversations back to what really matters – her focus never wavers from helping people who need a helping hand.”

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