Claire Dove MBE OBE, 'Queen’s Award for Social Enterprise winner also receives lifetime achievement award from Merseyside Women of The Year.
The honour recognises her work with Blackburne House to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and Black people in the Merseyside area, her role in Liverpool’s recovery and regeneration since the city’s riots in 1981, and her commitment to growing the social enterprise sector across the UK and internationally.
Under Claire’s leadership, Blackburne House – one of the most successful women’s organisations and social enterprises in the UK – has quickly grown and extended its reach into some of Liverpool’s most disadvantaged areas, now helping more than 1000 people each year gain employment skills and training to help them find long-term work.
Claire also champions the social enterprise sector in her role as chair of Social Enterprise UK – the national body for social enterprise. Her political and campaigns work - including her support for the Social Value Act, which became law in January 2013 - has contributed to the rise of the sector, which is now more than 68,000-businesses-strong in the UK. Social enterprises are now outstripping mainstream small and medium sized businesses for growth.