Clive Hirst

2017 Cohort

Clive believes our society and environment can best be preserved when social enterprise becomes the preferred model for business. He is a passionate advocate for the values of social enterprise.

Clive is a founding Director of Social Enterprise Solutions (UK) CIC, Blackpool’s first Community Interest Company. Its mission is to support and grow social enterprises.  He became Social Enterprise Champion for Lancashire in 2011 and in 2015 gained the award for Outstanding Contribution to Lancashire Social Enterprises.

After election to the Council of Social Enterprise UK in 2009, Clive campaigned for the creation of Social Enterprise Places which would demonstrate the practical benefits of social enterprise in action. Having endorsed the concept, SEUK announced Alston Moor as the world’s first Social Enterprise Place in 2012. Since then, many more Social Enterprise Places have been identified in the UK and elsewhere in the world. The initiative continues to gather momentum.