Charity and Philanthropy
Mike supports many philanthropic organisations including The Princes Trust, Child Bereavement UK, Heart of Bucks and The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
In 2009 Mike set up his own charity, The Clare Foundation www.theclarefoundation.org which helps improve the efficiency of other charities in Buckinghamshire, offering ‘interest free’ Social Impact Loans. TCF also encourages local businesses to engage in the community through CSR programmes. The third focus for his charity is helping individuals/people with their confidence, self-esteem and general happiness …. Mike say’s “It’s about Charities, Businesses and People in Bucks all working together as a connected, collaborative and happy community”.
The Clare Charity Centre also operates ‘CAN’ (a Charity Advisors Network) which encourages volunteers with specific skill sets to assist charities pro-bono as well as a Charity Incubator Service.
Mike somehow still finds time to help and mentor local businesses and entrepreneurs and is often heard on the speaker circuit, lecturing and advising students and business men alike. Mike is an Ambassador and Deputy-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, a Freeman of the City of London and a winner of numerous entrepreneurial awards.
In 2009 Mike was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bucks New University in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of commerce and entrepreneurship.