Aspire4u is an Event Management and Youth Training Community Interest Company with a difference. They deliver bespoke creative and imaginative event management solutions to corporate clientele offering packages to suit all budgets, ranging from seminars and conferences to Christmas parties and social functions. They also provide training and vocational work experience opportunities to young people offering alternative career and life development support aiming to improve the life chances of those who are often dissatisfied or disengaged with traditional education facilities.
Aspire4u has been an active member of Shop for Change since attending the launch in 2010 and speaking of the campaign, Aspire4u’s Director, Daniella Genas, commented: “I think Shop for Change is a fantastic initiative. It is very important that organisations make an effort to use other social enterprises in order to ensure the growth of the sector”.
Speaking highly of iSE’s support, Daniella stated: “Elizabeth Barker did some strategy work with me in late 2009 and advised that we should apply for the Social Enterprise Fund. I was quite sceptical but she was really encouraging and supportive and we were subsequently awarded £29,990.10 which was our biggest grant up until that point. It enabled us to do so many things including starting our own Event Management training programme (STEM). It also provided us with the confidence to apply for bigger funding streams which we had assumed previously we would be rejected for. I have attended several iSE events and have found them to be very useful. They have also provided great opportunities for networking”.