Aspire 2Be wins at the inaugural Wales STEM Awards

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Aspire 2Be is “thrilled” to have been crowned a winner at the inaugural Wales STEM Awards on Thursday November 12th in a virtual ceremony hosted by Sian Lloyd.

The Swansea based company was among 42 innovative companies to be named finalists in this year’s highly anticipated awards, which celebrated those making a difference to, and championing, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) in Wales. 

Aspire 2Be was named winner in the STEM Company of the Year awards in the 0-25 employees category, which aims to recognise the small business that has demonstrated outstanding and consistent achievement of the past 12 months and exhibits the greatest promise for the future

Aspire 2Be is a multi award winning Learning Technology Specialist Company in education, business and sport.  The company’s Welsh base is on the SA1 waterfront development in Swansea and its London operation is managed from offices in Bow Lane EC4 . They are staffed by a team of skilled educators, ICT technicians, former headteachers,  Directors of Education, local authority leaders and WG education advisers. 

Since commencement of trading in 2014 the company has been involved as providers in an international award winning education initiative with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, the Ospreys in the Community School Programme, government change education programmes with the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, Premiership Rugby Ltd through all 13 of its professional clubs, innovative education initiatives in Qatar, Jordan and the UAE and latterly serve as education partners to the Construction Industry Training Board in Wales and Bouygues UK. The company annually interacts with hundreds of schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK and hold the distinction of being the only accredited professional partnership training and education company in Europe that cover learning, digital upskill and CPD across the 3 main computer operating systems (Google, Microsoft and Apple iOS)

Speaking after news of the award was released, Aspire 2Be Director and  Co-founder Simon Pridham said: ‘We are delighted to have been recognised by the Wales STEM Awards for all the great work that we have done as a company over the last 12 months. This has been a very challenging time and a difficult business environment for any SMEs to develop and prosper. That we have done so, is down to the work of our great staff, their adoption of the company’s values and their commitment to our ‘One Team’ policy. My thanks go out to them as this award is theirs’.

Head judge Louise Bright, founder of the Wales Women in STEM network, said: “We would like to offer huge congratulations to all of the winners of the very first Wales STEM Awards.

“The calibre of those nominated for the awards was second to none and we were overwhelmed by the number of entries we received. 

“We would also like to congratulate all of those who were shortlisted, we really feel that all of the finalists represent some of the most progressive organisations and individuals at the forefront of STEM innovation in Wales. 

“We are very much looking forward to the future of the Wales STEM Awards and the future of the STEM sector in Wales.”

Co-Founder Liz Brookes of Grapevine Event Management said: “While it was a shame that we weren’t able to celebrate the awards in person, we are extremely happy that we were able to celebrate virtually. I would like to offer a huge congratulations to all of the winners and to all of those shortlisted. Your work is incredibly important, and we thank you for your contributions to STEM in Wales.

“When we launched the awards at the tail end of 2019, we could never have predicted that a global pandemic would scupper our event plans, while at the same time, shine a global spotlight on the importance of STEM in our lives.

“In the last year, science has allowed researchers to study the virus, technology has allowed us to work from home effectively, engineering has enabled us to build ventilators and convert buildings into hospitals, and mathematical modelling has helped the government and health professionals look at the spread and potential impact of the virus.

“Not only have STEM skills been vital in the fight against the virus, but they will continue to be essential as we recover from the crisis and we’re proud to be shining a spotlight on our innovators in Wales.”

The Wales STEM Awards were launched last year in a bid to recognise the innovative STEM work being undertaken in Wales, address the diversity gap and skills shortage, and inspire and raise the aspirations of the next generation. 

Co-founded by communications agency jamjar and Grapevine Event Management, the inaugural awards were supported by headline sponsors GS Verde Groupwhich comprises law firm Greenaway Scott, corporate finance boutique Verde Corporate Finance, and patent attorney firm Alchemie IP

Other sponsors included Box UK, Business News Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, CPS Group, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, Development Bank of Wales, Haus, Rolls-Royce, and Valero Energy. 

The nominated charity partner for the awards was Cancer Research Wales, which is dedicated to developing life-changing treatments, diagnostic techniques, and research for people with cancer. 

For more information contact Ellé Holley at jamjar on 01446 771265 or email elle@jamjar.agency 

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