Celebrating our customers
at the Aspire Awards

21 July 2017

Earlier this week, many of our 2016/17 Aspire Award recipients gathered together at an event in London to celebrate their hard work and fantastic achievements over the last year.

Aspire Award 2017 winnersSince 2009 our Aspire Awards have helped over 300 customers get back into work, change their career path or make their community a great place to be. In total, Guinness has invested over £360,000 in training, equipment, travel costs and community projects.

A new career

This round of awards has helped our customers complete a variety of qualifications and training, from project management courses to training in sign language, counselling, nail art, swim coaching, accounting and much more.

Customer Holli, who received an Aspire Award to fund two nail art courses, said, “The difference the Aspire Awards has made to my career is – I’ve got a job! I was a stay at home mum, but now I work at one of the best nail salons in London. It’s also given me the confidence to apply for more courses. It’s amazing, I really appreciate it.”

Investing in communities

We were also delighted to approve 12 grants in our Community category. Introduced in 2016, this category is aimed at improving the neighbourhoods our customers live in. This year’s projects included a summer play scheme, community gardens, computer equipment to help customers improve their IT skills, a mosaic project, a food pantry and summer outreach projects for young people aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in our communities.

Customer Frances Simpson spoke to guests about how her Aspire Award has helped her to get back into work and grow her freelance business in international development.

Want to know more?

Watch the videos below to hear some of our customers talk about how the Aspire Awards have opened up possibilities for them.

If you want to join them as one of our future award winners, find out more about our Aspire Awards, and keep an eye open for the next round of applications in August.

If you’d like to see more photos from the day, you can check out our gallery below or take a look at our Facebook photo album.