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Aspire Housing wins Royal recognition for its work in social regeneration

A Staffordshire housing association has won a place on the 2017 Queen’s Awards list thanks to its work in social regeneration.

The 2017 Queen’s Awards list, published to mark the Queen's birthday on 21 April, sees awards bestowed for achievement in four categories: international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.

Aspire Housing’s efforts to address social disadvantage and its support for local communities to maximise their potential, has made the company one of the first recipients in the promoting opportunity category, which is new for this year.

The award, which is equivalent to an MBE for businesses, will be presented to Sinéad Butters, Aspire’s chief executive, at a Buckingham Palace reception later this year.

This will be Butters’ second trip to Buckingham Palace, having previously received her MBE from the Queen in 2016.

“We are passionate about making a difference in our region, in our neighbourhoods and to people’s lives,” said Butters.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential irrespective of their background. Our role is to assist them through provision of quality housing, employment and training and support.

“In 2008 we took the bold step of acquiring a training business, PM Training, to further our social mission to support people into employment. Since then we have grown and extended our approach and we are proud to receive this royal recognition of our work.

“It is an honour to be among the first recipients in the promoting opportunity category and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues who make such a difference in our communities. It really is an enormous achievement for Aspire Housing.”

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