A social enterprise company, which aims to get homeless people into employment, has collapsed owing £350,000 to creditors.
The Aspire Group employed homeless people in 12 cities across the UK to produce a fair-trade catalogue. Regional branches had diversified into other businesses including furniture recycling, gardening, catering, window cleaning and bicycle restoration.
The company was co-founded in 1999 by Paul Harrod, who resigned as director earlier this year. At the time of going to press, Harrod was unavailable for comment, but is reported as saying that the company would attempt to pay its creditors by selling its stock and renting out its mailing list.
A new company, Aspire Support UK, has been launched to maintain the six remaining social enterprises in Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, East London, Sheffield and Blackpool.