As well as offering a competitive recruitment service, our approach to candidate engagement will help you to target a wider pool of talent, diversifying your workforce, with all the benefits that brings.

Many traditional recruitment services fail to reach under-represented groups in society and so their employers miss out on committed and enthusiastic employees. We want to change that.


The Recruitment and Workforce Challenge

  • Attracting great talent in the current climate is a challenge for many employers
  • Are you finding it difficult to attract candidates with the right attitudes and skillsets?
  • Are approaches, which once worked, no longer providing the recruits you need?
  • Perhaps it’s time to look at new and innovative ways to recruit and retain staff

This isn’t just about competitive rates of pay, it’s also about doing things differently


The Solution – Diverse and Inclusive Recruitment

  • Attracting and hiring individuals from under-represented groups can help to solve your talent shortage
  • Simple changes to the way you promote vacancies, will help you to attract a wider candidate pool
  • Small changes to the way you assess candidates will give you the opportunity to consider a broader range of candidates with the right skillsets and attitudes


Build a Diverse Workforce with Aspire in Partnership

We offer a comprehensive recruitment service covering temp, temp-perm and permanent positions across a wide range of roles and business types.   

  • We will support you to take positive action in your approach to recruitment and the way you make hiring decisions
  • Our team will target candidates from diverse backgrounds including BAME, LGBTQ+, gender networks and people living with disabilities
  • We assess all candidates prior to submission so you can be confident the candidates you select for assessment are well prepared
  • In many cases, we pre-train candidates in the specific skills-sets and functions you require – meaning they hit the ground running and less time is spent on induction


Onboarding and Retention

  • We can advise on the right infrastructure to onboard your new hires so they feel included and in a position to deliver their best work
  • We will help you to take new approaches to induction, training and progression planning, which don’t cost a lot but make a big difference

Our workforce development packages will ensure your staff learn new skills specific to your needs meaning staff develop and progress, increasing retention, satisfaction & productivity


The Benefits

The most forward-thinking companies now see that diverse recruitment not only lies at the heart of successful talent attraction strategies; it supports wider business aims as well:

  • Mirror the make-up of your local community – reputation as a good employer
  • Reflect your customer base – customer-loyalty and attachment to your ethos
  • Commissioner priorities – many invitations to tender demand proof of social impact
  • Deliver Social Value –  more and more customers and employees are as interested in a company’s ethos as they are in charge rates or rates of pay

Working with us will lead to results which showcase your organisation as an inclusive and modern employer, with all the benefits that brings.


Proven track record 

The Growth Company has worked with the University of Manchester to break down the barriers that prevent candidates from a variety of different backgrounds from finding work. This partnership has proved that putting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of recruitment really works, as we have supported more than 4,000 local residents into roles at the university over the last 10 years.   

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of  Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, says: “We believe that by combatting these barriers to entry for candidates of all backgrounds, we can help improve the quality of applications and preparedness for work from local candidates, which supports individuals, families and businesses to thrive.     

“While progress is being made in supporting more inclusive recruitment across our region there’s still plenty more to be done - and services such as Aspire in Partnership are making a real difference for employers across all sectors of our economy.”   


To learn more about diversifying your workplace, click here.


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Adrian Bird, Head of Employer Engagement

Specialisms: Anchor Organisations and large employers

Adrian has over 10 years’ experience working in youth employment, apprenticeships and NEET to EET programmes supporting young people from under-represented backgrounds to gain employment and start their careers.

“I gain immense satisfaction from supporting and guiding organisations and individuals to thrive and reach their full potential.”


Michael Clewlow, EDI Regional Account Manager (Preston/Liverpool)

Specialisms: Employability and Skills, Commercial & Funded Recruitment (Sales, Customer Service, Manufacturing, Administration, Hospitality & Care)

“Equality, Diversity & Inclusion has never been more prevalent, and I get real job satisfaction when placing a candidate that would normally be overlooked.

I am a strong believer that it’s the right person for the job, whatever their background. I help employers understand that there is a large pool of untapped talent available from groups with protected characteristics. I also offer advice and guidance on how to become an Employer of Choice, how to become a Disability Confident employer and how companies can deliver greater social value in the communities in which they are based.”

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Stephy Liu, EDI Regional Account Manager

Specialisms: Employability and Skills, Commercial Recruitment (Sales, Customer Service, PA, Administration, HR and Finance)

"I am passionate about creating the right match between my candidates and clients. I love to support businesses to attract talent from a diverse candidate pool, and to retain individuals to reach their full potential in the workplace"

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Tally Panesar, Regional Account Manager

Specialisms: Employability & Skills, Education, Commercial

“Coming from a training and development background, I am passionate about seeing people thrive and progress. I have over 5 years of experience within varying areas of recruitment - this includes both temporary and permanent placements as well as targeted headhunting. I also have varied experience in helping people back into work who have been long-term unemployed.”