High-growth edtech company relocates to SA1

Aspire 2Be, an award winning education technology company, has relocated to the heart of Swansea after going through a period of accelerated growth.

The company, which provides a range of digital support programmes to educational institutions throughout the UK, moved to a new office in King’s Road, SA1 last month.

Launched in 2013, the company has expanded quickly around the country, with turnover currently 400 per cent higher than in its first year. It also employs 12 employees.

Considered as one of the UK’s leading edtech companies, the main focus of its work is improving the digital skills and competence of educators and organisations throughout Britain.

It’s also working with schools and teachers in Wales to help them meet the objectives of the Welsh Government’s digital competency and literacy framework.

Although headquartered in Wales, the company now operates in seven countries, and it’s the only British edtech company to be appointed both Network Consultants and Google Accredited Educators as well as being part of the Microsoft Partner Network.

As well as offering companies software-first products, the firm is also leading the introduction of lucrative beacon technology into the UK education market.

This news comes as Aspire 2Be was recently named a runner up in the business of the year category at the Swansea Bay Business Awards. Last year, it was also a finalist in The Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Upon announcing the news, the business said that its new 112 square metre multi-purpose office and training space will allow it to expand into south west Wales.

Education director Simon Pridham, a former headteacher and professional digital adviser to the Welsh Government, said: “We are excited to get started in SA1 and to be at the heart of a vibrant business and learning community.

“We are particularly looking forward to strengthening our links with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, soon to be based in SA1.

“Both universities in Swansea are focused on innovation, which is a great fit for a young company that prides itself on being dynamic and innovative.

He added: “We are called Aspire 2Be because we want to help people aspire to be something greater.

“We want to be acknowledged as a provider that has its culture and values at its heart, a company that inspires learning and development by crafting programmes with a unique pedagogical edge.”