1990’s – it all started in the BBC when the team came together as part of IT management. The BBC were early adopters of PRINCE2® and stumbled across MSP® in 1999, just as it came out, and used it to deliver a large restructuring programme very successfully.
Early Noughties – during the early noughties (2002) the predecessor to Aspire Europe, Rare Futures was registered, by Rod Sowden (Managing Director), along with their first client, the BBC, where a number of major change initiatives were delivered. By 2004 Aspire Europe was registered in it’s own right with Claire Rookes (Operations Director) joining the organisation in order to develop the training capability. We were officially established as an Accredited Training and Consultancy Organisation during 2004, and Robert Cole joined us as a consultant.
Mid Noughties – from 2005 onwards, the organisation continued to prosper by winning a number of lucrative contracts including a place on the OGC consultancy framework delivering a major procurement assignment, developing a Business Change Management framework for VOSA in Bristol, winning a place on the Home Office training framework and breaking into the local authority sector with 4 major clients.
Increased focus was placed on our training product offering to clients, whilst Rod was appointed Lead Author for MSP® 07 – a milestone indeed.
2007 was a momentus year for us with the release of the new version of MSP® and the year ended on an even bigger high when Rod Sowden was appointed the Lead Author for P3M3® by the OGC.
Late Noughties – this period was primarily focused at growth as we continued to expand off the back of the MSP® and the release of P3M3®, with a growing list of assignments including HSBC, Network Rail as well as winning more public sector clients.
In 2009 we established Aspire Asia Pacific under the leadership of James Bawtree, to enable the continued take up of our broadening range of training and maturity assessments in Australia. In 2010 Aspire Asia Pacific won it’s first major contract with the Attorney Generals Dept in Canberra whilst Aspire Europe weathered the storm of the recession in the UK public sector market whilst continuing to win tenders and increase profitability.
In the UK we established strong partnerships with peer organisations that enabled further growth and ended with the appointment by the National Audit Office to review the London 2012 Olympics.