Portsmouth business supports charity to bring about change

Portsmouth based, McAndrew Martin Limited has made a £10,000 donation to charity, Aster Foundation to support its work to combat poverty.

This financial support will mean the charity’s social incubator, inc. can continue to develop social businesses working to bring about change around mental wellness and social connectivity, financial wellbeing, and employment.

Now in its third year supports and develops social entrepreneurs and attracts some of the brightest minds tackling social challenges. So far over thirty businesses have graduated from its ten-month development programme which launched in 2020.

This year’s cohort of social businesses included Social Circles CIC who are working with local communities on a sustainable garden improvement project to improve mental wellbeing and social connectivity, Smplicare who launched a national fall study into how older people can live safer, healthier lives at home for longer and Seidia, who support black and minority ethnic women and non-binary into the cybersecurity field.

Chris Stenlake, Aster Foundation Assistant Director - Social impact and Research said: “Sponsorship Partners are vital to our work. Their commitment means that we can continue to expand and evolve our programme. McAndrew Martin bring with them a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise and are advocates for social equality, which means they are perfectly aligned to our work. Their support will help our social entrepreneurs make a real difference in the areas that matter to our local communities.”

Jason Marshall, Managing Director at McAndrew Martin said: 

“McAndrew Martin Limited has expanded significantly over the past few years and now operates internationally.  Part of our expansion was to develop the companies understanding for the communities that we operate within.  The company corporate plan was developed and focused heavily on Decarbonisation and Social Value. 

Post Covid the company has planted over 300 trees in aid of the Queens Green Canopy, raised £20,000 for veterans related charities, delivered 6 beach clean ups, donated £4,000 worth of community seats and benches and donated £20,000 to charities. One of which was a £10,000 donation to the Aster Foundation.

We are really pleased to be involved with the Aster Foundation and their amazing team and look forward to a close relationship where we can all work towards benefiting our local communities.”

The Aster Foundation enables better lives by working to combat poverty through its impact programmes and innovative approach to tackling social challenges. For more information visit www.aster.co.uk/foundation.

If you are a social business interested in applying for the inc. social incubator you can find out more here.


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