An adult education charity is one of the first 100 British businesses to have spun out from the public sector.

Aspire Sussex attended a celebratory reception hosted by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude at 10 Downing Street.

Formerly West Sussex Adult and Community Learning Service, part of West Sussex County Council, Aspire became a mutual in September 2012 – the first adult education service in the UK to do so.

It is now one of 100 organisations delivering £1.5 billion of public sector services in new and different ways.

Speaking after the event Judith McManus, acting chief executive for Aspire, said: “It was a privilege to attend and for all our efforts to be recognised.

“We’ve been on a massive learning journey over the past two years and all our staff have had to work together to think differently and learn new skills.”

Aspire Sussex recently launched a new programme of adult education courses.

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