Company background

Founded in 2004, AE brings together expertise in IFRS, UK GAAP (FRS101 & FRS102), management reporting, finance systems optimisation, change management, business process design and corporate governance.

We help our clients navigate smooth IFRS transitions including those prior to an IPO, working capital modelling and the design and documentation of financial policies and procedures.

We also provide on-going finance function services for AIM-listed companies and companies funded by private equity as well as project capabilities, particularly in relation to expanding businesses (both in the UK and internationally) and optimising the finance function’s role within the organisation.

Our clients are from a broad range of industry sectors including technology; bio-technology; natural resources; manufacturing; media; and others.

AE focuses on using technical expertise and commercial experience to deliver pragmatic solutions. We work in close collaboration with our clients’ audit firms to ensure a smooth and efficient reporting process, good communication and timely delivery.

Flexible solutions

We provide outstanding client service and actively promote flexible working within our team, this allows us to respond to the needs of a global 24-7 working culture and to quickly resource urgent client projects.

Many of our clients start with a small project and then return regularly as their business grows or faces challenges such as loss of key finance team members or intense change including rapid expansion, restructures, funding rounds, exits and mergers or acquisitions.

We also collaborate with audit firms to address challenges for their clients which they are not able to assist with due to conflict of interest, resource constraints or need for highly specialised financial reporting.

We embrace secure cloud technologies & flexi-resourcing to maximise working efficiency and meet tight reporting deadlines.

Charity, community support & mentoring

We believe strongly that charity / trustee work and participation in mentoring programmes is an essential part of our professional development as an organisation. Members of the AE team are actively involved in charity / community work as trustees and / or volunteers as well as in university mentoring and in school governance. Most recently, we have developed a work experience programme for local GCSE & A-Level students.

We also have an ethos of supporting small and local charitable and community organisations, with a focus on young people, young people’s sports, refugee support and the environment. This currently includes sponsorship of girls’ football at Rugby Borough Football Club.

We also continue to support Break Charity, a children’s charity based in East Anglia, where our Director, Anne Ovens, was trustee for 9 years until July 2023. This support includes regular giving, sponsorship of art sculpture trails both as a corporate sponsor and sponsoring community school & refugee group participation, plus direct support to one of their children’s homes.

In 2024, Aspiration Europe are sponsors of the Cambridge Standing Tall sculpture trail.