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Aston University graduate Anisa Haghdadi set up Beatfreeks as a youth engagement agency to provide consultancy services to companies and organisations wanting to better understand and engage young people and in doing so, create platforms for young people to develop their skills, network, and confidence.

Anisa set up her first social enterprise at the age of 15 and was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to education and young people in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The British Empire Medal was reinstated in 2012 to recognise volunteers who make a real difference to their communities.

Beatfreeks is a multi-award winning social enterprise, firmly rooted in Birmingham but with an expanding national reach, the company aims to pioneer new ways of engaging, empowering and developing people and spaces through a blend of creative arts, media, leadership training and enterprise.

Highlights include working with BBC IXtra on ‘Scratchbeat’ to bring national and local talent together to share a stage (which also saw local artists get national airplay), through to working with a group of young people passionate about mental health over 12 weeks to set up their own official social enterprise ‘Ripple CIC’.

Beatfreeks has grown exponentially since its first year in 2013. The business was awarded a place on the UnLtd Fast Growth programme, funded through the Millennium Awards Trust. Anisa received £20,000 and intensive support over 12 months to help scale-up her business.

Anisa praised all elements of the BSEEN programme. She particularly benefited from the financial support and access to networks to grow the business.

Beatfreeks are now looking forward to growing strategically and developing more national partnerships.