Fusion21 Supports First Ark’s Community Achievement Awards

Fusion21 member First Ark has celebrated the stars of its communities at its annual “Community Achievement Awards,” held at The Venue in Huyton. 

The awards featured ten inspirational categories – with the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award this year sponsored by Fusion21 – and recognised residents and organisations who work hard to make a difference throughout the Knowsley borough.


Ian McDonough, Community Regeneration Manager at Fusion21, presents Alissa Koopal with the 'Entrepreneur of the Year' award. 

Ian McDonough, Community Regeneration Manager at Fusion21, presented winner Alissa Koopal with the title of ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. 

As a mum of two young children the Knowsley resident has created the first 'baby bangle' and is the Founder and Director of Izzy Melody Limited. Alissa's product is sold in major retailers including Mothercare and John Lewis. Alissa is passionate about safe baby products, and has designed and manufactured her product in the UK. 

Ian McDonough, Community Regeneration Manager at Fusion21, said:“Fusion21 is really proud to have supported First Ark and sponsored this category which shines a spotlight on successful individuals who go the extra mile to chase their ambitions. 

“As a social enterprise we are passionate about working with our members to generate social value, whilst helping to deliver sustainable growth in communities – so it was an honour to celebrate with, meet and thank individuals and businesses who make positive contributions within the Knowsley area.”