Sustainable Business

Roll up, Roll up for the Future Food and Fashion awards!  Engage your creative side as you develop a fashion or food item of today into a product fit for 2020.  Work with a successful entrepreneur to future proof your product - overcoming shifting consumer trends, resource scarcity,  increased regulations and anything else the changing climate can throw at you.  You will enter your product into the Future Food and Fashion Awards, and vote for the most sustainable entry, in terms of people, planet and profit. Overall, students will gain an understanding of how putting sustainability at the core of business can enable it to thrive long-term by driving down costs, opening up new markets through innovation, and enhancing reputations and brand value.

Green Innovation 

In this Dragon’s Den-style workshop, mentors will pitch green innovations to student entrepreneurs. The students will invest their "money" according to the impact that the innovation may have on people and planet as well as the economic potential. Mentors will then support students to creatively advance the innovations. Overall, students will gain a greater understanding of how STEM subjects can help create a more sustainable future.


Through this workshop, students will work in teams to decide how they can best improve the sustainability of a settlement’s energy use. They will investigate different forms of renewable energy, considering the cost and environmental impact of each. They will also consider the relative potential of different methods for reducing consumption, including both behaviour change and technical measures. As a result of working through these challenges, students will begin to understand that when making decisions we must consider a range of factors - environmental, social and financial - and that we need to implement a range of solutions as no single solution can work to solve all of the issues involved. Students will also be provided with opportunities to consider the types of job roles that may be relevant when it comes to discussing and implementing the range of possible solutions.

Green Jobs

This interactive, discussion-led workshop will tackle key practical questions: What is a green job? Why are they important? How do you get one? And why would you want one? Students will look at how a sustainability job could be right for their skills and attitude, taking a step beyond the usual career advice to talk to real people in green jobs about how they got into their sector and what makes them good at what they do. By the end of the session, students will have an overview of the different options open to them, be enthused about the range of careers on offer, will know what next steps to take  – and will have played Green Jobs Bingo too.

Exhibition area

Students are set a challenge in order to promote discussions about job roles and opportunities with a range of organisations.

Teacher Workshops

‘Rethinking the Future’, is an interactive workshop introducing the circular economy and exciting new free classroom resources, run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The circular economy has gained global recognition, as governments, educators and business leaders turn the challenges of resource scarcity, energy security, waste and pollution; into a business opportunity.  Through the circular economy we can redesign and rethink today's goods and products into tomorrow’s resources, forming a virtuous circle that can realise business advantage.  In short business leaders are recognising that the circular economy will be vital for the future of their business.  According to a recent report by the global business consultancy McKinsey the transition to a circular economy presents a huge economic opportunity worth up to USD 630 billion per annum to the European economy.

Today’s students will play a crucial role in redesigning and rethinking the future.  The circular economy means that businesses will need young people with the skills to help them thrive -  the next generation of designers, engineers, scientists, architects and economists to realise the potential of the circular economy. 

The interactive workshop will introduce the circular economy, and explain how teachers can inspire their students to rethink and redesign the future, and provide them with the key skills to capitalise on the opportunities of the circular economy.  The workshop will also provide a hands on introduction to the new free resources the Foundation has developed for use in the classroom. These provide you with ready-to-go classroom activities, case studies, lesson plans and films.