Business Mentors

The below organisations will be working with students in a range of workshops. Search mentors by workshops:

Your Business Future

Schumacher Institute

The Shumacher Institute develops the legacy of E. F. Schumacher of 'Small is Beautiful: Economics as if people mattered' fame. It delivers equity within planetary limits through its research, training and consultancy.

Boo Coo & Mosaic

Rachel Woollatt is a Chartered Accountant who has worked at a senior level in the corporate world in finance, product design, marketing and strategy and is now proprietor of two local sustainable businesses. The first is Boo coo, a washable nappy business which provides expert advice to parents and sells a select range of nappies. The second is Just Mosaic, which sells a range of sustainable quality products.  An innovative mix of ethical, organic, fairly traded and recycled items all made by independent producers both locally and across the globe. From everyday basics to fabulous luxury treats.  All the products have inspiring stories and by buying them you can transform the bigger picture.


Alago use innovative design and materials to create heated gloves that give you the freedom to just get on with what you love.


texSture is a single port of call for the textile and fashion industry. Through expertise, practical solutions, research and training, we help companies look at how their stakeholders’ needs change and adapt in response to cost, convenience and opportunities, and how these taken together trigger important markets shifts. As a result our clients are able to identify solutions that address their risk and uncover new market opportunities. Once the key risk areas have been identified, we lead the implementation at all levels: from design, over marketing, to sourcing, manufacturing, or wet processing. Pamela Ravasio, Risk & Sustainability Strategist, will be at the event on the 7th March.


At Foodcycle we combine volunteers, surplus food from shops and supermarkets, trailer-bikes and kitchen space to create nutritious meals for people affected by food poverty. We aim to bring positive change to the community.

Bristol Fairtrade Network

Bristol Fairtrade promotes the use and awareness of Fairtrade in the city, through schools, businesses, charities and volunteers. Fairtrade guarantees small farmers a fair income with a premium to invest in their communities, as well as promoting sustainable farming. 

Westfield Farm

Bryony lives at Westfield Farm in North Somerset and has recently been working towards making the Farm as self-sustaining as possible. In April, 2012 their Forest Garden was recognised as a centre within the Permaculture Association LAND project and we now welcome students from all over the world who want to learn about Permaculture principles and techniques and how they use them here. Bryony will be working with students on the 7th March.

Better Food Company

Campaigners, as well as retailers of local, organic, ethical and fair trade products. The Better Food Company was established by Phil Haughton in 1992 as an organic delivery service and has since grown into two retail outlets, café and deli. Its produce is grown by The Community Farm on a 24 acre site 8 miles from Bristol. Phil Haughton will be working in the Sustainable Business workshop.


Superdry offers t-shirts, polo shirts, hoods and sweats, denim, joggers, tops, dresses, jackets, shirts, knitwear, footwear, as well as a wide range of bags and accessories. It has a wide appeal, capturing elements of "urban" and "streetwear" designs with subtle combinations of vintage Americana, Japanese imagery and British tailoring, all with strong attention to detail. Toby Abbott, Sustainability Specialist, will be at the event on the 6th March. 



Our Mission at Friska is pretty simple. We want to be awesome at what we do and how we do it. What we do is great tasting fresh food (which is inspired from all around the word), Amazing Coffee made with care and passion, Service to make you smile (and hopefully come back with your friends), a responsible sourcing and environmental policy we can feel proud of and most importantly of all growing a company which people believe in, have fun at and feel committed towards developing. Griff Holland, Owner, will be at the event on the 6th March. 



South West Food and Drink

South West Food and Drink Services have been designing, developing, managing, monitoring, evaluating, hosting and supporting projects across the food and drink supply chain since 2002. They have provided strategic management of public project funds for the food and drink sector and have considerable expertise in assessing project applications through a robust appraisal system. Their expertise extends from managing small, locally focused projects to providing full back office support and hosting arrangements for major European and National projects. Director and former Chairman Tom Langdon – Davies will be at the event on the 6th and 7th March.

Your Energy Future

Marine Current Turbines Ltd

Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT)  has a demonstrated pedigree of pioneering the development of tidal stream generation technology for over 20 years. Now wholly owned by Siemens, forming part of the Ocean & Hydro Business, MCT is poised to become the World’s leading OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) of commercial scale tidal stream technology, dedicated to research, design, manufacture and support of tidal stream energy generating systems. MCT has proven that the technology is scalable, commercially viable and an environmentally sustainable solution to zero carbon energy generation. The technology is now ready for deployment in commercial scale tidal energy projects. MCT is now focused on the development of the first tidal array projects in the UK on carefully selected sites that will deliver a good commercial return for investors.


Mark Kingsley Architects

Mark Kingsley Architects specialise in designing environmentally conscious, innovative and contemporary architecture. An award winning practice with a leading reputation for designing climate responsive Low to Zero Energy homes & buildings for end user clients. MKA have designed a wide range of successful large to small scale projects; New-Build, Refurbishment, Extension & Retrofit work undertaken. RIBA, AECB and Green Register members’.

University of the West of England

UWE-FET delivers a range of courses relating to energy demand reduction, from the design of low energy buildings (BEng Architecture and Environmental Engineering), to integration of low energy technologies (BSc Architectural Technology and Design), to the areas of management and policy (BSc Environmental Resource Management). Low energy principles are also key themes in UWE’s unique inter-disciplinary modules involving all courses associated with the built environment. The faculty also has numerous other courses in the areas of Environment and Technology.

Engineers without Borders

Engineers without Borders (EWB-UK) are an international development organisation that removes barriers to development through engineering. Our programmes provide opportunities for young people to learn about technology's role in tackling poverty. Supported by the EWB-UK community, our members can work on projects around the globe.Conor Mcglacken is on the Bristol University branch committee as an Outreach Coordinator, running workshops in schools, about the role of engineers in international development. He is also the Regional Outreach Coordinator for the SW England and Wales. 

University of Bath

Hayley is completing her PhD at the University of Bath in the environmental impacts of, and role for clean coal technologies in a low carbon UK energy mix (CCS, CHP, co-firing with biomass and waste vs conventional coal, nat. gas and nuclear). She also works as a research officer looking at the environmental impacts of decentralised energy systems, including solar PV, heat pumps, micro-CHP and eventually storage.


Mott Macdonald Group

The Mott MacDonald Group is a diverse management, engineering and development consultancy delivering solutions for public and private clients world-wide.

Buro Happold

Buro Happold

Buro Happold provides innovative and sustainable design, management and engineering services at all stages of development, from strategic planning to operation. We work locally and globally to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits at every scale: from buildings and urban communities to organisations and regions. Our aim is to build harmony through a strong commitment to care, value and elegance.

Your Innovative Future

Engineers without Borders

Engineers without Borders (EWB-UK) are an international development organisation that removes barriers to development through engineering. Our programmes provide opportunities for young people to learn about technology's role in tackling poverty. Supported by the EWB-UK community, our members can work on projects around the globe. Alex Black - Roberts will be supporting students in the Green Innovation workshop. Alex is a second year civil engineering student who has supported several EWB events and is part of the QUEST scene, run by the institute of Civil Engineers to promote Engineering.

National Composite Centre

The National Composites Centre aims to be an independent, open-access national centre that delivers world-class innovation in the design and rapid manufacture of composites and facilitates their widespread industrial exploitation. The centre was launched through the UK Composites Strategy in 2009 and brings together dynamic companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products.


Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd uses a range of remanufacturing technologies to clean, refurbish, reassemble and, if necessary, update a wide variety of engines and components. The Shrewsbury facility is one of Caterpillar’s three remanufacturing sites based in the UK and has been a proud local employer providing quality products and engineering solutions since 1915. Our broad product base reaches all corners of the globe and includes 3054 Diesel Engines,  X300 Transmissions,  Warrior Infantry fighting vehicle – CV8 / CV12 Engines,  Class 158 , 165 & 166 Railcars, C27 and C32 engines. 



Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China, Japan and in the Middle East. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS company.

Microbial Fuel Cell

Urine is a natural and abundant waste product with the majority ending up at your nearest sewage treatment plant.  However, urine is nutrionally-rich and fed to naturally-occuring microbes within a Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC), electricity is produced as a by-product of metabolism. Simply a MFC is a ‘purpose-built home’ for these bacteria in which the urine can be fed easily into and allows us to capture the electrical current.  The energy captured is a valuable resource and can be utilised in numerous electrical applications.  Therefore by scaling up and miniaturising the number of MFC we could provide a real green alternative to making an energy for every home and workplace.  Dr. Debbie Lewis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, will be pitching on the 6th March. 



Edwards are the leaders in exhaust gas treatment for the semiconductor industry with a track record of solving the most challenging applications. This spans all processes used in the manufacture of leading-edge chips as well as related applications in the flat panel display, solar cell and solid state lighting (LED) industries. Edwards will be pitching their Atlas system, which offers state-of-the art performance for treating the exhaust gases from today's demanding semiconductor manufacturing processes.

Hero Eco

Hero Eco is part of the Hero Group, establishmed in 1958 and has grown to become one of the largest two wheeler companies in the world with annual revenues of over $6 billion. Hero has a design centre in Berlinwhere they develops the A2B and Fast4ward brands. Hero sell their products 80 countries globally. Hero Eco will be pitching their electric bikes. 


Your Resourceful Future

Low Carbon South West

Low Carbon South West is a Community Interest Company supporting the development of environmental technologies and services in the South West.  It is a membership organisation and sector partnership between businesses, academia, investors, local authorities, and both regional and national agencies who are working together to promote the growth of the environmental technologies and services sector in the South West of England.

UK Youth Climate Coalition


The UK Youth Climate Coalition aims to inspire, empower, mobilise and unite young people to take positive action on climate change for a clean, fair future. Our national Youth for Green Jobs campaign wants to see Green Jobs accessible to all young people, and the creation of opportunities of employment for young people to build a low carbon sustainable economy.


Dantek Environmental Services is a Bristol based Water Hygiene Company. Dantek are specialists operating in the building services sector. We provide solutions for statutory Health and Safety compliance issues, such as the control and prevention of Legionnaires’ disease. Our key areas of expertise are Legionella risk assessments, cleaning and disinfection services, temperature monitoring, water treatment and specialist chemical cleaning services. 


Your Future City


noma architects is a well established and respected Architectural Practice offering a professional, creative and forward-thinking design-led service to a broad client base. noma architects seek to achieve excellence in Architecture by being dedicated to providing our clients with added value, and creating sustainable building solutions, which will improve the quality of life of the occupants. Contact us at;