Business Mentors

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

Your Innovative Future

Renault

Renault Solihull, part of Renault Retail Group a network of over 19 dealerships which sells 1 in every 4 Renaults in the UK. 100%-owned by Renault, offering the full range of Renault cars, vans, products and services at the best prices and backed with sound advice based on years of experience and passion for Renault.

 

Centre for Doctoral Training

The Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Fuels Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is a flagship collaboration between five world-leading energy research institutions, it will train a new generation of scientists and engineers to address the interdisciplinary challenges involved in the transition to a sustainable energy future.

Smart Network, Smarter Choices

Smart Network, Smarter Choices is a £32million programme that will invest in transport to deliver jobs, productivity and low-carbon, sustainable growth. Smart Network, Smarter Choices is a package of measures that involves changing people’s travel behaviour, while joining up transport networks through Smart Measure, Infrastructure Improvements and Technological Showcases.

Jaguar Land Rover

At Jaguar Land Rover, sustainable development is integral to the way we work. It is a core value that drives the long-term success of our business. We believe that it is fundamental to preserving the strong reputation of our brands, securing our licence to operate, delivering profitable growth, and retaining the trust of all of our stakeholders. We are committed to positively engaging with our local and global communities to ensure our presence adds value and brings benefits.

Establis

Of all the available energy sources the sun is by far the most powerful. Using solar energy will reduce harmful CO2 emissions and resolve the forthcoming energy deficit. Establis is a European interdisciplinary research and training network. It aims to develop materials and techniques for long-lived, cheap and flexible organic solar cells and building-integrated large scale applications.

Your Business Future

The Fairtrade Foundation

The Fairtrade Foundation is the UK member of the global standard setting and producer development non-profit organisation Fairtrade International. Fairtrade works with more than 1.4 million smallholder farmers and workers across 74 countries globally, with products certified to carry the independent FAIRTRADE Mark now sold in 125 countries across Europe, North America, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, South and East Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. 

Styling You

Styling You is a leading image and style consultancy which helps men and women of all ages to realise their full potential, and by conveying the right image can boost your self confidence and maximise your career prospects. Our mission statement is "It's not about what you wear it's about how you wear it" and we try  wherever possible to recycle the clothes which our clients currently own teaching them the art of "mix and match".

SMART

SMART is a R&D centre established in 2004 and located at Loughborough University. Our remit is to advance technologies and strategies related to sustainable manufacturing and effective end-of-life product retirement. We aim to go beyond current incremental process improvements, towards the next generation of sustainability initiatives which are capable of dealing with challenges in resource scarcity, climate change, and global social and ethical inequities.

Urban Grain CIC

Edible Eastside is a green and ethical food programme. It teaches everything about food – from growing to cooking to eating it, and the theory in-between. The garden and school is situated in the city centre of Birmingham. The company sells produce, runs classes, apprenticeships and runs food events.

IKEA

At IKEA we want to have a positive impact on people and the planet. For many years we’ve focused on economising with resources, to help create a better everyday life for the many people. Today, more than 76% of our cotton comes from sustainable sources.  We have over 700,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings worldwide, and we’re making energy efficient LED lighting more affordable, enabling many more people to live sustainably. But we’re not done yet. We’re just warming up...

Centenary Lounge

Centenary Lounge is a stunning recreation of a 1930s Art Deco Bistro,which tastefully recaptures the decor of the Period Railway Buffet at it’s very best, inspired by the refreshments rooms of the Great Western Railway. Currently based in Birmingham Moor St and Snow Hill Stations.

AB Sustain

AB Sustain is to be the leading player in global agriculture working with our partners to show transparency from farm to retail. This will enable us to work together to drive efficiency, differentiation, and improvement into their supply chains. We will do this through establishing the right systems, deploying the right technologies and creating effective communication to all relevant stakeholders.

 

Gastro Card

Gastro Card is the Midlands’ leading dining card providing its members with 12 months’ unlimited access to ‘exclusive dining offers’ at more than 190+ partner restaurants. We pride ourselves that our partners represent good value, because they use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, which are cooked to a high-standard. 

Touchwood

Touchwood prides itself on being one the premier retail and leisure destinations in the Midlands. The centre is committed to creating a sustainable environment and to achieving cultural social and economic enrichment. In order to reach our goals we have a vision to implement sustainable best practice, not just in the way we manage our Centre but also in how we engage with the wider community.

 

Your Energy Future

Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private partnership on climate change. We link research, technology and business to find ways of mitigating and adapting to a changing climate. We bring together entrepreneurs, companies, students and public bodies. The West Midlands Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) – at Innovation Birmingham Campus – is the West Midlands base for the European Climate-KIC project. 

Ecuity Consulting

Ecuity Consulting LLP (Ecuity) is a firm of energy sector specialists with a successful track record in analysing and influencing energy policy to deliver commercial outcomes. Our mission is to connect the day to day reality of running a business and the challenges of sustainable energy policy making.

Arup

Arup are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. We shape a better world.

Solihull Council

Solihull Council provides a wide-range of services to residents, communities and businesses, serving a population of approximately 206,100 people. The Council’s vision is that everyone in Solihull has an equal chance to be healthier, happier, safer, and more prosperous.

Severn Wye Energy Agency

Severn Wye Energy Agency is a non-profit company and a registered educational charity which aims to promote sustainable energy and affordable warmth through partnership, awareness-raising, innovation and strategic action. Severn Wye are one of around 300 European local and regional energy 'demand management' agencies. 

Your Resourceful Future

Solihull Council - Waste and Recycling

Solihull Council’s waste and recycling service provides weekly waste collections, fortnightly recycling collections and seasonal garden waste collections. Our aim is for a greener, cleaner and safer borough for all. 

Virgin Trains

So, where are you heading? Whatever the destination, you’ll enjoy a faster, greener and more comfortable journey when you head there with us. As the first Train Operator to achieve Environmental Management certification, ISO 14001, across our business we are continually striving to reduce our carbon emissions and divert waste from landfill.

 

Lafarge Tarmac

Lafarge Tarmac is the UK’s leading sustainable construction solutions company, providing a diverse range of products and services to the construction sector. Its product range spans aggregates and asphalt; cement; lime and powders; and readymix concrete. Its services include contracting – it is the largest road maintenance and highways services company in the UK – and recycling, with a commitment to promote the use of recycled materials and 44 recycling operations strategically located throughout the country.

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency was established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment. They work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development in England. Responsibilities include managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea; regulating major industry and waste; treatment of contaminated land; water quality and resources and; conservation and ecology.

The NEC

The NEC welcomes around two million visitors and over 500 events every year. As the UK’s number one events venue, it proudly embraces progressive advances towards sustainability for the industry. The NEC’s own waste management facility opened in 2009 and Zero waste to landfill was achieved two years ahead of schedule. To-date 10,000 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill.

Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport is the UK’s 7th largest airport, with over nine million passengers flying to around 150 destinations and supporting more than 6,000 on-site jobs. Always mindful of the environmental impacts of aviation, Birmingham works hard with its industry partners to deliver economic benefit in a sustainable and responsible manner.