Business Mentors

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

Your Resourceful Future


Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We help to move the world forward, one step at a time. Whether it’s rapid urbanisation against the backdrop of ever increasing pressures on resources, or the accelerated connectivity of people and places fuelled by technology and big data. We work on it all. 


Amey is one of the largest and most diverse companies working for the public and regulated sectors in the UK, with the ultimate aim of creating better places for people to live, work and travel. Services include; highways and rail management and maintenance, facilities management, waste collection and treatment provision of utilities services as well as consultancy services.



At SUEZ we believe waste is a valuable resource to be re-used, recycled or turned into energy. We are leading the way in innovative solutions for dealing with waste. In the Midlands we recycle street sweepings and turn waste into a high-specification fuel -  a replacement for coal. 

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.


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.

Your Business Future

The Happy Heart Cafe

The Happy Heart Café is a cosy, independent, meeting and eating place in Solihull.  We aim to sell ethical, organic, free-range, fair-trade, additive-free, home-made and local produce where possible, aimed at promoting health.  We provide options and information to satisfy most dietary requirements – vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free.   Our environmental focus means that most of the café furniture and equipment is pre-loved and we aim to create minimal waste by recycling and composting as much as possible.

John Lewis

John Lewis began in 1864 with the opening of the first shop in London's Oxford Street. Through the efforts of our Partners serving customers with our suppliers' high quality goods, we have succeeded in building the largest department store retailer in the UK, with 42 John Lewis shops (31 department stores, 10 John Lewis at home and a shop at Heathrow Terminal 2) and a growing online business -


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.

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.

Your Future City

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group. We finance, develop, build and maintain innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins daily life, supports communities and enables economic growth. Balfour Beatty Living Places has been working with Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council within a three-way partnership for the highways maintenance services. 


Your Innovative Future


Borroclub is an online sharing platform enabling local communities to share household items that they wish to keep but do not use that often. We deliver benefits in 4 areas: Connecting the community; Environmental benefits (if people start to re-use other people’s items then this will reduce the manufacture of new items); Earn from idle items (the owner of the item can receive a rental fee); Savings by borrowing (by borrowing members will save money by not having to purchase the item). 


Tata Motors European Technical Centre

Tata Motors European Technical Centre PLC (TMETC), based in Coventry, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd. Created in 2005, as a UK-based centre of excellence for automotive engineering and design, TMETC provides research and development principally for Tata Motors but also for selected partners in the automotive industry.

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.

Your Energy Future

Severn Wye Energy Agency

Severn Wye Energy Agency is a charity with a vision of a bright, secure and sustainable future free from fuel poverty. We have made it our mission to provide practical expertise for more energy efficient and sustainable living. To achieve this we take steps to ensure real practical action through the development of solutions and projects and by offering impartial advice, technical support and  providing training and education for people of all ages.



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. 

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.