Business Mentors

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

Your Business Future

From Bee to You

From Bee To You is a company focussing on preserving the bee population. Ben and Rory are the co-founders of From Bee To You. They focus their business on using sustainable products that will benefit bees and promote awareness of the importance of bees. Whilst only 17 they have a passion for business and realise the importance of achieving success through sustainable and green means.

Sue Carley

Sue Carley is a full time (mature) Fashion Design student at Southampton Solent University.  Her dissertation will explore how best to promote ethical responsibility and to whom, to ensure the fashion industry becomes more sustainable in the future.  Sue is keen to assist others in finding solutions to this complex urgent problem and is a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum’s ‘Fellowship 500’.
Background: Trained facilitator and experienced public speaker, delivered an educational community consultation on Local Agenda 21 which received recognition from Jonathon Porritt. 
Product/services: Sue has an interest in meeting the needs of the mature customer,  designing and producing for special occasions, individual projects with an emphasis on  style, comfort, quality and natural textiles. 


Aramark and Sustainable CSR Solution

Sue Lightfoot runs Sustainable CSR Solutions and has been in the CSR arena since 2007, working in private and public sector with companies small and large. Sue has a broad experience, stretching across employee engagement & behavioural change, indices submissions, (BITC & CDP) through to sustainable procurement, volunteering projects & resource efficiency workshops. Sue worked for ARAMARK for 20 years and is representing them at this event. Sue’s motto is ‘Keep it real and remember to smile and have fun.’


Adrian Jevans

Adrian Jevans is a Business Trouble-shooter and Advisor, who works with clients to identify and deliver that next step forward for their business or organisation. He has extensive experience with the Food & Drink sector and particularly interested in sustainable supply chain development. He has worked with large and small businesses in both the commercial and public sectors.

The Bushman Wood Fired Ovens

Pioneering the Wood Fired Oven movement, we have been making these desirable ovens since 2000. With you, the customer, in mind we have fine-tuned our ovens over the last thirteen years to create the ultimate design which combines the highest quality with long-lasting durability at an affordable price. Our main concern is to ensure that you enjoy the full Wood Fired Oven experience with the complete re-assurance that comes with our long established expertise.


Waitrose is a chain of British supermarkets, which forms the food retail division of Britain's largest employee-owned retailer, the John Lewis Partnership. Founded in 1904 Waitrose began as a small grocery store, Waite, Rose & Taylor in West London. In 1908, David Taylor left the business and the name became "Waitrose". In 1937, the company was taken over by the John Lewis Partnership.


Labour Behind the Label

Labour Behind the Label support garment workers worldwide and campaign for better working conditions, human rights and fair pay in the global garment industry. We work to educate and mobilise consumers, pressure companies to take responsibility and treat their workers fairly through the entirety of their supply chains, campaign for governments to legislate on corporate responsibility, and help workers to get their voices heard worldwide. Ilana runs a project focusing on workers rights within the global sportswear industry. 


Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. Elaine Barbour has been a Fairtrader for Traidcraft for 23 years, operating from St Anne’s Church in Bewdley and supplying goods on a sale/return basis throughout Worcestershire and beyond.  She is passionate about Fairtrade and gives presentations to schools, women’s groups etc. She has been top Fairtrader and is usually in the top three every year.

Fruto del Espíritu

Fruto del Espíritu imports exotic fruit from Colombia. We prioritise fruit from smallholder associations, who are overcoming poverty and conflict with sustainable development and peace. We offer the UK market a personal choice of fruits which generate brighter prospects for young people in Colombia. Our purées make great alcohol-free drinks and smoothies, such as those made by Worcestershire student enterprise Cattleya CIC. All profits are reinvested in a 5-a-Day Dried Fruit snack and Worcestershire Apple Juices blended with Andean Fruits. Watch a short film about the project on You Tube.

Your Innovative Future

Jaguar Land Rover

Built around two iconic British car brands with rich heritage and global appeal, Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest manufacturer of premium vehicles. With ambitious plans for growth and investment in product creation approaching £2.75 billion this year, Jaguar Land Rover is at the centre of the UK’s drive to deliver technical innovation in all areas of vehicle development.  Environmental Innovation, along with corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities within our communities and our global humanitarian and conservation projects define our 360 degree approach to sustainability that focuses on whole life impacts across the Jaguar Land Rover organisation. 

Sight Designs

Sight Designs Ltd is a small agile company specialising in 3 diverse green products:

- Housing energy surveys: Using thermal imaging plus blower door heat loss through poor insulation and drafts are quickly found and quantified. Occupant behaviour change is encouraged. 
- Traditional copper gas lanterns: Featuring greatly reduced carbon footprint and operating costs they are ideal for both public streets and private property. 
- Biomass heating: Wood burning stoves are supplied and installed. 

Rift Driven Technology

The RIFT DRIVEN® Technology applies equally to all motor driven or electricity production systems. The Ultra efficient design process allows generators to produce three or four times more electricity from any given input power source, eg. wind, wave, hydro etc. The first RIFT DRIVEN® generator will be a domestic wind turbine that is relatively cheap to manufacture, light enough to allow easy installation and ultra-productive even in low wind speeds. The aim of this funding will be to develop this product for mass production.


The Smart Actuator Company

This revolutionary new actuator shows how the RIFT DRIVEN® advantage will change the world of electric valve actuators. The RIFT DRIVEN® motor allows a range of torque outputs from the same motor and gear system within a single weather proof housing. It uses the world’s first high speed, high torque motor. The Ultra energy efficient motor system dramatically reduces the energy consumption - a significant RIFT DRIVEN® advantage. The Smart Actuator Company is seeking funding to allow scaling up of production in an automated factory unit.


Dingley Dell Enterprises

Dingley Dell Enterprises Ltd was founded in 1999 to manufacture and market products developed and designed by the Managing Director, Jay Emery. Jay will be pitching the The Dome Home. The roundness of the Dome gives it incredible strength and it is extremely comfortable. Jay has a long-term plan to develop the Domes so they can be used to help solve housing problems in Third World countries and provide shelter quickly in disaster areas. 


Tata Motors

Tata Motors is India’s largest fully integrated automotive company and has worldwide operations, including Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc (TMETC). TMETC aim to drive the technology and quality of future Tata Motors vehicles, including sustainable vehicle development. Tata will be discussing their electric and hydrogen vehicles.

Your Energy Future

Solar Solutions Malvern

Solar Solutions Malvern is a family run company with a passion for renewable energy. We help customers to save money and reduce their carbon foot print by installing solar PV, heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal panels. We pride ourselves on offering friendly and helpful customer service. And we operate as a social enterprise, meaning that we put 20% of our profit back into the local community. 


One is an integrated building design business with a dynamic multi-disciplinary team comprising architecture, landscape architecture, masterplanning, structural and civil engineering, building services, interior design, BREEAM assessment, town planning and CDMC. Our collaborative 360° approach means we work in partnership with clients, developers, investors, contractors, manufacturers, advisors, building users and communities to focus on the short, medium and long term, solving tomorrow’s problems not only today’s.


Carillion Energy Services is a leading outsourcing company with sustainability at its heart. We are committed to delivering improvements in energy efficiency across the residential and commercial sectors, most recently via the Green Deal.   We work with public and private organisations to help them make better use of energy, so making a lasting difference to people’s lives. 


RWE npower is a leading energy company and is part of the RWE Group, one of Europe’s leading electricity and gas companies, producing more than 10% of the electricity used in Great Britain. Through RWE Generation, we operate and manage a flexible portfolio of coal, oil, biomass and gas-fired power stations. The RWE npower graduate scheme is small, offering a more personal experience, a diverse mix of placement opportunities and responsibility, but with a large supportive network and graduate community.


Caplor Energy is a rural business based in Fownhope, Herefordshire. We promote a positive environmental message by inspiring home owners, businesses and communities to install renewable energy systems. We specialise in solar PV and solar thermal and only install high quality, dependable products. We have installed several renewable energy systems on site which power the offices, farm house and farm buildings and welcome people to come and take a tour.

Severn Wye Energy Agency

Severn Wye Energy Agency are an independent charity and not-for-profit company which aims to promote sustainable energy and affordable warmth through partnership, awareness-raising, innovation and strategic action.

John Pooley

John Pooley runs an international energy, carbon & environmental management consultancy for over 20 years from Worcestershire. John originally trained as an engineer and following work with a major accounting firm also qualified as a management consultant. John’s green work has taken him as far afield as Canada, Russia the Philippines and the Caribbean. John is also STEM Ambassador.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, one of Europe's largest energy groups, we generate around one fifth of the UK's electricity and employ around 15,000 people.

Eco2 Solutions

The Eco2 Solutions Group incorporates renewable energy company Eco2Solar and energy efficiency company Eco2Energy. The group offers a comprehensive energy management solution to non-domestic properties, including renewable technologies and energy efficiency measures.

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.