Business Mentors

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

Your Business Future

Oakland International

Oakland International specialises in UK and Ireland retail food distribution, employs over 210 people, with group sales of around £21m and handling around 800,000 cases of food per week. Based in Redditch, Worcestershire, the company has built its reputation on strong community values and environmental credentials, scooping a number of awards for its initiatives over the last 10 years.

Hobsons Brewery

We are a local brewery passionate about our craft and provenance. With 20 years of brewing under our hat (or what we call our coke) we have created a fine range of award-winning beers which proudly sit under the Hobsons name. Our recipe of combining the very best locally sourced ingredients and traditional brewing techniques is given a modern twist with the use of green sustainable technologies in all areas of the brewery. 

Sling Prints

Sling Prints is a young business, aiming to link the fashion world with the arts, collaborating with local artists in creating new T-shirt designs. We're involved in promoting artists, exhibiting their work and bringing it closer to the community.


University of Worcester

Andy Stevenson is a Senior Lecturer in Design at the University of Worcester and teaches both sustainable packaging design and children's book design to degree level students (see for details). He's also an incurable foodie and is passionate about promoting and raising the profile of local foods and produce in the region with his other 'hat' running his online Facebook Community "Local Food Lunches". Andy has managed to mix these two areas of interest this year and has been supervising a group of students on a project to develop working prototype concepts for a potential title evolved between him and local partners called "The Family Sustainable Cookbook". 


Aramark is a food service and facilities management partner to hundreds of organisations across the UK, including the University of Worcester.  We believe that great food is important to everybody - so we're passionate about what we do, striving to offer our customers exceptional, freshly-prepared food and drink, all provided with outstanding service by our teams.  

Evesham Vale Growers

Evesham Vale Growers (EVG) farms 2500 acres in Worcestershire growing a range of salad and vegetable crops destined for major UK supermarkets. More recently the business has moved into the renewable energy sector with two anaerobic digestion units and a solar farm, producing gas and electricity for the National Grid. By products of this process such as carbon dioxide and heat are used in greenhouses. The company is unique in the UK in that all their tomato production is grown hydroponically in recirculating water, reducing water and fertilizer usage by up to a third. 

Big Barn

BigBarn is the leading local food website with a mission to reconnect food producers with local consumers and encourage trade and communication.  This gives producers a better deal than the average 9p in the £1 they get through the supermarket and consumers fresher, often cheaper food, they can trust.

University of Gloucestershire

The Students’ Union at the University of Gloucestershire aims to enhance a students’ university experience whilst they study and live at our University.  We are passionate about leading the way for sustainability; students can get involved in growing veg at our allotment, developing ethical business skills in one of our social enterprises or helping ‘green’ local businesses.

J Sainsbury plc

Sainsbury’s was founded in 1869 and today operates over 1,106 supermarkets and convenience stores and employs around 157,000 colleagues. We put our customers at the heart of everything we do and have invested in our stores, our colleagues and our channels to deliver the best possible shopping experience. Our strong culture and values are part of our identity and integral to our success. This includes: Respect for our environment; Best for food and health; Sourcing with integrity; Making a positive difference to our community. 

Your Innovative Future

Solar ovens

Solar ovens cost £2 to make and last 3 months with no fuel bills. We will be asking the student Dragon’s to invest in vital education which will spread the use of solar ovens in Africa and, hence, enhance reforestation.


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.

One Creative Environments Ltd

One Creative Environments Ltd. is an award winning multi-disciplinary design team comprising architecture, landscape architecture, masterplanning, civil and structural engineering, building services and interior design. 360° thinking is what makes One different. It describes the integrated way we work and the collaborative way we approach every project. One will be pitching Green Skywalk, which is a project to turn the disused viaduct running along the railway bridge in Worcester into accessible green infrastructure, similar to “The High Line Sky Park” in New York, which now attracts more than 4 million visitors a year.  


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 Resourceful Future

Worcester Roots Foundation

Worcester Roots Foundation is a youth led environmental charity for young people aged 16-25 living in Worcestershire. Our aim is to raise awareness of environmental and sustainability issues through the actions of young people in a fun and enjoyable way. These include setting up a food co-op, national awareness campaigns and promoting the green job market.

Worcestershire County Council

The County Council is run by elected Councillors who are responsible for ensuring the services provided by the Council meet the needs of residents and business within Worcestershire. The Council is working hard to help tackle the effects of climate change and related issues to create a county that is an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable place to live, work and visit. The Council work to the Carbon Management Plan to reduce its own carbon emissions; Resilience Action Plan to make the Council more resilient to future climate change; and coordinate the Worcestershire Partnership Climate Change Task Group and Worcestershire Climate Change Strategy, amongst other things. 

Your Energy Future

Energy Solutions Malvern

Energy 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 top quality solar Panels, heat pumps, biomass boilers, solar thermal panels, LED lighting, underfloor heating and electric car charging points. We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, helpful and bespoke service tailored specifically to your needs. We operate as a social enterprise, meaning that we put 20% of our profit back into the local community. 

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Our mission on behalf of the national organisation is to promote the Institution and mechanical engineering in general, following the Institution’s  themes of Energy, Environment, Transport, Manufacturing and Education. We are eager to encourage teachers and their students to understand engineering and consider the profession as a career. 


Formed in 2003, Encraft is an independent consulting engineering firm with three practice areas – Distributed Energy Projects, Building Physics and Web Applications. The vision is to make it easy for everyone to develop and deliver low carbon energy and building projects by offering independent advice and technical support.  


Caplor Energy

Caplor Energy is a rural business based in Fownhope, Herefordshire. We promote a positive environmental message by inspiring businesses, homeowners and communities to install renewable energy systems. We specialise in solar PV, solar thermal, biomass and heat pump systems 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.

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.

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.