Business Mentors

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

Your Business Future


Lush is a growing global cosmetics company based in Poole, Dorset. We aim to constantly push boundaries with product invention, business innovation and our ethics and campaigning history

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 -


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.


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.



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.


Your Innovative Future

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald is an engineering, management and development consultancy involved in solving some of the world’s most urgent social, environmental, and economic challenges.  Commitment, knowledge and experience is at the heart of what we do. Our dynamic and diverse teams have a track record of successfully delivering expertise and solutions on more than 8000 projects over 50 years in the Midlands. We continually recruit and train students, apprentices and graduates to lead the teams of tomorrow.

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

National Grid

National Grid’s job is to connect people to the energy they use, safely. We are at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society – delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future.

We are passionate about operating in an environmentally responsible way and embedding sustainability into our thinking and decision making.

Increasingly, environmental sustainability is helping us to find a better way to do business, to build environmental benefit and invest in enhancing our natural assets. This approach sits hand-in-hand with profitability and resilient business operations.

National Grid’s environmental sustainability strategy, Our Contribution, sets out our priorities for acting sustainably and creates a framework for embedding this culture within our business.

Act on Energy

Act on Energy is a registered educational charity (since 1998) dedicated to reducing energy use, to address climate, resource and social issues. We provide a free home energy advice service to individuals, communities and organisations throughout Worcestershire and Warwickshire and are involved in projects with local, national and European partners.

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.


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.

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.

Your Resourceful Future

University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. As a diverse community of around 30,000 staff and students located on a large campus, there are many challenges and opportunities. Sustainability is important to us and we encourage everyone to play an active role in creating a more sustainable future, through our teaching, research and operations.



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.


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. 

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 Future City


Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values.  We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services.


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.

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.