Solutions for the Planet specialises in connecting businesses with schools in their local communities.

Together with our business partners we solve social, environmental and economic challenges.

Our work with businesses

We work with businesses primarily, but not exclusively, in the energy, waste, manufacturing, engineering and construction sectors, where there is an urgent need to both recruit and retain innovative thinkers and people with skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Giving employees the opportunity to be mentors in a dynamic learning environment, alongside young people, we see their creative and leadership skills leap forward.

Solutions for the Planet delivers an award-winning, high quality, flexible, community engagement programme.  This programme allows industry to work in partnership with young people, schools and communities to generate and implement sustainable business solutions. The Big Ideas developed collaboratively by young people and their business mentors, through our core programme, are designed to improve society, the environment, innovation and entrepreneurship.


Our business partners

Solutions for the Planet does not regard its collaboration with business partners merely as a way of helping them express their Corporate Social Responsibility or of demonstrating their added Social Value. We are as interested in your long-term bottom line as you are. We believe that sustainable businesses invest in seeding their own future success.

Our Business Partners are paramount to the success of the programme and traditionally sign up for three years.

Read more about our fantastic Business Partners below.


New businesses

We’re looking for companies who would like to discuss the opportunity of partnering the programme in an existing or new region.

A region usually involves four to six businesses who contribute both financial and human resource. In return companies gain significant return on investment through the benefits outlined below:

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  Value for your business

Business Operational Links

Building effective operational links with businesses in their industry sector.

Career Insight

Educating schools, teachers, parents and students about the range of career opportunities in their company thus increasing diversity in the workforce and facilitating recruitment.

Stimulating Creativity

Accessing innovative ideas and stimulating increased creativity within the company.

Linking schools, communities and businesses

Fostering productive links between schools, communities and businesses which are local to their operating sites.

Solutions for the Planet Ambassadors

Developing employees as Solutions for the Planet Ambassadors thus improving their own mentoring, communication, collaboration and leadership skills through volunteer hours in the programme.

Stimulating Sustainability

Stimulating sustainability solutions within their own daily operations.

Workforce Development

Growing a workforce for their future – developing employability skills and capabilities of local young people as the future generation of potential employees and customers. This is often locally related to sites of their long-term projects

Positive PR & Reputation

Providing a powerful vehicle for positive PR and enhanced brand reputation, locally and nationally, and demonstrating the social value added by the company.

Hard-to-Reach Communities

Contacting and engaging hard-to-reach local communities in a cost-effective way, for example encouraging girls as candidates for engineering career opportunities

We craft our contribution to address your specific needs once a partnership is confirmed, such as an emphasis on stimulating innovation, or diversity within your company.

On confirming a partnership we will discuss in detail the specific requirements of your company and the impacts you would like to see as a result of participating.

Meet the mentors

Our business mentors work hard to support our teams of young people to turn their Big Ideas into achievable, beneficial and creative business plans and live projects.  Over the last four years we’ve had over 100 mentors, from across our Business Partners, volunteer on the programme.  We asked some of our current mentors to tell us a little bit more about themselves and what they get out of mentoring with Solutions for the Planet.

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Abbie Lloyd

Abbie Lloyd

General Management Graduate, Tarmac

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Ahsan Choudhury

Ahsan Choudhury

Higher Apprentice Operations Manager, Tarmac

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Alice Riley

Alice Riley

Human Resources Graduate, Tarmac

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Aran Sandhu

Aran Sandhu

Finance Graduate, Tarmac

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Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones

IT Project Lead, NGN

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Ceri Prosser-Feher

Ceri Prosser-Feher

Customer Services Supervisor - Commercial, Tarmac

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Chris Beasley

Chris Beasley

Procurement Graduate, Tarmac

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Chris Wragg

Chris Wragg

Higher Apprentice in Operational Management, Tarmac

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Dan Brown

Dan Brown

Communications Officer, SGN

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Deborah Brydie

Deborah Brydie

Logistics Graduate, Tarmac

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Diane Keay

Diane Keay

Customer & Community Manager, Mears

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Emma Lindsay

Emma Lindsay

General Management Graduate, Tarmac

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Ffion Davey

Ffion Davey

Haulage Help Desk Coordinator, Tarmac

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Fiona Lupton

Fiona Lupton

Higher Apprenticeship – Operations Management, Tarmac

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Gabrielle Fairweather

Gabrielle Fairweather

Internal sales account manager/ Customer service supervisor, Tarmac

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Gemma Clewlow

Gemma Clewlow

Benefits Manager, Tarmac

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Gemma Palmer

Gemma Palmer

Assistant Accountant - Consolidation and Reporting, Tarmac

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Graham Griffiths

Graham Griffiths

Technical Graduate, Tarmac

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Grant Taylor

Grant Taylor

Area SHE Manager, SGN

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Ian Mavin

Ian Mavin

Head of Safety, Health & Environment (North), Mears

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Jack Harrison

Jack Harrison

Technical Graduate, Tarmac

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Jack Sheppard

Jack Sheppard

Materials Supervisor, Tarmac

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Jenny Sorrill

Jenny Sorrill

Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator, Tarmac

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Jeremy Hooper

Jeremy Hooper

Customer Service Manager London and South East, Tarmac

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Jessica Bridgman

Jessica Bridgman

Estates and Development Graduate, Tarmac

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Jon Broomhall

Jon Broomhall

General Accounting Manager, Tarmac

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Julie Gibson

Julie Gibson

PA to Area Director, Tarmac

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Julie Hopes

Julie Hopes

Customer Service Co-ordinator, Tarmac

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Kat Sumara

Kat Sumara

Safety Ambassador for Scotland, SGN

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Kirsty Welsh

Kirsty Welsh

Assistant Accountant – Consolidation and Reporting, Tarmac

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Laura Thornley

Laura Thornley

Statistician, NGN

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Leanne Anderson

Leanne Anderson

Business Administrator, Tarmac

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Leanne Taddei

Leanne Taddei

Area HR Manager (South Scotland, North East England, Yorkshire), Tarmac

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Megan Thompson

Megan Thompson

Internal Sales Co-ordinator

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Neil Brammall

Neil Brammall

Managing Director/CEO/Co-founder/Chartered Member, Utility Survey Exchange / Utility Information Services / The Happy Crocodile / IGEM (mentoring through involvement with IGEM)

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Nicole McNab

Nicole McNab

Stakeholder and Community Manager, SGN

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Oliver Hawkins

Oliver Hawkins

Change Management Support, SGN

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Olly Milton

Olly Milton

General Management Graduate, Tarmac

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Pamela Goee

Pamela Goee

Head of Community, SGN

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Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

General Management Graduate, Tarmac

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Samantha Oliver

Samantha Oliver

Finance Project Manager, Tarmac

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Scott Rawlings

Scott Rawlings

Site Supervisor, Skipton Rock Quarry, Tarmac

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Stephanie Upton-Roddy

Stephanie Upton-Roddy

Sustainability Graduate, Tarmac

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Stephen Hoey

Stephen Hoey

Continuous Improvement Advisor, Tarmac

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Sulosini Anton

Sulosini Anton

Assistant Tax Accountant, Tarmac

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Tim Copping

Tim Copping

Logistics Excellence Project Manager, Tarmac

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Tim Cowling

Tim Cowling

Regulatory Affairs Manager, Tarmac

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Tracy Dennis

Tracy Dennis

HR Manager, Tarmac

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