“From our humble beginnings we now have a social enterprise that’s having a positive impact on thousands of young people across the UK. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved and our exciting plans for the future.”
Jen Baughan, CEO, Solutions for the Planet
Solutions for the Planet – Our Story
We’re a social enterprise and we’re really passionate about sustainability and improving young people’s life chances. We believe young people are key to helping us make the world a better place for everyone.
We reinvest our profits back into the business to benefit more young people and local communities. When we profit, society profits.
We help schools and their students, we help businesses and their employees, we also help lots of other organisations such as universities and community groups. Basically if your organisation’s interested in sustainability we’re interested in you!
Solutions for the Planet – Our History
In 2008 Solutions for the Planet, a grant funded programme, was delivered by Partners for Innovation, based in Bradford, Yorkshire.
In 2013 a new Board of Directors took over the company and rebranded the business as Solutions for the Planet, with a social enterprise model. As part of this we welcomed Jen Baughan and Kat Luckock to the Board, they had ambitious plans to expand the impact and geographical reach of our, newly termed, flagship Big Ideas Programme.
In 2014 we launched the Big Ideas Programme in the West Midlands and this was swiftly expanded, in 2015, to the South East. In 2016 Jen stepped into the role of CEO then, in 2017, we started working with schools in Scotland and the South Coast of England and most recently in 2018 in North East and South West England.
Since 2013, our Big Ideas Programme has involved over 23,000 young people from more than 80 schools, with 500+ mentors volunteering over 5,000 hours of their time to support the young people in developing their confidence, ideas, skills and knowledge around STEM, sustainability and entrepreneurship.
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