Supporting the next generation of young entrepreneurs

Budding entrepreneurs from across the West Midlands have been able to put their ideas to the test as part of a national competition, with support from Wolverhampton-based Brammer and Buck & Hickman.

Providing a platform for youngsters to get involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) programmes, the Solutions for the Planet competition challenges participants to generate solutions to the sustainability issues facing the world today. Supporting students to develop their big ideas, team members from Brammer and Buck & Hickman provided 150 hours of mentoring to youngsters from several Midlands schools, four of which made it to the national finals. Held in London during July, students from Heath Park School in Wolverhampton came second overall.

“It was wonderful to be involved with Solutions for the Planet this year and to see that we helped so many youngsters develop their ideas for a more sustainable future,” said Peter Smart, Channel Director at Brammer and Buck & Hickman. “It’s crucial for youngsters to get a taste for engineering at an early age and platforms like this make that possible. I’m sure some of those who took part will have been inspired to consider a career in engineering, so we’re incredibly proud to have been able to lend our support.

“All of the students showed great enthusiasm and the competition helped them to see that even the simplest ideas can have a big impact. As well as seeing young people developing ideas and vital skills, it was wonderful to see one of our groups finish up in second place out of the thousands of students who entered across the country.”

Delivered in partnership with companies such as Brammer and Buck & Hickman, the Solutions for the Planet programme is designed to encourage youngsters aged 11 to 14 develop key skills, with a particular focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship.

To find out more about the Solutions for the Planet programme, visit