YESS Youth Summit - Sponsors

YESS Youth Summit Sponsors

Event sponsors - a special thanks

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's YESS Youth Summit would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors. You can find out more about the sponsors below. 



JCB machinery plays a huge part in sculpting the modern world. From agriculture to construction, power generation and access, our machines are on site in over 150 countries around the globe. It’s a fact that we’re immensely proud of. Our journey to make our business and our machines more sustainable is something we’re proud of too. 

In a world that’s increasingly under pressure from environmental degradation, finding innovative and sustainable solutions to our customers’ needs and managing the resources that go into our products is more important than ever. From reducing paint wastage to designing ever more clean and efficient engines and machines, we’re committed to reducing the environmental impacts of our business. 

Of course there’s still more work to do. As awareness, understanding and science evolve, we’ll continue harnessing the latest technology and knowledge in order to carry on improving our environmental performance. 

JCB is very proud to be based in Staffordshire and is glad to show its support for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s YESS 19 Youth Debate.  



Veolia, work in partnership with Staffordshire County Council.  Since October 2013 we have been operating a state of the art Energy Recovery Facility, turning Staffordshire's waste that is difficult to recycle or compost into electricity, enough to power 66,000 homes.

Veolia are the UK leader in environmental solutions, we provide a comprehensive range of waste, water and energy management services designed to build the circular economy and preserve scarce raw materials.

We're innovators committed to focusing on carbon reduction by preventing pollution, preserving natural resources, protecting biodiversity, combating climate change and raising environmental awareness.
Our strategy is focused on manufacturing green products and energy, helping our customers and suppliers reduce their carbon impact by investing more than £1 billion in new infrastructure between 2012 - 2018.
Veolia is one of the world's leading providers of waste management, energy and cleaning services. Worldwide we serve more than 87 million people across 55 countries.

University of Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton University

The University of Wolverhampton continues to grow it provision in Stafford. It has been over a year now since the University of Wolverhampton opened its new town centre Learning Hub and what a busy period it has been. There is a new team in the place at the centre, who all live within the Stafford area and recognise the importance of the University in the local community.

The centre opened with the three key aims; of Enhancing the university’s presence in Stafford and Staffordshire, Providing Information, Advice and Guidance for students who are considering studying at the university, and increasing provision for local courses to meet local needs in Stafford and Staffordshire.

The success of the centre has allowed each of the aims to be achieved. The centre has run a large number of courses, workshops, public lectures and careers events. Key highlights this academic year so far include:

- Over 220 students attending language courses ranging from German to Italian

- 272 members of the local community attending public lectures and events

- Over being supported by the Universities Business Solutions Advice

- Over 1600 visitors the using the centre to enquiring about events, courses and advice

The University will continue to develop its provision this year and is developing key partnerships with prominent local organisations such as the Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford Half Marathon, the Town Centre Partnership, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, The Growth Hub and Chambers of Commerce.

A new range of course and offers are being developed for 2019 that will include professional and personal development, workshops focusing on key business aspects such as marketing, IT and Cyber Security and a new range of under and post graduate degree programmes.

2019 is looking like it will be a very exciting year for the University in Stafford. If you would like some more information on what the University can offer in Staffordshire then please visit or phone 01785 247622.

Southern Staffordshire Community Energy Limited

Southern Staffordshire Community Energy

Southern Staffordshire Community Energy Limited (SSCE) is a community benefit society composed of its members and run entirely by volunteers. It raised the funds through two community share issues for two separate projects in 2011 and 2016 respectively, which consisted of us commissioning the installation of PV panels on a number of community and hospital buildings in Staffordshire. The organisations using the buildings benefit from free or reduced-price electricity when the panels are generating, and SSCE receives income from the sale of the electricity and from the government Feed-in Tariff, which is received for each kilowatt-hour of electricity the panels generate. Members receive interest on their shares if financial performance allows.

As a non-profit organisation, any financial surpluses made that are not required for development of the Society or of projects, are made available for community benefit and are distributed in the form of small grants for projects which align with our objectives, and to a fuel-poverty charity which works in liaison with the Royal Stoke University Hospital to help those suffering from recurring conditions attributable to cold, damp homes. 

Our reason for supporting the event is to help raise among young people the profile of community energy and its role.

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce provides a range of opportunities designed to help businesses to promote themselves, extend their networks and ultimately gain more business. Born from a desire for businesses to meet and trade together, the chambers aims to support businesses to start, grow and succeed.

Building on this strong foundation, the Chambers can help businesses of all sizes and can support in many areas such as starting up a business, finance, marketing and much, much more.

With a friendly and approachable team, the Chambers has developed a reputation for being a bold, trusted, ethical, responsive organisation that strives for excellence.



Michelin has been manufacturing tyres in Stoke-on-Trent for over 90 years and is the world leader in tyre innovation, design and technology. With over 110,000 employees and sales in excess of 20B€ Michelin takes its responsibilities about the environment extremely seriously and is leading the charge in many ways from the purchase of natural rubber at the plantations to the disposal of the tyre at the end of its life and everything in between. It’s retreading plant at Stoke-on-Trent is a great example of the ‘circular economy’ and the need to reuse valuable resources.

On the subject of ‘sustainable mobility’, Michelin has been running a ‘global’ conference for over 20 years. ‘Movin’On’ brings together many likeminded companies, organisations and cities from all over the world to look at all things mobility and reducing its effect on the climate. We are pleased to be involved with the YESS event and encouraging young people to take an active interest in the environment.



Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS) was established in 1982 by the larger traditional voluntary youth services operating in the County, including Scouts, Girlguiding, Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, Boys and Girls Brigades. The network provided a useful way of sharing information and best practice, coming together for training or networking and to lobby local elected members over different issues of interest and concern. SCVYS membership has now increased to over 170 organisations across Staffordshire, working with children, young people and families.

SCVYS is contracted by Staffordshire County Council with their statutory duties around sufficient availability of local positive activities and listening to the voice of children, young people and families to improve service provision. SCVYS is a representative voice for the voluntary sector on a number of strategic boards and provides leadership on partnership priorities such as Early Help and Children, Young People and Families Voice. 



Staffordshire Business & Environment Network was set up by Staffordshire County Council in 1992 and is now a network of over 250 organisations. sben helps organisations across Staffordshire to improve environmental performance and reduce environmental impacts through awareness raising, events, training and sharing of best practice. Find more info a, follow us @lowcarbonstaffs

Staffordshire County Council

Staffordshire County Council

As the largest democratic body in Staffordshire we have an important role, to work with others and to give the people we serve every opportunity to improve their lives. Our Vision: A connected Staffordshire where everyone has the opportunity to prosper, be healthy and happy. Find out more