A group of Entrepreneurship and Business students at UWE have been inspired to use their business skills to benefit the environment through their Green Wheels business.
Their main aim and passion is to increase the number of student cyclists around Bristol to benefit the environment and the overall student experience. They are doing this through selling low cost bikes through a local supplier, running maintenance workshops and organising events such as a ‘Sustainable Buildings Ride-Out’ where they took students out on a bike ride around Bristol to visit organisations such as the Create Centre and Environment Agency. They are also in discussions with Temple Meads Station and Unite student accommodation about refurbishing and selling old bikes which are otherwise left behind and unused.
One of the team of three students, Robbie Ross, said “As entrepreneur students, it is so valuable to actually put our studies into practice when creating our own enterprise. The project has helped us to develop our business acumen, improve our financial skills and engage with a network of supportive people. We have also gained a huge amount of confidence and resilience when finding solutions to business challenges”.
The team are keen to build further partnerships around Bristol with organisations and business which may be able to support their work and are an excellent example of the business skills which UWE students come equipped with.