Supporters of Headstart and Inspire

Headstart and Inspire would like to thank all their sponsors for their generous support:


Affinity Water

Affinity Water is the largest water-only supplier in the UK who are committed to delivering a high quality water service to all their customers.


Balfour Beatty Construction Northern

Balfour Beatty Construction is a British construction, engineering, military housing, rail and investment services company. It is one of the largest construction companies in the UK, and the 15th largest in the world.

HS Sponsor Balfour Beatty


Bam Nuttall

Bam Nuttall is a construction provider of engineering solutions for rail, roads, maritime, water and land remediation.

HS Sponsor bam nuttall



BP operates at every phase of the energy cycle.  From the earliest stages of offshore exploration to the sale of petrol at one of their 22,600 service station.

BP logo


Career Ready

Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people.



GlaxoSmithKline is a leading healthcare company that helps people to do more, feel better and live longer. 

GSK logo


Happold Foundation

The Happold Trust champions talent and innovation in engineering by awarding scholarships, presenting awards, funding institutions and charities, and providing lectures.

Happold Trust


Institute of Measurement and Control

The Institute of Measurement and Control is a measurement and control organisation based in the UK

HS Sponsor IMC


PCS Instruments

PCS Instruments designs and manufactures equipment for the testing of fuels and lubricants.  PCS Instruments has a worldwide client base of users performing to ISO, ASTM and CEC test procedures as well as specialised research in the field of tribology.

Premier EDA Solutions Ltd

Premier EDA Solutions Ltd is a leading provider of electronic design automation software and associated services.

EDA Solution

Reece Foundation

The Reece Foundation promote manufacturing and support education with emphasis in the north east, particularly relating to engineering, maths and physics.


Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

Premier EDA Solutions Ltd is a leading provider of electronic design automation software and associated services.

Rees Jeffreys


Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce is a global business providing integrated power systems for use on land, at sea and in the air.

HS Sponsor Rolls Royce


Royal Academy of Engineering

As the UK’s national academy for engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering bring together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.



Royal Aeronautical Society

The Royal Aeronautical Society is a multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community.  The objectives of Royal Aeronautical Society include: to support and maintain high professional standards in aerospace disciplines; to provide a unique source of specialist information and a local forum for the exchange of ideas; and to exert influence in the interests of aerospace in the public and industrial arenas.

Royal Aero 


Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a UK government body that carries out civil research in science and engineering, and funds UK research in areas including particle physics, nuclear physics, space science and astronomy.



Teach First

Teach First is a charity working for equality of eduction in England and Wales and empowers people to make education fair.


The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club is an award winning non-profit organisation that exists to widen access to top universities for outstanding pupils from non-selective state schools.


The Manly Trust

The primary objective of The Manly Trust is to advance the science of engineering by granting financial assistance to organisations that encourage an interest in STEM subjects amongst young people or that promote or provide education in engineering.

The Manly Trust


The Ogden Trust

The Ogden Trust is an organisation that loves physics and wants to help others who do too.  We do this by providing individual scholarships to talented sixth formers and undergraduates and by enabling innovative physics teaching to take place.  We also try to address the shortage of physics teachers in the UK by funding programmes that encourage young graduates and career changers to go into teaching.



Electronic Skills Foundation

UKESF offers a sector-specific programme for employers in the electronics sector to engage with young people at school and university through to graduate employment, by sponsoring and participating in a programme that is offering talented 17 year-old school students the opportunity to attend UKESF Summer Schools to find out about degree study and careers in Electronic Engineering such as Headstart.

St Columba's College

St Columba's is known for its strong community values, trusting in every child's capacity for growth and their ability to contribute to the wider good of society.