Posted on 16/03/2011
Bricks and Bread Sustainable Living Centre
On 5th March students on MN5193 International Entrepreneurship visited the Bricks and Bread Sustainable Living Centre, a ground-breaking social enterprise based in Aldershot promoting carbon living and eco-building. The visit was organised by student representative Rym Bourenane (second left), and included a talk by Trudy Thompson (left), the founder of Bricks and Bread.
Trudy Thompson spent most of her career in the motorsport industry as a professional driver. A series of life-changing events convinced her that her fast-paced existence was unfulfilling, and that she needed to do something more worthwhile with her life. This made her decide to turn her back on a high consumer lifestyle and career. In 2001, she taught herself eco-building and adapted her lifestyle. Then she set up her own sustainable building company managing 33 new builds and retrofit projects. When the credit crunch hit in 2008, Trudy felt it was the right time for her to share her experience; this led to her creating Bricks and Bread, a social enterprise as a hub which helps people learn about sustainable living.
Professor Catherine Wang (right) commented,
"Trudy is an inspirational woman social entrepreneur, and a true advocate of low carbon living and eco building. Her 'can-do' attitude and willingness to pass on her knowledge helps to connect so many like-minded entrepreneurs. After her talk to the students, many of them started to re-think their own business ideas and how they can make a positive impact on the environment and the society".