Join us For April 2018’s Business Breakfast

April’s Business Breakfast is on Thurs. April 19th from 07:30 to 09:30.

Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St. Andrew’s House, BS11 9DQ

Book your place here.


Our theme this month is Cyber and Data Security hosted by Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking.

A number of experts will be participating in a Panel Discussion, followed by Q&A


Cyber and Data Security are critical elements for any business today in day to day operations and risk management. We hope you’ll find this both informative and engaging.


Come along, join the discussion and find out more.


Please register for the Breakfast here.


Business Breakfasts are free to attend for SevernNet members. Non-members may attend two Business Breakfasts before joining. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here.

Events News

Business Breakfast – March 15th 2018

March’s Business Breakfast is on Thurs. March 15th.

Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St. Andrew’s House, BS11 9DQ

Book your place here.


This month our theme is TRAVEL & TRANSPORT … as we’ll be meeting during Travel to Work Survey week.


The Travel Survey is really important in informing travel and transport services and infrastructure across the area. We’ll be explaining why, how you can get involved, and the Travel support on offer.
Interested in Electric Vehicles? There are also exciting developments and support here at the moment.
Come along, join the discussion and find out more.


Please register for the Breakfast here.


Business Breakfasts are free to attend for SevernNet members. Non-members may attend two Business Breakfasts before joining. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here.


About Electric Vehicles
Have your say on the future of West of England’s electric vehicle charging network. More here.
It’s time to switch to an electric car.

About Travel to Work Survey
Find out more here: Travel to Work Survey 2018 – Register your business today

The Travel to Work Survey is an annual snapshot of travel across the SevernNet area … and the West of England.
It’s important that as many businesses as possible from across this area sign up to participate. The results help inform investment in travel across the area.



News Transport

Have your say on the future of West of England’s electric vehicle charging network


Cenex and the Energy Saving Trust have been procured by Bristol City Council to garner people’s views in a major regional study of electric vehicle charging.
A major public market research initiative has been launched to help inform the future development of the West of England region’s chargepoint network for electric vehicles. The organisations running the project want to hear views from any current user of the network – or people who would like to operate an electric vehicle in the future – on how the regions electric chargepoint network should be run, managed and supported going forward.


The market research process includes a survey and focus groups, and is run by Cenex with the Energy Saving Trust (EST). Cenex and EST are working together to strategically assess the existing chargepoint network, identify any issues, and find where additional infrastructure needs to go.


If you live or work in the West of England and would like to contribute your thoughts to the research, please follow this link to take part in the survey. Completing the survey should take no more than ten minutes and, upon completion, those responding will be able to enter a prize draw for a chance to win a £100 Amazon shopping voucher.


The focus groups are due to take place during the week of the 19th of February 2018. If you would like to take part in the focus group sessions, please email Energy Saving Trust at [email protected] with the subject “West of England EV Focus Group” and we will be in touch with more details.



In January 2016, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced that the West of England authorities[1] – had been awarded £7.1million of funding over five years for the Go Ultra Low West (GULW) programme . The programme will promote and increase the uptake of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, across the region. OLEV’s ambition is to have virtually zero emissions on Britain’s roads by 2050.


Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy at Bristol City Council  for Bristol City Council, welcomed the research saying; “Bristol has a proud history of leading by example in the action against climate change and has committed to be a city that runs entirely on clean energy by 2050.The move towards electric vehicles is one that the council is keen to support and will help us to make significant improvements to our air quality. As well as upgrading our own vehicle fleet, we’re determined to meet local demand for charging points to enable as many local residents and businesses as possible to own and run electric vehicles in the future.”


The online survey asks questions related to how the network is run, accessed, experiences, and people’s driving habits, such as vehicle type, mileage etc. The survey is live until at least Friday 30th March. Everyone taking part up to and including Friday 9th March will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of Amazon vouchers.


To complete the online survey, visit: http://bit.ly/2BVaCHv

Focus groups will be held during the week of 19th of February 2018, and anyone interested in attending should email [email protected]

[1] Participating local authorities are Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

News Transport

SevernNet Buzz temporarily suspended due to adverse weather conditions


2nd March 07:00

Update – The SevernNet Buzz has been withdrawn today because of dangerous driving conditions.

We are sorry the inconvenience this causes. We will provide an update if the situation changes.

Please check Wessex Bus Twitter feed for updates.


1st March 21:00

Update – All services are definitely suspended until 06:00 tomorrow morning when conditions will be re-assessed.

Services will re-commenced when conditions are safe enough.

Please check Wessex Bus Twitter feed for updates.


1st March 16:45

We have been informed by Wessex Bus that they have had to suspend the SevernNet Buzz service as at 16:45 on Thursday 1st March 2018 until the weather improves and the road conditions are safe to operate the service again.

We will provide an update as soon as circumstances change.

News Transport

Travel to Work Survey 2018 – Get involved today


The Travel to Work Survey is an annual snapshot of travel across the SevernNet area … and the West of England.

It’s important that as many businesses as possible from across this area sign up to participate. The results help inform investment in travel across the area.


We would be very grateful if you could participate this year. It won’t take up much of your time.

Get your organisation involved now by emailing Kurt Scheibl and/or using this link.


This will enable your colleagues a chance to feed back to the council about travel and transport in this area and the West of England, as well as receive a personalised business report summarising how your staff travel to work and what issues they experience on their commute.


The Survey is the biggest commuting survey in the UK, asking staff across the West of England how they travel, how satisfied they are, and what they would change on their commute to and from work. It runs from the 12th of March to the 18th of March – each individual only needs to complete it once. You’ll receive a unique link for your business to disseminate to your staff.


It’s used to inform travel and transport policy in the West of England, and to help businesses across the region understand their travel better. Register now at www.travelwest.info/preregistration.


There’s more information about the Travel to Work Survey here: https://travelwest.info/businesses/travel-work-survey.


Events Members News Uncategorised

Join us at February’s Business Breakfast



Date: Thursday 15th February, 7:30am – 9:00am
Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth, BS11 9DQ.
Skills for Logistics (SfL) is hosting February’s Business Breakfast.


Megan and David Coombes from SfL will be presenting conclusions from their research of the Skills Needs and Challenges across the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area (ASEA). Focused on the Logistics and Distribution Sector, the work is being undertaken in co-operation with S. Glos. Council, Business West and SevernNet.


As the number of vacancies grow and the numbers looking for work shrink this skills challenge will increasingly impact every business across the area. What measures can we take to address this?


Come along and join the discussion. Book your place here.

Events Members News

Join us at January 2018’s Business Breakfast

Date: Thursday 18th January, 7:30am – 9:00am
Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth, BS11 9DQ.
Sims Metal Management (SMM) is hosting January’s Business Breakfast.
James Norman and Dave Lee are looking forward to sharing Sims Metal Management’s plans for the future in Avonmouth.
Book your place here.

Community Members News

On Your Doorstep – Winter 2018



The winter edition of ‘On Your Doorstep’ is now ready and will be delivered to every house and venue in Lawrence Weston from this weekend.

You can view the online version here.

If you’d like to contribute to future issues please email Laura Moreno at Ambition Lawrence Weston.

Circular Economy Members News

Meet the Bio-Bee

A distinctive new truck is collecting food waste and creating a buzz on the streets of Bristol.


The Bio-Bee is the UK’s first vehicle to both collect and run on commercial food waste and is operated by GENeco, the renewable energy company based in Avonmouth.


With Bristol among 40 places in the UK that consistently exceeds air quality limits for nitrogen dioxide, the Bio-Bee demonstrates a real alternative to diesel RCVs and HGVs by running on clean biomethane.


It also offers a cost-effective and more sustainable way for food waste to be collected and recycled, and it follows in the footsteps of the Bio-Bus – or ‘poo bus’ – which ran on human waste and was trialled in Bristol in 2015.


Boston Tea Party and St Monica Trust care homes are among the first companies to use the service, and it is hoped the Bio-Bee will increase food waste recycling levels in the city.


Charlotte Stamper, project manager at GENeco, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer customers a UK first – collecting their food waste using a vehicle running from their food waste.


“This clean fuel helps to improve Bristol’s air quality and creates a sustainable circular economy for the client’s operations.


“Bees are renowned for the good work they do for the environment, and their daily routine involves collecting valuable natural resources and then bringing them back to a hive to make renewable and nutritious products.


“The Bio-Bee operates the same way. It runs on biomethane that has been produced by the anaerobic digestion of food waste and sewage from houses in Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area.


“In turn, its total carbon footprint is around 90% lower than a diesel equivalent and it is quieter than standard diesel models.


“The Bio-Bee is also intended to be fun and engage youngsters in the topics of food waste, recycling and air quality.”


A video about the Bio-Bee is available to view here.




Every year each person in the UK throws away enough food to power the Bio-Bee for 25 miles.


If Bristol recycled all the food waste generated by the city’s residents in a year the Bio-Bee could run every day until the year 3,000.


Food waste is collected in the Bio-Bee and brought back to GENeco’s anaerobic digestion plant in Bristol. The waste is depackaged – and plastic is removed – and is then used to produce sustainable electricity for homes and communities.


The remaining food waste undergoes a pasteurisation process before being fed into the anaerobic digesters, where micro-organisms break down the waste in the absence of oxygen and produce methane-rich biogas.


This biogas is either used to produce renewable electricity or it is converted in our gas-to-grid plant to enriched biomethane, which is injected into the gas grid. At this stage it can be used as fuel in the Bio-Bee and other vehicles or to supply local homes.


The solid by-product of the anaerobic digestion process is used as a nutrient-rich and sustainable biofertiliser for farms.


Jesse Scharf, Green Gas Certification Scheme manager at Renewable Energy Assurance, said: “GENeco is playing an important role in the growing UK biomethane industry by continuing to innovate and show that, with creative thinking, we can find solutions to the challenges we face around waste, energy, carbon and air quality.”


Shelley Wadey, finance director at Boston Tea Party, has been working with GENeco on the Bio-Bee project from the start.


She said: “Although we have been recycling our food waste from our six Bristol cafes for three years through GENeco, this is another step forward to make things better by generating a sustainable circular economy.


“Through this partnership we hope to inspire other food operators to follow our lead, demonstrating it is possible to be greener and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”

News Sharing Practice Uncategorised

WoE Better Business For All Business Survey

Help us help you comply with the law in the West of England- your opinion matters!

Local authorities in the West of England want to save you time and money, and make it quicker and easier for you to comply with the law. Local regulation takes many forms- it includes trading standards, environmental health, animal health, licensing, planning and fire and community safety. For us to develop a new approach to regulation we need your help.
Please take 5 minutes to give us your honest feedback about your experiences of regulation and how you think we can improve this at . The survey closes on the 30th November.

By participating in this survey, you’ve made your voice heard and are helping shape the way we regulate you locally. Thank you for your time and input.


If you have included your email address we will send you a summary of the results.