Events News

Nov 2017 Business Breakfast

Nov’s Business Breakfast is on Thursday 16th November 2017.
Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St Andrew’s House, St Andrew’s Road, Avonmouth, Bristol BS11 9DQ
Our Hosts: Professional Hygiene Ltd.
There will also be lots of opportunities to network, and a 30 second slot to introduce yourself and your business to the room, together with refreshments and a light breakfast.

Please register 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.

Professional Hygiene Ltd is a family owned and run business established in 1999. Located on Chittening Trading Estate the business has grown from its initial 1000sqft in 2003.

Paul Tippins, Managing Director, is looking forward to sharing how the business has grown; recovery from a devastating fire in 2008; and their plans for the future.

Paul would also like to discuss Professional Hygiene’s offer to all SevernNet members for a free washroom audit, 20% discount on all washroom services plus heavy discounts on all janitorial and cleaning products.

Following Paul Tippins introduction we’ll be asking for your views on stimulating local supply chains and services. Do we need to do more to promote local businesses?
 Visit Professional Hygiene Website

About Professional Hygiene

We are a clinical/ medical waste management company specialising in hazardous waste. We predominantly service the Dental industry but also service Doctors, Cosmetic surgeries, Tattooists, Nurseries and Nursing homes

Other sides of our business include:

Washroom services working with trade customers such as FM companies and cleaning companies as a 3rd party service provider to their portfolio; as well as retail customers directly;
A large janitorial supply department. As an independent company we can supply a vast range of products that suit the needs of the customer;
Free delivery of cleaning and janitorial supplies and online ordering system which allows for a hassle free service;
A dispenser fitting service. Advice is always free;
Being distributors for all the main suppliers of paper, soap and cleaning products;
Providing specialist products that are designed to alleviate issues such as pipe blockages, enzyme based paper products and chemicals.

In 2008 we were the victim of a freak accident which completely burnt our unit to the ground. We kept trading through the disaster and in August 2008 we bought a 4000sqft unit 100 meters down the road on the same estate.
Since then we opened our first Waste Transfer Station on Chittening Trading Estate where we deal with Medical and Offensive waste.

We have also added some waste streams that may be of use to local businesses:
Aerosol cans, Aluminium cans, Batteries, Fluorescent tubes, Confidential waste and Gypsum recycling. Battery and Aluminium cans recycling is free but the others have a charge attached to them.
To all SevernNet members, we are offering a free washroom audit, 20% discount on all washroom services together with heavy discounts on all janitorial and cleaning products.

Community Events News

Business Breakfast – Oct 19th – Local Communities Dragons Den

October’s Business Breakfast was on Thursday 19th October 2017.



The event was held in the stunning National Catering Equipment Centre which opened in September 2017 on St. Brendan’s Way (BS11 9HA). Zoe Joyner from Nisbets welcomed us to the building which is a showcase for Catering Equipment including Nisbets own brands.


We were delighted that Cllr. Asher Craig (Bristol City Council Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Communities) was able to join us and open the event.


She commended the businesses, community groups and other organisations for coming together to cooperate and collaborate; and supporting better use of community assets to help build local resilience.


Keith Houghton (BCC) introduced the Port Communities Resilience Fund (PCRF)and stressed its importance in providing seed capital to support community resilience building. Keith’s presentation can be downloaded here.


The breakfast was focused around a Local Community Facilities Dragons Den. Thirty-eight people came along, representing 27 businesses and organisations, including 10 community groups.


Each Community Group had a few minutes to share the aims of their potential bids to the Community Facilities Grant from the Port Communities Resilience Fund. As any bid requires 100% match funding the groups are keen to develop links to businesses who may be able to offer support.


A range of ‘asks’ emerged including project management support, mentoring, help with planning,  groundworks, building design, sponsorship for sports activities and more. Its certainly not ‘just about money’.


Following these introductions everyone had an opportunity to chat and network together … the last people leaving just before 10:00. We understand a number of good connections were made, including B2B leads to be followed up.


If you are interested in connecting up with community groups who might welcome your support, please email [email protected] with the sort of support you might have available, and we can pass this on.


November’s business breakfast will be taking place on Thursday 16th November from 07:30 to 09:00. You can register here. Host to be announced soon.


If you are interested in SevernNet membership you can find out more here.


If you would like to host a Business Breakfast and/or sponsor breakfast please get in touch. Lack of a venue need not be a constraint. Both The Bristol Port Company and Shirehampton Golf Club are able to provide a venue (subject to availability).

Events News Transport

Congestion on Avonmouth Way – 30th Aug. 2017 – 14:00

There is increasing concern about the congestion on Avonmouth Way.


If this is of interest, please join us for a discussion at Nisbets Canteen, Fourth Way on Weds 30th August at 15:00.


We will be joined by representatives from Bristol City Council including Cllr. Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport and one of our local representatives, Cllr. Don Alexander.


The key discussion points:
● Current situation
● What’s being done?
● What can we do to help ourselves?


The discussion is facilitated by SevernNet, hosted by Nisbets and supported by local businesses.


To help us with numbers, if you plan to attend please email [email protected] or call 07969 569 444.


A flyer for the discussion can be downloaded here.

Community Events News

Avonmouth Summer Fest 2017

The sun shone on Avonmouth Summer Fest in spite of the weather forecast which had promised heavy rain and thunder and lightning. Lots of people turned out to enjoy a variety of activities including learning a circus skill or how to grow food, playing in the ball swamp, fishing for fruit and veg or helping to create a flower mandala.


More active pursuits were available in the form of Zumba, circle dancing or hula hooping and the bike carousel was a great hit with the children but also one or two adults.


A Forgotten landscape artist in residence, Deborah, helped residents to create a big paper model of the village and port.


Relaxing opportunities included a cup of Pukka tea, a massage with Rosie, a sound bath from Monika and Yoga with Simon.


The human library offered the opportunity to have the loan of a person instead of a book and find out about an interesting hobby, job or life style.  One of the books on offer was Dr William Lee who has been involved with the Bloodhound SSC project which is based here in Avonmouth.  The ambition of Bloodhound is to design a car which will go at 1000 miles an hour and at the same time engage children and young people in Science, technology, engineering and maths.


It was great to see so many familiar faces but we were also pleased to see people who were new to the community centre.  We also had a visit from the Port Police and the Fire Service both of which were enjoyed by the children.


Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of local business, Thanks go to Nisbets, The Bristol Port Company, Professional Hygiene and Warburton’s who all contributed.


We also had support in the form of prize draw prizes from Koh Thai Tapas, Square Food Foundation, and Lawrence Weston Community Farm.  The public health team, Avonmouth children’s centre team and St Andrews church also work hard and contributed to the success of the event.


For more information about the event and Avonmouth Community Centre check out their facebook page or contact the Community Centre on 0117 982 7445 or email [email protected]


SevernNet Flyer – timetable change from Tuesday 1st August 2017

From Tuesday 1st August 2017 the SevernNet Flyer will be running to an improved timetable which better serves shift start and end times to get you to work – and home again!

The Flyer will be serving Lawrence Weston and Shirehampton again as well as Avonmouth village, Avonmouth Railway Station and the industrial areas around Avonmouth, Access 18 and Cabot Park.

We are also introducing Buzz … an app which gives you a personalised timetable once you register at

You can also download the timetable here.



Events News

Business Breakfast – Thurs. 20th July 2017 – 07:30

July’s Business Breakfast is on Thursday 20th July 2017.

Our host this month is Shirehampton Park Golf Club, with breakfast sponsored by [to be confirmed].


This month’s Breakfast will be featuring:

Avonmouth Severnside Flood Defence and Ecology Mitigation Scheme – which has just opened for public consultation. The scheme involves 17km flood defences being built from Avonmouth to Aust; and provide new wetland habitat. What do you think and how might this impact or benefit you?


A Forgotten Landscape – a Heritage Lottery project to conserve and enhance the Lower Severn Vale Levels, while improving community access to, and engagement with, the area’s unique natural and cultural heritage.


Habitat creation is key for both. At the breakfast we’ll be exploring opportunities to do more with green spaces across the industrial area and how organisations could help manage them for wildlife.


There will also be lots of opportunities to network, and a 30 second slot to introduce yourself and your business to the room, together with refreshments and a light breakfast.


Please register 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 Uncategorised

SevernNet Business Breakfast at The Bloodhound Project

June’s Business Breakfast is on Thursday 15th June 2017.
Our hosts this month are The Bloodhound Project, with breakfast sponsored by v6e.

There will also be lots of opportunities to network, and a 60 second slot to introduce yourself and your business to the room, together with refreshments and a light breakfast.

Please register here. Numbers will be limited to 50 so book in good time.

Please note that 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.


At this month’s meeting…

Tony Parraman from The Bloodhound Project is our Host​

Tony will introduce The BLOODHOUND Project – a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Local organisations will be encouraged to get involved in supporting the project.

There will also be an opportunity for a guided tour of the workshop

Caroline Bain from v6e is sponsoring the breakfast

v6e Limited are specialist providers of multilingual commentary systems.

Caroline: “Our systems can be found in over 850 sightseeing vehicles world wide from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Our product range consists of 4 multilingual systems, each having a unique selling point, these include price, installation, and touch screen. The latest system has a touch screen which can also show adverts and games whilst the commentary is playing, thus ensuring the children will not get bored. It is also good for upselling the advertising space therefore making the system pay for itself!”


The Bloodhound Project

The Project has a number of objectives:

·         Inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

·         Share an iconic research and development programme with a global audience.

·         Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000mph.

Mission Statement:
Create a unique, high-technology project, focused around a 1000mph World Land Speed Record attempt. Share this Engineering Adventure with a global audience and inspire the next generation by bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life in the most exciting way possible.

Check out the website for more information, videos etc.


Book your ticket now…

Please note that 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.

To book your place at June’s Business Breakfast meeting, please click on the button below. We encourage early booking for this event.  We look forward to seeing you there.



Access WEST Travel Support for Business

Travelwest has been successful in securing grant funding for the Access WEST project. This project offers a range of support for businesses. An outline of the various activities are below.


The focus of the project is to promote walking and cycle commuting to work to reduce the congestion and environmental impact of single occupancy vehicle trips whilst also promoting the health benefits.


There is also scope to promote greater access to work and skills training, particularly for those currently not in education, training or employment.  This will be delivered as part of the Wheels to Work project. Further information regarding this will be available soon.


Support available includes:

Match Funded Employer Grants
Cycle Champions Network
Loan Bikes
Travel Roadshows
Journey Sharing


For more details, download this overview. Its been written from a S, Glos. perspective, however N. Somerset and Bristol City Council will have similar  offers. For more details contact your LA’s Business Engagement Officer below or email [email protected]


You can also download here some case studies which show how other organisations have benefited from grants and other travel support.


Please note Bristol City Council are running a grant round for employer grants. SGC and NSC grants are (we understand) open until the funds run out. The BCC grant round runs until 16th June 2017. More details below.


Bristol City Council – Kurt Schiebl. Contact details here.
North Somerset – Gideon Thomas. Contact details here. Flyer can be downloaded here.
S. Glos. Council – Richard Drew. Contact details here. Overview of offers can be downloaded here.


Bristol City Council Employer Grants Round now open (available in N. Somerset and S. Glos. on an ongoing basis).

This year’s Travelwest grant round is now open. We can provide match-funding of up to 50% for any project that improves sustainable transport provision at your organisation – for example:

new or improved cycle parking or storage facilities
new electric vehicle charging points
signage of cycling routes
provision of pool bikes
improvement of pedestrian access to and within the site
provision of car sharing bays in staff car parks
events to promote walking and cycling.
any other project that you can show will have an effect on staff using single-occupancy cars


The grant round will remain open until the 16th of June – you’ll need to apply by or before this date. To apply, email Kurt Schiebl to request an application pack.


After the close of applications, grants are competitively scored. You’ll be informed of whether your application has been successful by Friday the 30th of June.


Big Commuting Challenge 2017 kicks off soon – Register your organisation now 


We would love you to take part in this year’s challenge which is running from 5th June – 14th July.

All you need to do is sign up your team to the Challenge, get the rest of your organisation on board and log as many journeys as possible walking, cycling, car-sharing or by public transport. You can log your journeys online, track your progress and compete against other workplaces in the West of England.

Register Now

 Weekly prize draws
We’ll be dishing out prizes every week, offering a range of rewards including:

National Trust vouchers
Cinema tickets
Veg boxes
Public transport vouchers
And LOADS more…

This year we’re also giving prizes away EVERY WEEK for the best photo posted to the site, and a prize draw for five £10 Waterstones vouchers for those who invite their friends!

Register Now

Get your colleagues on board!
Challenge colleagues or friends from other workplaces to register for the Challenge and crank up the competition!

The more people from your workplace that get involved, the more chance you have of winning the big team prizes at the end of the Challenge.
Invite a Friend




 How far will you go?
Your virtual journey will take you the whole length of the UK. Starting at Land’s End it will take you through popular landmarks until you reach Orkney. How far do you want to go?


Register Now





Community Health & Wellbeing News Uncategorised

Free Workplace Health Checks

Knowle West Health Park has been commissioned by Bristol City Council to deliver free workplace health checks in Bristol North.

Pip A’Ness, Health Checks Outreach Worker:
“There are two ways in which workplaces can work with us:
1. Promote the health checks being offered locally in community venues to staff via email and noticeboards.
2. Alternatively, with sufficient interest from staff, I could come on site to deliver the 30-minute health check to eligible employees (registered with a GP within Bristol City Council), times to suit.  There is no cost to the company other than provision of a room and promotion to staff.

We have now delivered some 750 health checks in over 30 different workplaces across Bristol in the past 12 months, including the Cater Road Business Park, South Bristol Community Hospital and the BRI, First Bus, Bristol Waste Company, Babcock, Midas Construction, Computershare and the DWP Jobcentres. Where men predominately make up the workforce this project is proving invaluable in getting men to talk about their health and make positive lifestyle changes when, traditionally, men delay seeking help until their health has deteriorated. Some 50% of the people I see are referred back to their GPs for high blood pressure or the ‘diabetes check’. Everyone receives advice around making healthier lifestyle choices.  The simple Health ‘MOT’ can be a life-saver.”

Employees really appreciate this opportunity:
* Workplace is easier than making an appointment at the surgery. Felt more relaxed, didn’t feel rushed, every step explained. Very worthwhile. Should be adopted nationwide. (Female, 52)

* Very informative.  I was very interested in the cholesterol guidelines – good/bad, etc. I am hoping that my health check will kick start my cycling/swimming regime. (Male, 59)

* Always expected things to be fine, but this underlines there’s no room for complacency, so exercise to be upgraded. (Male, 60)

If you’re interested in supporting this opportunity, please display the poster (download here) and/or contact Pip A’Ness on 0117 377 2255 or email [email protected]