Events News

May 2017 Business Breakfast

May’s Business Breakfast is on Thursday 18th May 2017.
Our hosts this month are Accolade Wines.

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 strictly 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…

Gil Woodward from Accolade Wines

Gil Woodward will introduce the work being done to enable Accolade Wines to become a leader in manufacturing and resource and energy efficiency.

A significant energy user, Accolade Wines is in the process of seeking planning permission for a wind turbine to generate some of its power needs from a renewable source.

Clean Earth and Argand Solutions are supporting this initiative.

GENeco’s Charlotte Stamper will share some circular economy ideas being explored with Accolade Wines.

There will be an opportunity to view the production floor from the gantry.

Eleanor Armstrong from Avonmouth C of E Primary School

Avonmouth Church of England Primary school welcomes children from nursery through to year six. Our vision is: ‘Inspired, Happy children, Learning for Life’. We work especially hard to make sure that children feel safe and happy at the school. We aim to provide children with a stimulating and exciting environment to learn.

We are keen to develop closer relationships with local businesses and are proud to be a SevernNet member.

We’re working on three projects during the Spring and Summer to install new willow fencing on the school field,  install new tower in the nursey garden with protected matting and install new playground equipment on the playing field.  If you think you’d like to be involved in these projects or help towards fundraising please let us know.



About the host…

51 brands sold across more than 140 countries

More than 1600 employees across 12 countries

Accolade Wines has the largest wine warehouse and distribution centre in Europe

Accolade Park fills over 1,000,000 bottles per day in sizes ranging from 187ml to 75cl and cask manufacturing between 1.5L and 10L


We’re also looking forward to welcoming our two new members:

·         eeTEQ

·         IDS Refrigeration Services Ltd

To book your place at May’s Business Breakfast meeting, please click here. We encourage early booking for this event.

We look forward to seeing you there and would appreciate car sharing where possible.


Events News

April 2017 Business Breakfast – Thu. 20th April – Summary


We enjoyed Nisbets delicious bacon baps and learnt more about ‘Colleagues, Customers and our Community’ from them. This was a thread which featured through the morning.


Our two new Members – eeTEQ ltd and IDS Refrigeration Services were welcomed.


Ambition Lawrence Weston shared their work to support local residents into employment; we heard from Key4Life and their programme to support offenders back to work; and discussed the SevernNet Flyer shuttle bus.


We also managed to fit in a tour of Nisbets Access 18 Warehouse and Contact Centre, as well as having time to chat and network.


Nisbets Colleagues, Customers and our Community’


Nisbets will be celebrating 35 years in business next year, and now operates out of four main sites in Avonmouth. Their flagship megastore National Catering Equipment Centre (St. Brendan’s) will be opening later this year (the building with the wavy roof at the end of Avonmouth Way ).


They’re also celebrating the award of a highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for International Trade, announced the day after the breakfast.


Zoe Joyner, Engagement Manager, explained the importance of ‘Our Values’ and how these are at the heart of the business.




Colleague Engagement is central to the culture of the business, supporting retention, new talent recruitment and behaviour, all reflected in the values. The programme has been driven from the responses to the 2012 and 2013 Engagement Survey and includes:

Building ‘The Canteen’ which can also showcase products
Colleague Handbook
History Board illustrating the companies journey
Free of charge Final Mile Transport, facilitating an easier journey to work and an increase in numbers of local people employed.
Wellbeing and sports
DASS Counselling (debt and income advice)
Learning and Development.


Nisbets in the Community was set up in 2012 to facilitate a coordinated approach to community support. Nisbets is proud that the company is talked about with great affection within the community, and colleagues feel proud to work for Nisbets.

A significant part of the budget supports covering ‘final mile transport into work’. This is one of the factors supporting an increase in employment from the local area from 15% to 35%.

Other actions include supporting a monthly pensioner’s lunch in The Canteen, the Penpole Lunch Club in L. Weston, Avonmouth annual Christmas Lunch and a Funday at Avonmouth Football Club.


Nisbets also supports Key4Life – an organisation working to get young offenders back into work (see below).


Customer Service at Nisbets. Bringing customers back to the centre of the business has been key in recent years. This starts with Nisbets Customer Promise and is a thread throughout the business’s operations beginning with Training. The programme was informed by a review of 6 months of customer feedback such as product failures. Cross departmental workshops were run to develop new approaches and enable business wide ownership of processes. The business’s KPI’s are increasingly customer-centric.

Nisbets is now in the Top 50 companies in the UK for Customer Service .


Colleague Retention is good. 200 colleagues have 10+ years of service, although retaining younger people remains a challenge. Nisbets has a long standng policy of recruiting from within, enabling colleague progression.


Nisbets presentation from the morning can be downloaded here


Ambition Lawrence Weston


Ambition Lawrence Weston (ALW) was set up by local residents to enable community development and a better future for residents. Lawrence Weston is a post-war trading estate and an area of significant disadvantage, whilst neighbouring the Avonmouth and Severnside industrial area. The community has suffered from a feeling of neglect and de-prioritisation by the City. The final straw was the withdrawal of the Further Education college a few years ago.


Change came about through the development of a resident led Community Plan and Big Local Funding. This enabled the recruitment of a Manager (Mark Pepper) and the establishment of ALW as the delivery vehicle.


Local people love living in Lawrence Weston, with its green spaces and community spirit. They are working to make it a place to be proud of and developments include the arrival of a Lidl supermarket and a Community Health and Work Hub


Joanne Clarkson provides support to help local people get back into work, including the long term unemployed, single parents and others with mental health challenges. ALW is able to run workshops together with employers looking to recruit locally, and can provide advice to employers on engaging local people.  We encourage employers to get in touch with Joanne ([email protected];  07585 702016).


ALW is also keen to work with businesses to support them in fulfilling their Corporate Social Responsibility remit, and can assist with brokering projects and events with community groups and schools.





Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston and Shirehampton Energy Group

David Tudgey from ALW introduced the ground-breaking CHEESE project which is helping local residents improve the energy efficiency of their properties through the support of thermal imaging and local energy advice and support.


ALW supported the delivery of the Lawrence Weston 4.2 MB Solar Farm which is bringing £155,000 of unrestricted funding back into the community over the lifetime of the installation. This funding will be used in many ways for the community. Importantly it will provide core funding for ALW, providing economic stability and giving confidence to stakeholders and investors in ALW’s longevity.


Community owned onshore Wind Energy Opportunity – There is an opportunity to work together with a local business(es) to develop onshore wind turbine(s) that could be owned (wholly or partly) by the community. This would deliver the host site reduced cost renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions and provide an annual contribution to help alleviate fuel poverty and disadvantage in the area. If this is of interest please could you complete the following survey which should take no more than 5-10 minutes:




Dave Gardner and Emma Tizzard introduced Key4Life and the work the organisation is doing to support young offenders back into work, enabling them to change their lives around.


Please have a look at their website and the work they have been doing. They are working with talented young people who may have had a poor start in life, but could be an asset to your business.


Nisbets is working with them, running a three day work taster, with opportunities for employment


You can email Emma on [email protected]; 07812 996238


SevernNet Flyer Shuttle Bus Service


The SevernNet Flyer was established as a pilot service (as part of the SevernNet Working Coastal Community Fund initiative) and has been running since January 2016. The funding for this pilot service comes to an end in July 2017.


It is now essential that Employers work together with SevernNet and other stakeholders to develop an employer led service to replace this pilot service later in the summer.


The importance of the service supporting local residents getting to work and connecting those coming into the area by bus or train was stressed by those attending.


To get involved contact Kate Royston ([email protected]; 07969 569 444). More about the SevernNet Flyer here.

New Members welcomed this month

Our two new Members – eeTEQ ltd and IDS Refrigeration Services were welcomed.


We encourage local businesses to become Members and support our work across the area facilitating co-operation and collaboration. Our regular newsletter including transport bulletins, Business Breakfasts, Transport Forum and supporting work, Health & Safety Peer to Peer Group, Circular Economy initiatives and more need financial support which is funded through Member contributions. A relatively small contribution from you helps fund a significant benefit for businesses across the area.


Up and Coming Events

The next Transport Forum will be on 17th May 2017. This is a valuable and informative platform bringing stakeholders together to discuss local transport challenges and opportunities.  If you’re interested in attending please email [email protected]


A date for local health and safety professionals: the next Health and Safety Peer to Peer networking group will take place on July 13th at The Bristol Port Company. If you’d like to join us please email [email protected]


Thank you for helping to make this month’s event a success. The next Business Breakfast will be hosted by Accolade Wines on May 18th. We’ll be learning more about Accolade Wines and their operations across the world, together with their plans to install a wind turbine. We look forward to seeing you there.



Events News

CHEP hosting next Health and Safety Peer to Peer Group – 5th April 2017

Nick Phillips (Site Manager) at CHEP, Western Approach Industrial Park,  will be hosting our next Health and Safety Peer to Peer Network on Wednesday 5th April 2017 from 09:30 until 12:00.


The session will include:

an overview of the CHEP site, what they’re doing and a tour of the site. Please bring your own PPE if you can, particularly your own safety shoes.
An update from Bond Dickinson (Stephen Panton) on managing Contractors/Supply Change Risks and Effective Health and Safety Governance (which requires a joined up approach between those responsible for compliance, HR and procurement functions)
Plenty of time to exchange information on current challenges, opportunities, training etc.

If you’d like to join us please email or call Kate Royston ([email protected]; 07969-569-444).

Events News

Business Breakfast – Thurs. March 16th – Shirehampton Golf Club

Many thanks Shirehampton Golf Club for hosting March’s Business Breakfast and to Business West for supplying the food and drink. The event saw 30+ attendee’s from organisations from across the area come together to discuss the opportunities available from our hosts.


As always, the ’60 second intros’ were very interesting. We also heard that colleagues from Brand51 were running a 24 hour ‘Cycleathon’ for Red Nose Day and Wesport are planning a business football league – stay tuned for more information.


We welcomed two new SevernNet Members – Ambition Lawrence Weston (ALW) and Shirehampton Golf Club. Membership certificates were presented to Joanne Clarkson on behalf of ALW and Jon Palmer, our host, for Shirehampton Golf Club. We were also delighted to present a membership certificate to Principal Joe Docherty on behalf of Oasis Academy Brightstowe.


 SevernNet Membership certificates presented to from ltr Joe Docherty, principal Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Jo Clarkson –Ambition Lawrence Weston and Jon Palmer – Shirehampton Park Golf Club by Kate Royston, SevernNet.


Shirehampton Park Golf Club

Jon introduced the Club and the facilities on offer, including corporate fun and coaching days. These are activity days flexible to suit all abilities and tailor made to suit a business’s individual requirements. A key feature is the opportunity to play a full round of nine holes with professional guidance. These activity days facilitate team building and engagement and also promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle!


The club is currently working with Nisbets and Oasis Academy Brightstowe to provide young people with access to golf training.


Jon outlined individual and group membership packages. The club is also available for businesses to hire, with facilities including the restaurant and a board room. With plentiful parking, Shirehampton Park Golf Club provides an excellent venue for business events.


The New Skills West Programme

Barry Tugwood from Business West presented the new ESF/SFA Business skills advice project set against the new landscape of changes in the provision and delivery of apprenticeships and associated funding.


To support the current government’s plan to grant 3 million people apprenticeships by 2020, The Skills West Programme aims to provide employers with impartial skills advice and support to contribute to this objective.


Large businesses who have a £3 million plus salary bill will be required to enter into a new levy system to invest in apprenticeships within their business.


Small and medium size businesses are entitled to a 90% government contribution to their training and apprenticeship programs.


Business West aims to provide a centre for impartial advice and guidance in the sector. Barry stressed that connectivity is key. The program does this through gathering succinct and current labour market information, following a best practice diversity program and listening to and understanding the needs of the employer. This enables the programme to bridge the skills gaps and help a business to grow.


Current stakeholders include local authorities, FE colleges and universities. With a target of 3,200 businesses to engage in skills advice, Barry and his team have the drive and ambition to support businesses of any size in employment related opportunities. Please get in touch with Barry ([email protected]) if you would like more information about the programme.


You can download the presentation here.


Celebrating SevernNet Working

Partners from the SevernNet Working Partnership spoke briefly of the impact and successes of the Coastal Communities Fund project.


Joanne Clarkson from Ambition Lawrence Weston highlighted the fantastic work achieved by the Employment Hub’s set up in both Lawrence Weston and Avonmouth. The initiative has been key in connecting local residents with jobs in Avonmouth and the surrounding area, and will continue to provide employment support for local people.


Manor Singh and Kate Royston discussed the SevernNet Flyer’s success in providing 600 -700 passenger journeys per week. The Flyer has proved to be a valuable transport link between Avonmouth Station, residential and industrial areas in Avonmouth, Access 18 and Cabot Park. The SevernNet Flyer is operated by Wessex Bus. Funding for the current service comes to an end in June 2017. A stakeholder group including Wessex Bus, Esoterix, SevernNet, South Glos. Council and a number of local businesses are looking at the feasibility of operating an ongoing sustainable, employer led service, that can also serve businesses in Western Approach.


Kate reminded attendees of the need for their employee’s postcode data in order to configure the route to suit the needs of employees.


Resource Efficiency Initiative

Students studying for a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and Management gave attendees an overview of a research project which they are conducting. The research aims to explore resource management across the area. How are local businesses in the distribution and logistics sector managing their residual resources? Are residual resources being treated locally? Are local resource management businesses e.g. the Energy Recovery Centre treating local materials? Are local residents refuse and recycling being processed locally? How do local residents perceive local resource management businesses?  The students are keen to speak with local businesses and community leaders in regards to this and ask if anyone is interested to please get in touch with project leader Jacqueline Hood, contact number, 07869 483 315.


Travel to Work Survey

Kate encouraged attendees to participate in the Travel to Work Survey. Alongside questions regarding staff happiness and chosen travel mode, the survey also gives employees an opportunity to freely comment on travel and the issues and concerns they have. Every comment will be read by the relevant council, and every organisation will receive a report of how their staff travel to work, their commute satisfaction and issues and concerns. James Tate form Avara reassured attendees that the survey is short and hassle free, with a high level of engagement from his employees.

The overall results of the survey will be shared at a future Business Breakfast.


Other Events

The last Sustainable Transport Forum was held on the 22nd February. A summary will be available soon. The next Transport Forum will be on 17th May 2017. This is a valuable and informative platform bringing stakeholders together to discuss local transport challenges and opportunities.  If you’re interested in attending please email [email protected]


A date for local health and safety professionals: the next Health and Safety Peer to Peer networking group will take place on April 5th at CHEP.


Thank you for helping to make this month’s event a success. The next Business Breakfast will be hosted by Nisbet’s on April 20th. This will be an opportunity to understand more about Nisbets and their worldwide operation, based in Avonmouth. We look forward to seeing you there.



February 2017 Business Breakfast Summary

Many thanks to Chartered Institute of Management (CIM) for hosting February’s Business Breakfast and to The Bristol Port Company for offering their space. The event was attended by seventeen organisations from across the area. Topics discussed included the importance of Management Skills and the Value of Branding.


John Baker, South West Regional Board Member of CIM shared a number of interesting facts about the South West Business Environment


Mark Guatieri and Amit Kumar from Brand51 ‘edutained’ us with their enlightening fifteen minute masterclass on Branding.


Two new SevernNet members were welcomed – Ambition Lawrence Weston and Shirehampton Golf Club.

We’d like to encourage as many organisations as possible to support our work by becoming a Member.


Shirehampton Golf Club will be hosting our Business Breakfast on Thursday 16th March at 07:30. You can book here


For a full summary of the event click here.




News Transport

Highways England: M32 Eastville Viaduct works

Skanska, working on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out works to replace the central reservation barrier over the Eastville Viaduct on the M32 motorway.


The attached letter gives details of when and where works will be taking place and other general information about the scheme.





Importance of Management Skills and Branding featured at Feb 17’s Business Breakfast

February 2017’s Business Breakfast – Thursday 16th February

Our hosts this month were the Chartered Institute of Management at St. Andrew’s House, The Bristol Port Company.

John Baker from the Chartered Management Institute talked about the state of UK leadership and management from the perspective of some of their research, and practical, low cost things that can be done to improve management competence. John outlined what help is out there for you and your managers. His presentation is available here.

Brand51 also featured

Brand51, a local branding and graphic design company, have been instrumental in helping us launch the SevernNet Business Breakfast.
Mark Guatieri and Amit Kumar from Brand51 shed light on what Brand51 do for local businesses and offered some words of wisdom about the importance of branding.

Their presentation is available here.


The importance of businesses participating in the West of England Travel to Work Survey was also stressed.

The survey will be running from the 13th to 17th March 2017
The Annual Travel to Work Survey is an important tool to help us understand how employees across the area view their transport opportunities and needs. It’s findings are key to helping us argue the case for improved services and infrastructure.



Hinkley Point C Supply Chain Portal

We encourage you to register your business on the Hinkley Point C supply chain portal at


The Hinkley Point C supply chain database is actively utilised to match the requirements of contractors, including EDF, involved on the Hinkley Point C project with suitably skilled Somerset AND South West companies. The way it works is that the procurement contacts from the contracted companies are encouraged to come through the supply chain portal to source their already existing supply chains.

Hinkley Point Supply Chain (HPSC) supply them with lists of companies whose capabilities match the scope of their requirements. HPSC don’t have the capacity or resources as a team to link up each of the 3500 companies registered with their direct opportunity but where there is a specific and detailed scope they are able to provide better matched regional suppliers.


Each registered company will be sent bi-monthly newsletter and will be invited to attend HPC workshops and events that are relevant to their registered capabilities and experiences.


North Bristol Health and Wellbeing E-bulletin – February 2017

From: Letty Anderton [mailto:[email protected]]
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Subject: North Bristol Health and Wellbeing E-bulletin – February 2017


Wellbeing in North Bristol

Welcome to February’s edition of the Wellbeing E-bulletin from Southmead Development Trust. We will be providing you with regular news of events and activities that promote health and wellbeing in Southmead and the north of Bristol.


This month – Mental Health and Sleep


We’ve all experienced the odd fretful night where we cannot seem to drift off, but what about when this extends to longer periods of sleeplessness?


Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Poor sleep not only makes it difficult to focus and cope, it can also put you at risk of serious medical conditions including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.


As someone who knows this personally, I can tell you that sleep problems potentially have a huge impact upon your life. It’s always good to seek support from your GP when you’re struggling, but what else is out there that can help? Here’s a few suggestions:


Mind provides some helpful tips on their website on how to cope with sleep problems.
Moodjuice – a self-help guide to start to understand what may be underlying sleep issues and challenge unhelpful patterns of thinking
Headspace – a mediation app that helps you master the art of relaxing your body and mind


Feeling sleepy? I do hope so.


Local events, activities and new community groups


Monday 13th February – ‘Challenge yourself to a Change’ this February! Join us at The Hub in Lockleaze to enjoy the film ‘Yes Man’ and take part in activities and conversations to make you think about the changes that you want from your life. From 1-4pm. Film not suitable for children under 12.

Thursday 16th February – entertain the kids this half term with a screening of the film Ratatouille at Southmead Community Centre. Real Economy will also be making some tasty snacks for you enjoy! Costs £1. Event from 12.30-4pm.

Monday March 27th – join Wellbeans Initiative for their event ‘Emotional Wellbeing in the Workplace event’. A chance to explore how to effectively tackle the issue of employee stress, mental health and emotional wellbeing in the workplace. From 9.30 – 12.30pm, City Hall, College Green. Contact [email protected] for more details.

Fridays –  ‘Women are ACE’  is a weekly group for women to improve emotional health and wellbeing. Runs from 10-11.30am at Faithspace, Prewitt Street, BS1 6PB. Travel can be refunded with a ticket.

Ongoing – find out about various clubs and courses running at Orchard School this year for parents at OSB and within the local community. See here for information about Couch to 5K, Returners to Netball, a conversation club for people wanting to improve English and more.



Courses and workshop


Recovery College

The Recovery College runs workshops across the city (Greenway Centre in North Bristol) on a variety of topics on mental health and wellbeing, from Confidence Building, Coping with Anxiety to Food and Mood and Mindfulness. Check out the website for a programme of courses on offer and their locations across the city.

Has Life Been Hard?

Hands on training delivered by Golden Key for groups in Bristol who may benefit from gaining more insight into anxiety and depression. This training offers the opportunity to learn a few practical tools from those who have been there. For more information, contact 0117 9166 551.




How do you make time for yourself?


As I continue this project I hear from more people across North Bristol to find out how they make times for themselves in their busy lives.


Check out our CASS website to see more community profiles and hear about the joys of gardening, table tennis and good old fashioned coffee and cake with friends!


If you or anyone you know would like to be involved, get in contact. Please help by sharing these posts on Facebook.


This e-bulletin is part of my wider work as a CASS networker in North Bristol. CASS works with community, equality and faith groups to raise awareness of mental health services. To find out more about CASS, check out our website