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Match-fund grants available now for EV charging points and sustainable transport initiatives

Grant funding through Go Ultra Low West is now available – you can apply for a grant for half the cost of installing an electric vehicle charging point (either fast or rapid) on your business premises.
Email Vicky Stone ([email protected]) for an application pack, mentioning your interest in Go Ultra Low.

Grant funding through Travelwest is also available. This is for all other improvements to sustainable travel on your business premises. Our funding for this round is limited, so there will be a maximum funding amount of £10,000 – to apply, email [email protected] mentioning your interest in Travelwest.

Both these grant rounds will be open until the 16th of December. As you’ll need to get quotes for your grant application (one for amounts under £2,500; three if it’s more than £2,500) don’t delay in emailing in for your application pack.

After the end of the grant rounds, each set of applications will be competitively scored and we’ll let you know whether we are able to fund your application in the New Year.


Are you happy with your broadband service? Five minute survey … yes really just 5 minutes

Bristol City Council has recently identified the potential for investing in and extending its own existing fibre optic broadband network (BNet) across the city, including improving connectivity speeds and quality of service  in the Avonmouth industrial area and neighbouring communities area.

It would be really helpful if you could share your views about broadband provision across the area.

Please could you participate in this short 5 minute survey.

We’ll send a short anonymised summary of results to all respondents.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Many thanks.
Economic development, Bristol City Council


Oasis Academy Brightstowe seeks business support for mentoring, mock interviews and Careers Fair

Oasis Academy Brightstowe has 3 events coming up where business support could help prepare students for work.


Tuesday 6/12/2016 – Year 9 Career Presentations.
The Year 9 cohort will present to adults what they have learnt in their first term of careers lessons. They will be in groups of 6. After their presentations they will (hopefully) have the opportunity to ask questions around careers and qualifications to their assigned adult. This will run from 8.50-10.50.


Tuesday 17/1/2017 – Year 10 Mock Interviews.
To prepare their Year 10 pupils for their forthcoming work experience, they will all have a brief interview. This will be an all-day event, running from 9-2.50pm.


Could you support either of these days? Oasis Brightstowe would welcome interested volunteers to come in to support these events. For this to be impactful, it is better that the pupils work with adults that they have not met before.


Careers fair on Thursday 23rd February 2017
This will be held from 12.15-17.30. The school would welcome any business that wish to have a stall at this event.


If any of these opportunities are of interest, or you have any questions, please could you get in touch with Melanie Powell on 0117 3167330, extension 70952 or email [email protected]

Events News Uncategorised

Reignite your work life – Employment and Employability Event

Reignite Your Worklife is an exciting event SevernNet Working’s Employment Support Workers (Jo and Lucy) are holding at the Lawrence Weston Youth Centre on Tuesday 1st November for residents in Lawrence Weston and the surrounding areas, who are looking for work and training opportunities.

You are invited to come along and meet potential candidates between 13:00 and 16:30.
The Youth Centre is the home of the Lawrence Weston Employment Hub run by Ambition Lawrence Weston.

The event is being aimed at a range of potential employees. More details below.

The Employment Event will be preceded by a high quality workshop run by Red Door Coaching designed to inspire and teach new tools and tips to attendees to enable them to find the best opportunities and empower individuals. The opportunity to meet potential employers immediately afterwards will strengthen the value of the workshop.

If you have vacancies and are able to join us you will be very welcome.

For more information, or to book a spot, call or email Jo Clarkson: [email protected]
07585 702 016


This event is ideal for residents who are:

 Long term unemployed people and those experiencing barriers to employment
Disabled people/ESA claimants looking for work/training
People looking for volunteering/work-based learning opportunities
People recently transitioning from ESA to Job Seekers
Single parents/parents returning to work
Older people, 50+ adults
People looking for different kinds of work due to physical health needs
People looking for flexible work for what ever reason
Those living in Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton, Henbury, Seamills, Southmead and Bristol-wide!

There is also a budget for attendees to claim travel expenses on request!

Events News Uncategorised

Jobs Fair at Shirehampton Job Centre – a great success

On 29th September SevernNet and the SevernNet Working partnership teamed up with Department of Works and Pensions and the Ways2Work network to run a Job Fair at Shirehampton Job Centre.

Over 20 local businesses who were looking to recruit attended (more details below), and left with application forms and contact details for potential applicants. A number of interviews were held there and then.

320 potential applicants came through the door.
We’ll provide links to case studies from this event soon …

Event invitation and details
Twenty local employers with full and part time vacancies to fill are looking forward to meeting potential recruits. Anyone everyone thinking of getting a job is welcome to come along to the Job Fair.


SevernNet Working has teamed up with Bristol City Council, South Glos. Council, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ways2Work network to bring employers together, to demonstrate the diversity of employment opportunity across the area, and show how easy it can be to get to work in Avonmouth these days!

A range of jobs will be on offer from industries as diverse as a Distributor of Spa Beauty Products to specialists in Heavy Lifting, with other roles including warehouse operatives, drivers, administrators, call centre operatives and engineers.

Some of the employers are also offering apprenticeships.

Confirmed employers attending include The Bristol Port Company, Elemis, Kings Lifting, Wainwrights, Nisbets, Wessex Bus, Expeditors, Granville Care, Stapletons Tyres, Warburtons and Kier Construction (full list below).

Advisors will be on hand to discuss training, interview techniques and general careers information. Jo and Lucy, the SevernNet Working Employment Support Workers from Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston can introduce you to the geography of the area, local employers and the ongoing support they can offer.

Transport to the Jobs Fair is easy with buses stopping just a few minutes walk away and Shirehampton Railway Station close by. The Severn Beach Line can easily be taken from Temple Meads, Lawrence Hill and other stations.

To show you how easy it is to get to work if you are looking for a job in the Avonmouth or Severnside areas, we will be offering free trips on the SevernNet Flyer shuttle bus while the Jobs Fair is on. You will be able to see the route it takes and which employers it passes. Tours around the area are planned to leave on the hour at 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00. Come early to take advantage of this offer – the number of employers it drives past is incredible and it makes taking a job in this area so much easier than it used to be!

Manor Singh, SevernNet Business Network Manager “Make the most of this opportunity – Christmas is coming and there will be extra vacancies as well as all the regular jobs”

Lucy Davis, Avonmouth Employment Support Worker “Come ready to impress the employers and you could leave with a date for an interview. If that happens, the interview should be easier as you will have already met the employer here – and this could be the best way to boost your job chances!”.

Zoe Joyner, Nisbets “Nisbets has seen considerable growth over the last few year and as an expanding company we encourage local talent to join us, 30% of colleagues already live in the local area.  We have a whole host of vacancies from warehouse operatives to customer service operatives available.”

The jobs fair takes place at Shirehampton Job Centre on Thursday 29th September, from 10:00 to 14:00.

Participating employers and agencies:

Cordant People
Days Group Ltd.
Granville Care
John Moores Ltd
Kier Construction
Kings Lifting Ltd
New Directions
Reed Recruitment
Sims Metal Management
Stapletons Tyres
The Bristol Port Company
Wessex Bus
William Hill


City of Bristol College
Learn Direct
SGS College
Working Knowledge


News Transport

A403 Chittening Road NIGHT TIME CLOSURE starting a week earlier than planned

It has been agreed that the Day Surfacing work scheduled for Chittening Rd next week will have to be undertaken as Night Time Surfacing with a Night Time closure. It is not now considered possible to undertake the work with live running in one lane. This will extend the period of night time closures on Chittening Rd. to three weeks from 19th September to 7th October.

Diversion routes will be signed via the motorway network and also a non-motorway diversion via Easter Compton.

An updated programme for ongoing works on the A403 to complete the Bristol City Council programme is below.
This will be added to the SevernNet website here shortly.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.
If you have any specific concerns or would like to discuss please contact the  Highways and Traffic team either by email  [email protected] or by calling 0117 9036822.


Resurfacing Kings Weston Lane – day time closures from Tues 13th September

An opportunity has arisen due to other works not progressing to undertake resurfacing of Kings Weston Lane.  The works will require day AND NIGHT time road closure.

Works will start on Tuesday 13th September for two days from Merebank Road to Access 18 entrance.  During this time access to Access 18, the Household Recycling centre, and the Water Treatment Plant will have to be via Kings Weston Lane form Long Cross (although Access 18 should be able to use the entrance on Avonmouth Way).

Works will then commence from Thursday 15th for two weeks until Friday 30th September from the Access 18 entrance, heading East to the M49 motorway bridge (note as sections of the road are completed heading East they will be re-opened but the road will remain closed at Long Cross for the duration).

A diversionary route will be signed and the environmental weight limit on Kings Weston Lane will be relaxed for the duration.

We apologise for the short notice and disruption that this may cause.

If you have any specific concerns or would like to discuss please contact the  Highways and Traffic team either by email  [email protected] or by calling 0117 9036822.


M49 Avonmouth junction information event

Thursday 21 July, 11am-7pm
Halls at Easter Compton, Main Road, Easter Compton BS35 5RB

Message from Highways England:

“We are at a very early stage in the development of this scheme and are keen to ensure that people and business know about the scheme and understand the options we are considering before we start designing the final agreed layout.

You are invited to attend an event that we will be holding to discuss the options under consideration. This will be a good opportunity to speak to the design and project team to find out more about the proposed options.

Click here to view the options online

Our webpage has more detailed information about the scheme, including copies of the leaflet and information boards which will be available at the information event.”


Click here for full information leaflet:


For queries email [email protected] or all the Highways England Customer Contact Line on 0300 124 5000