Apprenticeship Scheme Up and Running at Nisbets

Brightstowe Apprentices Begin Work at Nisbets

Three summer school leavers have gone straight into the world of work and taken up apprenticeships at Nisbets.

The trio – Alfie Giles, Jack Larrea and Libby Foley – have begun “earning and learning” at the Contact Centre at Nisbets. They will spend the first three months with the Database team familiarising themselves with the world of work and then commence Nisbets customer service training in January 2017.

Following a successful interview in July the new apprentices will take a customer Service Diploma. The one-year apprenticeship scheme forms part of the Nisbets in the Community programme.

“It’s exciting but also a bit scary to be out in the workplace but I’m determined to get a good job here at the end of the year,” says Jack.

“I didn’t know about Nisbets before I came here for a tour earlier in the year but it’s a real family environment and I already feel at home.”

They are also joined by a student Luke Harrison from Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy who is joining them on the apprenticeship scheme.

Brightstowe Assistant Principal Alison Eynon said “We know that recruits who start in Nisbets’ Contact Centre frequently progress through the business, gaining promotion and achieving highly successful careers.

“The Academy is so proud of our strong and continuing partnership with Nisbets. We are hugely grateful to Nisbets and the City of Bristol College for setting up this scheme and providing such an exciting and challenging opportunity for our school leavers.”


Working Knowledge Sales Apprentices begin roles in Corporate
In addition to this, five sales apprentices have started within the Corporate sector. The sales apprentices undergo six weeks of intensive sales training with top training and career development coaches and then they join the Corporate team to continue their sales apprenticeships onsite.

Working Knowledge will continue to support them with the college, and conduct monthly career developments and assessments.

Simon James the Head of Corporate Sales is so pleased with the first intake of apprentices, who are doing exceptionally well, he has committed a further 10 who start on 10 th October.

Seren who works for the Hotels sector says – “it’s really helpful to go through the academy, I have learnt a lot more about sales this way. It’s a great thing to do if you are a young apprentice.”

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The West of England emerging Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study

The four West of England councils – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire – would like to invite you to help shape the emerging Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) and Joint Transport Study (JTS).

The West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study will set out a prospectus for sustainable growth that will help the area meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years.

“We are now launching a second phase of consultation which will to inform the final plan and steer development in the region.

Please view our short video to learn more about this second phase of consultation and to hear how the Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study are linked together.

To learn more, please download the presentation from the 8th November launch event.

We are consulting on two different documents which are supported by a range of technical evidence and reports. For more information about the two consultations please follow the links below”

‘Joint Spatial Plan: Towards an Emerging Spatial Strategy’ consultation
‘Joint Transport Study: Transport Vision Summary Document’ consultation

The consultation period runs from 7 November 2016 to 19 December 2016.

Find out more here

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Bristol City Council’s 2017-2022 Corporate Strategy consultation – have your say

Find out about BCC’s draft Corporate Strategy 2017-22 and how to have your say

The Corporate Strategy 2017/18-2021/22 (pdf, 1MB) (opens new window)  includes:

the Mayor’s vision for Bristol
their  priorities  over the next five years
an outline of savings proposals for their revenue budget from April 2017-March 2022
their draft capital  programme from April 2017-March 2022

Bristol City Council: “We predict that the council will face a funding gap of at least £92m by March 2022 if we carry on running services the way they are at the moment.  Our ideas for how to begin bridging this gap are listed in this draft strategy.

There will have to be some tough choices if we are to reach our target of balancing the books for the next five years.  An overview of the draft five year plan can be found in our ‘Big decisions, tough choices’ guide (pdf, 328k)”

You can find more information and to access the online survey here.


Key messages from Avon Fire and Rescue


Avon Fire and Rescue (AFR) hosted November’s Business Breakfast, attended by 20 local organisations. Many thanks to Jan Morris, Station Manager, and team for their hospitality.

There were some key messages for businesses:

£1bn is wasted each year in the UK on Unwanted Fire Signals (UWFS) or false alarms. Businesses are encouraged to understand how to prevent UWFS. Avon Fire and Rescue can offer advice via their website: . A publication can also be downloaded from
National policy and guidance requires all premises with an automatic fire alarm system to have call filtering at the premises to ensure false alarms are identified PRIOR to the Fire Service being called.  This should form part of your fire risk assessment and training for Fire Wardens.
UK Business Safety Week highlights Business Owner’s responsibilities – details can be found at Business Safety Week – Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Take steps to prevent arson. Housekeeping is critical. Keep rubbish well away from buildings. Employees can be a cause and fire safety awareness should be part of initial induction and ongoing familiarisation. Zoe Joyner from Nisbets remarked that staff are not allowed to take lighters into the warehouse.
A business continuity programme is essential. What would you do if your business burnt down? Paul Tipping from Professional Hygiene and Paul Tallents from Day Group shared their experiences caused by accidental fire burning the business to the ground. Paul Tipping recounted that even the best planning can’t prepare you for the trauma to the business. Only 5% of businesses get back up after 2 years. Of these only 5% are still there in 5 years.
Businesses are responsible in law for ensuring the safety of business premises and people using them. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 lays out responsibilities which requires a risk based approach. This should be taken seriously and not treated as ‘just a tick box exercise’.
Many staff become complacent with fire drills and will use the exit they’re familiar with. Block main entrances in occasional drills to ensure people think about alternative escape routes.
Chemical storage and stock management is critical. Chemicals can also be a risk in prevention of terrorism and domestic extremism. If you have any concerns seek advice. Report all cases of vandalism and domestic extremism.

Several businesses asked if a Fire Safety Workshop could be organised for Health and Safety personnel and Fire Marshalls. Avon Fire and Rescue and SevernNet will organise something in the New Year. Let us know if this might be of interest.

The breakfast concluded with a demonstration by one of the Fire Fighting teams in extracting someone who is trapped from a car. Bram Fischer from Wessex Buses volunteered to be the trapped person. Bram “It was a valuable experience. Much noisier than I expected. Good to be reassured about what was happening throughout”.

We were also warned to ensure there are no loose objects in a vehicle e.g. a bottle of wine can have an impact of 13kg at 30 miles per hour (mph) and 31kg at 70 mph!



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Lucy, Avonmouth Employment Support Worker, seeks support for charity bike ride

In November 2017 I shall be doing a charity bike ride across Vietnam and Cambodia. 400k in 10 days! I will be raising money for Jessie May ‘Children’s Hospice at Home’.

This amazing charity is almost entirely reliant upon voluntary funding! They currently support families in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. They supply nurses free of charge to provide support and specialist care to the whole family in their own home (wherever possible) when a child has a life limiting illness from diagnosis onwards!

This is an organised trip so I will be riding with a group of people all raising money for various charities.  Whilst some of the money raised will go towards the cost of the trip the rest will go directly to Jessie May!

Although I love to cycle I have not ever cycled quite so far, especially in such a short period of time, so will be doing a lot of training beforehand  – up to Severn Beach before work possibly?

So feel free to wave happily at the ‘slightly’ unfit cyclist red, puffing and out in all weather and remind me “It is all in a good cause!”

If anyone would like to support me in my challenge I have set up a ‘Just Giving’ page. I am planning to wear a T shirt highlighting the organisations that have kindly donated towards this excellent Charity! So all donations are greatly appreciated and thank you so much for any support you are able to give (and for reading my long winded request!)

Thank you

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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]