SevernNet Business Breakfasts are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.


IMG_20160616_083417regular monthly eventthis is an opportunity to meet your neighbours – local businesses from across the area – large and small – share information and get to know each other better.

Please come along and join us. We look forward to meeting you.

If you’d like businesses to know more about what you do and host a Business Breakfast please let us know.


The SevernNet Business Breakfast flyer can be downloaded here.


Next Business Breakfast

We’re delighted that March’s Business Breakfast on Thursday 16th will be hosted by Shirehampton Golf Club. Come along between 07:30 and 09:00 and you’ll be made welcomePlease register here.

This month …

Opportunities for Skills Improvement and Investment 

Barry Tugwood  one of a new team of skills advisors will introduce the Skills West programme as a new impartial business skills service, referral and support service operated by Business West and funded by European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency. It aims to support a more dynamic skills and training system that is responsive to businesses in the West of England.  We can show how this service can add value to the SevernNet membership and to businesses in the area in general and additionally begin to highlight some issues and solutions for wider discussion and action

Jon Palmer from Shirehampton Park Golf Club

Founded in 1904, Shirehampton Golf Club is considered to be one of the friendliest clubs in the area. Spread along the A4 Portway and located several hundred feet above the River Avon it provides a perfect setting for a golf course.

The club has facilities which may be of interest to local businesses as well as individuals. Recent research by Scottish scientists suggests that golf has physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages.

Jon will be talking about the facilities on offer at the club, membership options including Corporate membership packages, corporate coaching days, individual coaching sessions as well as society days & greenfee information.

We hope you can join us. If you can give up an hour and a half first thing in the morning, we promise you’ll walk away feeling it was time well spent. Register here

regular monthly event, this is an opportunity to meet your neighbours – local businesses from across the area – large and small – share information and get to know each other better.

We look forward to meeting you.

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

Our hosts in February were the Chartered Institute of Management at St. Andrew’s House, The Bristol Port Company. The current state of UK leadership and options for improving management competence were discussed.


brand-51-logo2Brand51 also featured. Instrumental in helping us launch the SevernNet Business Breakfast, Brand51 shed light on what Brand51 do for local businesses and offered some words of wisdom about the importance of branding.

Highlights from the event can be found here

Jan 17: The Bristol Port Company helped kick off the year with a well attended Business Breakfast

Highlights from the event can be found here


Nov 16: Key Messages from Avon Fire and Rescue at Business Breakfast

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 (headlines below – for more detail:click here)

  • £1bn is wasted each year in the UK on Unwanted Fire Signals (UWFS) or false alarms.  Avon Fire and Rescue can offer advice. A publication can also be downloaded from
  • If a false alarm does go off, notify AFR immediately.
  • Take steps to prevent arson. Housekeeping is critical. Keep rubbish well away from buildings.
  • A business continuity programme is essential. What would you do if your business burnt down?
  • Businesses are responsible in law for ensuring the safety of business premises and people using them.
  • Many staff become complacent with fire drills and will use the exit they’re familiar with.
  • Chemical storage and stock management is critical.

Avon Fire and Rescue and SevernNet will organise a Fire Safety Workshop 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!

Business support for Oasis Brightstowe

Joe Docherty, Principal from Oasis Brightstowe Academy, asked businesses if they could support employment related events in December, January and February (see separate item below).

Zoe Joyner (Nisbets) and Joe also mentioned that a number of 16 years old leavers from the Academy were now working as apprentices at Nisbets. Further opportunities are welcomed by the Academy.

Health and Safety Peer to Peer Group

SevernNet facilitates a Health & Safety Peer to Peer Group that enables people working in Health and Safety across the area share their expertise and best practice. If you’re interested in being included within this network please let us know.

SevernNet Membership

Businesses are also encouraged to become paying members of SevernNet to enable us to continue to operate into 2017.

Next Business Breakfast

December’s Business Breakfast is on Thursday December 15th from 07:30 to 09:00. Venue to be confirmed. If you would like to host please let us know.


Thursday 20th  October 2016 – hosted by The Bristol Port Company

October’s business breakfast focused on three key areas which we hope will interest all businesses across the area:

1. The Bristol Port Company and their up and coming developments

2. Employment challengesgetting those vacancies filled. Key reflections from the very successful Job Fair on 29th Sept. in Shirehampton which saw 320 jobseekers come through the door.

3. Supply chain opportunities through working together. We touched upon this last month.

All three of these topics are, of course, inter-related.

Please join us. If you can give up an hour and a half first thing in the morning, we promise you’ll walk away feeling it was time well spent.

The Bristol Port Company is our host at St. Andrew’s House (BS11 9DQ). and the event starts at 07:30 until 09:00.


Please book a place using this link



07:30   Arrival, tea, coffee, breakfast and networking
07:50   Introductions, including 60-second intro for everyone attending
08:00   Update from The Bristol Port Company and discussion
08:15   Update from Job Fair and discussion
08:25   Supply chain opportunities across the area – discussion
08:35   Close of formal session & informal networking


Any queries please email or call 07969 569 444.


September 2016: Thursday 15th  September 2016

The SevernNet Business Breakfast returns on Thursday September 15th after a short summer break.
The event will be hosted by Avonmouth Community Centre, and run from 07:30 to 09:00.

We’re hearing a lot from businesses that filling vacancies with the right people is increasing challenging, and this will be September’s Business Breakfast topic.

The breakfast will also be an opportunity for businesses attending the Jobs Fair at Shirehampton Job Centre on Sept. 29th to discuss the event and cover any questions you may have.

We’ll be joined by Chris Mitchell from Bristol City Council. He is BCC’s Job Fair guru as well as a key member of their Ways to Work Team and will have helpful advice to offer!

As always there will be the 60 second intro spot for everyone attending and plenty of time for networking. We’ll be serving drinks and a bacon sandwich (and a simple alternative for vegetarians/vegans).

Please join us. You can register through Eventbrite here:


07:30   Arrival, tea, coffee, breakfast and networking
07:50   Introductions, including 60-second intro for everyone attending
08:00   Discussion – local employment challenges and opportunities
08:15   Discussion – Job Fair
08:25   Resource Exchange / Supply Chain – any ‘Haves’ or ‘Wants’ that may interest others
08:35   Close of formal session & informal networking


July 2016: Thursday 21 July 2016

Focus on Supply Chain: who are you using to provide your services & products? What opportunities are there to connect with other businesses in the area?


Avonmouth Community Centre


07:30 to 09:00


Register via Event Brite
Special offer – select ‘Breakfast Invite Offer’ and come for free.
£5 SevernNet members, £10 non-SevernNet-members


07:30   Arrival, tea and coffee
07:45   Introductions, including 60-second intros
08:00   Focus on Supply Chain
08:30   Resource Exchange Workshop
08:35   Close of formal session & informal networking


To join us for the next SevernNet Business Breakfast, please book via Event Brite

Read about previous events

Business Breakfast round up: Thurs 16 June 2016
Business Breakfast round up: Thurs 19 May 2016

Business Breakfast round up: Thurs 21 April 2016
Business Breakfast round up: Thurs 17 March 2016
Business Breakfast round up: Thurs 18 February 2016

First Business Breakfast at The Bristol Port Company, Thursday 21 January 2016

More info

IMG_20160616_090407SevernNet Business Breakfast got off the ground with great support from Brand51 (a local Marketing Company) and our first hosts The Bristol Port Company.

To ensure the continued success of SevernNet and it’s initiatives such as the SevernNet Flyer Shuttle Bus service (launched in January), we encourage businesses to become members. We’d like to welcome our newest member, Wessex Bus. More information about membership here.

If you’d like to know more about our SevernNet Working project check out

Queries and questions to Kate Royston 07969-569-444