Bringing together businesses & community enterprises

SevernNet is a social enterprise run by and for the businesses, community and other stakeholders across the SevernNet Area (Royal Portbury Dock, Avonmouth, Severnside, Western Approach).

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Working for you

We tackle challenges, opportunities and common problems from across the area, allowing you to focus on your business.

Resolving challenges

SevernNet supports the area in reaching its full potential and in becoming an exemplar for inclusive sustainable development.

Our Services

What you get from us

SevernNet enables businesses and the community to work together; facilitating co-operation and collaboration; and supporting improvement in engagement, services and infrastructure for the common good.


We put on regular Business Breakfasts, keep an up-to-date Business Directory and provide you with resources via our newsletter, website and forums.

Circular Economy Forum

Innovation and resource exchange across the area. Developing a vision for SevernNet Area as a Circular Economy in 2050.

Economy, Employment & Skills Forum

Addressing the challenges and opportunities to get people into and thriving in work across the area. Supporting the Severn Skills Academy.


Bringing together key stakeholders and facilitating transport infrastructure and services improvements. We know how to keep the area moving.

Health & Safety

Facilitating best practice exchange and improvements across the area with our Peer to Peer Group.

Community Engagement

Linking with the local residential communities. Facilitating a shared voice between the community and business in the area.
Our Team

Meet the Core Team

SevernNet Ltd. is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. The company is governed by a Board of Directors and a part-time Coordinator

John Chaplin, SevernNet

John C Chaplin BSc CEng FICE

John, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, is The Bristol Port Company’s Director of External Affairs and Major Projects.

David Coombes, SevernNet
Director and Chair

David Coombes MBA FCILT FCMI

David is Managing Director of Skills for Logistics and has over 30 years’ experience in the logistics and supply chain industry.

Jane Stephenson, SevernNet

Jane Stephenson

Jane is Business Development Director with Resource Futures and brings over 30 years’ experience working at a senior level in resource management.

Zoe Joyner, SevernNet

Zoe Joyner

Zoe is Head of Colleague and Community Engagement at Nisbets Plc. She is passionate about people and local communities.

Kate Royston, SevernNet

Kate Royston MBA, MSc

Kate began SevernNet in 2008 and passionately believes that pro-active co-operation and collaboration can deliver an area we’re all proud to be part of.

Mike Joy, SevernNet

Mike Joy

Mike is Finance Manager and Community Champion at the Warburton’s Bakery at Western Approach Industrial Park.

The Bristol Port Company Britain’s most centrally located deep sea port GENeco is a multi-award winning recycling and renewable energy company, committed to offering our customers innovative, cost effective and sustainable solutions. "The SevernNet area is a national hub for waste and recycling, and we have close links with a number of similar businesses that allow us to operate more efficiently" GENeco logo For more than 65 years, GEFCO has offered an extensive range of logistics services and transport solutions (road, ocean, air, rail) that guarantee competitive and operational excellence. "GEFCO recognises the strategic importance of a Geo-Gateway in the local area. Working with SevernNet will allow unity and cohesion in expanding and supporting the local community."
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Our Latest News

M5 J19 Improvements starting June 29th

To alleviate congestion at J19 of the M5, Highways England (HE) is reconfiguring the lanes within the exit-slip and roundabout to allow traffic to flow more freely. The work will…

Motorway Maintenance:  M32 Junction 1 to Junction 2  – Overnight closure June 22nd

M32 Junction 1 to Junction 2 will be closed to allow Highways England to carry out cyclical maintenance and install ducting. Closures overnight only 8pm to 6am the following morning…

Motorway Maintenance:  M5 J17 to J18 overnight closures June 19th – 21st

M5 Junction 17 to Junction 18 will be closed to allow Highways England to carry out cyclical maintenance plus gantry and cabling works. Closures overnight only 8pm to 6am the…

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