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
Director & Chair

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.

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.


Emma Burlow

Emma is Head of Circular Economy at Resource Futures.


Peter Evans

Peter is a Transport Consultant with Peter Evans Partnership

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Richard Guyatt

Richard is a Partner with Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP


Peter Tyzack

Peter is Chair of Pilning & Severn Beach Parish Council

Sustainable Travel Officer

Sam Marsh

Sam is working to transform travel across the area to be more sustainable and active with Severn Ride & Stride


Rowena Tyzack

Rowena is running our accounts and essential back office services

Active Travel Officer – Sustrans

Alexa Bingham

Alexa works side by side with Sam encouraging Active Travel for Severn Ride & Stride

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Our Latest News

Nisbets hosting Business Breakfast on 24th Nov

We’re delighted that Nisbets is hosting November’s Business Breakfast at their National Catering Equipment Centre in Avonmouth. Join us for November’s Business Breakfast! Thurs. Nov. 24th from 07:30 to 09:00 …

M5 J19 to J18 Avonmouth Bridge overnight works from 26th Sept. to 28th Oct. 2022

National Highways (NH) will be carrying out resurfacing works on the Avonmouth Bridge from Mon. 26th September until Fri. 28th October 2022.The work will take place overnight from 22:00 until…

M48 cable inspection works running until Jan 2023 – with closure this weekend

National Highways is undertaking a programme of work relating to cable inspection which will run until January 2023. See more details below. M48 Bridge Closure this weekendAs part of this…

Avonmouth Learning Event – Mon 11th July – 15:00-18:00

Interested in learning and apprenticeship opportunities across the area?Drop into Avonmouth Community Centre, Avonmouth Road, BS11 9EN on Monday afternoon – 11th July – and see what’s on offer. This…

M49 Northbound & Southbound Full Overnight Closures – Mon 11th to Sat 16th July

National Highways will shortly be carrying out essential road marking and stud renewal works on the M49.The work will start on the evening of  Monday 11 July and finish on…

Fuel Protests M4, M5 and M32 – Monday 4 July

Please be aware of the following planned protests this coming Monday 4th July which may impact traffic. You can download a pdf of these notices here. Notice of Planned Demonstration …

Sponsor a street tree in the area

Interested in seeing more trees across our industrial landscape and villages? Find out more here. The Bristol – Sponsor a Street Tree scheme enables you to sponsor a tree to…

Bee Bold Awards

Celebrating organisations taking action to support pollinators and tackle the ecological crisis. We want the West of England to be the Bee and Pollinator Capital of the UK. West of…

Hinkley Connection Project Update

The Hinkley Connection Project is progressing. National Grid: “In April 2022, we completed building the new pylons and overhead connection along the southern part of the route between Bridgwater and…

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