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.

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Our Latest News

Call for Businesses’ Support with PPE

The Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, is calling out to businesses across the area, on behalf of our local NHS and care system in the West of…

Quay Workers are Key Workers

The Bristol Port Company is working flat out to maintain supplies of vital goods. We’d like to celebrate the important role of Quay Workers as Key Workers

Looking for more staff?

If you’re trying to fill vacancies at the moment – either temporary or permanent, Ways2Work can help get the message out.Email [email protected] with details.  Vacancies will also appear on the Bristol City…

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