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Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan for West of England Industrial Cluster

A number of partners have come together to form a partnership to work collaboratively with businesses and the community to develop a local industrial decarbonisation plan (LIDP) for the West of England Industrial Cluster (WEIC). The partnership has been successful in securing funding of up to £608k from Innovate UK, to develop the LIDP. The partners include: Ameresco Ltd Black Country Industrial Cluster Ltd Bristol City Council Copper Hydrogen South West North Somerset Council SevernNet Ltd Severnside Carbon Capture and Shipping Hub Ltd The Bristol Port Company University of the West of England West of England Combined Authority (Lead)
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Making Asphalt Sustainable – January’s Business Breakfast

Date: Thurs. January 25th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: John WainwrightVenue: Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9EN John Wainwright is an end-to-end supplier of premium aggregate, asphalt and contracting services with a basalt quarry and asphalt plant in the Mendips and a state-of-the-art urban plant in Avonmouth. Avonmouth Asphalt plant uses renewable energy and heat exchange technology, and is set up to make use of Recycled Asphalt Products (RAP). Jody Bennett, Asphalt Business Manager from John Wainwright will give an overview of how one of the most energy hungry production plants in Avonmouth has made huge steps forward with its carbon reduction, sustainability and plans for further reductions and savings in the future. Please join us at January’s Business Breakfast and find out more Asphalt is a product we are all likely to have contact with every day, is vital to everyday life, but which we may not think about very much!The morning’s agenda will include: An introduction to local asphalt production! J. Wainwright’s journey to making asphalt more sustainable Getting involved in the area’s Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan (LIDP) Everything Avonmouth! N. Somerset, Bristol and S, Glos Local Plan consultations and having your say! 2024 Travel To Work Survey and its importance to local provision Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on January 25th Book your ticket here SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There’ll be an opportunity for everyone to introduce yourself and your business. A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at timeof booking. Please note, we depend on our subscribing members to fund our work for you and the area. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here or you can join online here.
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Local Plan Consultations open now

All three of our local authorities across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside have Local Plans out for consultation at the moment. These plans have a significant influence on what is able to be developed across the area and land use policy; and we would encourage you to engage with them if you can. North Somerset Council (NSC) NSC’s Local Plan 2039 info pageNSC’s plan is more advanced than the others, and is now in what is known as the Pre-submission plan (reg 19) consultation period. This runs from 27 November until 5pm on Monday 22 January 2024.A pdf of the plan is available here.Information about how to respond to the consultation is here. Bristol City Council (BCC) BCC’s Local Plan Review info pageBCC’s plan consulation is open now and runs until Friday 26 January 2024A pdf of the main plan document is available here.Information about how to respond to the consultation and supplementary documents are here. South Glos. Council (SGC) SGC’s New Local Plan info pageSGC’s plan is in its Phase 3 consultation period. This runs from 6th December until the 7 February 2024.A pdf of the plan is available here.Information about how to respond to the consultation is here.You can also find out about online and local events here.These include: Almondsbury Old School Hall – Tuesday 23 January 2024 (4.30pm-7.30pm) (venue has limited parking) Easter Compton VIllage Hall – Wednesday 24 January 2024 (4pm-7pm)
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Join us at July’s Business Breakfast featuring the 5G logistics trials and Severnside Masterplan

Date and Time: Th. July 21st – 07:30-09:00Host: The Bristol Port CompanyWhere: The Bristol Port Safety & Training Centre, St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd., Avonmouth. BS11 9DQ Please join us to hear about the 5G logistics trials that took place at the Port and locally in May, including improvements to the lights at the junction of St. Andrew’s Rd and Kings Weston Lane; and a presentation and a chance to discuss the Vision for Severnside being developed by S. Glos. Council with communities of interest. Book here to come along and join us on the 21st
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A Vision for Severnside – Severnside Masterplan. We encourage you to take a look and comment

South Glos. Council is working with the local community, town and parish councils, and businesses, on a strategic infrastructure led masterplan for Severnside.The aim of the masterplan is to develop a locally informed vision to help shape the future of Severnside in the medium and long term, up to 2050. It will build on all of the different strengths that the area has. The plan is now in its public engagement phase and we encourage you to take a look and comment before the 24th July 2022. The website is here. You can also download a pdf of the exhibition boards here (3Mb). This Vision for Severnside will be presented and discussed at the July Business breakfast which will be held at The Bristol Port Company’s Safety and Training Centre in St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth on Th. July 21st. Come and join us. Book here.
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Many thanks to the Port of Bristol Seafarers Centre for their hospitality at June’s Business Breakfast

The Merchant Navy Welfare Board looks after seafarers coming to Portbury, Avonmouth and Sharpness. They have a centre at Portbury which provides support to Portbury and Avonmouth. This is a very important facility, providing much needed support to seafarers, many of whom are away from their homes and families for extended periods of time.The team at the Port of Bristol Seafarers Centre provide a lifeline to these key workers whose role is critical to the UK Economy. They offer a place to rest away from their ships for a few hours, stock up on sim cards, warm clothes and other provisions. We’re very grateful for the hospitality provided at June’s Business Breakfast and the insights’s into the team’s work. If you’d like to support the organisation or learn more, please check out this link.
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Helping to Bring Jobs and Work to Life at April’s Business Breakfast

Date:   Thurs. Apr 28th from 07:30 to 09:00.Venue and Host: Shirehampton JTE Hub at Shirehampton Methodist Church, Penpole Avenue, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 0DY Please join us at Shire JTE Hub for April’s Business Breakfast on Thurs. Apr. 28th 2022 from 07:30 to 09:00.Located opposite Shirehampton Job Centre, Shire JTE Hub is ideally located to help people into work, and to work with employers with training and support for work seekers and those wishing to upskill. Shire JTE Hub also offers meeting space for businesses and the community.Come along. Have a look at the facilities. Find out more about working with Shire JTE Hub – Helping to bring jobs and work to life! Please join us for April’s Business Breakfast Help to bring jobs and work to life! We’ll be discussing the challenges and opportunities facing local businesses in recruiting colleagues across the area, the benefits of apprenticeships and introducing work to young people whilst still at school. Come and join us at April’s Business Breakfast to find out more. Register here to join us We look forward to seeing you at Shire JTE Hub on Thursday morning, 28th April   SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There’ll be an opportunity for everyone to introduce yourself and your business.A breakfast ‘sarni’ and hot drinks will be provided! About Shire JTE Hub The Jobs, Training and Enterprise Hub at Shirehampton Methodist Church is a welcoming space for skills and training, jobs fairs, a Job club, well-being initiatives  and coaching for those who are long-term unemployed or with multiple barriers to work. In addition it provides space for sole traders/Start-ups and others to have access to IT and a place to meet people with similar needs and encourage one another. Delivering value locally Employers of all kinds, colleges and training providers, the unemployed and those with multiple barriers to work including disabled people can benefit from working with us. We are looking for ideas to expand and improve our work. Shire JTE Hub has been created with the capital of the Port Community Resilience Fund to provide this work for three years.  The running costs have been met by the Methodist Church and Quartet including Bristol Port Fund thus far. The Church will benefit from having the premises much more fully utilised.
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Please be aware – Weather Warning for this Friday 18th February 2022

Major winter storm to coincide with high spring tides. Currently Amber warning has been issued but it is at the top end of high impacts. Potential for a Red Warning to be issued on 17 February 2022.  Currently surge expected around Portbury Dock of 2.8 metres (subject to further models being run). Peak Winds from 0300hrs – 1500hrs Friday 18th Feb.  Inland winds 60 – 80mph. Coastal winds 80 -90 mph. Gale Force 8 -10. Possibility of Violent Storm 11. Winds starting from SW and gradually working through to NW. Highest winds expected in Bristol Channel. They will be expecting to issue several flood alerts and flood warnings. Wind speed will slowly reduce throughout the afternoon. Coastal flooding expected all along Somerset Coast. Significant travel disruption expected. Potential threat to life. Possible bridge closures, mobile homes overturned, risk to temporary structures etc. Likely tree damage. Issued by The Bristol Port Company for information to aid any preparation planning – for details please refer to EA website and weather stations.
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Economic Recovery & Renewal across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside

July Business Breakfast – Thurs. Jul. 22nd 2021 from 08:00 to 09:00. We were delighted to be joined by Stephen Peacock. Stephen is an Executive Director at Bristol City Council responsible for Regeneration & Growth. We’d like to offer our thanks once again to Stephen for taking the time to join us. It was much appreciated. We hope that the event has helped understanding of the area and of the opportunities we all have to work together; and we look forward to further discussion. SevernNet presented a ‘Future for Portbury Avonmouth Severnside’. We welcome any comments or thoughts you may have on this; and would like to use it as a basis for developing a collaborative shared vision and for discussion around place making. Do please get involved and get in touch ( We discussed the Bristol One City Economic Recovery and Renewal strategy which was published in October last year. Here’s a link. This includes Avonmouth as one of Bristol’s seven priority places. The aim is to develop an area based economic strategy for Avonmouth which maximises the locational advantages and sectoral strengths It’s good to see that there are many shared goals and aspirations between the SevernNet presentation and the strategy above; and the recognition that more needs to be done to break down some of the silos created by local authority (LA) boundaries, and within LAs themselves. We need to see better integration between the needs of Transport, Employment & Skills and Circular Economy and how they can come together to support placemaking and strengthening the community. Progressing the Portbury Avonmouth Severnside Transport Strategy must also be seen as a priority, along with the M49 Junction, and the need for orbital as well as radial routes to support the area. Please follow up with us if you would like to discuss further and/or get more involved; and thanks to everyone who attended for a very worthwhile event. The next Business Breakfast is on Thursday September 23rd. Our guest will be Dan Norris, the newly elected Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). The link to sign up is here. Please join us.