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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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First Trade Local Day – Wed. 15th June – A great success!

Weds. June 15th from 11:00 to 13:30 including buffet lunch Venue: PBA Club, Nibley Road, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 9XW Organised by: SevernNet, supposted by NEBES We held our first Trade Local Day on June 15th with local businesses coming together at the PBA Club. It was a great success and we thank everyone who was able to attend. We understand everyone who attended benefitted, gained new business contacts, and are keen for us to hold further events. We’re introducing a Trade Local section to the SevernNet website and will be developing this further over the summer. We’ll be running our second Trade Local Day on Thurs September 15th 2022. Please pencil in the date in your diary. You can book your place here now. Be part of our vibrant business community. We look forward to seeing you on the 15th September!
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November ’21’s Business Breakfast celebrated local enterprise

Many thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the November Business Breakfast. In particular: Kurtis and Phil at Severnside Fitness Hub for hosting  – it was a great venue and a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the value of this facility in Avonmouth, particularly its 24*7 availability. You can download their flyer here.Alex and colleagues from YTKO for the presentation and funding the breakfast. We’re looking forward to encouraging as many businesses as possible to participate in the North and East Bristol Enterprise Support (NEBES) scheme over the coming months to March 23. You can download their flyer here.David Hatherall for delivering the all-important breakfast sarnis from Avon Lodge Truckstop. The site also offers a café, off-site catering and meeting facilities. We look forward to a breakfast there in 2022.Jo Sergeant from Avonmouth Community Centre for helping out with tables and chairs. We look forward to your hosting in Januray. It was agreed that in 2022 we must: Put greater focus on promoting the enterprises (micro to multi-national) across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside, enable the SevernNet website to be the ‘go to’ place for business connections and opportunities to ‘buy local’ supported by an easy to find and use business directory. We also encourage more businesses to join and get involvedRun a quarterly event (either instead of or complementary to) the Business Breakfasts focused on ‘match-making’ opportunities and needs and wants across the area. We also discussed and shared ..: Andy Murray provided a whistle stop tour of everything going on at Bristol North West Foodbank including the Space for Makers Woodworking Hub. Check it out.Cllr. Don Alexander advised that there is an opportunity for a £10k grant for a business with an interest in occupying an empty shop in Shirehampton.Paul Tippins from Professional Hygiene Servicestalked about the importance of finding avenues for local marketing and the important role SevernNet can play in facilitating cross-selling between enterprises. He would also be delighted to supply your enterprise!Wayne Boakes (Wessex Water) highlighted the plight of the Avon Centre providing riding facilities for the disabled. It is close to collapse due to the impacts of Covid and has launched a crowd funder to raise £50,000.We welcomed Adrian Davies from Avon Fire and Rescue Service who is the new temporary Station Manager.Peter Tyzack reminded us about the Pilning & Severn Beach Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan, Jubilee and Centenary celebrations in summer 2022. To join our Business Breakfast in January 2022 book here.
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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 (info@severnnet.org). 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.
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Apprentice and Skills News

One of the best business decisions I have made in recent years was to hire an apprentice.Weston College: “We’re seeing increased demand from employers looking to build their team for the future, so we’ve committed to creating 300 apprenticeships in just 100 days.” For more information contact Dave Crew at Weston CollegeWhy not upskill a current employee?Anyone can be an apprentice, even if they are already employed by you. By upskilling current staff, you can eliminate the cost of recruiting and training someone new and allow current employees to gain new skills and knowledge and keep your staff motivated, as well as promoting internal progression and reducing staff turnover.For more information contact Simon Arnold at City of Bristol CollegeGift your apprenticeship levyApprenticeship levy transfer is an excellent way to encourage potentially lost Apprenticeship funding to stay or be imported locally.For more information contact Steve Gale at Western Training Providers Network Workforce for the Future … see separate post
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Workforce for the Future

Get support from the West of England Combined Authority’s expert partners to ensure your business can identify ongoing skills needs, unlock opportunities, drive change and invest in your current and future workforce.  Workforce for the Future is a free service that gives you free tailored, in-depth support to help your business plan and adapt both now and for the future. What will I get? 1. Workforce development planning2. Access to training such as digital skills development3. Access to new resource such as apprentices, interns or work placements4. Talent retention strategy5. Strategic planning and guidance on change management6. Access to education and skills pathways  Download the brochure for more information or visit the West of England Growth Hub for more information and to arrange a call-back.  Alternatively please follow the Combined Authority’s business support service the West of England Growth Hub on Twitter and/or LinkedIn, where you can easily share any and all posts relating to this programme and our other services.
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Regional Recovery Plan, help for business and boosting local skills

Summary of SevernNet Business Breakfast – 26th Nov. 20 Thanks to everyone who participated. It was a very interesting and informative event and good to see the investments being made in business support and improving skills. Avonmouth Ward C19 Task Force Invitation The Avonmouth Ward are seeing high levels of infection and Bristol City Council’s Public Health is working with the local community to set up a localised approach to outbreak management. Businesses are invited to participate in a Zoom meeting on Tues 1st December at 13:30. More information here. Regional Recovery Fund – Increasing support for businesses and residents WECA’s Director of Business & Skills, Stephen Bashford, provided a clear overview of the various support mechanisms available for businesses and the various skills and training programmes. We encourage you to have a look and share within your businesses and communities, and where relevant, with colleagues who might benefit from the skills opportunities. Stephens’s presentation is available here, and a summary document here. You can keep up to date with the latest news from WECA and the West of England LEP by signing up here. Career College and Logistics Simon Arnold, Managing Director of Partners in Bristol at City of Bristol College introduced the Career College for Logistics. This collaboration between seven colleges in the UK and STC college in Rotterdam is aiming to address the lack of ambition and knowledge young people have about the career opportunities in the logistics sector. Providing a vehicle to bring new talent into logistics, each college will offer new Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Logistics and International Supply Chain Management. Find out more here. Ways2Work and the new One Front Door Chris Mitchell (Employer Account Officer, Bristol City Council) explained the changes introduced to Ways2Work to enable a greater focus on supporting individuals seeking work as well as support to employers. Schemes include Move in and Move Up to support the homeless, One Front Door which provides more intense support for individuals, an easier way for SMEs to access Kickstart and ‘WE WORK for Everyone’ which is a scheme for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). You can find out more from the presentation available here. Skilling up for high value green industry careers Mark Pepper, Development Manager at Ambition Lawrence Weston shared an update on delivering the Lawrence Weston Community Plan. Significant progress is being made including: Planning permission gained for a community owned on-shore wind turbine in Avonmouth which, when completed, will deliver renewable energy and sustainable income to the communityFacilitating more affordable and good quality homes to be built and working with Housing Associations etc.Finalising plans for a £1.7m Community Hub including training facilities and workshopsAddressing the massive skills gap in the area The ambition is to introduce a sector based academy that can deliver the skills needed for local people to develop careers in the renewables sector and in the developing field of MMC (Modern Methods of Construction). Discussion and conclusions An interesting discussion followed including: Steven King from Kings Heavy Haulage shared the benefits they have gained from training up young people who can then progress through the business.The need for communication to be improved around the various schemes within the business and residential communities was raised and noted by WECA.Sam Marsh (Severn Ride&Stride) noted that e-bikes/bikes were available to help people get to work across the area and other support is available. More here.SevernNet is organising an Economy, Employment and Skills Forum for December/January to bring stakeholders together from across the area. There is an opportunity to progress the SevernNet area (Portbury, Avonmouth, Severnside) Skills Academy concept to benefit businesses, local people and training providers.More information on skills, employment and business support will also be provided on SevernNet website. Road Safety Campaign and ‘No Need to Speed’ Neil Stradling, Avon Fire & Rescue emphasised the message from last weeks Road Safety week campaign. ‘No Need to Speed’. Please share this within your businesses and organisations. Next Business Breakfast Next Business Breakfast will be on Jan 28th 2021. SevernNet wish everyone all the best for what remains of 2020 and a better, we hope, 2021.
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Looking for a break – Buy One Get One Half Price meal deal

Avon Lodge Café is running ‘The Buy One Get One Half Price’ meal deal on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Christmas. So, why not head over with a friend or colleague for an ‘end of week’ treat. Avon Lodge Café is located on Third Way, Avonmouth BS11 9YP. Tel: 0117 982 7706. Opening times are Monday – 7am – 8:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday – 6am – 8:30pm, Friday – 6am – 7pm, Saturday – 8am – 12pm, Closed on Sunday.