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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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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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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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A warm welcome from Avon Lodge Truckstop

Date: Thurs. Mar 24th from 07:30 to 09:00.Venue and Host: Avon Lodge Truckstop Please join us at Avon Lodge Truckstop for March’s Business Breakfast on Thurs. Mar 24th 2022 from 07:30 to 09:00. With a significant shortage of facilities for truck drivers across the area, Avon Lodge Truckstop is providing a vital service locally. Come along and see what they have to offer, including excellent meeting and training space in the heart of Avonmouth. Please join us for March’s Business Breakfast We’ll be discussing some of the challenges and opportunities facing freight transport across the area, including de-carbonisation. We’re also progressing the development of a Supply Chain Matching service for the area. How would you like to see it working?And we’ll be asking if your business could host a sign to help people find their way across the area. Come and join us at March’s Business Breakfast to find out more. Register here to join us 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!
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Avonmouth Community Centre Renovations Unwrapped!

Please join us at Avonmouth Community Centre for February’s Business Breakfast on Thurs. Feb 17th 2022 from 07:30 to 09:00. We’ll be discussing plans for a Supply Chain Matching service across the area and we’d like to hear from you. This is also a chance to find out more about the importance of Avonmouth Community Centre to the area, its history and restoration. Importantly, we’ll also discuss how the Community Centre can help you, through its JTE Hub facilities as well as catering and event space and not forgetting Wednesday lunch time soup! Book your ticket now
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Catch up with Hinkley Connection Project at Jan’s Business Breakfast

At January’s Business Breakfast on Jan 27th we welcomed the New Year with an online Business Breakfast. Thanks to everyone who attended and for sharing your aspirations for 2022. A few highlights from introductions: Jo Sergeant – The Save the Giant Goram Group would welcome any support that can be offered – The Giant Goram is the last pub standing in Lawrence Weston, out of five. It is currently closed and under threat of demolition by developers, who are appealing against Bristol City Council’s refusal of their application – Paul Tallents – Day Group – looking forward to strengthening local community links Steve Chittock – Oxford Instruments – looking forward to being able to occupy their new building at Western Approach Peter Tyzack – Pilning & Severn Beach PC welcomes businesses to get involved in their centenary celebrations Welcome to Devon Cavanagh from UK Carbody Limited. Moved into the area in early December 2021 John Hunter – Tercon – planning to move plant from red diesel to HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) Rev. Andy Murray looking forward to Space4Makers community workshop enabling more people to move into apprenticeships. Carol Durrant and Richard Guyatt looking forward to seeing progress with Portishead Line and stations stopping at Portway Park & Ride Station Work experience for Oasis Academy Brightstowe’s Yr 10 students I’m sure we all share April Booker’s aspiration to continue reducing the number of NEETS (Not in Employment, Education and Training). 1-2% is a great achievement. If you are able to support a student in work experience for the week from Monday July 11th to Friday July 14th please email April ( to let her know: What the business isWhat sort of work experience it could/would beYour email addressWhether it could result in a work placement offer April will then get back to you. Apprenticeships for Oasis Academy Brightstowe Yr 11 students April would also be keen to hear from any business with an interest in taking on a school leaver as an apprentice. Support can be provided in setting up the apprenticeship. Travel to Work Survey (TTWS) 2022 We outlined the importance of local businesses signing up to participate in the annual Travel To Work Survey (TTWS). This survey provides insight to the local authorities and others as to the ease and satisfaction of colleagues getting to and from work; and where investments should/could be made. It is essential that the SevernNet Transport Charter for Portbury Avonmouth Severnside is supported by feedback from the area’s workforce. You can pre-register here between now and February 4th: The survey will run during the week of the 7th to 13th March 2022. By signing up now you will receive a bespoke report with your survey results (for businesses with 30+ responses), giving you a better insight into how your staff travel. There is also the opportunity to ask your staff up to 4 additional questions. Hinkley Connection Project Thanks to Gillian Burnell and Aden Precious from National Grid for explaining the Hinkley Connection Project and the impact this will have on the area over the next months. You can find out more in the presentation which will be circulated shortly. This is a vital infrastructure improvement to provide capacity in the national grid for when Hinkley Point C comes on line and to un-constrain renewable energy generation in the SW Peninsula. SevernNet Transport Charter – next steps will follow over the coming weeks. In the meantime we welcome endorsement of the charter and any feedback. You can find it here: Problems with Roadworks – we encourage you to get in touch with us if there are problematic roadworks, unexpected heavy congestion etc. We need your eyes and ears to let us know as we’re not always in the area. We’d like to thank Leighton Smart for alerting us to the roadworks which popped up on 17th December causing considerable delays and not finally resolved until yesterday. Mobility Hubs focus groups being set up to discuss viability for Portway Park & Ride and Ridingleaze in Lawrence Weston. If you have an interest in the above and prepared to participate in a focus group on Wednesday 9 February between 10:00 – 10:45 please contact Jodi Savickas ( at Atkins stating any personal or professional perspective (e.g. business, community group, resident) that you will bring to the focus group, by Wednesday 2nd February. Clean Air Zone coming soon to Bristol. Information around the introduction of the CAZ is ramping up and its implementation is being supported by a range of grants to impacted citizens and businesses. A Business Briefing session will be held on Tuesday 8th Feb at 10:30 (via Zoom) for an hour, hosted by Business West and you’re invited to participate. Register here. Big Issue e-Bikes soon to be available in the area. We want this to be a success. If you’d like to participate in a pilot linking Avonmouth Station and your business via e-bike please let us know. SevernNet will be working in partnership with YTKO to promote an SME support programme also available to micro businesses. We’ll discuss in more detail in February. In the meantime if this is of interest please let us know. Free bike repair vouchers for residents in Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston with low incomes. Please get in touch with Sam Marsh if interested ( SevernNet recruiting Directors If you have a couple of hours each month you could squeeze in to help us run SevernNet and support the area please let us know. If you’d like to discuss give us a shout and we can meet for a coffee! Next Business Breakfast Feb. 17th 2022 at Avonmouth Community Centre from 07:30-09:00. You can book here: The event will include a tour of the renovated Centre and, we hope, some background to the building. We’ll also be launching our business support scheme partnership with YTKO.
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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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December Skills Forum – Th. Dec 16th 09:30-11:30

If you’d like an opportunity to share and discuss the current situation with skills recruitment and retention across the area please join us: Date: Th. Dec 16thTime: 09:30-11:30Online: via Zoom/TeamsBooking: Use this link here Agenda Items: As we come to the end of 2021, and with the increased availability of the Severn Beach Line trains, what can we do to improve accessibility into the area? How has recruitment and retention changed over the last few months? How can we encourage investment into the PAS Academy-without-walls?What can you do to support SevernNet as we work to enhance the sense of place across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside?