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.
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?
Date: Thurs. Oct. 21st from 07:30 to 09:00.Venue: The Bristol Port Company, Avonmouth Road, Avonmouth. BS11 9DQHost: The Bristol Port Company Come and join us to hear from the Bristol Port senior management about the latest on Brexit, Port congestion challenges across the UK and 5G roll out.We are delighted to invite you to our first face-to-face business breakfast since Feb 2020, and once again enjoy sharing breakfast sarnis and the all important networking contacts and conversations.We’ll be sharing what we have achieved by working together over the last 12 years and discussing how we take this forward, together with the Portbury Avonmouth Severnside Transport Charter. Please join us for October’s Business Breakfast We’re being hosted by The Bristol Port Company in their Presentation Suite. It’s a familiar venue for our breakfasts.Close to Avonmouth Station its very accessible by bus, train, bike and car. We’ll be sharing what we see as priorities for the next five years, and we want your views.We’ll also discuss how we can ensure SevernNet’s sustainability over the next decade, and we’ll be revealing our new logo and website. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning, 21st October
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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 (email@example.com). 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.
Date:Thurs. Jun. 24th from 08:00 to 09:00.Venue: Zoom – link to be sent with Joining Instructions on 23rd June.Host: SevernNet Getting into, around and out of Portbury Avonmouth Severnside continues to be a challenge for many, whether you’re a resident, colleague or delivering goods and services. There’s been much promise over the years of improvements to the rail system with delivery dates seeming to shift like the sands! There’s been improvements to active travel over the last five to six years which are making a difference to some. Severn Ride & Stride has been popular and the recently opened Lawrence Weston Bike Hub is delivering much needed services. … but there remains much still to do! Please join us and share your views as we seek to get more attention on the needs for Travel and Transport across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside ahead of our next Transport Forum on Weds 14th July. Register here for June’s Business Breakfast We’ll be hosting via Zoom. And also encouraging you and your colleagues to take part in the Clean Air Challenge which starts today across Bristol – and Portbury Avonmouth Severnside. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning, 24th June Book your ticket now SevernNet Virtual 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. You’ll have to bring your own breakfast! 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.
Date: Thurs. Jan 28th from 08:00 to 09:00 Venue: Zoom Host: SevernNet Please join us to catch up after the Christmas break and discuss opportunities for the area in 2021. Register now for January’s Business Breakfast. We want to hear from you. We’ll be hosting via Zoom and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning, 28th Jan. Book your ticket now. SevernNet Virtual 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. You’ll have to bring your own breakfast!
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.
Date: Thurs. Sept 24th from 08:00 to 09:00.Venue: Zoom – link to be sent with Joining Instructions on 23rd SeptHost: SevernNet There are a myriad of brilliant businesses and enterprises across Portbury, Avonmouth and Severnside and we’d like to do more to celebrate and promote you all. Please join us via Zoom. Let’s share our experiences of local businesses, big, SME and micro who can strengthen our circular economy and support our needs for materials, goods and services. Register here for September’s Business Breakfast This has been a difficult year for some and diversification and innovation may be critical. How can we better connect potential supply and demand; and understand the depth of capability and skills locally? How can we get to know our ‘hidden gems’? We’d love to hear about the ‘gems’ you’re working with; or what ‘gems’ you can offer others; and how we can work together towards a thriving circular economy. We look forward to seeing youas we kick off our Autumn/Winter Breakfast season Register here for September’s Business Breakfast SevernNet Virtual 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. You’ll have to bring your own breakfast! 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.