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Thriving at Work … May’s Business Breakfast topic on Th. 17th May 2018

Come and join us at May’s Business Breakfast on Thurs. May 17th from 07:30 to 09:30.

Our theme this month is Thriving at Work.

Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St. Andrew’s Way, St. Andrew’s Rd, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 9DQ

Our experts will be discussing Recruiting and Retaining skilled staff; and enabling Mentally Healthy workplaces. These are both vital topics for many businesses across our area.

We will be joined by:

Kristal McNamara, Director, Flexology

Come along, join the discussion and find out more. Book your ticket here.


SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There is plenty of time to network and a 30 second slot to introduce yourself and your business. Refreshments and light breakfast are provided.
Come along, join the discussion and find out more.


Please note that Business Breakfasts are free to attend for SevernNet members. Non-members may attend two Business Breakfasts before joining. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here.

About Flexology
Kristal and her business partner have a background in Senior Management roles in Business. When looking for a new challenge they realised there’s a huge lack of options for those that want flexibility, with less than 1 in 10 roles advertised in this way. The research they completed showed a huge demand for flexible working from candidates, therefore they launched Flexology. They help clients close their skill and talent gaps, finding talented professionals, who are looked for full and part time roles, offered with flexibility.


Events News

Business Breakfast – March 15th 2018

March’s Business Breakfast is on Thurs. March 15th.

Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St. Andrew’s House, BS11 9DQ

Book your place here.


This month our theme is TRAVEL & TRANSPORT … as we’ll be meeting during Travel to Work Survey week.


The Travel Survey is really important in informing travel and transport services and infrastructure across the area. We’ll be explaining why, how you can get involved, and the Travel support on offer.
Interested in Electric Vehicles? There are also exciting developments and support here at the moment.
Come along, join the discussion and find out more.


Please register for the Breakfast here.


Business Breakfasts are free to attend for SevernNet members. Non-members may attend two Business Breakfasts before joining. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here.


About Electric Vehicles
Have your say on the future of West of England’s electric vehicle charging network. More here.
It’s time to switch to an electric car.

About Travel to Work Survey
Find out more here: Travel to Work Survey 2018 – Register your business today

The Travel to Work Survey is an annual snapshot of travel across the SevernNet area … and the West of England.
It’s important that as many businesses as possible from across this area sign up to participate. The results help inform investment in travel across the area.



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Join us at February’s Business Breakfast



Date: Thursday 15th February, 7:30am – 9:00am
Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth, BS11 9DQ.
Skills for Logistics (SfL) is hosting February’s Business Breakfast.


Megan and David Coombes from SfL will be presenting conclusions from their research of the Skills Needs and Challenges across the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area (ASEA). Focused on the Logistics and Distribution Sector, the work is being undertaken in co-operation with S. Glos. Council, Business West and SevernNet.


As the number of vacancies grow and the numbers looking for work shrink this skills challenge will increasingly impact every business across the area. What measures can we take to address this?


Come along and join the discussion. Book your place here.

Events Members News

Join us at January 2018’s Business Breakfast

Date: Thursday 18th January, 7:30am – 9:00am
Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth, BS11 9DQ.
Sims Metal Management (SMM) is hosting January’s Business Breakfast.
James Norman and Dave Lee are looking forward to sharing Sims Metal Management’s plans for the future in Avonmouth.
Book your place here.

Events News

Nov 2017 Business Breakfast

Nov’s Business Breakfast is on Thursday 16th November 2017.
Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St Andrew’s House, St Andrew’s Road, Avonmouth, Bristol BS11 9DQ
Our Hosts: Professional Hygiene Ltd.
There will also be lots of opportunities to network, and a 30 second slot to introduce yourself and your business to the room, together with refreshments and a light breakfast.

Please register here.

Business Breakfasts are free to attend for SevernNet members. Non-members may attend two Business Breakfasts before joining. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here.

Professional Hygiene Ltd is a family owned and run business established in 1999. Located on Chittening Trading Estate the business has grown from its initial 1000sqft in 2003.

Paul Tippins, Managing Director, is looking forward to sharing how the business has grown; recovery from a devastating fire in 2008; and their plans for the future.

Paul would also like to discuss Professional Hygiene’s offer to all SevernNet members for a free washroom audit, 20% discount on all washroom services plus heavy discounts on all janitorial and cleaning products.

Following Paul Tippins introduction we’ll be asking for your views on stimulating local supply chains and services. Do we need to do more to promote local businesses?
 Visit Professional Hygiene Website

About Professional Hygiene

We are a clinical/ medical waste management company specialising in hazardous waste. We predominantly service the Dental industry but also service Doctors, Cosmetic surgeries, Tattooists, Nurseries and Nursing homes

Other sides of our business include:

Washroom services working with trade customers such as FM companies and cleaning companies as a 3rd party service provider to their portfolio; as well as retail customers directly;
A large janitorial supply department. As an independent company we can supply a vast range of products that suit the needs of the customer;
Free delivery of cleaning and janitorial supplies and online ordering system which allows for a hassle free service;
A dispenser fitting service. Advice is always free;
Being distributors for all the main suppliers of paper, soap and cleaning products;
Providing specialist products that are designed to alleviate issues such as pipe blockages, enzyme based paper products and chemicals.

In 2008 we were the victim of a freak accident which completely burnt our unit to the ground. We kept trading through the disaster and in August 2008 we bought a 4000sqft unit 100 meters down the road on the same estate.
Since then we opened our first Waste Transfer Station on Chittening Trading Estate where we deal with Medical and Offensive waste.

We have also added some waste streams that may be of use to local businesses:
Aerosol cans, Aluminium cans, Batteries, Fluorescent tubes, Confidential waste and Gypsum recycling. Battery and Aluminium cans recycling is free but the others have a charge attached to them.
To all SevernNet members, we are offering a free washroom audit, 20% discount on all washroom services together with heavy discounts on all janitorial and cleaning products.

Community Events News

Business Breakfast – Oct 19th – Local Communities Dragons Den

October’s Business Breakfast was on Thursday 19th October 2017.



The event was held in the stunning National Catering Equipment Centre which opened in September 2017 on St. Brendan’s Way (BS11 9HA). Zoe Joyner from Nisbets welcomed us to the building which is a showcase for Catering Equipment including Nisbets own brands.


We were delighted that Cllr. Asher Craig (Bristol City Council Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Communities) was able to join us and open the event.


She commended the businesses, community groups and other organisations for coming together to cooperate and collaborate; and supporting better use of community assets to help build local resilience.


Keith Houghton (BCC) introduced the Port Communities Resilience Fund (PCRF)and stressed its importance in providing seed capital to support community resilience building. Keith’s presentation can be downloaded here.


The breakfast was focused around a Local Community Facilities Dragons Den. Thirty-eight people came along, representing 27 businesses and organisations, including 10 community groups.


Each Community Group had a few minutes to share the aims of their potential bids to the Community Facilities Grant from the Port Communities Resilience Fund. As any bid requires 100% match funding the groups are keen to develop links to businesses who may be able to offer support.


A range of ‘asks’ emerged including project management support, mentoring, help with planning,  groundworks, building design, sponsorship for sports activities and more. Its certainly not ‘just about money’.


Following these introductions everyone had an opportunity to chat and network together … the last people leaving just before 10:00. We understand a number of good connections were made, including B2B leads to be followed up.


If you are interested in connecting up with community groups who might welcome your support, please email with the sort of support you might have available, and we can pass this on.


November’s business breakfast will be taking place on Thursday 16th November from 07:30 to 09:00. You can register here. Host to be announced soon.


If you are interested in SevernNet membership you can find out more here.


If you would like to host a Business Breakfast and/or sponsor breakfast please get in touch. Lack of a venue need not be a constraint. Both The Bristol Port Company and Shirehampton Golf Club are able to provide a venue (subject to availability).

Events News Transport

Congestion on Avonmouth Way – 30th Aug. 2017 – 14:00

There is increasing concern about the congestion on Avonmouth Way.


If this is of interest, please join us for a discussion at Nisbets Canteen, Fourth Way on Weds 30th August at 15:00.


We will be joined by representatives from Bristol City Council including Cllr. Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport and one of our local representatives, Cllr. Don Alexander.


The key discussion points:
● Current situation
● What’s being done?
● What can we do to help ourselves?


The discussion is facilitated by SevernNet, hosted by Nisbets and supported by local businesses.


To help us with numbers, if you plan to attend please email or call 07969 569 444.


A flyer for the discussion can be downloaded here.

Community Events News

Avonmouth Summer Fest 2017

The sun shone on Avonmouth Summer Fest in spite of the weather forecast which had promised heavy rain and thunder and lightning. Lots of people turned out to enjoy a variety of activities including learning a circus skill or how to grow food, playing in the ball swamp, fishing for fruit and veg or helping to create a flower mandala.


More active pursuits were available in the form of Zumba, circle dancing or hula hooping and the bike carousel was a great hit with the children but also one or two adults.


A Forgotten landscape artist in residence, Deborah, helped residents to create a big paper model of the village and port.


Relaxing opportunities included a cup of Pukka tea, a massage with Rosie, a sound bath from Monika and Yoga with Simon.


The human library offered the opportunity to have the loan of a person instead of a book and find out about an interesting hobby, job or life style.  One of the books on offer was Dr William Lee who has been involved with the Bloodhound SSC project which is based here in Avonmouth.  The ambition of Bloodhound is to design a car which will go at 1000 miles an hour and at the same time engage children and young people in Science, technology, engineering and maths.


It was great to see so many familiar faces but we were also pleased to see people who were new to the community centre.  We also had a visit from the Port Police and the Fire Service both of which were enjoyed by the children.


Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of local business, Thanks go to Nisbets, The Bristol Port Company, Professional Hygiene and Warburton’s who all contributed.


We also had support in the form of prize draw prizes from Koh Thai Tapas, Square Food Foundation, and Lawrence Weston Community Farm.  The public health team, Avonmouth children’s centre team and St Andrews church also work hard and contributed to the success of the event.


For more information about the event and Avonmouth Community Centre check out their facebook page or contact the Community Centre on 0117 982 7445 or email

Events News

Business Breakfast – Thurs. 20th July 2017 – 07:30

July’s Business Breakfast is on Thursday 20th July 2017.

Our host this month is Shirehampton Park Golf Club, with breakfast sponsored by [to be confirmed].


This month’s Breakfast will be featuring:

Avonmouth Severnside Flood Defence and Ecology Mitigation Scheme – which has just opened for public consultation. The scheme involves 17km flood defences being built from Avonmouth to Aust; and provide new wetland habitat. What do you think and how might this impact or benefit you?


A Forgotten Landscape – a Heritage Lottery project to conserve and enhance the Lower Severn Vale Levels, while improving community access to, and engagement with, the area’s unique natural and cultural heritage.


Habitat creation is key for both. At the breakfast we’ll be exploring opportunities to do more with green spaces across the industrial area and how organisations could help manage them for wildlife.


There will also be lots of opportunities to network, and a 30 second slot to introduce yourself and your business to the room, together with refreshments and a light breakfast.


Please register here.


Business Breakfasts are free to attend for SevernNet members. Non-members may attend two Business Breakfasts before joining. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here.