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From SevernNet Member Solarsense …

Powering the UK towards a smart, clean energy future

Climate Change & rising energy costs are concerns for us all.

At Solarsense we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and work hard to develop sustainable solutions for our clients.

Our clean energy proposal enables clients to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions to achieve long term financial savings; by generating their own clean electricity under our fully-funded, subsidy-free, solar photovoltaic (PV) Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

We provide a “solar as a service” zero-capital route to reducing your energy costs, carbon emissions and protection from long-term energy price increases, as the scheme is locked into the RPI.

Use our capital today to start your clean energy journey and sometime down the line, when the timing is right, buy the system back from us if you choose.

We help companies like yours to enjoy the many benefits of sustainable clean energy technologies whilst preserving their capital.

Solar PV, battery storage, electric vehicle charging, LED lighting are just a few ways that Solarsense, the UK’s leading sustainable solutions company can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.

Why Solarsense

Solarsense, located in our zero-carbon head office just outside of Bristol, are considered one of the UK’s leading smart energy providers.
Established nearly 25 years, Solarsense has completed more than 14,000 installations and is responsible for powering some of the UK’s leading organisations.
As a multi award-winning national installer, we help our clients to generate over 80,000MW of clean energy per year, saving over 42,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

If Solarsense can help you today or sometime soon, please contact us as we would be delighted to hear from you.


Stephen Barrett, Eng. Tech
Managing Director, Solarsense UK

Solarsense UK Limited
Helios House, Brockley Lane
Backwell, Bristol BS48 4AH
Head office: 01275 461 800
Email: [email protected]

Events Jobs Members News

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.


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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.

Community Members News

On Your Doorstep – Winter 2018



The winter edition of ‘On Your Doorstep’ is now ready and will be delivered to every house and venue in Lawrence Weston from this weekend.

You can view the online version here.

If you’d like to contribute to future issues please email Laura Moreno at Ambition Lawrence Weston.

Circular Economy Members News

Meet the Bio-Bee

A distinctive new truck is collecting food waste and creating a buzz on the streets of Bristol.


The Bio-Bee is the UK’s first vehicle to both collect and run on commercial food waste and is operated by GENeco, the renewable energy company based in Avonmouth.


With Bristol among 40 places in the UK that consistently exceeds air quality limits for nitrogen dioxide, the Bio-Bee demonstrates a real alternative to diesel RCVs and HGVs by running on clean biomethane.


It also offers a cost-effective and more sustainable way for food waste to be collected and recycled, and it follows in the footsteps of the Bio-Bus – or ‘poo bus’ – which ran on human waste and was trialled in Bristol in 2015.


Boston Tea Party and St Monica Trust care homes are among the first companies to use the service, and it is hoped the Bio-Bee will increase food waste recycling levels in the city.


Charlotte Stamper, project manager at GENeco, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer customers a UK first – collecting their food waste using a vehicle running from their food waste.


“This clean fuel helps to improve Bristol’s air quality and creates a sustainable circular economy for the client’s operations.


“Bees are renowned for the good work they do for the environment, and their daily routine involves collecting valuable natural resources and then bringing them back to a hive to make renewable and nutritious products.


“The Bio-Bee operates the same way. It runs on biomethane that has been produced by the anaerobic digestion of food waste and sewage from houses in Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area.


“In turn, its total carbon footprint is around 90% lower than a diesel equivalent and it is quieter than standard diesel models.


“The Bio-Bee is also intended to be fun and engage youngsters in the topics of food waste, recycling and air quality.”


A video about the Bio-Bee is available to view here.




Every year each person in the UK throws away enough food to power the Bio-Bee for 25 miles.


If Bristol recycled all the food waste generated by the city’s residents in a year the Bio-Bee could run every day until the year 3,000.


Food waste is collected in the Bio-Bee and brought back to GENeco’s anaerobic digestion plant in Bristol. The waste is depackaged – and plastic is removed – and is then used to produce sustainable electricity for homes and communities.


The remaining food waste undergoes a pasteurisation process before being fed into the anaerobic digesters, where micro-organisms break down the waste in the absence of oxygen and produce methane-rich biogas.


This biogas is either used to produce renewable electricity or it is converted in our gas-to-grid plant to enriched biomethane, which is injected into the gas grid. At this stage it can be used as fuel in the Bio-Bee and other vehicles or to supply local homes.


The solid by-product of the anaerobic digestion process is used as a nutrient-rich and sustainable biofertiliser for farms.


Jesse Scharf, Green Gas Certification Scheme manager at Renewable Energy Assurance, said: “GENeco is playing an important role in the growing UK biomethane industry by continuing to innovate and show that, with creative thinking, we can find solutions to the challenges we face around waste, energy, carbon and air quality.”


Shelley Wadey, finance director at Boston Tea Party, has been working with GENeco on the Bio-Bee project from the start.


She said: “Although we have been recycling our food waste from our six Bristol cafes for three years through GENeco, this is another step forward to make things better by generating a sustainable circular economy.


“Through this partnership we hope to inspire other food operators to follow our lead, demonstrating it is possible to be greener and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”

Events Members News

The Black Peak Challenge 2017 – Sat. June 10th

Colleagues, friends and family from across the SevernNet Area are once again getting together in The Black Peak Challenge. The last event raised £12,500 for charitable causes, and was supported by a number of local businesses.

If you’re interested in getting involved check out the information here, download the poster here or email Phil Radford at [email protected]

Those who have taken part in this challenge before have said that it was the best thing that they did all year. We need to book the breakfast and mountain rescue, so do join in as soon as you can.

Family and friends are encouraged, (15 years and over.)


The shorter route (11 miles climbing to 720 meters) is stunning and tough but achievable. (See below)  The longer route (18 miles reaching the highest point in the Black Mountain 811 meters) is only for the very fit and is a tough challenge. You can decide on the day which you are taking on.


You can travel up on the day, (meet at SAH car park to lift share) or stay in the campsite, or in one of the great pubs.


We are hoping to raise funds for the desperate people of East Africa by supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee. (Although local youth organisations are encouraged to use the event to raise money for their clubs also.)


All participants amazingly raised over the target £100 last time, (We raised an astounding £12,500 in total.) This time we have made it even easier to join in, lowering the target per person to £50!


So a great day out is on offer; amazing views, great bacon breakfast and great welsh pub at the end, not to mention doing something really important and rewarding.


Thanks go to the Bristol Port Company who have once again donated funds to get this up and running and Southmead Scouts for their expertise and support.


See you on the mountain! Phil





Members News

Etex Building Performance (Siniat) and DIY SOS Monmouth

Last March, Etex Building Performance (Siniat) received an email from the BBC asking us if they would be interested in helping them with a project they were doing just across the Severn. Scott Stronach “We jumped at the chance before we even read the story of the Fairlie family from Monmouth.”

“We donated all the plasterboard and compounds for the job and, with the help of our logistics partners at Wincanton, we delivered to site on one of our smaller lorries.”

That has been the first of many projects they’ve been able to help with.

Scott: “We’ve supplied the materials for the Children In Need 2016 project in Blackpool, the Help for Heroes 2016 project in Manchester and in March this year, we donated the materials for a project in Hartcliffe in Bristol.”

This last image is the Fairlie family with one of our Customer Service Department colleagues, Nicola Gostlin at the Big Reveal.

Scott Stronach – Internal Communications, Etex Building Performance : 07580 778 207; [email protected]