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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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The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people (16-24 year olds) who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.Funding will cover for each job placement: 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a weekthe associated employer National Insurance contributionsemployer minimum automatic enrolment contributions There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the jobhelp site. More information for employers is available here.
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Severnside Fitness Hub – planned opening 2nd Nov

Located on Fourth Way, Avonmouth, the Severnside Fitness Hub is planned to open on 2nd November 2020. To cater for the area’s shift workers opening hours (subject to any CV-19 restrictions) will be 24*7. Corporate Membership opportunities are being explored. If this is of interest, please get in touch with Carlton de Souza. You can find a ‘sneak preview’ below with these 3D images of Severnside Fitness Hub which is currently under construction. We welcome Severnside Fitness Hub as a new SevernNet member.
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Introducing Fowlers of Bristol (Engineers) Ltd

We are Fowlers of Bristol (Engineers) Ltd., a well established manufacturing company located in Avonmouth / Bristol with good links to the M4 and M5 motorways. As an SME, we have a turnover of approx. £2 million and have 21 employees on our single site production facility. We are a sub-contract / make to print Engineering Company traditionally serving the Aerospace and Defence industries but looking to offer our services to other sectors due to the downturn in Aerospace/Aviation as a result of COVID-19. Our primary processes are CNC SHEET METALWORK, PRESSWORK, PRECISION MACHINING, WELDING & FABRICATION. This is complemented by 2D & 3D off-line programming which means we can take your designs / CAD models and import them directly into our manufacturing software. We can also work with you at the design stage to minimise cost and lead time during manufacture. Our manufacturing is supported by a Quality Management System which is accredited to ISO9001 and AS9100. We also have numerous customer approvals which include Rolls Royce, Eaton Aerospace, GE Aviation, Safran Landing Systems, Triumph Actuation Systems & MOOG Controls. If you would like more information or a visit to our facility then please contact a member of our sales team: Gary White – Sales & Engineering DirectorDebbie Barry – Sales & IT ManagerJacob Sprackman – Production Engineer (NPI) Sales email: sales@fowlers-eng.com. Website: https://www.fowlers-eng.com. We will respond promptly to any RFQ’s. Examples of our work
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Young people, work and industrial placements

Virtual Business Breakfast – Thurs. 23th July 2020 We’d like to thank Joe Smith from Weston College for his presentation this morning (July 23rd) at July’s Virtual Business Breakfast. The opportunities for organisations to be supported through Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Industrial Placements have been given a boost through recent government announcements. Joe’s presentation available here explains Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Industrial Placements, together with the impact of the government interventions. You can also download a flyer on Industrial Placements here. This morning’s breakfast was well attended via Zoom with a number of new faces including from Mabanaft, DigiLocal, Bell Group and S. Glos. Council’s skills team. We also heard that The Avon Lodge Cafe in Third Way, acquired by Mabanaft, has recently had a facelift and is looking forward to meeting you in August when you can benefit from the  ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme (more on this soon). Sam Marsh (SevernNet Sustainable Travel Officer) talked about continuing work to improve walking and cycling paths around the area, and work with Bristol City Council to identify key areas for maintenance. We’d like to thank Cllr Jo Sergeant for working with us on this to help clear up the important walking & cycling route – Lawrence Weston Road. If you use this route regularly, or know people who do, we’d love to hear from you Paul Young told us about how LED Lights 4 You has adapted to the current situation and developed and launched an online LED Lighting design service. We look forward to catching up with everyone again at September’s Business 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, or you can join online here.
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Future Bright, removing barriers, encouraging your staff to progress – June’s Business Breakfast – Thurs. 20th

Date: Thurs. June 20th from 07:30 to 09:00.
Venue: The Presentation Suite, St Andrews House, Avonmouth BS11 9DQ
Host: Ways2Work/Future Bright

Interested in help to train your staff to fill your promotion opportunities?  Need help to remove other barriers preventing them from progressing with you?  If they are eligible for this WECA-funded project, then we may be able to help .

Join us at June’s Business Breakfast and find out more.

The agenda will include an introduction to Future Bright and the support available to your business and your staff.

We’ll also be learning more about how Ways2Work can help you recruit your staff and how our partners may be able to help increase diversity in your workforce.
Book your ticket now
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.

 
About Future Bright
Future Bright is a pilot programme to encourage people who are working and receiving In-Work Benefits to work themselves away from those benefits and remove barriers to everyone’s advantage.  It runs till March and can make a significant difference to the individual’s earning potential and your business productivity/succession.  It is delivered by Bristol City, Bath & NE Somerset and South Glos Councils and, as with free money anywhere, there are eligibility conditions! futurebright.org.uk

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SevernNet recruiting Walking and Cycling Officer

An area wide network of well-maintained cycle and walking paths enabling safe access to and from work is a long held SevernNet ambition. With funding support from Highways England, and working in partnership with Sustrans, this is now a realisable ambition.

Highways England has, and is, investing in improvements to local cycle and walking paths, and providing funding to support the additional work needed to enable sustainable use of the cycle and walking network by local people, employers and their colleagues. This investment by Highways England is linked to development of the M49 Junction.

Sustrans is designing and delivering the new cycling and walking infrastructure and jointly providing, with SevernNet, a behaviour change programme.

We’re looking for a colleague to work with us who shares our vision for cycle and walking and more widely sustainable travel, across the area, and can work with local people, employers, colleagues travelling to/from work, local authorities, Sustrans and other stakeholders to make this happen.

The role will involve engaging and connecting with businesses, their staff, local communities and others, encouraging people to work together towards an increase in cycling and walking, particularly to and from work. You will be building on existing networks, groups and relationships to achieve this.

The role will be based in St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth, in the SevernNet office.

Applications are invited by close of business (17:00) on Wednesday 24th January 2019. Further details and the Job Description are available to download here.