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Addressing inequality and enabling transformation together with Bristol North West Foodbank & St Andrew’s Church – Th. Jul 20th 07:30-09:00

Date: Thurs. July 20th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: Bristol North West Foodbank & St Andrew’s ChurchVenue: St. Andrew’s Church,  Avonmouth Rd., Avonmouth. BS11 9EN Hosts Bristol North West Foodbank & St Andrew’s Church will provide insights into how inequalities, vulnerability and hardship are being supported through work in the community.Since launching the Bristol NW Foodbank charity in 2011, approximately 70,000 emergency food parcels have been provided to local people facing times of crisis: be it low income, unemployment, poor health, domestic violence, debt, homelessness, or food for families during school holidays.Each year about 400 Christmas hampers are given out alongside the normal food provision, which are often packed by volunteers from local businesses. Since 2017 the charity has been able to employ advice workers who have provided over 3000 advice sessions relating to benefits, housing, employment, family breakdown and so much more.The Foodbank launched another new dimension to it’s work in 2019, called HomeBank, which has provided additional help to 2500 people, everything from clothes, white goods, kitchenwares, small electrical items, curtains, tents, sleeping bags.All this is made possible by a fantastic team of about 110 volunteers, 16 staff, about 400 agencies, schools and charities who refer people for help, and a wide range of churches, schools, business, and individuals, who give financially to support the charity. Please join us at July’s Business Breakfast and find out more Revd. Andy Murray will show us around the Bristol North West Foodbank Social Justice Hub, including the Foodbank warehouse and Space4Makers;  and we’ll hear about the inspiring determination that got Space4Makers off the ground and operational. The agenda will include: an overview of how the partnership between the Bristol North West Foodbank and St. Andrew’s Church has evolved; the breadth of support provided across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside and beyond the development of Space4Makers what’s delivered and how we can all be part of the story. Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on July 20th Book your ticket here 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 roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking.
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Decarbonising Portbury Avonmouth Severnside – June Business Breakfast – Th. Jun 22nd 07:30

Decarbonising Portbury Avonmouth Severnside supported by a collaborative Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan Date: Thurs. June 22nd from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: City Leap PartnershipVenue: Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Rd., Avonmouth. BS11 9EN Hosts City Leap will share their objectives for decarbonising Bristol and the opportunities this presents for Portbury Avonmouth Severnside, leveraging the skills, expertise and energy from across the area. We’ll also introduce the exciting initiative to bid for funding to develop a collaborative Local Industrial Development Plan bringing together local partners including The Bristol Port Company, Western Gateway, Hydrogen South West, 7CO2, WECA, Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos. Councils with City Leap Partnership and SevernNet Come along and be here at the beginning of the discussions … we’ll be discussing opportunities and next steps and inviting you to get on board and help shape this transformative journey and opportunity for the area. Please join us at June’s Business Breakfast and find out more The agenda will include snapshots of the great work already being done and developed across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside … and the potential! If you’re seeking to decarbonise your business/development and/or have lessons, opportunities, services etc. to share please come along! We want to hear from you. The event is being held at, and catered by, Avonmouth Community Centre who have their own story to tell about retrofitting to improve energy efficiency! Come along, join the discussion, and find out more. We look forward to seeing you on June 22nd Book your ticket here 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 roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking. About City Leap Partnership – Who are we? Bristol City Leap is a world first, game-changing approach towards decarbonisation at city-scale. The City Leap Energy Partnership is a twenty-year joint venture between Bristol City Council, Ameresco and Vattenfall Heat UK which will enable the delivery of over £1 billion of investment into Bristol’s energy system. Put simply, this means a transformative boost in the amount of renewable energy and decarbonised heat powering our city, which in turn means a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, learn, work and play. During the first five years of the partnership, nearly £500 million will be invested in a range of large infrastructure projects including the significant expansion of Bristol’s award-winning Heat Network that provides local businesses and residents with access to reliable, affordable low carbon heat from sustainable sources. Solar panels and low carbon heating systems will be installed at local schools, the council’s social housing will be made more energy efficient to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, and substantial investment will go into community-owned renewable energy projects to help residents play a part in Bristol’s journey to carbon neutrality. About Avonmouth Community Centre – Who are we? Avonmouth Community Centre Association exists to champion Avonmouth as a great place to live and work. Through activities, meals, and our drop in coffee shop, residents can access support for their health and wellbeing, as well as companionship. By promoting Avonmouth Community in the wider city of Bristol, with Bristol City Council and collaborating with private enterprise in the Severnet Business community ACCA gives a voice to residents that feel forgotten and unheard. Our vision is to improve the environment for residents and foster a sense of identity amidst a diversifying community creating a gathering space that is hospitable, accessible and welcoming to all. Whatever age or stage of life, we believe together is better for addressing transport, housing, food poverty, isolation and health.  We host events and activities, with flexible indoor and outdoor spaces that can be hired for meetings, parties, weddings, community events, public consultations and exhibitions. We are based in Avonmouth opposite Avonmouth Park., a minute away from Avonmouth Rail Station on the Severn Beach Line and easily accessible from central Bristol, the Portway (A4) and M5 J18. If you have any questions, or wish to find out about booking a room, just contact us or email the Centre Manager. Tel: 0117 982 7445. Email:
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Join us with the Bristol Zoological Society at January’s Business Breakfast as we learn how together we can help Save Wildlife

Date: Thurs. Jan 26th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: Bristol Zoological SocietyVenue: Hollywood Mansion House, Hollywood Estate, Hollywood Lane, BS10 7TW Bristol Zoological Society (BZS) looks forward to welcoming you to Hollywood Mansion House, their new HQ, on the Hollywood Estate, located on the outskirts of Severnside by Cribbs Causeway.We’ll be joined by Mike Coe (Commercial Director) and Bethany Gallichan (Head of Development) who’ll be bringing you their insights and expertise in delivering the next stage in the Societies journey to delivering its mission. Please join us to find out more 2023 is set to be an incredibly exciting year as we evolve our Wild Place Project site, introduce new species, share our charities strategy and deliver a full programme of public engagement and fundraising events. We’re looking forward to sharing some of our plans with you and exploring new business partnership opportunities. Come along and introduce yourself Hollywood Mansion House is located at our Wild Place Project site, but please use the address provided as it has its own entrance and car park. Members won’t have access to Wild Place Project on the day, but we’d love to invite you for a complimentary follow up visit. Please speak to a member of the BZS team during the event. We look forward to seeing you at Hollywood Mansion House on Thursday morning, 26th January. Book your place today. Limited places available! 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 continental breakfast of pastries, fruit and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking.

Hinkley Connection Project and roadworks

Works will be starting on Severn Road/Ableton Lane in 2022 From 10 January National Grid (NG) will be starting to build a temporary access on Severn Road and then progressing with construction of a haul road from the new access and five pylon work areas from mid-February to early May 2022From mid-February, NG will also be starting to build a temporary access and layby on Ableton Lane for access to Crooks MarshNG is coordinating the two stages of works and associated traffic movements to limit disruption to businesses and users of Severn Road as much as possibleNG will be working with the contractors (Balfour Beatty) to ensure traffic monitoring is in place and that traffic can be kept moving as efficiently as possible. Traffic management dates Details of the traffic management associated with the works starting in January are below. Works and locationTraffic management and durationSevern Road: Temporary construction accessConstruction road and five work areas Traffic lights for approx. 6 weeks from 10 January. Mid-February to early May 2022Ableton Lane: Construction access and laybyLane closure for approx. 8 weeks from mid Feb 2022 A more detailed map of the overall works is included below or can be found here.
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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 ( 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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Jan. 21 Virtual Business Breakfast

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!
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Active October Challenge – 1st to 31st October 2020

Travelwest’s annual challenge is back for Active October to give you and your colleagues some motivation throughout Autumn to stay active and use sustainable travel. The event will be running from 1st – 31st October, but you and your colleagues can register to take part NOW! This year we have partnered with Sustrans for Active October to encourage businesses across the West of England to compete by getting the highest numbers of their staff to keep active and log their journeys into an online portal. It’s free to participate, and in doing so you could encourage your staff to make long term behavioural changes when it comes to their travel choices – benefitting health, reducing carbon emissions, and cutting travel costs for them and your business. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also recognise that many of the businesses we work with (including ourselves at Travelwest!) have changed their commuting behaviour. It’s therefore even more important for our physical and mental health to incorporate some activity into our working day, whether it’s cycling, scooting, running or walking! Furthermore, for those journeys that still need to be made, we will be encouraging public transport, and lift-sharing – both great ways to reduce congestion and save money. All this helps you get fitter, feel good, and what’s more, there’s plenty of prizes up for grabs! All you need to do is sign up as a user, and it will prompt you to register your organisation’s details. It takes 2 minutes and you’ll be able to feature your workplace on the leaderboards, and be entered into workplace prizes! Once you’ve registered, there are downloadable materials on the website HERE to start promoting to colleagues and we’ve attached a suggested email template to this email for you to send to your colleagues!
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M5 J19 Improvements starting June 29th

To alleviate congestion at J19 of the M5, Highways England (HE) is reconfiguring the lanes within the exit-slip and roundabout to allow traffic to flow more freely. The work will take place in three phases. – Preparatory work will begin on 29th June. – Wales and West Utilites will then carry out required works – HE will then return to site to complete traffic flow improvement works which is anticipated to be complete in November 2020 Working hours and traffic managementDuring the day the slip road and roundabout will remain open and narrow lanes will be in place.Overnight from 8pm to 6am the slip road and part of the roundabout will be closed.Access to Gordano Services will be maintained where possible. Work will be undertaken overnight from Monday to Friday with some overnight Sunday work when necessary.Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place as agreed with North Somerset and Bristol City Council. HE offers apologies in advance for any disruption this may cause.
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Call for Businesses’ Support with PPE

The Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, is calling out to businesses across the area, on behalf of our local NHS and care system in the West of England, to ask for your support in the response to COVID-19. Due to overwhelming and unprecedented demand, there is a serious challenge in supplying the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), which is vital to the safe treatment of COVID-19 patients, to frontline health and care workers. The NHS and care system is seeking donations – large or small – or excess stock of the following PPE components: Fluid-repellent face masksAprons GlovesSafety glassesRe-usable washable gogglesHand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol content). In addition to PPE, there is also need of Perspex bulkheads (which would also need to be installed). These are needed to protect reception and patient transport staff. If you are able to help in any way please contact the NHS and council teams coordinating the response via: if they are in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire, if they are in Bath and North East Somerset Tim Bowles “I have been proud of the many West of England businesses which have already stepped up to support the national effort to tackle COVID-19. We have always been a region where we work together and support each other, and this has never been more important than at this time of national need. Thank you for your help at this difficult time.”