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Protective and Cyber Security Workshop for Maritime Industry in St. Andrew’s House, Thu. 13th June 09:00 to 12:00 & networking lunch – free to attend

Calling all CSOs, PFSOs, Cyber and Security responsible employees.
CSO Alliance ran their 48th workshop in Glasgow on Tuesday 21 May (comments and more here) and will be at Avonmouth – The Bristol Port Company – on Thurs. 13th June

Why Join:  
Get the latest insights on the continuously evolving criminal threats to our industry. Debate your concerns and issues and promote information sharing around your community.

Why Join:

£300 million lost by a maritime company from a single, random cyber attack

“There are more organised criminals in existence than soldiers in the Army” (according to NCA Director)

Current tensions with Iran focused around oil & gas shipping

Prevailing maritime terrorism threat in Southern Red Sea and SE Asia

Ongoing maritime piracy in several parts of the world

Maritime migration and stowaways presenting potential security risks

What does CSO Alliance offer?

Online communities of maritime security professionals
Secure online maritime crime reporting and collaboration portal

Employee expertise from Government, military and industry sectors

Providing awareness of current maritime security issues

Advice on effective security risk management


 Maritime Crime Threats and Risk Management – Bruce Roberts, CSO Alliance Ltd (former Govt. Security Adviser)
Cyber Threats and the Airbus Cyber Security Perspective – Louisa Adams, Airbus Cyber Security
Radio Frequency Criminality (Insights into spoofing and jamming) David Sanderson MSC, NPCC Radio Frequency Crime Lead
Collaboration within the Maritime Security Community – Mark Sutcliffe, CSO Alliance Ltd

CSO Alliance has consolidated the day into one workshop so please join us for the morning workshop 9am to 12pm, followed by a networking lunch.

For more information visit their website  or simply click this link to register to attend the free workshop.


About CSO Alliance and Airbus Cyber

To date CSO Alliance Ltd has event managed 48 workshops around the world, bringing together key stakeholders such as CSOs, Port PSOs, PFSOs, and CISO, to foster collaboration and encourage incident reporting throughout the maritime security community.  Through ‘community through security’ we can be your one stop shop for your maritime security needs, sharing best practice and delivering timely, relevant threat information and subject matter expertise all from a secure, advanced online platform, weekly online publications as well as via our workshops. We relaunch this summer with a new enhanced platform, which will host our current CSO Alliance, Maritime Cyber Alliance as well as the new PFSO Alliance.

Airbus CyberSecurity protects governments, military, organisations, and critical national infrastructure from cyber threats, this experience they are sharing with the maritime sector.


We thank our global workshop series supporters Chenega, GAC, Navarino and Pole Star.

For further information contact [email protected]

Mark Sutcliffe MICS, Managing Director, CSO Alliance

T:  +44 (0) 1296 325700 , M: +44 (0) 7920112752, W:

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M49 Junction Second Bridge Lift – M49 Closure – Friday 21st June (20:00) to Monday 24 June (06:00)

Highways England will shortly be carrying out works to lift the second bridge into place on the motorway.
The M49 will be closed throughout the bridge installation and a diversion will be in place.

The work will take place from Friday 21st June at 20:00 to Monday 24 June at 06:00.

Highways England (HE) also has two contingency weekends planned for:
20:00 Friday 28 June – 06:00 Monday 1 July
20:00 Friday 5 July – 06:00 Monday 8 July

HE always aim to work to the programme; however, unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean they have to make late changes. They’ll notify you of any major amendments within the programme via advance roadside warning signs and on their website. You can also follow them on Twitter where they’ll tweet any
changes to the road closures; @HighwaysSWest.

For more on the M49 Junction you can download HE’s May newsletter 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!

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National Grid Hinkley Connection Project – work at Avonmouth

Western Power Distribution (WPD) and its contractor, Balfour Beatty, are modifying their substation on Avonmouth Way and replacing 2km of pylons going north out of the substation with underground cable. This construction activity will take place between spring 2019 and summer 2020.

More information here

A ‘No waiting’ restriction (approved by Bristol City Council) has been introduced on the north side of Avonmouth Way from Lescren Way to the cul-de-sac at the end of the road (see map). This will enable contractors to work safely, efficiently and with as little disruption to businesses as possible. We hope this will help to alleviate congestion, and increase visibility and safety for all users of Avonmouth Way.

National Grid is committed to being a good neighbour and want to reassure you that we are aiming to reduce disruption and inconvenience as much as possible. If you have any questions and to find out more about the new connection, please contact our team on 0800 377 7347 or [email protected]
For further information, visit

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M48 Severn Crossing Diversion in place from

Highways England has informed us that further work is underway to remove the toll plaza and enable continuous travel at 70 mph.

Traffic management was put in place on the Westbound carriageway on Tuesday 23rd April.
A diversion is now in place for the next 8 weeks. 
Drivers are diverted off M48 at junction 1 exit slip road and return to the route via the junction 1 entry slip road (this is a tried and tested diversion used during high winds).
Please note there will be a full westbound daytime closure of the M48 Severn Crossing on Sunday, April 28 between 7am and 7pm.

Highways England is encouraging drivers to consider using the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge to aid their journey during this period. The diversion is short but may cause congestion in peak periods.

Please allow plenty of time for your journey.

The notification letter from Highways England is available here.


M5 Junction 20 to Junction 18 northbound resurfacing works – 2 May to 24 June 2019

Highways England has informed us that they will be resurfacing the M5 between Junctions 18 (Avonmouth) and 20 (Clevedon) starting on Thurs. 2nd May until Monday 24th June 2019. The work will be carried out overnight using lane closures, Monday to Friday except for the evening of 6 May which is a bank holiday.

Full closures will be necessary at the northbound slip roads at Junction 19, and the main carriageway between the slips, on a number of occasions as follows:

M5 Junction 19 northbound exit slip road: 4 June, 7 June, 12 June, 13 & 14 June, 17 – 21 June 2019 – closed overnight 8pm to 6am
M5 northbound full closure at junction 19, between the slip roads: 10 May, 13 May and 3 June 2019 – closed overnight 8pm to 6am
M5 Junction 19 northbound entry slip road: 31 May and 13 June 2019 – closed overnight 8pm to 6am


Diversion routes during the closures
Diversion routes M5 Junction 19 northbound exit slip road closure Diversion: continue northbound, exit at junction 18, circulate St Brendan’s roundabout and re-join M5 southbound exiting at junction 19.

M5 northbound full closure at junction 19, between the slip roads Diversion: exit slip at junction 19, A369 and back onto the entry slip at junction 19

M5 Junction 19 northbound entry slip road closure Diversion: join the M5 southbound, exit at junction 20, circulate the roundabout and rejoin the M5 northbound.

Highways England apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please monitor to keep up to date, as well as following us on Twitter @HighwaysSWEST. We will make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to an absolute minimum.

If you have any queries or comments about the work, or would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: [email protected]

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Sign up by May 21st to participate in the Travelwest Challenge 2019

The FREE TravelWest Challenge is an annual event which encourages businesses across the West of England to challenge themselves and each other to walk, cycle, lift share, or catch the bus/train to work over the 6 week challenge. It’s a friendly competition in which individuals have the chance to earn rewards and win prizes!

The TravelWest challenge starts Monday 10 June and is run through the Better Points app. Individuals log each journey they’ve made using sustainable transport, automatically entering them into prize draws and adding their results to a company leader board.

In order to register your business for the challenge, please click HERE and fill in a short sign up form by 21st May.

Once you register, TravelWest will be in touch closer to the Challenge start date to help you promote this to your staff.

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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]

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Have your say on proposed walking and cycling route from Portway through Avonmouth Village to St. Andrew’s Road


Please come and join us in Avonmouth Community Centre for a Drop In Event. Tuesday 14th May from 15:30 until 18:30.

We would like your views on the proposed walking and cycling route from Portway through Avonmouth Village to St. Andrew’s Road and Crowley Way.

The route will be laid out in one very long poster to bring it to life.

Refreshments and delicious cake will be available.


Please encourage your walking and cycling champions to come along and meet us.