Work to map the local and regional supply chain capability and provide early identification of relevant work package opportunities has been gathering pace in recent months. To ensure that South West suppliers with specific capabilities are identified and registered, we are working with selected business organisations in the South West that have local supplier knowledge, including SWMAS, Business West, Plymouth & Devon Chamber, Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group and the Welsh Assembly. In addition, we are continuing to build relationships with other relevant business groups in the South West that can help source target capabilities.
The Hinkley Supply Chain Team is also strengthening the support for supply chain development following a collaboration between the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, SWMAS Ltd (delivering the Manufacturing Advisory Service) and Business West Ltd (delivering Business Support). This collaboration will increase the supply chain footprint across the South West and enable the Hinkley Supply Chain Team to draw upon a bigger pool of available and experienced resource.
To access help for any aspect of business improvement please contact the Hinkley Supply Chain Team in the first instance – we will then put you in contact with the relevant support organisation.
Manufacturing Advisory Service – South West
SWMAS Ltd has a national reputation for performance excellence in the manufacturing sector. Working with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to inform national manufacturing strategy and sitting on key policy making groups, SWMAS maintains a reputation within government as a trusted and expert delivery partner. SWMAS owns and administers the UKs largest manufacturing survey – The Barometer, results from which feed into government policy, informs local strategic investment decisions and is regularly quoted in national and international press. With a dedicated team of experienced manufacturing and business support specialists in the field, the company’s reputation in industry is outstanding, with an independently verified customer satisfaction rating of 97.5%.
Tel: 0845 658 9600
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Business West is one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the South West. Employing 190 staff across the region, running 4 Chambers of Commerce and managing an active network of over 21,000 businesses Business West has huge reach and a very well established reputation across the business community. Testament to their excellent reputation for service delivery is the recently awarded 5 year contract to deliver the flagship UKTI service. Business West also manage 6 innovation centres, maintaining a class leading occupancy of 100% with waiting lists and have been recently commissioned to build 2 more, based on their outstanding performance establishing innovation hubs.
Tel: 01275 373373
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) is a collaboration of academic and industrial partners from across the nuclear manufacturing supply chain.
Their mission is to:
- Enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of the UK civil nuclear manufacturing industry.
- Work with members to develop world-leading manufacturing processes and technologies.
- Help British manufacturing companies compete for nuclear contracts worldwide.
- Become the focal point for Britain’s civil nuclear manufacturing industry.
The Nuclear AMRC is dedicated to helping UK businesses become suppliers of choice to the global civil nuclear industry.
They have 3 key work programmes, underpinned by a range of business support initiatives:
Manufacturing process R&D – working with the UK nuclear manufacturing supply chain to develop the technical capability to compete on cost, quality and delivery.
Quality requirements – giving manufacturers clarity and knowledge on nuclear codes and standards, and helping them meet and exceed the requirements.
Training and skills development – ensuring that the nuclear manufacturing supply chain has the skills required to compete in the global market.
For general enquiries:
Construction Industry Training Board
CITB offers support to construction companies who are striving to become Hinkley Ready. With dedicated Company Development Advisers CITB can provide tailored advice to construction businesses to maximise the benefit from training opportunities in the area and support the up-skilling the workforce, growing the business and planning for the future.
As a Grade 1 Ofsted Outstanding Training Provider, CITB can also support businesses who wish to employ apprentices. Specialist Apprenticeship Officers will help recruit apprentices and work with them throughout the course of their apprenticeship to enable them to achieve high quality outcomes which will benefit the businesses employing them.
CITB offer grants to support a wide range of training and qualifications, from apprenticeship support to management and supervisory qualifications, and other grants that help develop the whole business to remain competitive. Employers who are registered with CITB as ‘in scope’ can apply for a grant, even those who don’t pay levy. If not already registered, contact the CITB to arrange this for you.
For more information visit:
Or email your local Company Development Adviser Andy Chapman:
Heart of the South West Growth Hub
The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides the key access point for business support in the Heart of the South West LEP area, which covers Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, and Torbay. The Growth Hub service is a point of contact for both new and established businesses seeking business support; the team is on hand to answer questions and make referrals to local, regional and national business support provision. The Growth Hub provides access to all local and national business support services and is offered completely free at point of access for all businesses seeking advice. The Growth Hub can help any business sector and any business size.
For Growth Hub enquiries:-
The West of England Growth Hub
The West of England Growth Hub covering Bristol, BANES, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset offers access to an extensive, connected network of Business knowledge and skills partners supporting local business.
The Website is a unique concept aggregating local business support and providing tailored, user specific recommendations. The West of England Growth Hub is your one stop shop for business support which instantly connects you to trusted local providers.
Get in touch with The Growth Hub team to find out more:-
Somerset Chamber of Commerce
The Somerset Chamber of Commerce has over 570 members and is the fastest growing Chamber of Commerce in the country. Accredited to the British Chambers Of Commerce (BCC), SCoC is regulated and audited annually by BCC in order to maintain the highest possible standards. SCoC is recognised as the voice of Somerset Business, and its brand has gained significant momentum over the past 9 years, now boasting a number of very high profile patrons including Somerset County Council, EDF, Bridgwater College, Lange O’Rourke, BT and Thales.
The Somerset Chamber of Commerce has been asked by EDF Energy to manage the development of the South West supply chain that will deliver the Hinkley Project. The Chamber is to be the single point of contact for business and agencies seeking opportunities to be engaged in the construction of the project.
Tel: 01823 444924 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Devon Chamber of Commerce
Plymouth & Devon Chamber of Commerce is building stronger relationships with our fellow Chambers of Commerce and business support organisations throughout the region, establishing positive collaborative partnerships, to provide sustainable business support and lobbying for the Devon business community.
Telephone: 01752 220471 Email: email@example.com
Exeter Chamber of Commerce has been representing, informing and helping local businesses for many years. We provide a focal point for industry and commerce in much of Devon. A full programme of events is organised and a practical sign-posting service is offered to members and commercial enquirers.
Telephone: 01392 431133 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local authorities can assist contractors, suppliers and inward investors with help on sourcing premises, securing planning permission, links to support for skills and employment. The economic development and planning teams will be happy to assist. Please find contact details for the 4 local authority areas closest to the Hinkley C site and the adjacent M5 junctions. Also provided are contact details for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership covering Somerset and Devon.
West Somerset District Council: The Hinkley C site is located in West Somerset
Tel: 01643 703704
Sedgemoor District Council: Includes Bridgwater and closest access to the site from junctions 23 and 24 of the M5
Tel: 01278 435250
Taunton Deane: Includes Taunton, mainline station, Junction 25 and 26 of the M5
Tel: 01823 356489
North Somerset: Includes Weston-super-Mare and Junctions 21 and 22 of the M5
Tel: 01934 426850
BANES: Bath and North East Somerset Council
Tel: 01225 39 40 41
City of Bristol:
Tel: 0117 922 2000
Tel: 01454 868009
Heart of the South West LEP:
Tel: 01935 385977