The construction of Hinkley Point C, Britain’s first new nuclear power in a generation is well underway. The new power station will produce 3.2 GW of secure low-carbon electricity – enough to power 6 million homes for 60 years. As part of the procurement strategy for this major infrastructure project, EDF set up a partnership with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce in 2010 to support the south west regional supply chain. In 2017 the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme was formed with funding from EDF, two (the Heart of the South West and the West of England) local enterprise partnerships and the Welsh Government. Working as a team, the Programme partners have many years of collective experience and has specialist team members from the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, SWMAS and Business West.
Having partnered with EDF since 2010, we are here to help grow and support businesses across the South West and South Wales. We do this by helping companies to win contracts on Europe’s biggest construction site and to ensure local companies benefit from the long-term opportunities on offer.
With over 100 Tier 1 contractors, each planning to deliver multi-million to several billion pound contracts and each with multiple Tier 2 and 3 supply chain requirements, the opportunities for local and regional suppliers is both impressive but also complex.