EDF Energy Somerset Chamber of Commerce SWMAS Business West

Business Support Partners

Work to map the local and regional supply chain capability and provide early identification of relevant work package opportunities is paramount. 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 Government. 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.

Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Somerset Chamber of Commerce (SCoC) has over 500 members spanning Somerset and surrounding counties. Accredited to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), SCoC is regulated and audited annually by the BCC in order to maintain the highest possible standards of support to its members. SCoC is recognised as the voice of Somerset business and its brand has gained significant momentum since its inception. It also boasts a number of exceptionally high profile patrons including Somerset County Council, EDF Energy, Bridgwater & Taunton College, Laing O’Rourke, BT, Kier BAM JV, Bradfords Building Supplies and A-Plant to name a few. The vision of the Chamber is to be a catalyst to support and grow a vibrant Somerset economy.

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: manager@somerset-chamber.co.uk

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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 UK’s 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     Email: info@swmas.co.uk

Business West

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) helps UK manufacturers win work in the nuclear sector. It is backed by industry leaders and government, and is part of the national High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The Nuclear AMRC works with manufacturers to overcome their manufacturing challenges, and help them develop the technical capability to compete on cost, quality and delivery. The centre’s engineers help companies develop new processes and innovative technologies, using production-scale machining centres, welding cells and other advanced facilities at its research factory in South Yorkshire. The centre also provides a range of business support services to help manufacturers enter the nuclear supply chain and compete worldwide. The flagship Fit For Nuclear programme lets companies measure their operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry, and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.

For more information:


Email: enquiries@namrc.co.uk

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 appropriate 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 of any business size in the area.

For free, impartial advice or to make an enquiry:-


Tel 03456 047 047     Email info@heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk

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:-


Email: wearegrowth@westofengland.org

Devon Chamber of Commerce

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: chamber@devonchamber.co.uk

Exeter Chamber of Commerce

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: enquiries@exeterchamber.co.uk

Local Authorities

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

South Gloucestershire:


Tel: 01454 868009

Heart of the South West LEP:


Tel: 01935 385977

EDF Energy Heart of SW West of England LEP North Somerset Welsh Government