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  1. Berry and Escott – Specialist engineering firm ideally placed to play key role in Hinkley Supply Chain

    February 14, 2020

    Berry & Escott Engineering continues to demonstrate its capabilities in nuclear as the company celebrates the expansion of their dedicated stainless steel facilities and the re-granting of their Fit 4 Nuclear certification.

    In response to increased customer demand within the nuclear sector, the company has invested heavily in a new unit at their base on Bridgwater’s Blake Mill Business Park, enabling the expansion of their dedicated stainless steel fabrication and production facilities.

    Opened in October, the new unit creates an additional 2,500 sq ft dedicated to the company’s work across all grades of stainless steel, further enhancing their ability to offer the highest levels of cross contamination protection and specialist customer service.

    Berry & Escott undertakes a wide range of specialist and highly technical work for the nuclear sector, from bespoke large-scale fabrications to high quality small and large batch projects. The new facilities also house specialist equipment, additional office space and meeting rooms to support the company’s continued focus in this area.

    October also saw a further celebration for the company, as Berry & Escott was successfully re-granted their Fit 4 Nuclear certification. The certificate can be viewed on the website alongside the company’s Nuclear Safety Policy and other key industry accreditations and policy documentation.

    For more information about Berry & Escott, visit www.berryescott.co.uk or telephone 01278 444861.


  2. Global Employee Mobility Ltd – Proud to play a crucial part in HPC

    February 14, 2020

    There are currently more than 4,500 workers on site at Hinkley Point C (HPC) and thousands more working on the project across the UK, in France and beyond.

    Bristol-based Global Employee Mobility Ltd is proud to be playing a crucial part in the project, helping to ensure members of that workforce are in the right place at the right time.

    The company specialises in relocation management and has been working with joint venture Bylor – a collaboration between Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues TP – to support key staff moving to work at both the HPC site and the HPC Delivery Command Centre (DCC) in Bristol for the last three years.

    Nick King, Director of Global Employee Mobility Ltd, said: “We are a relocation management company supporting companies move their staff from one location to another.

    “We deal with all aspects of the moving process and, in particular, we access longer term rental accommodation, buying and selling property on behalf of the moving employee and their family, visa applications, removals management etc.”

    Global Employee Mobility Ltd’s support has meant it has been easier and quicker for Bylor to recruit the staff they need for all aspects of their work at HPC, making the process of moving staff to Bristol, Taunton and Bridgwater both efficient and cost-effective.

    The company joined the Hinkley Supply Chain after attending a breakfast meeting with HPC contractor Altrad.

    Nick said joining the Hinkley Supply Chain team had also given the company access to information that was not readily available externally and would, hopefully, prove invaluable to winning additional contracts at HPC.

    “We are proud to be working on such a high-profile project and supporting key individuals to move to the local area.  As a small organisation it goes to show that opportunities do exist to provide our specialist services to a large organisation and to know that the support we provide is helping to build a nuclear power station!” Nick said.

    He said Global Employee Mobility Ltd prided itself of offering a personal service to its clients, giving the support that was needed when it was needed.

    The company operates in a global market with a network of consultants across the UK and overseas.

    Services include everything from guaranteed home sales and house removals, rental management, help to find the right homes, settling-in support and even help to ensure new workers with families find the right schools for their children.

    The directors of the company have over 50 years of experience in the mobility industry and offers a bespoke service, tailored to each client’s individual needs.

    Nick added: “Our staff have experience of dealing with large group moves of staff in excess of 1,500 positions while we also deal with one-off moves for clients however, we treat every move as individual to ensure the best outcome for both the client and the individual.

    “Relocation is only a small part of a company’s responsibilities to their staff but can have a significant and costly impact to their business if it is not handled correctly.

    “We pride ourselves on the support that we give as an organisation and how this can be integrated into the client’s business.”


  3. High quality specialist paint for HPC

    December 9, 2019

    Attention to detail is crucial on any building project but that is especially true for Hinkley Point C (HPC), with rigorous checks and approval processes in place for both contractors and their equipment.

    Even the paint being used on parts of the new nuclear power station is subject to a strict certification requirement – just ask PPG Architectural Coatings Ltd.

    PPG is a global manufacturer of paints, coatings and specialty materials, with headquarters in Pittsburgh, USA, and operations in nearly 70 countries around the world, including a base in Bristol.

    Subsidiary, PPG Architectural Coatings Ltd is one of the largest paint companies in the UK and supplies protective, marine and architectural coatings to fabricators, contractors, owners and paint applicators.

    PPG, as a global coatings manufacturer, works with many blue chip-companies and household names delivering paints, coatings and material solutions across a range of industries; from automotive, aerospace and packaging coatings to architectural and industrial products.

    Globally, the company is renowned for its work on nuclear reactors. PPG supplies to over 50% of the world’s Nuclear reactors and is currently supplying EDF nuclear sites in Taishan and Flammanville, as well as to HPC and some of the existing EDF Energy nuclear fleet in the UK.

    At HPC, PPG Architectural Coatings Ltd is using the PPG Freitag brand, a high-specification anticorrosive paint, which has been tested and certified to meet EDF Energy’s certification requirements.

    PPG is one of the few coating manufacturers able to provide products with the necessary certified approvals and is working directly with Tier 1 contractors at HPC and their sub-contractors, providing technical advice and support for the strict coatings specification requirements for the site.

    PPG’s technical team is familiarising contractors with the Freitag products and supporting them to ensure that they can apply Freitag and achieve the EDF Energy specification requirements.

    Malcolm Page, Business Development Manager for PPG Architectural Coatings Ltd, said companies across the UK frequently asked him how to get involved with the Hinkley project: “I always advise them the first point of contact should be to register on the Hinkley Supply Chain portal at www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk.

    “PPG has been involved with the Hinkley Supply Chain Team since registering in 2015. We have attended several events, including most recently being one of the key speakers at a Hinkley Supply Chain Programme event specifically aimed at paint contractors. On this occasion we were imparting information relating to the EDF Energy specification as well as some PPG Freitag solutions.

    “The support and interaction with the team has been very helpful in guiding PPG to and facilitating introductions with some of the companies in the supply chain.”

    He said it was exciting to work with both EDF Energy and various Tier 1 and sub-contractors at Hinkley Point C and added: “PPG, as a global coatings supplier, has been able to offer high performance and high durability products that will offer the ultimate protection needed for all areas of the project.”


  4. Clark Willmott – Supporting ambitious businesses on road to success

    October 22, 2019

    Clarke Willmott has been engaged with the construction of Hinkley Point C (HPC) since July 2010 when EDF Energy organised an initial local supply chain conference in Bridgwater attracting 140 attendees from businesses across Somerset.

    It was evident at the very earliest stages of consultation the prospects were substantial and potentially game- changing.

    A significant amount of energy and commitment was required as it was clear that due to the scale and complexity of the project, it would be a few years before contracts of significance would be awarded. However, just over 12 months after the initial local supply chain conference, contracts to the value of £9 million had been awarded to local companies, giving impetus and encouragement.

    From the initial conference and over the next few years Clarke Willmott focused their attention on developing relationships with those businesses owners who had ambition, drive and vision, often facilitated by the Hinkley Supply Chain team run by Somerset Chamber of Commerce. Like EDF Energy, Clarke Willmott saw the building of Hinkley Point C as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for positive and sustainable growth locally, regionally and nationally.

    The early work packages centred on site preparation and site-operation contracts. These included contracts related to accommodation, transportation, catering, reprographics and site infrastructure services in which Clarke Willmott were heavily involved. In particular, Clarke Willmott provided support to business owners wanting to join forces to create new businesses which could potentially achieve success through challenging, yet rewarding, contracts.

    The expertise which Clarke Willmott could draw from was extensive. Founded in Somerset more than 100 years ago, the firm operates from seven strategic centres in Taunton, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Southampton employing over 600 staff and partners.

    Early work focused on corporate activity setting up joint ventures and consortia to create locally based companies such as Somerset Passenger Solutions (transportation) and FACE (reprographics), led by Corporate Partner Simon Smith.

    Once preferred bidder status was obtained, Construction Partner Zoe Stollard (pictured) advised these two new businesses, as well as HOST (accommodation) through the NEC3 contract process which for most was a new way of working requiring expert guidance. Clarke Willmott also advised one of the Somerset Larder (catering) JV partners on property and construction matters in relation to the Central Production Kitchen.

    It was clear that both Zoe and Simon required support which gave opportunities for others in the business to gain valuable experience, in particular, Hayley Steel, Partner – Construction, who has recently been promoted, Bethan Evans, Partner – Banking and Finance, Simone Protheroe, Construction – Solicitor, along with other solicitors and professionals.

    While much of the focus has been on NEC3 contracts, work has evolved into other areas including being instructed on commercial property, facilitating funding transactions, licencing, commercial law, immigration, contractual service frameworks agreements and particularly employment matters, as businesses involved had to scale up to meet demand. This has brought more of the extended team from many of the company’s offices throughout the country into contact with work at HPC.

    The firm has accelerated its engagement over the last 12 months in developing relationships throughout the nuclear energy sector by partnering and hosting the recent Nuclear South West industry event, becoming active members of the Wales Nuclear Forum, sharing views relating to the sector including diversity, skills, energy strategy and collaboration. This planned approach clearly demonstrates our commitment to the sector and clean energy generation. With a pool of experts who have gained experience of this unique project, the door is always open for an initial conversation to either help or signpost.

    Stephen Rosser (pictured), Clarke Willmott Chief Executive, said: “Having visited Hinkley Point C earlier this year, I fully appreciate the opportunities for all business including our own. To give our future talent the opportunity to learn new skills on a project of this magnitude is not to be underestimated. I am delighted that the core team of Zoe, Simon and Dale Edwards our Specialist Nuclear Energy and Infrastructure Consultant are spearheading growth and opportunity, supported by a growing team.

    “Nuclear energy generation has become an area of expertise which I and the Board are proud of. As the project moves into the construction phases I am confident the team and opportunities will develop further. It is also pleasing to see the firm taking such a proactive approach to supporting the overarching UK government plan for a low carbon energy generation solution with our nuclear experts working closely with our established renewable energy team.”


  5. Jays Logistics – Playing a key role to minimise HGV movements

    October 22, 2019

    Highbridge-based Jays Logistics (South West) is playing a key role to ensure lorry movements to and from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) construction site are kept to a minimum.

    Jays Logistics has been working with both Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers and their sub-contractors for the last few years to increase efficiency and help reduce the total amount of HGV movements.

    Supporting the HPC Project’s existing freight management facilities at M5 motorways junctions, the company has created its own Freight Consolidation Centre – which is officially supported by EDF Energy.

    Jays’ freight consolidation centre managed by Jays enables the company to offer both a daily freight consolidation service or multi-drop service for Tier 1 and Tier 2 HPC suppliers and their sub-contractors.

    The consolidation service means one lorry can travel to the HPC site carrying items for several contractors, rather than separate lorries driving to the site with part-loads, each one taking up a valuable delivery slot.

    Jays Logistics also offers a storage facility onsite at its Highbridge depot and is part of The Pallet Network (TPN), delivering nationwide, as well as throughout the South West.

    The company is part of the R T Keedwell group, which means it can provide a complete transport and distribution package through the group’s nine nationwide locations.

    Paul Phillips, Jays Logistics Operations Director, said engaging with the Hinkley Supply Chain Team had helped Jays Logistics to gain contacts and win work at HPC.

    “Getting in front of the right Tier 1 and Tier 2 people and gaining contacts for the site has been invaluable, while the team’s updates are very informative and crucial to keep up with the changing dynamic of HPC,” Paul said.At HPC, Jays Logistics has worked with Tier 1 contractors Bylor and Balfour Beatty for more than three years: “We have been involved with HPC for the last few years delivering various different loads for all Tier 1 contractors.

    “This ranges from full loads to consolidation vehicles delivering multi-drop to all the suppliers.“Our aim is to reduce the amount of delivery slots taken up by HGVs travelling to and from HPC, which, in turn, reduces the amount of traffic, especially HGV traffic, through Bridgwater and the surrounding areas,” Paul said.

    While the bulk of the work for HPC is centred around the development site itself, Jays Logistics is also working with contractors off-site, such as in Avonmouth and Filton, in Bristol.

    The Jays Logistics team also has access to HPC’s Delivery Management System which enables them to book and manage all deliveries directly to the site, without having to go through a third party.

    All their vehicles are site compliant – HPC is a nuclear secure site, meaning only pre-authorised vehicles and personnel are allowed access. Drivers have also had extensive training to gain permanent passes to the site.

    Paul added: “Our vehicles can take 20-30 separate deliveries at a time, servicing all delivery points on site and, by using our tail-lift fleet, we do not need mechanical help for most deliveries to site. “We offer a daily consolidation service for palletised freight, enhancing the supply chain by reducing the environmental carbon footprint and the impact on local communities by reducing lorry movements to and from site.”


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