EDF Energy Somerset Chamber of Commerce SWMAS Business West


The HSC team coordinates an event programme to support businesses interested in winning contracts at Hinkley.  These events are delivered by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, SWMAS,  Business West and EDF Energy.

The programme of events is planned to meet a range of needs for the business community and the work package requirements in line with the project timetable.

Hinkley Point C – General Awareness Events

Helping a specified range of Somerset’s businesses to understand the demands that a very large civil engineering project requires – including accreditation requirements, tendering for contracts, creating winning partnerships and tips on presentation when businesses have the chance to impress potential clients. These events are open to all businesses and run throughout the year.

Targeted – Half Day Workshops

Small, tightly focused sessions to highlight ‘stepping up’ opportunities necessary to effectively engage in and meet standards expected in; quality, safety, project and productivity management. These workshops are designed to cater for specific industry sectors and are by invitation only.

Work Package Info Events

Where EDF or a preferred Tier 1 bidder has recognised an opportunity for a local supply group to fulfil their requirements, a package awareness event is held. EDF host, supported by the HSC team, identify the basic requirements of the package to a selected group of potential component core group members. These events are by invitation and will focus specifically on the requirements of main contractors which are then matched with local business capability.

Meet the Buyer Events

Meet the buyer events are facilitated days giving local businesses the opportunity to engage directly with main contractors. These events are by invitation and focus specifically on the requirements of main contractors which are then matched with local business capability.

Appointments are arranged through the HSC team or the Somerset Chamber of Commerce for those businesses registered on the Hinkley C Supply Chain Portal.

The events and workshops held are either promoted to all businesses if the content is generic or are targeted at specific supplier capability according to the work package requirement. Only those suppliers registered on this portal are invited.

If you would like further information about any of the events or would like to register your interest to attend, please email info@hinkleysupplychain.co.uk or call 01823 443425.

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Topics covered

Who should attend


Introduction to Hinkley Supply Chain

Introduction & update to HPC project, supply chain structure and EDF information on contracts

Key supplier actions identified

SME companies who have not yet engaged with the project

HSC companies that registered in the last year and those that have not yet attended any events

Introduction to Build in Quality

Introduction to the key tools and techniques to deliver ‘Right First Time’

Companies that want to build quality into their projects and production

Aimed at quality and production staff

Routes To Market

HPC contract outlines and supply chain structure

Current and pipeline opportunities, relevant Tier 1,2,3 level contract opportunities

Companies progressing to full BA following introduction to HPC or similar
Pre Qualification – Best Practice

Pre-Qualification procedures from the clients’ perspective

Evaluation, planning and management

Successful completion and compliance

Preparing & Delivering Under an NEC Contract

Structure of NEC 3 contracts – collaboration, communication, risk register, early warnings, payment, compensation events

Companies progressing to full BA following introduction to HPC or similar



Risk Factors – Pricing For Nuclear

Help with evaluating current business practices

Benchmarking current costing and pricing policy

Recognising nuclear risk factors

How to be competitive and compliant in the nuclear sector

Manufacturers and service providers looking to enter the Nuclear sector
Upskilling and HR

HPC Requirements – an outline including working hrs, industrial agreements, demonstrating competency, on boarding, jobs brokerage and HPTA

Companies progressing to full BA following intro to HPC or similar


Effective Collaboration

Designed to stimulate and guide suppliers on when to consider collaborating with other companies to strengthen their offer, provide more capacity, grow sales, reduce costs, innovate and increase capability.

Roadmap for collaboration – clear objectives, combined capability – synergy required,  time investment to build trust.

Companies progressing to full BA following intro to HPC or similar







Planning and Bidding

Information on bidding processes – RFI, PQQ, Frameworks, Tenders

Key ingredients of successful bids

Companies progressing to full BA following intro to HPC or similar



Defining SQEP (suitably qualified and experienced personnel)

What does SQEP mean to you and your business?

Why is it so important to the nuclear regulator?

Ways to apply and maintain SQEP requirements

Tools to demonstrate an employee is suitably qualified



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