EDF Energy Somerset Chamber of Commerce SWMAS Business West


**Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, the HSC events programme is currently on hold.

Please check back in due course for updates on our events and information on how you can book your place on one of our events.**

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.

* SME’s based in Bristol, Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, Devon or South Wales, could qualify for the funded support (as long as you haven’t received over €200k of De Minimis aid over the last three years).

If you’re a South West business based outside the funded region or a Large Enterprise (LE), you can still register on the Hinkley Supply Chain Portal, but charges will apply to access support through the Programme.

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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Who should attend


Introduction to the 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. Senior Directors and key members of bid teams who are forming their business’s response to the opportunities presented through the Hinkley C development and other nuclear sectors. This interactive workshop, will bring you face-to-face with the realities of taking on this kind of challenge and what it could mean for your company.
Pre Qualification – Best Practice

Pre-Qualification procedures from the clients’ perspective

Evaluation, planning and management

Successful completion and compliance

Please come back soon for more information and to book on next scheduled event
Preparing & Delivering Under an NEC Contract

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


This workshop has been developed by experienced advisers to current tier 1 contractors on the project, to provide you with a broad ranging commercial overview of contract issues, as well as pragmatic operational advice to assist during the course of the contract itself


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

Please come back soon for more information and to book on next scheduled event

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.


Managing Directors, Business Development Directors, Commercial Directors or key members of bid teams who are forming their business’s response to the opportunities presented through the Hinkley Point C development and are located in the area identified by EDF NNB as Regional for the HPC Project.


Planning and Bidding

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

Key ingredients of successful bids


Attendance at this workshop will assist your company to gain a better understanding of how to successfully compete for and win more contract opportunities, with HPC and elsewhere. Key members of the team who will be responsible for seeking out new business opportunities and completing tender documents.


HPC Supplier Induction Programme

For ambitious, innovative companies who can help reduce costs and improve lead time and safety, the project offers significant contract opportunities throughout its 10-year construction and beyond. Each company has something unique to bring to the project, but needs to understand how to translate their existing capability to fit customer requirements.

Most suited to companies who are certain that supplying Hinkley Point C (HPC) is right for them, this comprehensive programme was developed with the support of EDF Energy and is delivered by nuclear sector experts to help you implement and work to the strict nuclear standards demanded of HPC suppliers.

Please come back soon for more information and to book on next scheduled event



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