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Somerset food producers win interim contract for Hinkley Point C

October 27, 2014

A group of local food and drink producers have been awarded the interim catering contract for EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C project, marking the first supply chain collaboration success story for the county.

Representatives from the Somerset Larder team

Representatives from the Somerset Larder team

Somerset Larder will begin delivering the contract with immediate effect. The agreement runs until the spring of 2016, when the full contract for catering services at Hinkley Point C will be awarded.

With a membership that comprises more than 20 local food and drink businesses, Somerset Larder brings together the finest produce and knowledge in the county, working together ‘under one umbrella’ in order to fulfil the large and complex requirements involved in major contracts.

Somerset Larder was founded as a result of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce’s supply chain activity. The Hinkley Supply Chain Team at the Chamber has been working for some time to encourage and assist local businesses in forming collaborations that will help to put them in a strong position to bid for work at Hinkley Point C.

Somerset Larder’s directors are predicting widespread opportunities for the group, with this being the beginning of a movement that is expected to prosper well beyond EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear new build project.

Greg Parsons, MD of Somerset Larder and Cricketer Farm, says, “We are delighted to have been awarded the interim catering contract for Hinkley Point C, which will allow us to supply the workforce with locally sourced food from local suppliers. This achievement would not have been possible without the significant support from the Somerset Chamber, the Somerset Larder board of directors and the EDF Energy team. However, this is merely the start and our focus now and into the future will be to ensure that Somerset Larder delivers the contract to the highest possible standards.”

Nigel Cann, Site Construction Director at Hinkley Point C, says, “The south west regional economy will benefit by £100m each year of peak construction and using local suppliers wherever possible is a key commitment for the project. We are delighted to award the interim catering contract to Somerset Larder and are hopeful that this will be the first of many supplier collaboration success stories for the county.”

More than 5,600 people are expected to be on site at Hinkley Point C during the peak of construction, with the full catering contract including food halls, coffee bars and a central production kitchen serving both the site and worker accommodation campuses.

Somerset Larder was established earlier this year as a private limited company (limited by guarantee), with a board of directors made up of representatives from seven of the founding companies. The Somerset Chamber’s Hinkley Supply Chain Team was instrumental in bringing the group together and has been working closely with the Somerset Larder directors for the past 18 months, helping them to bid successfully for the interim contract.

Gerard Tucker from the Hinkley Supply Chain Team, says, “This is great news for Somerset Larder and for the county as a whole. Somerset Larder is the first of the supplier groups we are working with to be awarded a contract at Hinkley Point C, so it’s a significant stepping stone for us all. Given EDF Energy’s commitment to local sourcing and the hard work and effort that is being put in by all of the supplier groups, we are sure this will be the first of many contracts that we will be celebrating.”

Rupert Cox, CEO of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, adds, “The Somerset Larder team is focused on delivering a first class service to the Hinkley Point C site, as well as developing business outside and beyond the Hinkley Point C project. This organisation is the first of many that will demonstrate that local engagement is not just words, it’s real and will leave a lasting legacy for Somerset and the South West.”

Somerset firms Albert Goodman and Pardoes Solicitors are managing all of the financial and legal aspects relating to Somerset Larder, demonstrating the positive economic ‘knock-on’ effect of the proposed Hinkley Point C development for the county’s businesses.

Speaking about their involvement, Nick Hancock, Partner at Albert Goodman, comments, “Working with Alison Whittingham from Pardoes Solicitors, we have created the Somerset Larder company structure which has enabled these Somerset businesses to come together to successfully pitch for this catering contract at Hinkley Point C. This company structure enables Somerset based businesses to collectively tender for opportunities that otherwise are picked up by national operators. As such, it is equally effective for other businesses looking to collaborate and tender for other services and contracts at Hinkley Point C.”

Although originally established to compete for the catering opportunities around Hinkley Point C, Somerset Larder is already successfully delivering a number of contracts, including the supply of Somerset-produced food and drink to the new police headquarters in Bridgwater. Further details about Somerset Larder can be found on its new website, www.somersetlarder.co.uk

Somerset Chamber of Commerce is the first point of contact for local businesses wishing to engage in the construction of the proposed nuclear new build project at Hinkley Point C. Businesses can register their interest to supply goods and services to the Hinkley Point C development by registering online at www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk


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