This programme of funded business support is for eligible SME companies who want to maximise their chances of joining the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Supply Chain.
With contracts to be awarded throughout the 10-year construction phase, and during the 60+ years of operation and de-commissioning, we anticipate a significant pipeline of opportunity.
The Hinkley Supply Chain Programme is currently funded to run until March 2020. Businesses are encouraged to engage early, even if your opportunities are not immediate, as it can take a significant amount of time and resource to become ready to tender for HPC work.
What support does the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme offer?
To help businesses get ready to tender for Hinkley Point C contracts, we deliver a range of support (outlined below) enabling businesses to develop their capabilities and meet the stringent requirements demanded when working in the nuclear sector.
Currently focusing on the build phase, we’re liaising with Tier 1 HPC contractors to identify the work packages and split them into opportunities of the appropriate size and scale for SME businesses. We then link those opportunities to relevant businesses based in the South West and South Wales region.
So far, the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme team has:
- Engaged with over 40 tier 1 HPC contractors
- Identified opportunities from over 190 work packages
- Matched over 1500 regional companies to these opportunities
- Offered HPC-focused business support to over 300 regional companies
- Encouraged 12 companies to invest and grow in the region
How can you access the support?
1. Check you’re eligible
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.
2. Book a Business Diagnostic
This assessment of your business by one of our nuclear specialists will provide:
- a detailed summary of possible routes to the nuclear market for your business
- an illustration of your current capabilities mapped against those you will need to have in order to meet the project and contract requirements
- a recommended programme of support, tailored to your business, to help you get ready to compete for the opportunities when the Tier 1 contractors require the goods and services you can offer.
3. Attend Hinkley Supply Chain Programme events
Designed to share with you the project expectations and standards placed upon businesses supplying the HPC build, these half day workshops are a chance to:
- understand how your business fits within the project
- find out what you can be doing now to get ready for the opportunities a project of this size and scale brings to the region
- network with your peers and other potential HPC suppliers
If you’ve had a Business Diagnostic, your nuclear specialist will recommend you attend particular events where they could benefit your company. However, you are free to check out the full programme and register for any other events of interest.
4. Register on the Hinkley Supply Chain Portal
You must register your business on the Hinkley Supply Chain Portal. Your registration tells us that you are interested in becoming a HPC Supplier, and the information you provide can be directly accessed by HPC Tier 1 contractors. We also use your Portal data to match your business to potential Hinkley Point C contracts.
In addition we run Meet the Buyer events where Tier 1 contractors are looking for local and regional suppliers able to support their contract needs. We will only invite you if the capabilities you have registered on the Portal match their targeted requirements.
We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to list ALL your capabilities, and that you include as much information as possible to make sure you appear in all applicable searches.
Make sure you update your profile regularly and check your contact information is current - if we cannot get hold of you, neither can any contractor.
5. Look out for Hinkley Supply Chain Programme updates and invitations
Once you've registered on the Portal or attended an event we will be in touch with you about:
- potential contract opportunities
- further events and workshops
- funding and other support available to you
News can arrive from us by email, phone, text or post - if you're registered on the Portal and aren't receiving anything from us, review your Portal contact details and update as necessary.
Make the most of opportunities to network with other potential suppliers and get in front of your potential customers. A good place to start is our events. Also check out those hosted by the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre, the Business Hub for the Nuclear and Renewables Sectors, including firms at all levels of the Hinkley Point C supply chain from EDF to local SMEs.
Who runs the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme?
The Hinkley Supply Chain Programme is delivered by SWMAS in partnership with Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Business West - click here to meet the team.
Who funds the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme?
In March 2017 with the new Hinkley Point C nuclear build on the doorstep, the Heart of the South West LEP and the West of England LEP allocated substantial funds to deliver the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme over a three-year period. Recently, the Welsh Government also invested in the programme making it accessible to companies in South Wales.
Read about the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme's achievements to date in our Annual Report: HSCP Annual Report 2018 - Released by EDF.pdf
The small print
Terms & Conditions apply: Hinkley Supply Chain Programme user agreement 160518.pdf
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