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60bn ‘Nuclear’ opportunity set to be unveiled to Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire manufacturers

Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire manufacturers looking to get involved in the nuclear sector for the first time will be given an insight into the £60bn opportunity later this month.

Fit For Nuclear (F4N) is hosting a special event in partnership with the D2N2 Growth Hub on September 29th to provide firms with the latest information and guidance on what they need to do to prepare themselves for supplying into this expanding market.

Held at the Nottingham Belfrey, the free workshop will outline nuclear new build and decommissioning projects set to come online in the UK now and over the next ten years.

It will also explain the importance of world class quality, outstanding health and safety and the systems manufacturers need to have in place if they want to work with the major tier 1s and contractors.

John Ransford, F4N Lead Assessor, commented: “For a long time companies have had it drummed into them that they need to deliver quicker and take cost out of the equation, especially those supplying into automotive, food and, on some occasions, aerospace.”

“Nuclear is very different. Of course they are looking for you to meet delivery dates and don’t expect to be overpriced, but there is more of a partnership approach to working with suppliers so they get the critical parts and services they require.”

He continued: “The minimum quality requirement is ISO 9000, but companies will also need to prove they are working towards securing ISO14001 (environmental) and ISO 18001 (health and safety).

“In addition, manufacturers will have to demonstrate the right culture and behaviour, that they invest in training and importantly can achieve zero accidents in the production of their parts or the delivery of their services.

“The good news is Fit For Nuclear can help you measure your capabilities against industry standards and then provide support to help you bridge the gaps.”

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) – now part of the Business Growth Service – delivers the Fit For Nuclear service in partnership with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, which lets companies measure their capabilities against industry standards and helps them bridge gaps to meet requirements.

Backed by top tier partners including Areva and EDF Energy, the initiative offers a business improvement journey that will identify strategy, implement new processes, secure necessary accreditations and provide supplier matching opportunities.

It offers participating manufacturers the chance to apply for match funding averaging £10,000 per project for business improvement and/or R&D projects to help boost their chances of winning new business in the sector.

F4N participants can also take advantage of the Nuclear AMRC’s Nuclear Connections initiative, which helps link manufacturers to specific supply opportunities from the industry’s top tiers.

This is based on a detailed understanding of the production capabilities of individual companies and matching these to current and upcoming tenders, including the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s estate.

Manny Agalamanyi, D2N2 Growth Hub Coordinator added: “We are delighted to be supporting this event, which aims to help our local manufacturers to understand and access opportunities in the manufacturing and nuclear sector. It is anticipated that an estimated 5000 SMEs will be needed to ensure the UK manufacturing industry achieves the overhaul of power stations required, and we want to ensure our companies are best placed to be part of it.

“This event is all about understanding where your products and capabilities could fit into the supply chain. For example, there are lots of contracts for fabrication work, design, precision components and electrical control systems. I would encourage all local manufacturers with an interest in nuclear to attend.”

To book your place, please visit http://www.mas.businessgrowthservice.greatbusiness.gov.uk/events/