New project gets SMEs involved in Hinkley opportunities

A new service to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) get involved in the Hinkley Point C supply chain has been launched. Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), the Heart of […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A new service to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) get involved in the Hinkley Point C supply chain has been launched.

Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), the Heart of the South West (HotSW) and West of England (WoE), are jointly funding the £1 million scheme over a three-year period.

They aim to make sure local businesses are equipped to take advantage of economic opportunities created by the controversial nuclear power station.

The LEPs will also help integrate firms from out of the region into the regional economy, allowing them to stimulate employment and collaborate with local businesses.

The scheme plans to focus more resources on encouraging businesses to register as potential suppliers and will work with EDF to match business opportunities with local companies.

The team will also support businesses at all levels of the supply chain to help them develop their capability and capacity to supply the nuclear industry.

Patricia Greer, Interim Chief Executive of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership said: “The Hinkley Supply Chain Programme will help local companies to realise the tremendous opportunity that Hinkley offers for growth.

“It will help businesses to find out how they can access the many Hinkley related opportunities, and equip them for longer term success in the nuclear sector.”

A company has already secured a £50 million contract to build accommodation for Hinkley Point C construction workers.