3 August 2015 11:00
Hinkley contracts worth £225m pledged to local supplier alliances
Five local supplier alliances, representing over a dozen Somerset and South West businesses, have been named among EDF Energy’s preferred bidders for the proposed Hinkley Point C development, with allotted contracts worth over £225million pounds.
The successful supplier groups were named as preferred bidders this morning and include companies in the site infrastructure, accommodation, transport, and food & drink industries. All were set up with assistance from the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and its Hinkley Project Delivery Team.
Neil Murphy, CEO of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, said,
“It is with a real sense of pride that we hear EDF Energy has announced a number of Somerset supplier alliances as preferred bidders. The value of the contracts is expected to be over £225million, representing a significant boost for the local economy.”
“This news follows two years of innovative and intensive activity by the suppliers, EDF Energy’s project delivery team and the Somerset Chamber of Commerce. Large infrastructure projects have not engaged with local supplier groups in this way before, and EDF Energy is following through on its stated commitment to engage with quality local suppliers. It is great to see the Somerset entrepreneurial spirit thriving in the county as quality suppliers step up to be part of the Hinkley Point C project.
“For those not already signed up on the Hinkley Supply Chain portal, it’s not too late – the opportunity is there for the taking, but time is ticking on. There remain many opportunities for businesses registered on the portal to be part of the project over the coming months and years. The Somerset Chamber of Commerce will continue to work with EDF Energy and its Industrial Partners Group to maximise the opportunities for local businesses to win contracts throughout the decade long build phase.”
Kevin McCarthy is Chairman of the HOST Somerset Ltd supplier group, announced as the preferred bidders for the Campus Accommodation Management Contract. He said,
“This is great news for HOST and clearly demonstrates EDF Energy’s commitment to supporting and developing Somerset businesses. We look forward to working very closely with the other established preferred bidders and in particular Somerset Larder who are already delivering catering services to EDF Energy. If local businesses have not already done so, I recommend that they contact the Somerset Chamber of Commerce who will provide them with excellent guidance and support in fulfilling their ambition to be involved with this extraordinary project.”
Somerset Larder has already been working on site at Hinkley Point C, having won the interim catering contract. Greg Parsons, Managing Director of Somerset Larder and one of its founding members, is quick to praise the Somerset Chamber for their support.
“Quite simply, we could not have grasped this opportunity without support, encouragement and the skills of Somerset Chamber of Commerce. Aside from the direct support, the Chamber has been central in bringing together EDF Energy with suppliers and our mutual success should be attributed to working as a ‘three legged stool’. I have no doubt that we will continue to work as one team and we are determined to play our part in keeping the lights on in Great Britain.”
Hinkley Point C is expected to boost the South West regional economy by over £100million during each year at peak construction, bringing long-term opportunities for the suppliers involved.
The Somerset Chamber of Commerce manages the Hinkley supply chain portal and is the first point of contact for local businesses wishing to engage in the construction of the proposed nuclear new build project. Already 2,000 business have signed up and any business wishing to find out more or register on the supply chain portal should visit www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk