East Devon businesses must act now to become part of the supply chain

East Devon businesses are being urged to act now and find out about the opportunities on offer when EDF Energy and its partner investors are expected to start the multi-billion construction of Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear power station for a generation.

Such a large scale project will require a diverse range of goods, services and materials ranging from construction services, mechanical and electrical equipment to catering, accommodation and transport services.

Businesses are encouraged to get informed about the opportunities and East Devon District Council’s Business Centre in Honiton is holding information sessions for businesses interested in the huge contract.  The next event is being held on Thursday April 14. 

Councillor Phillip Skinner, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy, said:

Businesses have got nothing to lose and now’s the time to find out about the contract opportunities and how to be part of this massive project.  Businesses in East Devon are well placed to provide all manner of goods and services and should tap into the assistance that’s available to help local businesses to become supply chain ready.

  • During the ten year construction phase, it is expected that the local economy will benefit from £100m per annum of contract value.
  • Over the decade, this will total more than £1bn of contract opportunities.
  • 200 businesses in the South West region have already delivered on contracts totalling £108m.
  • £225m worth of ‘Site Services’ contracts are currently at the preferred bidder stage for businesses in Somerset, Devon & the South West – all of whom are registered on the Portal.
  • The numbers of Devon business registrations are increasing weekly, but East Devon has a lot of catching up to do to match the take up in Somerset!
  • East Devon’s Economic Development service is utilising its Mint UK business database to identify and make contact with more than 1,000 local businesses from priority sectors, inviting them to the EDDC hosted Supply Chain registration sessions and encouraging them to put themselves forward for contracts

Companies who have registered on the supply chain will receive up-to-date Hinkley Point C news and be invited to relevant project events and workshops, such as Meet the Buyer.

Two companies that recently attended a Hinkley Point C Awareness clinic at the East Devon Business Centre in Honiton were full of praise for the scheme.

Martin Trevor, Managing Director of MMG Ltd said:

The project is bewilderingly large and of major significance to both the South West and UK. It is clearly evident that the project is being mapped in great detail allowing companies like mine to see its place in the overall scheme. We are looking forward greatly to becoming involved and supporting the work in our relatively small way.

Danny Roberts, Director, Sales & Customer Development added:

Being a part of the South West and getting involved with the Hinkley Supply Chain is important to us.  Meeting up with Alan and the Hinkley Supply Chain Team has helped us understand how the supply chain will operate and what it means for business here in the South West. 

Importantly for us, we have also begun to learn how to be chosen as a supplier through the online registration available.  The Team has been quick to answer our questions and made time to meet us.

Find out more about the Hinkley Supply chain, and book a place at the East Devon Business Centre event on April 14 by contacting  Tammy Down on 01404 41719.