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New Sellafield scheme puts small firms centre stage

Sellafield Ltd Supply Chain Director Martin Chown

[S]mall businesses can get a direct route into opportunities at Sellafield via a new scheme.

LINC with Sellafield Ltd encourages small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to work together to provide innovative solutions to the site’s decommissioning programme.

Companies can view current and future challenges on the site and submit ideas for how they could solve them.

They can submit proposals on their own or in collaboration with other registered SMEs. A list of registered organisation will be published on 31 October 2017.

Those registered will be notified when new work packages are published.

The scheme – which was pioneered at the Dounreay decommissioning site – was launched by Martin Chown, Sellafield Ltd’s Supply Chain Director, at the company’s first ever Directors’ Forum supplier event.

He said: “We’re really excited about LINC with Sellafield Ltd and its tremendous potential.

“SMEs will get a direct route into work at Sellafield. In return, we will benefit from the innovation, flexibility and fresh thinking that smaller firms can bring to complex problems.

“What sets this apart is the ability for SMEs to collaborate.

“We hope companies will seize the opportunity to work together to unlock solutions to Sellafield’s decommissioning which will help drive forward our mission and propel their businesses to greater success.”

The event, held at Energus in west Cumbria, was attended by more than 350 people.

Mr Chown added: “It was designed to give suppliers an opportunity to speak directly to Sellafield Ltd project teams and help us understand how we can become a better customer.

“There was a fantastic buzz of excitement and feedback suggests suppliers felt it was completely different from any other Sellafield Ltd events.

“I’m delighted so many businesses took the time to attend the event and to embrace the opportunities presented.”

For more information on LINC with Sellafield, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-do-business-with-sellafield-ltd for more details.

To register, complete the LINC with Sellafield Ltd registration form and email it to [email protected]

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