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Get into nuclear for start-ups & SMEs

  • Venue: South West Nuclear Hub – 73 St Michael’s Hill BS2 8BH
  • 5 - 6 pm: networking, drinks and nibbles
  • 6 – 7 pm – presentation of opportunities for start-ups and SMEs


The UK nuclear market is in expansion, with EDF Energy building Hinkley Point C and Sizewell. £50bn worth of contracts are to be allocated in the South West. If you are thinking about penetrating this market, this event will be for you.

Whether you are a start-up or an SME, the South West Nuclear Hub can help you.

No need to have previous nuclear experience; your high-tech capabilities can be transferred to the nuclear industry, with the help of the Hub.


Register for free via the Eventbrite page here




This event is being run by the South West Nuclear Hub at the University of Bristol, supported by Engine Shed and the SETsquared partnership.


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Nuclear South West – Industry Networking Evening with EDF Energy

2019 is shaping up to be another incredible year for our industry and the Nuclear South West team is working hard to make sure our cluster is informed, connected and showcased.

The Nuclear South West Industry Networking Evening will take place on 28th January 2019, hosted by EDF Energy at their Bridgewater House office in Bristol.

Not only is this event a fantastic opportunity to connect with key companies in the supply chain, you can also expect updates from senior HPC representatives and the NSW strategy team.

All the significant regional nuclear owners/operators/developers will be present making it the best way to find out the latest news and views from inside the industry.

Drinks and canapes will be served throughout the evening.

Important: Due to safety reasons, only people that have received a confirmation email will be allowed entry on the night.


For full details and how to register click below.


Please Note: The Industry Network Evenings are always oversubscribed and we strongly advise that you register now to avoid disappointment.

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Hinkley Point C Supplier Induction Programme

  • Date: 8th January 2019
  • Time: All day
  • Venue: Somerset Energy Innovation Centre, Bridgwater TA6 4FJ
  • Cost: Contact us - funding available for eligible businesses

Are you an ambitious company looking to supply the Hinkley Point C project?

Led by experienced nuclear industry experts, this comprehensive modular programme is supported by EDF and focuses on helping you to increase your knowledge and credibility in the nuclear sector. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify and address key risk factors in the manufacture and supply of products and services to the nuclear market
  • Understand project culture and integrate best practice throughout your business
  • Develop the processes, skills, and behaviours required of your business by the nuclear sector
  • Incorporate the HPC values into your business before you have any conversations with the customer
  • Implement tools and techniques to map your existing products and services to the nuclear market

The modules cover:

  • Nuclear Safety Culture
  • Human Performance Factors
  • Materials, Equipment & Configuration Control
  • Systematic Approach to Training & SQEP
  • Operational Experience & Continuous Improvement
  • Procurement & Contracting

Each module incorporates a mini-project to support the implementation of the new skills, processes, and behaviours in your business.

Who should attend?

The programme is aimed at senior business leaders who can commit to all modules. Nominate a second delegate to support the specialised modules and deliver change in your business to experience a greater return on your investment.


The programme cost covers the attendance of a senior company leader PLUS a nominated second delegate per module.

Funding towards the cost of the programme is available for eligible businesses.

Contact Maria Ison for more details (email  or tel. 0117 403 4661).


Book via swmas.co.uk/events/hinkley-point-c-supplier-induction-programme

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Women into Construction & Engineering, part of HPC Inspire prog.

South West nuclear skills expanding to meet demand

World class facilities are rewriting the training manual for graduates and apprentices entering the nuclear industry in the South West of England as the sector experiences unprecedented growth. Statistics from the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group say approximately 13,000 skilled people are required in the region to meet the nuclear sector’s skills demand between 2016 and […]

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Nuclear South West Risk Factors Workshop

Interested in potential supply opportunities within the Hinkley Point C project?

Calling all SME companies based in the South West and South Wales looking to enter the Nuclear Sector.

This fully funded* workshop will help you incorporate the following factors into your strategy to minimise your risk and assist in maximising profits:

  • Benchmarking your current costing and pricing policy
  • Recognising nuclear risk factors
  • Managing the pricing process to be competitive int eh nuclear sector

Learn how to evaluate your current business practices when pricing for nuclear-driven requirements.

To book or find our more information email: maria.ison@swmas.co.uk

*Fully funded for SME (small and medium enterprise) companies based in Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and Wales. If you are an LE (large enterprise) or a South West supplier based outside these funded regions, there will be a charge of £125 to attend this workshop. Please contact us for more information.

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Nuclear South West Project Management Workshop

Interested in supplying Hinkley Point C, but unsure how to manage this project alongside existing commitments?

This fully funded* workshop, delivered by Exelin (part of the Professional Services Group for HPC) is aimed at senior business leaders and will:

  • Outline the key principles of project management

  • identify the stages of planning and implementing a successful project
  • Define the roles and responsibilities within a project team
  • Highlight the project management gaps within your business

To book email: maria.ison@swmas.co.uk

*Fully funded for SME (small and medium enterprise) companies based in Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and Wales. If you are an LE (large enterprise) or a South West supplier based outside of these funded regions, there will be a charge of £125 to attend this workshop. Please contact us for more details.

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Introduction to Hinkley Point C – for Gloucestershire businesses

  • Date — 25th October 2018
  • Time — 09:00 - 12:30
  • Venue — EDF Energy, Barnwood, GL4 3RS
  • Cost — Free

This 'Introduction to Hinkley' event is essential for those Gloucestershire companies keen to find out more about potential Hinkley Point C opportunities.

Find out from EDF what opportunities await your business, and what they need from those companies who supply the largest construction site in Europe. Supported by GFirst LEP and Gloucestershire County Council and taking place at EDF's offices, this event also aims to identify Gloucestershire businesses who want to sell products and services into the Hinkley Point C build. The level of interest expressed, and from what businesses, could help shape funded and other business support offered to local SME's in the county.

The event is delivered by the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme, led by SWMAS in collaboration with Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Business West. The Hinkley Supply Chain Programme aims to provide business development support and help in finding opportunities within the HPC project for South West companies.

The Hinkley Supply Chain Programme is funded by the Heart of the South West LEP, West of England LEP and the Welsh Government to provide business assistance to South West companies with the aim of helping them find opportunities within the HPC project.

Event details

You'll hear from EDF Energy on upcoming Hinkley Point C project requirements, which include the following construction, civil, mechanical and electrical capabilities:

Construction - Civil Works, Building Trades, Material & Component Supplies, and Construction Services (including Fuel, Plant, and Waste Management)

Mechnical - Steel Fabrication, Machine Shop, Precision Components, Non Destructive Testing, and HVAC

Electrical - Electrical LV and HV Installation, Electrical Components, Control and Instrumentation

Benefit, too, from insight shared by our Somerset Chamber of Commerce partners and learn from Gloucestershire's Arc Energy Resources who have recently benefited from the Hinkley Supply Chain team's support.

What are the opportunities?

  • South West companies have already won contracts worth more than £1.3 billion
  • 90+ Tier 1 contractors are planning to deliver contracts each worth £100's million
  • Multiple Tier 2 and 3 supply chain requirements for companies based in the South West

How to book your place

For more details about the speakers and to book your place, click the button below.


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John Hutton conference speech

Lord Hutton: South West can spark huge growth in nuclear activity across the UK

The success of the South West’s nuclear industry can play a pivotal role in sustaining the government’s growth ambitions, according to Lord Hutton, chair of the  Nuclear Industry Association. Former Business Secretary John Hutton outlined opportunities and challenges facing the sector at Nuclear South West’s annual conference in Bristol this week. He told delegates that […]

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Nuclear South West and South West Nuclear Hub Annual Conference 2018

Hinkley Point C is well underway, yet there continue to be huge opportunities for businesses as part of the project and across the nuclear industry.

2018 sponsors, Nuclear South West and South West Nuclear Hub have come together again to offer our annual conference, a great chance to hear the latest news, network with potential partners and find out more about openings for your business.

With international links and a theme of collaboration, it is an opportunity not to be missed by any organisation interested in the nuclear industry in the South West of England and beyond.

Conference Agenda

Download the full agenda here

The day will start with a pre-conference nuclear matchmaking event - a chance to meet potential partners and see how your business can benefit in this sector.

Supported by Enterprise Europe Network, this FREE breakfast session is the perfect way to grow your business by connecting with other businesses. Be sure to register!

To kick the conference off, the Chair of the Nuclear Industry Association, Matt Burley, will set the scene in terms of the UK nuclear industry, including how the nuclear sector deal is positively impacting the growth of the industry.

Our keynote speaker Lord Hutton of the Nuclear Industry Council and Association will give a more detailed overview of the state of affairs nationally. Lord Hutton has held a number of ministerial positions over his 18 year career and is well placed to deliver an interesting and unique overview of this sector.

Throughout the event we’ve a wealth of experienced speakers sharing insight into various aspects of the sector. One question that affects us all - how will Brexit effect the Nuclear Industry? Ian Truman, part of the Nuclear Association Brexit Working Group, will share his specialised knowledge on this topic.

David Eccles of EDF energy will talk about the Hinkley Point C’s project. As the man in the middle of it all, David’s experience with the various stakeholders of the project should provide scintillating information on the different aspects of the project. A military man of over thirty years, you can guarantee he will deliver a succinct overview!

To continue discussing Hinkley Point C, Nick Golding will take the stand to talk about the supply chain programme. Nick has a background in various blue chip companies in the aerospace and marine industries giving him a wealth of knowledge on improving individual and company supply chains. We’re sure this will leave you with plenty to chat about over coffee in the short refreshment break or during the lunch provided.

We’re still confirming the full list of speakers so watch this space for more information as the event draws nearer, hopefully we’ve already caught your interest!

If you want to fully immerse yourself among companies and individuals in the Nuclear world or find yourself at a loose end the evening prior, there is an arranged dinner that you can attend for a small fee.


(All prices inclusive of VAT)

Exhibition space - £120

Pre-conference dinner (18th September)  - £54

Conference ticket - £180

Matchmaking session - FREE

Register via the Eventbrite page:
Eventbrite Registration

Practical Information

Nuclear South West industry network members receive a discounted conference ticket, an opportunity to include promotional material in the delegate packs, plus a discount on sponsorship packages. If you have forgotten your discount code, which you will need for booking your tickets, please get in touch.

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