Mar 182012
 
Project Nuclear Decommissioning Supply Chain Support
Partner TWI Ltd
Lifetime 2006 – 2010
Funding NWDA / ERDF £1.3m
The advent of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and consequent restructuring of the supply chains with the introduction of more open competition created a new business environment in nuclear decommissioning; to be successful companies need to innovate and enhance their business development skills. The project supported the nuclear decommissioning sector in the Northwest during a major restructuring starting with the formation of the NDA in 2005.  There were three themes to the project:  specialist business support (especially to Tier 3 SMEs), diversification (new international nuclear markets and outside the nuclear sector), and technology and knowledge transfer (spin out and spin in of technologies to the nuclear decommissioning sector).Outputs were exceeded by applicant particularly around new sales and safeguarded sales.  This project was targeted at Tier 2s and 3s in the nuclear sector and this was achieved.  There was particular focus onWest Cumbriagiven the concentration of activity around Sellafield. Two guides to nuclear market entry and tendering were produced that received excellent feedback from SMEs.  The establishment of the Northwest supply chain web portal that notified companies of tenders and partnering opportunities was also a major acheivement. 
Outputs 360 jobs created / safeguarded and additional sales secured of almost £10m.
Lessons learned Network: The nuclear industry is relational and trust based, not transactional.  TWI built a good reputation as a credible means of both assisting SMEs (with business development) and Tier 1/2 companies (in expanding their supply chain).Embed safety culture throughout the business.

New entrants:  The effort required to enter the nuclear industry should not be underestimated.  Experience in other sectors with similar quality and safety cultures (e.g. oil and gas) will make the transition and ISO 9001 is prerequisite.

Future outlook No further project activity post 2010.
Links TWI Ltd