A West Cumbrian firm is one of the first to have won a Sellafield contract under a new system within just four days.
React Engineering, based at Cleator Moor, and Cheshire's B2B used the LINC platform, developed to encourage small businesses to win work to support the site’s clean-up mission.
It is a direct route in to business opportunities at Sellafield, as part of a drive to improve engagement with the supply chain, and was launched this autumn.
Emma-Jayne Gooch, head of supply chain development and innovation (pictured) said: "The first opportunity published in the LINC scheme was a call for proposals on how Sellafield Ltd could achieve accreditation to ISO 44001, collaborative business relationship management systems.
“Through the LINC scheme we asked SMEs to get their heads together and propose how we could identify any gaps against the standard, how the standard could initially be piloted and then ultimately rolled out across the whole business.
"We received five impressive submissions on December 2, a panel assessed the proposals on December 6 and we announced the successful SMEs on December 8.
“That is a speed of turnaround never experienced before by Sellafield Ltd.”
The successful proposal was a collaboration, led by B2B and supported by React Engineering.
John Doyle, of B2B, said: “We are used to complex and time consuming tendering processes. The LINC process was very easy and simple to use to register.
"It provided a relatively low cost and simple route to market our services, whilst providing great opportunities to network with other SMEs who would not usually be in our network.
"There were many SMEs in the LINC list of companies that would have been great partners, but we did our own due diligence for matching up with a good partner and React Engineering came top.
"Not only do they have a good insight into working with Sellafield, but also have a strong experience of working collaboratively."
Ms Gooch added: "There is a perception that getting work at Sellafield isn’t easy for smaller organisations.
“The process, the paperwork and the regulations – all of which are legally required – can be overwhelming.
“Our new LINC programme is just one of the ways that we overcoming that.”
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