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Sellafield supply chain portal for SMEs extended

Published on: Tuesday 20th March 2018

Supply chain companies will now be able to pitch for business opportunities across the entire Sellafield site using a web portal designed to simplify the process of winning work.

The LINC platform was launched in October last year to give small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) a direct route to work awarded by Sellafield Ltd by allowing them the pitch their ideas on how to solve current and future challenges at the site.

Now the platform has been extended to include all opportunities emanating from the site, bringing in to play those from the big tier companies involved in the site’s complex decommissioning challenge.

Sellafield Ltd’s supply chain director, Martin Chown, said that including opportunities from the big tier companies reflected the fact that much of the work taking place at the site came from them.

He announced the extension of LINC at the second Sellafield Directors’ Forum, which saw around 200 business people gather at Energus on Monday.

Mr Chown said: “This is a big step and one that will help SMEs. Opening LINC up to the other tiers, where most of the work rests, gives SMEs even more opportunity to access work, not just for Sellafield.”

LINC allows businesses to submit proposals on their own or in collaboration with other registered SMEs.

In December, Cleator Moor-based React Engineering partnered with Cheshire's B2B secured the first LINC scheme with a proposal on how Sellafield Ltd could achieve ISO 44001 accreditation, which relates to collaborative business relationship management systems.

Mr Chown said a new technical challenge would be posted on LINC in the next few weeks and encouraged SMEs to join the 200 already registered.

He stressed that good progress was being made with Sellafield Ltd’s new supply chain strategy, which aims to save £1bn by 2020 and accelerate risk and hazard reduction by 25 per cent through a more collaborative approach to the site’s huge clean-up agenda.

He told delegates that changes to the bidding and contract process at Sellafield Ltd were designed to “reduce the burden” on the supply chain and that a mantra of “profit for performance” underpinned its new collaborative approach.

Mr Chown added: “It is good for us, good for the economy, and good for business to take back to their boards and owners. It is only right you enjoy good profits for the delivery of great work.”

Sellafield Directors’ Forum also saw the unveiling of a new approach to adding value, reducing waste and driving efficiency through ‘Value Streams’. The streams, based around waste retrieval, remediation, spent fuel management and special nuclear material are designed to ensure the “public pound is being spent widely”, explained waste retrievals director John Oliver.

Businesses from around the UK gathered to learn more about the approach, Sellafield Ltd’s procurement plan and improvements to contracts awarded through the Shared Services Alliance.