The following websites may be of interest to our suppliers:

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is responsible for the decommissioning and clean-up of the UK’s civil public sector nuclear sites.

Britain’s Energy Coast The Britain’s Energy Coast™ Masterplan is a £2 billion package of regeneration projects that will establish West Cumbria as a centre of excellence for nuclear and other energy technologies including wind power, tidal, oil and gas. Britiains Energy Coast Business Cluster (formerly West Cumbria Business Cluster) is a private sector led group of 170+ SMEs to global businesses. Our members include world class, innovative and highly competitive companies that offer high value jobs in the region. Invest in Cumbria provides a wide range of free and confidential services to help companies looking to establish new or expand existing operations in one of Britain’s most vibrant and diverse business destinations. Government Procurement Service Government Procurement Service is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office. Our overall priority is to provide procurement savings for the UK public sector as a whole and specifically to deliver centralised procurement for central government departments. Magnox Sites Magnox, owned by EnergySolutions, is the management and operations contractor responsible for 10 nuclear sites and one hydroelectric plant in the UK.

The Nuclear Industry Association is the trade association and information body for the UK civil nuclear industry, representing over 150 companies and some 40,000 UK nuclear workers, including the operators of the nuclear power stations, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, nuclear liabilities management and all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) is the site licence company responsible for the closure programme at Britain’s former centre of fast reactor research and development. DSRL has held the site licence, waste disposal authorisation and other necessary legal permits for managing the site since April 1, 2008. Before then, the site was managed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority. DSRL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UKAEA and operates under contract to the NDA. is a UK-wide voluntary youth sector organisation providing opportunities for young people to transform their life-circumstances by re-engaging with learning, discovering their ability to succeed and achieving progression to further education, training and employment.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is Europe’s leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base.

Innovus To encourage a vibrant Cumbrian economy with a wealth of new technology products and services that will generate employment opportunities and attract inward investment, creating an environment that will support technology based economic growth of businesses across the county.

Nuclear AMRC

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) is a collaboration of academic and industrial partners from across the nuclear manufacturing supply chain. Our mission is to:

  • Enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of the UK civil nuclear manufacturing industry
  • Work with members to develop world-leading manufacturing processes and technologies
  • Help British manufacturing companies compete for nuclear contracts worldwide
  • Become the focal point for Britain’s civil nuclear manufacturing industry
  • NAMRC also operates the fit 4 Nuclear (F4N) programme which is aimed at SME’s and new suppliers to the nuclear industry. The F4N assessment is free for UK manufacturing companies. Visit Fit 4 Nuclear

Business at UCLan

The Northern Lights business support programme and incubation unit provides support to students, graduates and eligible businesses throughout the North West that are thinking about, or in the early stages of starting a business. Already have a business? UCLan can provide one to one mentoring from experienced mentors from a wide range of backgrounds. The mentors are there to help you find the right path for your business in order that it can grow with confidence.

With structured business analysis, access to technology targeted support, workshops and events, there are numerous ways in which UCLan can support you and your business.

Cumbria Growth Hub

The Growth Hub Toolkit provides organisations with the free tools to expand their business at a time and place convenient to them.

Each module will be launched by an event enabling businesses to make face to face contacts and inform the development of the Toolkit by asking the questions which affect their business ensuring the Toolkit is practical and informative. The contacts from these events will be further developed by virtual networking allowing organisations to benefit from the support and guidance of their peers.
Initially the Toolkit will cover areas identified by Cumbria businesses as key to their growth potential: Social Media; Marketing; Structuring your Business for Growth and Employment Law.
Further areas can be developed to meet demand.
Lakes College…….serving the communities of West Cumbria, Lakes College has approximately 5,500 learners and is the largest provider of post-16 education in the region. The College works in partnership with over 800 local employers and are a key player in serving and meeting the needs of Britain’s Energy Coast.

The new £7m Britain’s Energy Coast Construction Centre is a crucial investment in the future of young people in West Cumbria and provides vital skills for the nuclear industry. The Centre is on the existing site of Lakes College with state of the art teaching spaces and workshops for up to 600 students in the construction and engineering industry . The College is experienced and technically competent to deliver programmes from entry level 1 to degree level for 14-16 yrs to adult learners. The College offers over 50 different types of apprenticeships as well as further and higher education programmes and this year is launching STEM A-levels including Construction and Engineering. The experience, breadth and mix of provision allow integration between academic and technical delivery in areas such as engineering, construction, renewables, and specific nuclear programmes such as science and fundamentals. Currently, the College has 1300 students enrolled on engineering, construction and business programmes.

Cyber Security for Business

You may have already heard about Cyber Essentials, the UK Governments new standard for Cyber Security for Business. The Government has appointed three accreditation bodies for the UK, QG Management Standards being one of them and our role is to set up and manage the certification process.

The Cyber Essentials scheme has been developed by Government and industry to fulfil two functions. It provides a clear statement of the basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats, within the context of the Government’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security. And through the Assurance Framework it offers a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions.

Cyber Essentials offers a sound foundation of basic hygiene measures that all types of organisations can implement and potentially build upon. Government believes that implementing these measures can significantly reduce an organisation’s vulnerability. However, it does not offer a silver bullet to remove all cyber security risk; for example, it is not designed to address more advanced, targeted attacks and hence organisations facing these threats will need to implement additional measures as part of their security strategy. What Cyber Essentials does do is define a focused set of controls which will provide cost-effective, basic cyber security for organisations of all sizes.

From October 1st 2014 Government will require all suppliers bidding for certain contracts which are assessed as higher risk to be Cyber Essentials certified. This is likely to include ICT and personal and sensitive information handling contracts Any business can be certified to the Cyber Essentials Standard by an accredited CE Certification Body subject to them having all the required controls in place. Businesses must be able to evidence that they have the controls in place to cover the following areas; 1. Boundary firewalls and internet gateways – these are devices designed to prevent unauthorised access to or from private networks, but good setup of these devices either in hardware or software form is important for them to be fully effective. 2. Secure configuration – ensuring that systems are configured in the most secure way for the needs of the organisation 3. Access control – Ensuring only those who should have access to systems to have access and at the appropriate level. 4. Malware protection – ensuring that virus and malware protection is installed and is it up to date 5. Patch management – ensuring the latest supported version of applications is used and all the necessary patches supplied by the vendor been applied.

West Cumbria Site Stakeholder Group

The WCSSG was originally formed to replace the Sellafield Local Liaison Committee (SLLC). The change reflected the fact that there were several nuclear licensed sites in the area and was intended to emphasise the importance of engagement with the community, encouraging input in discussions and consultations from all stakeholders. The organisation and ownership of sites has since changed and the WCSSG has changed to correspond, with re-organisation of its sub-committees, but the aim remains the same. The WCSSG is an independent body whose role is to provide public scrutiny of the nuclear industry in West Cumbria. The group – which includes representatives from local government, regulators, unions and community groups – meets quarterly. Its six working groups scrutinise detailed aspects of the Sellafield and Low Level Waste Repository sites as identified in the sites performance plans, including operational issues, environment health, emergency planning and socio-economic impacts. The public is invited to attend all meetings, and meetings are held in locations that are freely accessible to members of the public and press.

Lakes College 
The college is a key player in serving and meeting the needs of Britain’s Energy Coast, which is reflected in our Science, Technology,Engineering and Maths (STEM) Apprenticeship offer
Shared Services Alliance (SSA) for the nuclear decommissioning estate
Sellafield Ltd also participates in collaborate procurements with other entities from the  Nuclear Decommissioning Authority estate through a Shared Service Alliance.
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The Northern Powerhouse

The Northern Powerhouse is the beating heart of the UK’s leading civil nuclear industry.It was where the industry began with the world’s first civil nuclear plant, and today is home to the global leading centre for:

  • decommissioning at Sellafield
  • the headquarters of the industry regulator – the Office of Nuclear Regulation
  • main area of operation for all of the UK’s major nuclear companies