Business Support

As the voice of business in the county, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is keen to ensure that local and regional businesses are as well-prepared as possible to benefit from contracts within the nuclear industry – and not just for Sizewell C.

To achieve this, companies will have to ensure that they work to high standards and attain the relevant professional standards.

EDF Energy has stressed the importance of the ‘3Cs’ in this process. Your business must be;

In particular, your company needs to achieve

  • ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System)
    ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System)
    ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health) and
    ISO 19443:2018 (Specific requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2015 by organizations in the supply chain of the nuclear energy sector supplying products and services important to nuclear safety (ITNS))

By undertaking these certifications, getting them and then being able to demonstrate that your business is adhering to them, your business is going to benefit and improve your chances of winning businesses.

Please email the Suffolk Chamber Supply Chain team for further information on the options available.

Below are links to business support and information for potential suppliers.  

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Fit For Nuclear (F4N) is a unique service to help UK manufacturing companies get ready to bid for work in the civil nuclear supply chain. It is delivered by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC).

F4N lets companies measure their operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry – in new build, operations and decommissioning – and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.

F4N has been developed by the Nuclear AMRC with the support of its top tier partners, including nuclear new build developers and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. These industry leaders are using F4N to identify potential companies for their own supply chains. 

If you have any questions about the F4N programme or would like an informal discussion about whether it is right for your business, contact: 

Kevin Shepherd – kevin.shepherd@namrc.co.uk 

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We don’t just help with grants and funding, there are many other ways we can help you grow your business.

Our advisers work on the basis of Information, Diagnostic and Brokerage in an initial meeting that takes around an hour.

Information – We will ask you for information on all aspects of your business. This can include anything from staff numbers to financials and future plans. Giving us as much information as possible helps us to help you

Diagnostic – One of our business advisers will carry out a diagnostic on your business and provide you with an action plan for growth. You don’t even need to leave your premises as we will come to you

Brokerage – We’re not always the experts, but we know who the experts are. The New Anglia Growth Hub provides a bespoke signposting and referral service, putting you in contact with specialists in your field, such as Innovate UK, Intellectual Property Office and Enterprise Europe Network

Call 0300 333 6536 .

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Links to other useful Nuclear related information

Nuclear Industry Association

National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing

Nuclear AMRC 

Manufacturing Advisory Service