Matom Chairs the First Meeting of the First NDA Estate SME Steering Group for Wales

In response to the UK Government’s challenge that public organisations provide wider access to their markets for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) announced in October 2011 various initiatives to shape proposals for increasing access by SMEs to the £1.6 billion spent annually with the supply chain across the NDA Estate.

As part of a package of measures, in September 2012 at the NIA Decommissioning Working Group in Anglesey, the NDA announced the creation of a National SME Steering Group, supported by five Regional SME Steering Groups, to provide additional focus and support to supply chain improvement measures. At the same event, attended by over 150 nuclear sector representatives, the Welsh Government confirmed its support for the initiative by offering Wales to convene the first Regional SME Steering Group.

Further Regional SME Steering Groups are being set up in Cumbria, Scotland, the North and Central/Southern England. The Regional Groups Chairs will sit on a National SME Steering Group.

This additional focus on SMEs is directly linked to the NDAs target of raising SME input into the NDA Estate supply chain, with the purpose of the National and Regional SME Steering Groups being to improve access and opportunities for SMEs within the NDA Estate.

The meeting of the first of the NDA Regional Steering Groups was hosted by the Welsh Government at its offices in Llandudno Junction on 4th March. Meetings will be held quarterly at locations across Wales.

The meeting was chaired by Matt Tuck (Matom Ltd), with support from Vice Chair Gareth Davies (Burges Salmon) and members from the NDA, Magnox Ltd (the NDA Site Licence Company – SLC- for Trawsfynedd and Wylfa), Tier 2 suppliers to the NDA Estate and SMEs from the Wales region – SMEs form the majority of the Steering Group members.

In delivering its purpose, the Steering Group will focus on various activities and provide a forum for strategic engagement between the NDA, the SLCs, Tier 2 suppliers, and SMEs within the NDA Estate supply chain.

Steering  Group members comprise: Chair, Matt Tuck (Matom); Vice Chair Gareth Davies (Burges Salmon); Peter Walkden (Magnox Ltd); Ian Mowatt  (Anglesey Energy Island); Chris Scott (Costain); Peter McNaughton (Doosan Babcock); Richard Heaton (Read Construction); Andrew Samuel (Mon Maintenance Services); Andy Slaney (Provelio); and Simon Gledhill (LM Engineering).  Ron Gorham and Sam Dancy  attended on behalf of NDA along with Mike Barcroft of the Welsh Government as an observer.