Still time to register for top UK nuclear decommissioning event

More than 700 delegates have now registered for this year’s prestigious NDA Estate Supply Chain Event 2013, which will be held at EventCity, Manchester, on 13 November.

With two months to go, organisers are confident that the combination of prestigious presenters, seminars and exhibitions will ensure a hugely successful day.

“We are tailoring the day to meet the aspirations of businesses at all levels of the supply chain, and encourage new suppliers to get involved. We are very conscious that the supply chain is vital to our mission, and we wish to ensure it remains healthy and dynamic,” said Ron Gorham, NDA’s Head of Supply Chain Optimisation and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) Champion.

The keynote speaker will be Government Minister Baroness Verma, from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), who will open the day with a presentation to delegates and exhibitors.

The number of exhibition stands has already reached capacity, however, time is still available to register as a delegate – entry is free of charge.

The NDA and Site Licence Companies (SLCs) are joint sponsors of the event, now in its third year. Along with many of the Top Tier 2 suppliers, NDA and SLCs will have ‘Meet the Buyer’ stands where businesses will be able to discuss potential contract opportunities on a face-to-face basis.

New attractions for 2013 include:

  • An innovation zone where leading-edge nuclear companies will showcase their technologies and present case studies.
  • An international seminar with nuclear experts from other countries, who will update delegates on the overseas decommissioning market and opportunities that are available for UK companies. Representatives from Romania, Switzerland, Bulgaria, China, Taiwan, Germany, Japan and France have already confirmed their attendance.


The annual event aims to promote greater visibility of contract opportunities for businesses seeking to work in the UK’s decommissioning market and provide an informal networking forum.

A particular focus is on opportunities for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). This reflects the Government’s aspiration for public organisations to provide wider access to their markets for smaller businesses and the NDA’s three-year SME Action Plan which sets an estate-wide 20% target for the proportion of annual sub-contract spend (both direct and indirect) to SMEs by 2015.

Meanwhile, the deadline is approaching for this year’s NDA Estate Supply Chain Awards. Completed entries for the three categories (innovation, collaboration and ‘going the extra mile’) should be submitted by Friday, 20 September

Launched last year, the awards are jointly sponsored by the NDA and its SLCs to acknowledge the supply chain’s vital role in delivering progress across the estate, providing innovation in all its forms, as well as bringing benefit and efficiencies to the programmes of work.