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9 March 2013 | Adam Leach
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) wants to increase its sub-contracting spend with SMEs to at least £300 million by 2015, according to its procurement action plan.
If successful the move will see the public agency, which is responsible for managing decommissioning and cleaning up the UK’s nuclear facilities, almost double the amount it spends with small and medium-sized businesses. This spend is currently around £119 million.
Through the plan, which has been approved by the Cabinet Office, it will simplify the sub-contract flow down requirements, which will steer prime contractors towards SMEs, form a national SME steering group, and post deals on the government’s Contracts Finder website.
John Clark, chief executive at the NDA, said in a statement: “Our spend is a significant proportion of the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s budget and it will be a challenge for us, together with our site level contractors (SLCs) and tier two companies, to raise the SME proportion from the current 11 per cent figure to hit or exceed the 20 per cent target. We are fully committed to ensuring that the £1.6 billion spent annually by us and our estate delivers as much value as possible to the UK economy, and through SMEs, to deliver benefits to local economies.”
Other measures within the procurement plan include hosting an annual supply chain event organised by the NDA and the SLCs and making efforts to support SME contractors to pursue overseas opportunities. Around half of the NDA’s £3 billion annual budget is spent through its supply chain.