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BuSiNESS OppOrTuNiTy20BrOadlaNd BuSiNESS FOCuSEDF Energy owns and operates eight of theUK's ten nuclear power stations, includingSizewell B in Suffolk. And next year the company will be bringingforward initial proposals for a new nuclearpower plant in Suffolk - Sizewell C.On-going localinvolvementNuclear power has provided continuous jobopportunities for local people in East Angliasince work began on the construction ofSizewell A power station in 1960.Sizewell A became operational in 1966 andwas decommissioned at the end of 2006,after 40 years of successful safe powergeneration. EDF Energy's Sizewell B power station is themost recent nuclear power station to bebuilt in the UK. During its construction period, between1988 and 1995, over 3,000 UK companieswere involved in the work - including 690companies from East Anglia. During the peak construction phase, over5,000 people were employed on the site. Alarge proportion of these workers came fromthe local area.What you can do -Supply ChainOpportunitiesAs part of its procurement strategy forSizewell C, EDF Energy has partnered withthe Suffolk and Norfolk Chambers ofCommerce to identify and support localbusinesses that want to become part of thesupply chain. The Suffolk and Norfolk Chambers ofCommerce are the first point of contact forbusiness and agencies wishing to engage inthe construction of this proposed nuclearnew build project. Their websites forms the central resourcefor all Suffolk and Norfolk businesses whowish to make the most of the opportunitiesarising out of the development. On this site, your company will be able toregister your interest in supplying theproject by completing a short online form.Your capabilities will then be made availableto EDF Energy and interested Tier 1contractors.The Suffolk and Norfolk Chamber ofCommerce websites will also allow you to:. Update your company details as yourcompany develops its capabilities andstandards. . Keep abreast of the latest developments. . Access a library of reference material andtraining documents. . Be kept informed about upcomingsupply chain events. So check out the Suffolk and NorfolkChamber of Commerce's website for thelatest information you can check out EDF's website for theSizewell C supply chain C

BuSiNESS OppOrTuNiTyHelping the Norfolk business community toidentify solid, practical opportunities to growand develop is the thinking behind a brandnew event being organised by the NorfolkChamber of Commerce.Called 'Opportunities 2012', the event on 15March at Norwich City Football Club is aimingto bring the region's buyers and supplierstogether under one roof, and it is effectivelyfour events in one. It comprises Open4business,a meet the buyer event delivered in conjunctionwith Norfolk County Council, plus buyer andsupplier exhibitions and topical workshops. Theevent is free to attend.Caroline Williams, CEO of Norfolk Chamber,said: "We have created 'Opportunities 2012'to motivate the wider Norfolk businesscommunity during these challenging timesand help them understand the opportunitiesthat exist for them, both in new developmentprojects and as part of the local supply chain.It also brings together, through the suppliersshowcase, solutions businesses are lookingfor to help them grow. The strength of thisevent is giving buyers and suppliers thechance to meet face to face in one location. "This event replaces our Spring B2B show,but we will continue to hold our AutumnB2B in October each year, which bringstogether an even wider range of suppliersand new exciting innovations."The Open4business element of the eventwill enable suppliers to have one-to-onemeetings with some of the 35 key regionalbuyers who are attending. These include ahost of public and private sectorcompanies, including Blue Sky Leisure,Norfolk Constabulary and Fire Service, RAFLakenheath, plus a host of localauthorities, who are all looking to purchasea range of products and services from localsuppliers. 'Opportunities 2012' will be held on 15March at Norwich City Football Club, from10am to 5pm. For more information or toexhibit, go, or call01603 625977. Also, check out the websitefor the Chamber's Unlocking Growth Videoseries of top local business giving theirfeedback on how they see 2012. Business opportunities in 2012 arekey at new Chamber eventBrOadlaNd BuSiNESS FOCuS21