Guidance

Apply for NDA estate supply chain awards 2016

Registration now open for #DecommSupply Event on 3 November 2016. You can also find out more about details on categories and how to submit an entry for the UK nuclear decommissioning supply chain awards in 2016.

Register to attend the Supply Chain Event: 3 November 2016

Apply for Supply Chain Awards

The deadline for entries is 9 September 2016.

Awards will be presented at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event on 3 November 2016 at Event City, Manchester.

Who can enter

The awards are open to organisations working in the UK’s nuclear decommissioning supply chain.

Entries should be submitted by a member of the supplier’s organisation. Their contact details should appear on the entry form. Projects or initiatives need not have started and finished in 2015 to 2016. However, judges will expect entries to be contemporary and to demonstrate business benefits already achieved.

How to enter

  1. Choose your category or categories

  2. Write your submission(s) and gather up to 4 pages of supporting material

  3. Gain endorsement for your submission from your Site Licence Company (SLC) or NDA client

  4. Enclose a high-resolution version of your company logo and a team photo (or other appropriate image that reflects your entry)

  5. Send your submission to supplychain@nda.gov.uk. Make sure you leave enough time to complete the process by the deadline of 9 September 2016.

Categories

5 categories are available:

Best supply chain collaboration

Collaboration can be taken in its widest form. This category is open to suppliers who have worked collaboratively within the supply chain. Examples could be:

  • suppliers who have brought together everyone involved in the delivery of a project or contract
  • working towards a common goal and finding collaborative solutions to problems
  • those who have successfully integrated SMEs into the supply chain

Application form for NDA supply chain awards: best supply chain collaboration

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Best application of technology or innovation implementation with tangible savings or benefits to a Site Licence Company – joint between solution provider and end user

This award is open to all suppliers, whatever their size. The solution provider can be Tier 2, Tier 3/4 or an SME ie from across the supply chain working collaboratively with the SLCs to achieve benefits from innovation. The application form should be submitted by the supply chain organisation, but it must be a joint application with the SLC, and NDA will be working with the SLCs to encourage their participation. The award is to recognise both the innovation and collaboration required to take innovation through to successful implementation at an SLC. This could be:

  • new technology
  • an adaptation of existing technology from other industries which provide cost effective solutions to meeting the nuclear decommissioning mission
  • other projects across the NDA estate

Application form for NDA supply chain awards: best application of technology innovation implementation

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Best application of an innovative solution(s) with tangible savings or benefits by an SME

We have found the SME community working within the NDA Estate to be particularly innovative. Innovations provide savings and benefits to the NDA Estate, whether consultancy or technical, news systems of working, new products or processes adapting existing or using something in a different way. Innovation can be applied from any level of the supply chain, whether its an SME with a direct contract with an SLC, or providing innovation at lower levels of the supply chain.

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NDA Estate Export Award

This award is for companies who have successfully exported products and services overseas from concepts, products and services originally conceived or implemented within the NDA’s estate.

Application form NDA supply chain awards: best export of applications used across the NDA estate

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Best enhancement of capability and capacity

Building capability and capacity within the supply chain is important to support projects and programmes now and in the future. This award is aimed at suppliers who have undertaken one or more of the following when delivering NDA Estate contracts:

  • developed employee’ skills and capabilities
  • supported supply chain partners to develop
  • created opportunities to bring people into the workplace
  • developed skills and enabled an environment where differences are valued

See our blog post: New award to recognise skills initiatives in the nuclear decommissioning supply chain

Application form for NDA supply chain awards: best enhancement of capability and capacity

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Your submission

Your submission should be 1,200 words maximum, plus a summary of up to 100 words. You may also submit up to 4 further single-sided sheets of supporting material (such as photos, press cuttings, customer testimonials, etc.).

Template for the written submission

Your written entry is the basis for selecting the winning entries. The key criteria will be the scale, importance and clarity of the benefit(s) to the NDA Estate. Your submission should show how it meets all criteria in the chosen category. The following information must be included as an introduction to your submission:

  • award category name
  • project or contract title
  • supplier name(s)
  • contact details (address, telephone, email)
  • contact details of SLC or NDA client eg Project Manager (name, telephone, email, site)
  • short summary (no more than 100 words)

Your submission should also include information and responses to the following questions, depending on category, as detailed below:

Best supply chain collaboration

  • what were the aims and objectives of project or contract or initiative
  • who were the parties (companies or organisations) in the collaboration
  • how was the collaboration undertaken? (highlight best practice)
  • what were the main challenges to the collaboration and how were they overcome?
  • what were the benefits? (this section is key for the judges)

Best application of technology or innovation implementation

  • aims and objectives of project or contract or initiative
  • what was the technology transferred or implemented?
  • had this technology been used previously within the nuclear or other sector?
  • why was it considered the right solution?
  • who implemented the technology and who was the provider
  • how was the technology implemented on the relevant site?
  • what were the main challenges and how were they overcome?
  • what were the benefits (this section is key for the judges)

Best application of an innovative solution(s) with tangible savings or benefits by an SME

  • what were the aims and objectives of project or contract or initiative?
  • why was innovation needed?
  • what was the innovation and creativity implemented?
  • why was it considered innovative?
  • what were the main challenges and how were they overcome?
  • what were the benefits? (this section is key for the judges)

Export award

  • aims and objectives of project or contract or initiative
  • what was exported and to where (main products or services offered and locations where you operate or trade)?
  • which NDA Estate site(s) had previously used the product or service?
  • why was it considered the right solution?
  • what were the main challenges and how were they overcome?
  • number of years in business and number of years operating overseas?
  • category of turnover:
    • A – <£500,000
    • B – £500,000 – £5m
    • C – £5m – £20m
    • D – £20m+
  • estimated percentage of turnover due to International trade last year?

Best enhancement of capability and capacity

  • what were the aims and objectives of project/contract/initiative
  • who were the parties (companies/organisations) in the initiative
  • how was building capability and/or capacity undertaken? (highlight best practice)
  • what were the main challenges to the initiative and how were they overcome?
  • what were the benefits? (this section is key for the judges)

Every entry should outline details of benefits, which may be ‘hard’ (for example, cost savings or reduced lead times) or ‘soft’ (for example, improved supplier relations). Benefits identified should be supported by facts and figures. Entrants are strongly advised to include validation from stakeholders – clients, other suppliers, and so on.

Supporting materials

You may, if you wish, upload additional supporting material with your entry. However, this must be limited to 4 single-sided sheets of A4 and should not comprise information that is central to your case – the judges will expect to see this in your main submission.

Your supporting materials can include:

  • testimonials
  • endorsements from colleagues, clients or other suppliers
  • press clippings
  • performance figures

Any supporting material must be in Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), PowerPoint (.ppt) or PDF (.pdf) formats only.

Please also include your company logo(s) and supplier or team photo or other image that supports your entry (minimum 300dpi in jpeg format) to be used for on-screen graphics during the Supplier Event awards ceremony.

Your submission material should be cleared with your clients so it can be used for publicity purposes. If you have difficulty gaining clearance in a timely manner from SLC or NDA clients, please contact the organisers.

The judges

This year’s joint chair of judges is:

  • Ron Gorham, NDA head of Supply Chain Optimisation
  • Jonathan Evans, Head of Shared Services Alliance
  • Dr Melanie Brownridge, NDA Head of Research and Development
  • plus a selected panel of other senior supply chain and procurement professionals

NDA estate supply chain event

The winners will be announced at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event at EventCity, Manchester, on 3 November 2016. The awards ceremony will be a highlight of the day. An awards stand at the event will also showcase the winning entries and those shortlisted by the judges.

Register to attend the Supply Chain Event: 3 November 2016

In addition, The Minister’s Award remains for 2016. The winner will either be selected by the judges from an SME entry in any category or in recognition of a significant contribution to the SME agenda by an organisation or individual.