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NDA estate supply chain awards

Applications will open shortly for this year's awards. Winners will be announced in November.

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Award winners will be announced on 1 November 2018 at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event.

See 2017 award winners

See 2016 award winners

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 can include those outside the 2017-2018 financial year, however, judges will expect entries to be recent 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.

2018 Categories

The latest categories will be announced shortly.

See below for last year’s categories.

Best supply chain collaboration

Supply chain collaboration is the process of 2 or more organisations working together to realise or achieve something successfully. Examples could be:

  • suppliers who have worked together with other similar organisations in the successful delivery of a project, contract or goal
  • suppliers who have worked together with non-nuclear sector organisations in the successful delivery of a project, contract or goal
  • suppliers who have worked together with end-users or academia in the successful delivery of a project, contract or goal

Best technical innovation to benefit a Site Licence Company

Technical innovation is the beneficial application of a new technology/technique, or an old technology/technique used in a new way. This award is open to all suppliers, whatever their size. The solution provider(s) can be from any tier in the supply chain, an SME, academia or a collaboration.

The application form should be submitted by the solution provider(s), but it must be a joint application with the Site Licence Company that has benefited from the technology/technique.

This award recognises both the innovation and the work required to take an idea through to successful implementation. The benefit can be financial, environmental or safety related or a combination. Examples could be:

  • new technology/technique used for the first time
  • existing technology/technique from other industries or countries which is applied to the UK nuclear decommissioning mission
  • existing technologies/techniques that are combined in a new way

Depending on entries, the judges may choose to categorise the award according to the type of solution provider (e.g. SME innovation award).

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 employees’ 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

Best export of applications used in the NDA Estate

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.

Minister’s Award

Selected from submissions by SMEs.

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)

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.

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 the project, contract or goal?
  • How was the collaboration successful in achieving the aims and objectives?
  • How was the need for collaboration identified?
  • Who were the parties (companies/organisations) in the collaboration?
  • What were their roles within the collaboration?
  • How was the collaboration established?
  • What were the main challenges to the collaboration?
  • How were the main challenges overcome?
  • What were the benefits of the collaboration? (KEY)
  • How will the collaboration support the future success of the organisations involved?

Best technical innovation to benefit a Site Licence Company

  • What were the aims and objectives of the project, contract or goal?
  • What was the technology/technique?
  • How has it been implemented on the relevant site?
  • Had this technology/technique been used previously? – New to world, new to sector, new to UK?
  • What was the existing approach?
  • Who developed and implemented the technology/technique?
  • What were the main challenges associated with development and implementation?
  • How were the main challenges overcome?
  • What were the benefits of the innovation? (KEY)
  • How will the innovation support the future nuclear decommissioning programme?

Best enhancement of capability and capacity

  • What were the aims and objectives of project, contract or goal?
  • What were the issues you were trying to overcome?
  • How was building capability and/or capacity undertaken? Please highlight any best practice.
  • Who were the parties (companies/organisations) involved in the initiative?
  • What were the main challenges of the initiative?
  • How were the main challenges overcome?
  • What were the benefits? (KEY)
  • How will this support the future success of the organisations involved?

Best export of applications used in the NDA Estate

  • What were the aims and objectives of project, contract or goal?
  • What was exported and to where (main products/services offered and locations where you operate/trade)?
  • Which NDA Estate site(s) had previously used the product/service?
  • Why was it considered the right solution?
  • What were the main challenges associated with export?
  • How were the main challenges overcome?
  • How long has the business been operating, and how long have you been trading overseas?
  • Approximately what percentage of turnover is attributed to trading overseas for the financial year 2016/17, and for first six months of 2017/18?
  • What, if any, benefits or practices have been passed back within the NDA Estate as a result of exporting?

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

The joint chair of judges for 2018 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
Published 20 June 2015
Last updated 11 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. This page is available to indicate that award submissions will be invited shortly.
  2. Launched 2017 applications.
  3. Applications closed on 9 September 2016
  4. Linked to blog post on "New award to recognise skills initiatives in the nuclear decommissioning supply chain"
  5. Updated for application for 2016 awards.
  6. First published.