How to do business with Sellafield Ltd

How to find and apply for opportunities at Sellafield.

Sellafield Ltd’s work at Sellafield can only be achieved through strong partnership with the supply chain.

The Sellafield Ltd Supply Chain Strategy 2019/20 sets out how we will work with the supply chain to deliver the Sellafield mission.

Sellafield Ltd does not operate a preferred supplier list.

Contract opportunities are awarded through open competition in line with the general European Treaty principles of non-discrimination, equal treatment and transparency in order to ensure we provide value for money to government.

Opportunities are also available for businesses to work indirectly as a subcontractor through our prime partners.

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Current suppliers

Information for current suppliers is published on Sellafield Ltd’s Management of Contractors portal.

You will be asked to register on this system when you start working with Sellafield Ltd.

Find an opportunity with Sellafield Ltd

Current opportunities to do business with Sellafield Ltd are advertised in our Complete Tender Management (CTM) system and dependent on the value of the contract opportunity via the Find a Tender service.

Once you are registered on the system, you can use it to manage your tendering activities.

Opportunities are also listed in Contracts Finder.

Procurement schedules

The Sellafield Ltd procurement plan schedule gives details of recently awarded and upcoming procurements with a value over £20,000 over the next 3 to 5 years.

Procurements on a page

The Sellafield Ltd procurements on a page has been designed to provide a higher level of detailed support to each procurement programme of work.

Procuring innovation

Our work at Sellafield can only be achieved through innovative ways and we are reliant on our supply chain to bring innovation into the organisation to help us to deliver our mission.

Our procurement routes for innovation outlines a number of ways in which we may bring solutions into the business.

Procurement routes for innovation

Find an opportunity with prime suppliers

There can be opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and specialist suppliers to provide their products and/or services indirectly through our prime suppliers who have been awarded contracts or frameworks with Sellafield Ltd.

Major frameworks and contracts

The Sellafield Ltd major framework and contracts document gives an overview of all our major frameworks and contracts in existence to deliver works on the Sellafield site.

The document is useful for both existing and potential suppliers looking to further understand our supply chain landscape and to be used in conjunction with the prime supplier listing which explains what the main site contractors are looking for in their supply chain.

SMEs - LINC with Sellafield Ltd

LINC with Sellafield Ltd is a scheme that encourages SMEs at local and national level to collaborate and deliver innovative solutions to the mission at Sellafield.

Work packages that set out some of the opportunities we are addressing at Sellafield will be published on this page.

LINC has been designed to provide Sellafield Ltd with direct access to SMEs in addition to supporting Sellafield Ltd’s contribution to the UK SME agenda.

All SMEs must be pre-qualified with LINC before submitting a proposal. Details of qualified SMEs will be published periodically to support and encourage further collaboration.

Non-SMEs are free to qualify with LINC but their participation will be limited to a supporting role only. We recommend that Non-SMEs join our Dynamic Purchasing System for other opportunities.

As part of the qualification process, companies/businesses will be categorised into one of the following:

Category 1 - SME

  • SMEs are those companies that have less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than 50 million euros (approximately £45 million) or annual balance sheet not exceeding 43 million euros (approximately £38 million) and be a standalone entity that is not part of a wider corporate entity / group. EU definition.

Category 2 - Supplier

Both category 1 and 2, are eligible to participate directly in LINC, however submissions from category 2 will only be considered should an acceptable submission (defined relative to each opportunity) not be received from category 1.

Supporting Companies

  • those companies who do not meet the EU definition of an SME in terms of numbers of employees and turnover or balance sheet thresholds

Supporting companies are not permitted to participate directly, but may participate as part of an SME led proposal.

All LINC advertised opportunities shall be valued at no more than £177,898 excluding VAT and therefore less than the prevailing Global Procurement Agreement threshold levels for supplies and services applicable to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (Procurement Policy Note 09/21). No contracts advertised through LINC will be awarded in excess of this threshold.

Opportunities above these threshold levels will be advertised on our Complete Tender Management (CTM) system , Dynamic Purchasing System and on Find a Tender.

How to qualify:

LINC with Sellafield Ltd has now transitioned over to the Complete Tender Management (CTM) system, therefore in order to qualify for LINC in CTM please either log in with your existing details or if you are new to CTM register as a ‘new supplier’ and navigate to RFQ 10536 - LINC Qualification.

Please complete the qualification form which is attached to the tender in order to be able to qualify for any future LINC opportunities.

If you have any questions regarding the qualification please

Qualified companies

Details of companies that have qualified for LINC with Sellafield Ltd.

The list will be updated on a regular basis.

SME action plan

As a public contracting authority Sellafield Ltd are committed to delivering activities which increase the opportunities for SMEs (small to medium enterprises) to do business in our supply chain.

We have a target to spend 32 - 33% of our supply chain spend with SMEs in 2022/23.

We publish our activities which drive towards this target in the form of an annual SME action plan.

SME Forum

The SME Forum was established by Sellafield Ltd Supply Chain Development Team to facilitate consistent engagement and open communication with the SME community.

Through these forums we aim to encourage the constructive dialogue using a collaborative platform to identify and promote opportunities for mutual learnings, improvements and development, knowledge and best practices, innovation, market trends, areas of common interest.

Meetings currently take place on a quarterly basis, both in West Cumbria and Warrington (schedule and location announced in advance via the Sellafield Bulletin and email communications).

The Forum runs under Sellafield’s Supply Chain Development and SRM Teams, with Category Manager’s support/contribution. Depending on the matters raised during the sessions, Sellafield’s subject matter experts join to provide first-hand and accurate information, as well as prime contractor for networking purposes.

Please see below our SME Forum Leaflet

SME Forum leaflet

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Open for business sessions

We are keen to ensure that the supply chain have access to regular, open and transparent conversations with Sellafield Ltd.

The Supply Chain Development team hold frequent, informal sessions where we can support with any clarifications on how to do business with us and discuss your constructive feedback, aiming to a continuous improvement of our supply chain experience

If you wish to attend any of the below sessions, please send an email with your proposed subject or question, to ensure that we can properly respond during our discussion

These sessions are open to all businesses regardless of size, location or business sector, and will be delivered as video or voice calls.

Once you have emailed us with your preferred date, we will provide details of how to access along with the time of your allocated 20 minute slot.

Please email:

Please see dates below:

  • 11 August 2022 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • 08 September 2022 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • 06 October 2022 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • 03 November 2022 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • 08 December 2022 - 9:30am to12:00pm

In the meantime, please take a look at our ‘How to do Business leaflet’.

How to do business with Sellafield Ltd

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Published 31 July 2017
Last updated 1 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Content updated to reflect new processes, dates and times.

  2. Procurements on a page - new document and updated dates on 'open for business' sessions

  3. Change from Tier 2 to prime suppliers.

  4. Changes to the LINC threshold.

  5. Updated LINC registered company list

  6. Additional innovation procurement detail

  7. New major frameworks and contracts document added.

  8. SME action plan added

  9. COVID-19 information box has been deleted from the page.

  10. Business Open Sessions update

  11. Sellafield Ltd Supply Chain Guidance added.

  12. Document link updated

  13. Registered Companies & Categories list has been updated

  14. Attached document has replaced previous document

  15. Updated to include latest LINC challenge

  16. New LINC package available

  17. New LINC opportunity available

  18. LINC work package 3 has been added to the LINC area on this page.

  19. LINC with Sellafield Ltd list of registered companies have been added

  20. Change of contact details and additional information regarding the new LINC scheme.

  21. First published.