Manufacturers in England are being urged to take advantage of more than £60 billion in nuclear opportunities with the Fit For Nuclear (F4N) programme.
With backing from the Regional Growth Fund, participating firms can access grants of around £10,000, match-funded to support improvement activities and R&D. But all funded projects require approval by December 31, 2015, to be completed by 31 March 2016.
F4N was developed by the Nuclear AMRC with leading industry partners, and is delivered in partnership with the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), part of the government-backed Business Growth Service.
Mike Tynan (pictured), chief executive of Nuclear AMRC, the initiative’s lead partner, explains that the F4N programme gives manufacturers in England the opportunity to “win their share of the billions of pounds being invested in civil nuclear new build, operations and decommissioning”.
More than 650 firms have engaged with the programme to date, 150 have completed an initial assessment and more than 30 funded projects are already underway. Best of all, there is still funding left to help even more companies, but they must come forward as soon as possible to meet the deadline.
English manufacturing companies are invited to complete an online assessment to highlight any gaps that may need bridging.
Tynan added: “To win work, UK companies need to make sure they have the ability to meet safety, quality and cost standards, and can demonstrate that their specialist capabilities can meet industry demands.”