Martin Booth of Halifax based Witt UK Group was appointed as a member of the F4N steering group.
Sixty Fit For Nuclear companies came together at the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre on 26 September to introduce the latest developments in the Fit For Nuclear (F4N) programme, including a three-year certification process and new online directory of F4N companies, plus discussions on the future expansion of the programme.
F4N is a unique service which lets manufacturers measure their operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry – in new build, operations and decommissioning – and helps them take the necessary steps to close any gaps. F4N is delivered exclusively by the Nuclear AMRC, and supported by top-tier partners in nuclear new build and decommissioning.
The F4N team have continually refined and developed the programme since its launch in 2011, in response to market demand and feedback from participating companies. This year, the Nuclear AMRC established a F4N steering group made up of manufacturers, reactor providers, new build developers and decommissioning site owners to ensure that the programme continues to meet the needs of the UK nuclear industry.
The main priority identified by the steering group is to provide additional ongoing support to companies after granting, to help them maintain their journey of business excellence and help them identify and win opportunities across the nuclear sector.
The launch of the new programme of post-granting support was marked at the event with new F4N certificates presented to all attending companies.
The 82 delegates, including members of the F4N steering group, then took part in an open discussion of proposals for further development of the programme. The most popular suggestions were around helping to identify opportunities to tender for nuclear work, and support in preparing bids. There was also strong support for international benchmarking for the competitiveness of national supply chains, and for nuclear buyers’ pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) to ask for F4N status as a standard.
The F4N companies also showed strong interest in regional collaborative networks to share best practice and bid for larger contracts. “There’s quite a few companies that have met and come together and are working on contracts because of this programme,” said Martin Booth, Managing Director of Witt UK and member of the F4N steering group, in his summing-up. “The F4N programme will become best practice within the HEVAC industry and the Witt Group are at the forefront.”