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17 February 2017

Cumbria Nuclear News & Views - OMG She is Back!

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Do you ever feel like you are climbing a mountain but never quite getting to the top? Every time you reach a ridge and think you are there you climb over it to still see more and more climbing. Then you are nearly there and you see people waving and shouting "come on you're nearly there, you can do it." And just as your hand touches the top to haul your body up, there is a massive landslide and you end up back where you began without ever having stood on the top! - Well that is how I've been feeling and that is why I haven't written since the beginning of December. I have been fighting with myself over whether to write or not. It feels like all I ever have to write about is how companies are struggling, profits are diminishing, people are being made redundant, new build is under threat and I have just fallen out of love with the industry.
I had just about talked myself out of ever writing again but then people started asking me why I hadn't been writing, how much they missed reading the blogs, what an influence I had (I still don't believe this one) and how losing the blog would be like losing the supply chain voice of what's really going on. So, I have given in to peer pressure and decided I would write again.

08 December 2016

Cumbria Nuclear News & Views - It isn't only me!

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Well this is my very last blog of 2016. I can't believe another year has flown by, time really waits for no man! There is no denying that this past year has been a tough year in the industry. I have been in the industry for 8 and half years now (I am not as old as a lot of you) and I have to say this is the hardest I have ever known it. Many companies have made numerus redundancies, there have been many sleepless nights over when the work will flow, and people have watched teams they worked so hard to build disband due to such a lack of work. We have heard over and over again that Sellafield are spending, and I don't doubt they are, but the supply chain don't seem to be benefiting in any way. It isn't just the tier 3's and 4's struggling but even the large tier 2's aren't getting enough for them to be sustainable. We have seen many companies move to the area with the hope of winning work and then quickly retreat when they realise it isn't going to happen. Paul Foster told the whole supply chain at the beginning of the year that we should all be diversifying as Sellafield is changing hugely and it also seems to be trying to further utilise its staff to self- deliver.


However, it isn't all doom and gloom. Martin Chown has come in as Supply Chain Director and has made some brave promises, which I hope he can deliver on. DDP looks like it is going to start spending and ISA has good pipelines for 2017. This coming year should see further momentum on the Market Enhanced model - strategic partner, which should hopefully give more opportunity to businesses. I guess when times are tough it teaches us as businesses to become more nimble and agile. We learn to adapt and to focus our business in the direction it needs to go to remain sustainable. Change is hard but embracing it will make the difference between success and failure. Having personally experienced some really hard situations in my personal life I have learnt that if you feel like you are at the bottom of where you can possibly be and you can't take anymore – then the only way is up. So, keep the faith, keep believing and keep working hard. 2017 could just be your year!

Any way enough of my rubbish and on with the blog:

25 November 2016

Cumbria Nuclear News & Views - Pulling my hair out!

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Apologies I am a week late with the blog, but I just didn't get a minute to write last week. The next blog will be on the 9th December and then that will be it until the New Year. I haven't much news for you this week but I certainly have loads of funny craic which I will tell you about at the end of the blog.

04 November 2016

Cumbria Nuclear News & Views - It's all about the NDA!

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Well what an awesome week this has been, but before I tell you all about it I want to share something very important with you. On Wednesday NuExec celebrates 5 years of trading. This may not sound a big deal to some of you, but for me it is absolutely huge. More than half of new businesses don't survive to 5 years so for us to have reached that milestone and still be going strong makes me so very proud.

21 October 2016

Cumbria Nuclear News & Views - It's coming!

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Today I am feeling a little tired after what can only be described as a fantastic evening spent last night at the CN Awards. I was really impressed by the Small Business Minister, Margot James, who gave an inspirational speech. I was also absolutely delighted to see my good friend, Sarah Purdham of Prima Uno, win the Service Business of the Year award. It was so deserved.
So on with the blog. Here is a roundup of what's been going on with a little bit of Sellafield gossip!

07 October 2016

Cumbria Nuclear News & Views - Lighting the Way!

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Another two weeks have flown by and once again it is blog time. It has been a ridiculously busy couple of weeks resulting in me accidently booking a holiday for December.

The industry remains relatively quiet but with a positive under tone. Under the BECBC section make sure you read the presentation from Martin Chown, Supply Chain Director at Sellafield. I have to say I was dead impressed by him and his approach. Now Rory has gone I
may well have found my new Sellafield crush.

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