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: