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07 June 2013

Cumbria Nuclear News & Views - Everyone has a Milk Thief

Posted in NuExec Blog

I have been absolutely delighted and highly amused by all the wonderful emails I have received this week regarding last weeks' soapbox. It seems that the "milk thief" is a wider problem then I could have imagined. Every communal fridge seems to have some sort of thief attached to it! I have heard some hilarious stories about the extremities people have gone to in an attempt to deter the thieves from spitting, laxatives and even taking the milk to the toilet for tainting (I am not going to give further information). I however have plumped for sticking a copy of my soapbox on the fridge! If that doesn't shame them into buying their own milk then I have no idea what will!

It has been such a gorgeous sunny week and it seems the sun has brought out smiles from everyone. So hopefully you will be lucky enough to be sitting in the sun whilst reading this weeks' blog.

19 April 2013

Losing Faith

Written by Emma-Jayne Gooch, Posted in NuExec Blog

This is my seventh attempt at opening my blog this week and I am still not sure what to say. It has been quite quiet again this week on the gossip front and as I missed the conference I haven't caught up with many people. I have some interesting stories in this week's blog including quite a bit of my opinion which of course is what my blog is based upon!

So put the kettle on settle down and enjoy the blog!


The first consignment of nuclear material from Harwell site in Oxfordshire, in the form of Contact Handled Intermediate Waste (CHILW) has been safely transported to and received at Sellafield.

In November 2011, the NDA published the preferred option for the long-term management of this material deciding there was a clear and compelling strategic case for transferring the materials from Harwell to Sellafield for interim storage in appropriate facilities, managed by Sellafield.

12 April 2013

ID Required

Written by Emma-Jayne Gooch, Posted in NuExec Blog

Another week has passed and Easter is long forgotten. My highlight this week was being asked to produce ID to buy a bottle of wine.

I don't think the chap asking for my ID could quite understand my delight at having to produce my driving licence to prove I am in fact 35! Hold the botox we have a few years left!

It has been quite a quiet week this week and I haven't seen many people so mostly the blog is made up of news stories I have picked up over the week. I am disappointed that I won't be attending the Nuclear Decommissioning Conference in Manchester on Monday and Tuesday as the attendees and presentations look fantastic, but unfortunately due to a family bereavement I need to be at home with my family. So if any of you are attending and would be kind enough to take a few notes that I could share with the readers next week that would be smashing.

05 April 2013

The Soapbox is Back!

Written by Emma-Jayne Gooch, Posted in NuExec Blog

Have you missed me? It feels like such a long time since I last wrote a blog. I hope you all had a lovely Easter. I certainly pushed myself to the max this Easter what with Extreme Mountain biking in about 5 inches of snow and an activity day including quad biking, go karts, archery and shooting. I was pleased to be back at work for a rest. I have to say I had a very disturbing conversation with someone this week who told me that my blog has lost its controversial edge! I wouldn't say I was one for fence sitting; I find the splinters most uncomfortable... but this week's blog is much more opinionated! Just in case you have forgotten during your Easter break, my blog is based on my opinion and what I have read or heard within the industry.

On Wednesday was the Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster's AGM meeting.
Sean Balmer once again spoke about the necessity of sticky pounds and sticky people. He spoke about the synergy between the Olympics and what is going on at Sellafield. Also about the SME mandates that are being filtered down to tier 1 and 2 companies.

Steve Szostak spoke again this time about BEC forward plan.

He said it was all about Partnership – In West Cumbria we are getting on with working in partnership and collaboration. BEC brand is a way of working around collaboration and serious commitment to West Cumbria. The Blueprint is a united partnership approach to economic regeneration in West Cumbria.

15 March 2013

Stop! Collaborate and Listen!

Written by Emma-Jayne Gooch, Posted in NuExec Blog

There has been one clear message for companies in the nuclear industry this week and it goes a little like this:

All right stop, Collaborate and listen
EJ’s back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
flows like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop? Yo — I don’t know
Turn off the lights and I’ll glow

For all of you who didn’t attend the Sellafield Suppler Forum I took notes during the day to be able to let you know what is going on. I had intended to do the same at the Buyer Supplier event but I decided at the first coffee break that I was just hearing the same things and attendance seemed poor so I felt my time would be better spent doing my day job. So following are my notes of the days.

Sellafield Supplier Forum

The event was opened by Stuart Wilson, Todd Wright and Keith Case. What they said was informative but what they seemed to lack was passion, enthusiasm and conviction in what they were saying.  After they spoke there were a few comments of how people felt quite flat and uninspired. I hoped that this wouldn’t be the lasting feeling that people left with.

08 March 2013

News Glorious News

Written by Emma-Jayne Gooch, Posted in NuExec Blog

Another Friday is upon us, and once again the week has absolutely flown by with hardly a minute to sit and take a breath. I have an exciting feeling in my tummy this week (although this could be just wind!) There seems to be a real buzz in the industry with more and more businesses telling me how busy they are. This is certainly reflective for NuExec too as the more work the supply chain get the more work we get.

There has been a great deal of news this week that I want to share with you so to make my blog more reader friendly I have broken it down into sections.


  • Stuart Wilson attended the Cluster and gave an update into commercial opportunities. The update was as follows:
  • MDSW Scope winning bidders: Amec, Shepley and Hertel
  • Currently undergoing mini competitions to align areas of work appropriately
  • It is a 4 year contract 2+1+1
  • The value of the contract is £200 – £280 Mil
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