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BEC to rebuild supply chain portal to open up more work for Cumbrian firms

08 September 2015

Britain’s Energy Coast – the organisation responsible for facilitating the economic growth of West Cumbria via interaction with the energy industry – is rebuilding its supply chain tender finding portal and inviting end users to voice their requirements for the portal.

Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) has run a contract finder portal for almost ten years, operating under its Energy Opportunities Supply Chain Project. Now under the watchful eyes of new Programmes Director Michael Pemberton and Supply Chain and Innovation Lead John Porter, the portal will be revitalised and expanded to offer more to Cumbrian firms in both the energy sector and beyond.

The improved portal will make it easier for contract issuers across the country to upload tenders to, providing much better access to the local supply chains and talent. Options for pre-qualification will also be available, reducing procurement time.  The web hosted portal will also make it much easier for SMEs to search for and identify meaningful contracts.

“Our new portal will become a critical search engine for work, benefiting local firms seeking opportunities both inside and outside the county. At the same time it will offer the fastest route to the supply chain for major contract issuers looking to fulfil requirements for local projects,” explained Michael.

The site will also offer helpful advice and guidance for firms looking for work in supply chains across multiple industries.

To better shape the portal Britain’s Energy Coast is calling on local firms of all sizes, sides of the supply chain and across multiple industries to have their say about portal requirements. “By engaging with SMEs, Tier 2s and major businesses at this early stage we will ensure the long term success of the portal for the businesses of Cumbria,” continued Michael.

Firms with a view are encouraged to fill out this short survey or stop by the BEC stand as it embarks on a ‘Rebuild Roadshow’ at upcoming events, where advisors will be on hand to discuss thoughts about what will make the portal the best it can be.

Initial dates for the roadshow are:

  • Growth Twenty15, Carlisle Racecourse, Carlisle (14th September)
  • Sellafield Suppler Forum, Energus, Workington (14th September)
  • n-eboc, Energus, Workington (13th – 14th October)
  • Innovus Characterisation Event, Rheged, Penrith (22nd October)
  • NDA Estate Supply Chain Event, EventCity, Manchester (4th November)

More dates, especially in the non-nuclear sectors, will be announced shortly.

“Technology has moved on a lot since we first created our portal,” added John. “Advancements now allow us to expand and improve it to make a definitive search engine for Cumbrian firms looking for work. We will build an intuitive offering that enables a faster way to find contracts across multiple sectors and ensure a depth of contracts in the system by working closely with those putting out tenders.”

The diversified portal rebuild has been inspired by the decades of work BEC has done with local firms helping them to thrive “We are seeing more and more firms that want to keep their options open in the nuclear industry while also seeking work in other sectors and other regions,” summarised Michael.

“These ambitions are fantastic for the long term economic prosperity of the county but diversification can be difficult for firms with small or non-existing business development functions. I am confident that the new portal will solve this problem and I call on all businesses to share their views now on what they need from its functionality.”

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