Numerous local businesses are already benefitting from the Sizewell C project, following contracts being awarded by the projects parent company EDF Energy.

At present, Ashley Shorey-Mills, head of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Sizewell C supply chain, has written to the 1400 companies making up the supply chain on the positive impact the scheme is having on local businesses.

Mr Shirey-Mills said “I recently met with a number of firms very local to Sizewell which have been heavily involved in helping EDF Energy engage with communities and other interested groups. It was very encouraging to hear first-hand from them as to how they’ve benefited already from the contracts awarded to them by the energy company.”

Two key companies awarded contracts are Spring in Southwold and  The Agency for Change and Micropress, located in Reydon.

Simon Hazelgrove, co-founder of Spring said “When we were first approached by Sizewell C to work on their community consultation we were delighted to use our skills and location to support this important part of the planning process. Nine years on our relationship with Sizewell C has never been stronger

Initially, the Sizewell C project allowed us to diversify and work with a blue-chip client that was keen to engage locally.  Our remit includes organising and presenting public consultation exhibitions to graphic design work, digital and helpline support. We help maintain the database, manage legal site and media notices and recently we’ve helped facilitate the ongoing planning examination.

We were a young agency when this started, so much of our team has grown up around the Sizewell C project, and we are proud to support this local consultation for an issue that is of such importance to people in the region.”

Rob Cross, director of Micropress said “We have really enjoyed working with Sizewell C over the past few years.  Providing the monthly newsletters, helping to inform the local residents of the changes to the project, is a key role that we are very happy to assist in producing and sending out all across Suffolk.

We recently invested in a new paper-wrap technology, to help reduce the use of single plastics that traditionally would surround the newsletters.  Sizewell C was really positive and supportive of this change, especially as it sits so neatly in line with their goal to help the UK achieve Net Zero 2050.”

Image source- EDF Energy

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