French agreement to unlock jobs and investment in South West England

6 August 2018

An agreement has been signed between economic development organisations in South West England and Normandy in France, which aims to create jobs, unlock opportunities and attract new investment to both regions.

The Memorandum of Understanding will see Nuclear South West and Nucleopolis work together to connect companies with £50bn worth of nuclear investments in South West England and an annual market in Normandy worth more than £1bn a year.

Nucleopolis, the nuclear division of Normandie Energies, brings together expertise of nearly 100 French organisations, covering research, industry and training, in the fields of energy, health and risk management. The nuclear sector employs around 28,000 people in Normandy.

“This agreement is hugely important to us as it helps build awareness of the South West as a destination for companies to invest in and do business with the nuclear supply chain,” said Matt Burley, Nuclear South West’s chairman.

“France is recognised as being one of the most advanced nuclear nations and Nucleopolis has a significant role to play in helping the industry to grow.

“We look forward to developing our relationship with Nucleopolis and working closely to bring opportunities to the South West and France.”

The agreement follows more than 500 enquiries made to Nuclear South West and its partners during their recent attendance at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris. The team is working through these to establish further opportunities to build links with clusters in countries including Canada, Japan and South Africa.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Nuclear South West in our mission to promote the economic development of the nuclear sector in Normandy,” said Serge Bouffard, Normandie Energies VP in charge of Nucleopolis

“The collaboration enables companies to connect, build relationships and seek opportunities that benefit all of the French and British organisations involved.

“Nucleopolis is the ambassador of French nuclear excellence in Normandy. We will work with Nuclear South West to maintain and develop the sector for the benefit of our regions.”

As part of the agreement, the organisations will share knowledge and opportunities in the nuclear industry and encourage their respective members to explore opportunities to work together.

Nucleopolis has also agreed to lead a business match-making session for companies interested in export and investment at Nuclear South West’s annual conference in Bristol on 19 September.

“It’s great to have Nucleopolis on board for our conference in September, and I am sure those who attend from both regions will see the benefits of this new partnership approach,” added Mr Burley.

The deal follows a report commissioned by NSW which reveals that the South West region is ideally placed to capitalise on economic opportunities worth £50bn to the UK economy. The research states that South West-based SMEs, large companies and training providers could supply £15bn worth of work to the nuclear sector.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact Lucy Ross-Millar at or Ben Lowndes at Social Communications on 07387 140 782 or

Images of The Memorandum of Understanding being signed by Nuclear South West service manager Andy Bates and Serge Bouffard, VP of Normandie Energies in charge of nuclear division of Nucleopolis, can be downloaded here:

WNE 2018 Follow Up

Three weeks on and with the dust slowly settling, it’s time to reflect on what was a hectic and very productive 3 days for the Nuclear South West Family at WNE18.


The Opportunity
Going around the exhibition, it was clear that the opportunities for NSW members has never been greater. From new build to decommissioning and from fission to fusion, all aspects of nuclear energy were represented. It was also great to see a wide range for new innovations breaking in to the nuclear sector most notably Virtual/Augmented Reality for training and building information modelling and Drones/Robotics for hazardous environments and environmental monitoring.   

The word being used a lot in conversation at the show was ‘collaboration’ and the need for companies to collaborate in order to successfully bid for future work. For example, marrying French nuclear knowledge and expertise with UK engineering capabilities and digital innovation, something we’ve been championing for some time and in response NSW was delighted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Nucleopolis, Normandy’s leading nuclear cluster employing 14,000 people all focused on research, industry, health and risk management.

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New Business
This MOU brings together two nuclear clusters focused on unlocking billions of pounds worth in investment in the industry, starting with around £50bn in South West England alone.

As part of the MOU, we are pleased to announce that companies from the Nucleopolis cluster are joining us at the Nuclear South West Annual Conference on the 19th September and will be participating in the B2B matchmaking being organised in conjunction with the Enterprise Europe Network. Activities all designed to facilitate collaboration and help companies win new business.

If you’re interested in the nuclear sector, I encourage you to sign up for the Annual Conference and B2B Matchmaking as soon as possible, to avoid missing out. It’s by far the easiest way to hear about the latest opportunities in Nuclear, network with key industry players and build your business development pipeline for 2019.

Andy Bates
Nuclear South West

South West companies set for nuclear boost

South West companies set for nuclear boost

The South West is ideally placed to capitalise on economic opportunities worth £50bn to the UK economy, according to research commissioned into the region’s nuclear sector.

Emerging research commissioned by Nuclear South West highlights huge opportunities in the region for specialist suppliers and companies not connected with the supply chain. It states that South West-based SMEs, large companies and training providers could supply £15bn worth of work to the nuclear sector.