A group of local food and drink producers, advised by Albert Goodman, have been awarded the interim catering contract for EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C project, marking the first supply chain collaboration success story for the county.

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Pictured L-R: John Cottrell (Gundenham), Dean Lindsey (Somerset Larder General Manager), Jim Lovett (Taylor Shaw), Mark Druitt (Cosseys) , Richard Mortimer (Mortimers Bakery), Greg Parsons (Somerset Larder MD & Cricketer Farm), Vince Pearson (Taylor Shaw), Malcolm Pyne (Pyne’s of Somerset), Paul Marsh (DJ Miles), Alison Whittingham  (Pardoes), Nick Hancock (Albert Goodman).

Somerset Larder will begin delivering the contract with immediate effect. The agreement runs until the spring of 2016, when the full contract for catering services at Hinkley Point C will be awarded.

With a membership that comprises more than 20 local food and drink businesses, Somerset Larder brings together the finest produce and knowledge in the county, working together ‘under one umbrella’ in order to fulfil the large and complex requirements involved in major contracts.

Somerset Larder was founded as a result of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce’s supply chain activity. The Hinkley Supply Chain Team at the Chamber has been working for some time to encourage and assist local businesses in forming collaborations that will help to put them in a strong position to bid for work at Hinkley Point C.

Somerset Larder’s directors are predicting widespread opportunities for the group, with this being the beginning of a movement that is expected to prosper well beyond EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear new build project.

Professional firms Albert Goodman and Pardoes are managing all of the financial and legal aspects relating to Somerset Larder, demonstrating the positive economic ‘knock-on’ effect of the proposed Hinkley Point C development for the county’s businesses.

Speaking about Albert Goodman’s involvement, Partner Nick Hancock comments, “Working with Alison Whittingham from Pardoes Solicitors, we have created the Somerset Larder company structure which has enabled these Somerset businesses to come together to successfully pitch for this catering contract at Hinkley Point C. This company structure enables Somerset based businesses to collectively tender for opportunities that otherwise are picked up by national operators. As such, it is equally effective for other businesses looking to collaborate and tender for other services and contracts at Hinkley Point C.”

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