Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from NIS!

We would like to thank all our staff, clients and supply chain partners for your continued support, we wish you all a very happy and healthy Christmas and a prosperous 2022.

Once again will be donating the money historically spent on corporate Christmas cards and gifts to our chosen charities, Derian House Chorley and Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

Highlights of 2021
NIS Appoints Steve Rothwell as New Managing Director
NIS wins multi-million-pound contract on PPPs SPRS Retreatment Plant (SRP) project
NIS Apprentice wins MAKE UK Award
NIS awarded contract with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)
NIS growth drives Leadership team expansion
NIS Sign contract for RAP (Replacement Analytical Project)

We will be closing on Friday 24th December and reopening on Tuesday 4th January.

NIS Appoints New Managing Director

Despite the obvious challenges COVID 19 presented, the last 12-18 months have proved to be hugely exciting for NIS as we start to see the culmination of many years of hard work to secure a number of strategically critical, high value, projects.  We started our journey to excellence with a clear vision to assert ourselves as the UK Centre of Excellence for glovebox design and manufacture and we are thrilled that this is now very much being brought to life with contracts, worth in excess of £15m, now in progress with all of our major nuclear and defence clients, including NNL, AWE and Sellafield Ltd Project and Programme Partners.

The growth of the business is now underpinned, providing exciting opportunities for our #excellentpeople, our partners and our extended supply chain.  It is increasingly important that the internal focus of the business maintains ever-more efficient project delivery whilst we also continue to develop our strategic plans with our key client base.   This is therefore the right time to complete the transition of the role of NIS Ltd Managing Director from Gill Marsden to her Deputy, Steve Rothwell, effective 8th December 2021.

Steve Rothwell, Managing Director

Steve Rothwell, Managing Director

Speaking about the changes Gill said “Serving NIS as their Managing Director has been the greatest privilege of my career, and I’m thrilled to be handing on the baton to such a great friend and colleague.  Steve has been instrumental in embedding a Quality-focused performance culture, and I know he will continue to lead and evolve the business with the values that we both hold so dear at the heart of everything we do.  I’m very much looking forward to the next phase of NIS Ltds evolution, and continuing to support Steve as a member of the NIS Executive Board focusing on our client relationships and the continued strategic growth of NIS Ltd and the wider Group companies ”

Ahead of his appointment Steve said “Extremely excited is probably the best way to describe how I’m feeling, but I’m also incredibly proud to be tasked with leading a business that has very quickly grown to mean so much to me.  I came to NIS because of Gill and what she stands for as a person, friend and leader, Gill embodies everything that is NIS.  The people at NIS are amongst the best I’ve ever worked with, and Gills legacy leaves us with the strongest foundations to continue our growth long into the future”.

The NIS Holdings board want to thank Gill for her hard work and dedication during her tenure as Managing Director underpinning the growth and culture of the business and look forward to working with Steve as he leads NIS maintaining focus on business delivery.  We are pleased that Gill will remain as a Director supporting Steve, NIS, the wider group companies and our customers.

NIS wins multi-million-pound contract on PPPs SPRS Retreatment Plant (SRP) project

NIS is delighted to announce that they have won two of the five glovebox manufacturing packages on the Sellafield SRP project being delivered as part of the sites Programme and Project Partners (PPP) model.

The SRP is a new facility that will receive special nuclear material from existing stores and process into a form suitable for safe and secure storage until 2120.

On the back of the ongoing SRP Vortex Amplifier (VXA) Glovebox contract, NIS is playing an important role on the SRP project delivering the fabrication of the main system 400 containments prior to assembly and Integrated works test of the full line, along with two standalone gloveboxes.

This multi-million-pound contract brings together NIS core competences of glovebox manufacture, leak testing, assembly and integrated works testing within our purpose-built facilities.

Gill Marsden said “This opportunity has been a key strategic target for NIS for almost 5 years and I really couldn’t be any prouder of the whole team who have worked so hard to turn it into a reality. This contract asserts our position as a UK Centre of Excellence for complex containments and will bring sustainable benefit to our people, our communities, our partners and supply chain”.

Steve Rothwell added “The award of this contract provides NIS the exciting opportunity of continuing on our SRP journey with PPP and Sellafield. Our long-standing relationships with Sellafield are important to us as a business, this new platform with PPP provides the opportunity for our business to support their goal of transforming project delivery safely, quickly and cost effectively through structured ongoing collaborative working”.

NIS Apprentice wins MAKE UK Award

NIS is delighted to announce that Leah Green has won Business Apprentice: Final Year at this year’s Make UK Northwest dinner held on Thursday 4th November 2021 at the Marriot Hotel Preston.

Leah joined NIS in 2019 as an Assurance & Business Change Apprentice within the Quality Assurance Department where she has continually impressed her colleagues with her enthusiasm to learn and help wherever she can.

As a regional winner Leah will be invited to the National awards in London in January where we wish her every success.

NIS is a winner in the RoSPA Awards 2021

NIS is celebrating after landing an internationally-recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards.

We have been awarded an Order of Distinction (15 consecutive Golds) in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running H&S industry awards.

Good news keeps on coming

The good news keeps on coming as we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a contract with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) for the modification and re-purposing of a suite of nuclear gloveboxes.

Gill Marsden, NIS Managing Director said “NNL are a long-standing client with their main laboratory on the Sellafield site home to a whole host of gloveboxes that we have previously designed and/or manufactured over the last two decades. We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to working with the NNL team”.

NNL Glovebox Modifications

The project supports the Hot Isostatic Pressing experiment (HIP100) at NNL, and the scope of the contract will see NIS modify, refurbish, fit out and test five containment systems before delivering to one of the NNL facilities for trials.

Gill added “This is a particularly important win for us as, when combined with our other projects in this specialist field, we are another step closer to achieving our vision of becoming the UK Centre of Excellence for Glovebox Manufacture”.

NIS growth drives Leadership team expansion

As we start a new and incredibly exciting financial year, we are pleased to share a number of key changes that have been introduced to the NIS Team structure.

The changes are primarily driven by the need to accommodate and achieve the significant business growth we are seeing as a result of several major contract awards, but they will also ensure that we continue to drive our delivery performance to achieve our mission of excellence in engineering and manufacturing.

On the 1st April Managing Director Gill Marsden announced that Operations Director, Steve Rothwell, was to be appointed Deputy Managing Director, and Steve Bradshaw joined the NIS Ltd Executive Board as Engineering Director. These moves further enhance our expertise in integrated design for manufacture, and they perfectly complement the role David Brown now plays as Technical Director with responsibility for Product Development and Assurance as well as steering our Digital strategy.

In his role of Deputy Managing Director, Steve Rothwell will continue to have Directorial oversight of all NIS Operations, however it is recognized that additional capacity is required to continue to drive customer focused performance across the portfolios, therefore Tom Atkinson will take on a new role supporting Steve as Head of Project Portfolios.  Tom, and the Directors will support a new Senior Leadership Team comprising of 8 Portfolio Leads who will be focused on the safe and efficient delivery of our Project Portfolios.

The increased volume of work in our Nuclear and Defence Portfolios will also see us expand into a new 4500sq ft office building at Wilton House, just over the road from our Headquarters on Ackhurst Road.

Ackhurst Business Park

Speaking about the growth, Gill Marsden said “It is a testament to all of the excellent people at NIS that not only has our business survived in an environment where so many have struggled, but that we are looking to start FY 2021/22 in the strongest position we have known for well over a decade, I really couldn’t be prouder of the whole team

Success for NIS

NIS is delighted to announce that we have now signed a contract with Morgan Sindall Infrastructure as part of Sellafield Ltd’s Programme and Project Partners to deliver Analytical Equipment Development for RAP (Replacement Analytical Project). The RAP is required to deliver circa 100 analytical instruments. These range from simple commercially available off the shelf (COTS) to complex equipment, of which NIS have been selected to deliver ‘Remote-operation based modifications’.

Replacement Analytical Project

We have been successfully delivering the design and manufacture of bespoke gloveboxes and high integrity containment systems to the Nuclear and Defence sectors for over 35 years and have the perfect set of capabilities to ensure the success of RAP.

Gill Marsden, Managing Director said “Securing the RAP contract was a key strategic target for the business, and I’m especially proud of the NIS team that worked so hard during difficult Lockdown conditions to pull such a high-quality tender submission together. We are delighted to be continuing our well-established relationship with Sellafield Ltd and we look forward to getting to know the PPP Team, as well as working alongside our expert industry friends from Aquila and Orano as the other framework holders.”

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from NIS

It has been a real roller coaster time for everyone this year and we are all ready for the Christmas Break. Whilst 2020 has presented more than its share of challenges, we are proud to have continued to deliver excellence, ensuring our projects of National Importance have stayed on track.

We are feeling super positive and grateful for everything we have to look forward to in 2021.

We are determined that the legacy of COVID19 will leave us as a stronger and more agile business, and we are excited to be starting a number of new, exciting projects in the New Year.

We will be closing from Thursday 24th December and reopening Monday 4th January.

Once again will be donating the money historically spent on corporate Christmas cards and gifts to our chosen charities, Derian House Chorley and Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

Huge thanks to all our staff, clients and supply chain partners for your continued support, we wish you all a very happy and healthy Christmas and a prosperous 2021.

Christmas Jumper Day 2020

NIS is a winner in the RoSPA Awards 2020

NIS are delighted to have received a prestigious award in recognition of our practices and achievements in helping our staff and clients get home safely at the end of the working day.

We have been awarded a President’s Award (14 consecutive Golds) in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

We will be presented with the award during a virtual ceremony on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.