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.

Framework Collaboration

We are delighted to be working alongside Frazer-Nash Consultancy on the UK Atomic Energy Authority Engineering Design Services Framework (EDS) framework applying our UK nuclear fission experience to benefit fusion.

  • Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) can benefit from our 35 years’ experience on infrastructure projects for the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Ministry of Defence.
  • Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology (H3AT) can benefit from our experience of 300+ gloveboxes and integrated process systems.
  • Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) can benefit from our broad and diverse portfolio of remote mechanical handling systems.
  • Materials Research Facility (MRF) can benefit from our experience of shielded and contained nuclear facilities in UK fission.

We are very proud to support Frazer-Nash with process engineering; computer-based modelling and simulation; electrical control and instrumentation (EC&I); and specialist nuclear services and other framework holders with mechanical engineering.

Please contact Mark Pritchard for further information.

https://www.fnc.co.uk/discover-frazer-nash/news/delivering-technical-expertise-on-ukaea-engineering-design-servicempritchard@nisltd.coms-framework/

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Business Update Bulletin

Welcome to our Business Update Bulletin, I hope you don’t mind us stealing a few minutes of your time to tell you what we’ve been up to for these last few crazy months.  From a personal perspective, I can honestly say this has been the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced as a business leader, but it’s also been one of the most rewarding, as I can say with certainty that I’ve never been prouder of the amazing team of excellent people we are privileged to have working at NIS.

It’s been a roller coaster time for everyone, but we are now clearly focused on our own “Operation Bounceback” and ensuring that for us the legacy of COVID19 is a stronger and more agile business than we have ever had before, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities that lie ahead.

Excellence in Engineering and Manufacturing #Poweredbypride

Gill Marsden

Managing Director

 

So what have we been doing, and more importantly why?

At the very early stages of the pandemic we identified 3 primary principles:

  • To Protect the health and wellbeing of our people and their families.
  • To Protect our Business and keep it operational
  • To Protect our NHS resources and support the nations efforts to take whatever measures are necessary to get through the pandemic.

 

To Protect the health and wellbeing of our people and their families.

Before the pandemic the vast majority of our teams were based on the NIS site with very few people ever working from home, so it was a huge challenge for us to establish remote working arrangements, However, within a week of lockdown we had managed to get our entire engineering, project and business support teams set up and running with all of the associated risk assessments, IT services and equipment, a fantastic effort by all involved.

Obviously, we haven’t yet found a way to manufacture from home, so this was a completely different challenge! We took an operational pause to allow the director team to understand which of our many projects were deemed “essential” and to then transform the facilities into a COVID secure workplace to allow us to bring back a small team of manufacturing experts to allow our critical Nuclear Defence projects to proceed.

To keep our teams connected and keep everyone updated of the constantly changing situation , a daily ‘Team NIS’ communication was introduced by the MD,  and within one week of the formal lockdown a ‘Working From Home Bulletin’ was published with a key focus on the lighter side of Lockdown Life.

Once the government guidelines were introduced for manufacturing businesses we were delighted to be able to confirm that the temporary arrangements that we’d put in place were easily converted into the required COVID secure requirements, which was no mean feat when you consider our SHEQ Manager had only started with us on the Monday following Lockdown!

You can meet Jordan and view our COVID secure facility here.

As long as protecting our physical health, we have also put a huge amount of effort into the protection of our mental health and wellbeing. We appointed a Welfare Co-Ordinator to ensure everyone had regular welfare checks, and we had an action-packed week recognising Mental Health Awareness week. This received a fantastic response with much sharing of vital information, team coffee mornings and lunches, a free time donated to everyone in the business to go and do something that was good for their soul!

To Protect our Business and keep it operational

Whilst several clients understandably put a temporary pause on some of our projects, others were deemed critical and with a level of flexibility, whilst working within our new boundaries, we have continued to deliver against our critical commitments throughout lockdown. and we are delighted to have been recognised for our endeavours:

”….Wanted to highlight the significance of your support and focus to AWE during this unprecedented time, Your efforts have been greatly appreciated by myself and the rest of the AWE leadership; thank you.”

To Protect our NHS resources and support the nations efforts to take whatever measures are necessary to get through the pandemic.

Recognising our capability could support the NHS, we were proud to see the products we have manufactured start making their way to Key Workers on the frontline. Taking their own initiative, several of our engineers explored the possibility of utilising the NIS 3D printer (and some of their personal ones) and started producing protective visors for Key Workers. A large number of these have now been distributed to Buckshaw Village Care Home, St Barnabas & St Pauls CofE School Blackburn and Eachstep Blackburn, a specialist Dementia care service, as well as more making their way to a cause close to the heart of a member of our Calleva Park team.

We have now gifted free of charge 7 intubation shield boxes, based on a design from The Manufacturing Technology Centre to local NHS sources at Furness General Hospital, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Whiston Hospital and Countess Of Chester Hospital, with a further 3 to be gifted shortly.

We are hoping to be adding to our team of #excellentpeople over the coming months so please keep an eye on our careers page and Linkedin page for forthcoming vacancies or drop your CV to hr@nisltd.com

NIS manufactures essential safety equipment

We are delighted, proud and even a bit emotional to see the products we have manufactured start making their way to Key Workers and the frontline.

Our first intubation shield box, based on a design from The Manufacturing Technology Centre was completed last week and we are now in the process of manufacturing another 10 which will be gifted to the NHS. The shields purpose is to minimise risk of exposure to COVID-19 for frontline care givers involved in both the intubation and extubation processes.

A large number of visors, which were printed on our 3D printers, have also now been distributed to Buckshaw Village Care Home and Eachstep Blackburn, which is a specialist Dementia care service as well as more making their way to a cause close to the heart of a member of our Calleva Park team.  #PoweredByPride

NIS Welcomes Steve Bradshaw as Head of Engineering

We are delighted to announce that Steve Bradshaw will be joining the NIS Senior Leadership Team on the 30th March 2020 as our Head of Engineering.  Steve is a well-known and respected figure within the Nuclear Engineering community having previously undertaken Director level roles at North West Projects, and more recently James Fisher Nuclear.  

Speaking about the appointment NIS Managing Director Gill Marsden said “NIS has long been renowned for delivering excellence in Engineering and Manufacturing, and we are thrilled that Steve will be joining our Technical Director David Brown, and our Chief Engineer Darren Rhodes, to continue to grow and develop our engineering capability.  I genuinely believe that the calibre of this team, combined with the many other excellent people we have, is second to none within our industry and will place us in a unique position to maximise the vast array of opportunities that lie ahead”.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It’s been another fantastic year of improvement at NIS and we are extremely proud of all of our excellent people and everything they have achieved.  A huge thank you goes to everyone on the NIS team, to our clients and supply chain partners, we wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

To complement our social impact programme we will once again be donating the money that we have historically spent on corporate Christmas cards and gifts to our chosen worthwhile causes, Derian House Chorley and Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

We will be closing on Tuesday 24th December and reopening on Monday 6th January.

Highlights from 2019

  • Over 250 hours spent helping the local community.
  • Started the production of 300 Soffit plates for Magnox which will be used to assist in the disposal of ILW.
  • Delivery of an enclosure which will directly assist with the Fukushima clean-up.
  • Secured a place on all 3 lots of NNL Engineering Services Framework.
  • Raised awareness of the importance of mental health in the workplace.
  • Celebrated 10 years membership of the National Skills Academy Nuclear.
  • Awarded our 13th consecutive RoSPA Gold.
  • Installation of an in-house designed and made War Memorial at a local primary school.
  • Improvements to infrastructure and facilities.

Success for NIS

NIS is delighted to announce that we have started production for the supply of approximately 300 soffit plates for the six cubic metre reinforced concrete boxes that will be used for the packaging, transport and disposal of Intermediate Level Wastes on site.

We have been successfully delivering the design and manufacture of bespoke solutions such as gloveboxes, high integrity containments, handling solutions and integrated systems to the Nuclear, Defence and High Technology industries for over 35 years. The capability we have developed to produce repeat manufacturing of higher volume units complements our existing offer and further cements our position in the Nuclear Manufacturing Supply Chain.

Gill Marsden, Managing Director said, “Strategically this is a huge win for us at a crucial stage of our transformation. With the healthiest order book, we’ve had in almost a decade we now have all of the cornerstones in place to rapidly accelerate our journey to Excellence”.

Our Operations Director, Steve Rothwell, added, “The award of this new contract further enhances and demonstrates our ability to deliver to our customers high integrity volume alongside bespoke manufacturing requirements in a concurrent manner. The new award allows NIS to continue its strategy to support both avenues of opportunity now and in the future. We look forward to working with Magnox in the delivery of the new requirements over the next two years.

NIS celebrates talent

NIS are celebrating 10 years of NSAN membership with a very special table of employees attending this year’s prestigious UK Nuclear Skills Awards.

As regular sponsors of the UK Nuclear Skills Awards, NIS are proud to be taking previous award winners and finalists, as well as those who have progressed their careers since starting as apprentices or graduates as part of the NIS skills development programme that NSAN have played such an active role in supporting.

Jack Cottam – Finalist – Supply Chain Apprentice of the year 2015, Jack joined NIS as an apprentice fabricator / welder in 2010. He was one of our first junior STEM ambassadors, and once he’d successfully completed his apprenticeship Jack continued his education with an NSAN Bursary being used to support his journey to become our youngest ever qualified European Welding Engineer.

Alex Livesey – Winner, Supply Chain Apprentice of the Year 2014 after completing his apprenticeship Alex worked as a skilled Project Build Fitter whilst studying for his BEng (Honours) in Mechanical and Production Engineering. Alex has travelled extensively supporting a number of NIS projects in places such as Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan and in 2018 he was promoted into his current position of Project Engineer.

Jordan Massey – NSAN SCAN funded Apprentice – Jordan joined NIS as an apprentice fitter in 2013 and very quickly embodied the NIS Values becoming a role model for those following the same journey. Jordan’s positive and professional attitude saw him appointed as Project Engineer in 2018

Andy Abrams – Andy was one of the first graduates to be employed as part of our enhanced skills programme, joining us fresh from university. Andy’s technical talent and professional commitment has seen him rise rapidly through the engineering ranks accumulating with his appointment as a Principal Mechanical Engineer in November 2018.

Josh Rewaj – Josh has been with us for just over 5 years having joined as a graduate EC&I engineer in 2013. Having excelled on a number of projects both in our design office and during testing and commissioning on client sites, Josh was recently promoted to become a Senior EC&I Engineer.

Andrew Hudson ––Whilst Andy didn’t join NIS until 2017 his CV shone due to him previously winning the titles of both Nuclear Supply Chain Apprentice and UK Nuclear Apprentice of the Year at the UK Nuclear Skills Awards in 2013. Andy initially worked as a Manufacturing Engineer at NIS before further widening his skill set in the Engineering Design team.

Richard Taffs – Richard was awarded the first ever NSAN STEM Ambassador Award in 2016. Having previously won the UK STEMNet National STEM ambassador of the Year and the inaugural RoSPA Archangel award we really couldn’t be any prouder of our super dedicated SHE Manager!

Gill Marsden – Gill instigated the NIS relationship with NSAN shortly after she arrived in 2010. Her commitment, both to our internal skills development as well as the national agenda saw her win the Outstanding Leadership in Skills award in 2012. Gills personal development continued and saw her appointed as NIS Managing Director in June 2017.

Speaking before this years event Gill said “This event has always been a real highlight for NIS, but its only when we’ve looked back and reflected that we’ve realised what a pivotal role NSAN has played in supporting both our individual careers and organisational development. I couldn’t be any prouder of the team that we’ve brought with us this evening although they are only a small proportion of the talented and committed NIS workforce that has worked tirelessly to transform our business over the last couple of years.”

Supporting local charity…

NIS is proud to say that our staff have been busy raising money for our favourite local charity Derian House by once again hosting our festive bake and Christmas jumper day which raised £275.63 for the children’s hospice. When combined with the money we historically spent on corporate Christmas cards and gifts we are delighted to say that the total given to Derian House was £775.63!

Merry Christmas everyone and all the best for 2019!

Julie and Nicola (L to R) handing over the cheque to Derian House

Changes to the NIS Board of Directors

Following an exciting and transformational 12 months, it is with very mixed emotions that we must announce changes to the NIS Executive Team.

Gary Ward, our Operations Director, will be leaving us on the 10th October as he has made the very difficult decision to return to a Major Project environment. Whilst Gary has only been with us for a short period of time, he has had a significant and positive impact on the business, and we are extremely grateful for the contribution he has made.

However, we are delighted to announce that we will welcome Steve Rothwell into the Operations Director role. Steve has almost 30 years of experience working within engineering and manufacturing organisations, predominantly in procurement and commercial roles, and we are confident that his Leadership style, drive and industry experience will be a huge asset as we continue to develop and enhance the business.

Speaking about his departure Gary said “It’s been an incredible 12 months working with Gill, David and the team, and whilst it hasn’t been without its challenges, it has been rewarding to see the business respond to change and grow. It’s been a very difficult decision for me to make, but the time now feels right for me to hand over the reins to Steve for him to continue embedding excellence across the organisation”. Steve added “I’ve known and respected NIS for a long time so I’m really looking forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities that exist within the business. I’m excited to be joining as part of the executive team and being able to play a key part in continuing to drive the business plan.”