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.

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.