Our aim is for Hinkley Point C to have a lasting positive impact on Somerset and the South West region. That’s why we’ve put delivery of local benefits at the heart of the project. 

Along with the estimated 25,000 job opportunities, boost to the local economy and significant prospects for businesses in the local area, we are delivering improvements to local infrastructure and creating vital education and skills programmes. And that’s not all. Our £20 million Community Fund is providing small grants to help local projects, supporting a community cohesion programme and underpinning our community impact mitigation fund. 

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Community Fund

As part of the development of Hinkley Point C, we have committed £20 million to community support funds to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of communities that are affected by the development of the new nuclear power station. This is in addition to improvements to local infrastructure agreed and the investment made in local skills and employment, supporting the UK industrial strategy to build prosperous regional communities.   

The projects that have received funding so far have been diverse. They range from two £250,000 grants to support both the construction of Wemdon’s new village hall and Williton’s new memorial ground and pavilion, to the funding of a new community gym, young people’s outreach workers, employment hubs and much more. 

Success stories

Boosting the local economy

A large number of employment opportunities not directly related to Hinkley Point C will be created as a result of the increased local activity. We are working with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce to ensure local suppliers are fully integrated into the whole supply chain. 

The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development has calculated that the project can bring £200 million per annum into the regional economy during peak construction and £40 million per annum during the entirety of the planned 60-year operation of the power station.

Local business successes

Somerset companies working with us to form consortiums of local suppliers have secured £440 million of Hinkley Point C site services contracts to date. Local companies will deliver a variety of services such as catering, transport and site accommodation, among others. 

Boosting local tourism

Twenty-five thousand employment opportunities across the project not only means a boost to the wider economy, it also represents a major new market for Somerset’s tourism businesses.

Since 2015, we have worked closely with Visit Somerset, Visit Exmoor, Exmoor National Park, local authorities, the County Council, tourism providers and their representatives on a range of tourism projects and initiatives funded through £700,000 of investment from Hinkley Point C.

Jobs and training at Hinkley Point C

The construction and operation of Hinkley Point C will create thousands of employment and apprenticeship opportunities in a broad range of occupations and careers including construction, civil engineering, electrical installation, hospitality, catering, logistics, security, site services, support roles and others over the coming years.

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Education and skills

Working with our construction partners, we are delivering education experiences to young people of all ages, encouraging them to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics - known as STEM subjects.

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Accommodation opportunities

We have joined forces with Sedgemoor District Council, West Somerset Council, North Somerset Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council to provide a website that makes it easy to register and rent rooms and properties to our workforce.

It’s also a great tool if you are looking for rental accommodation in the local area.

To register your room or property and search for the perfect local rental accommodation, visit somersethomelet.co.uk. Our dedicated Accommodation Office is on hand if you would like advice or guidance. Email us at hinkley-accommodation@edf-energy.com or telephone 0800 096 7360.

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Contact us

The best way to contact us is by completing our online enquiry form.

Call us on 0333 009 7070 (24 hour free phone number).

Stop by our visitor centre in the Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ. We are open from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday.

Write to us at: Hinkley Point Visitor Centre, Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ

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