31 Jul 15
Hinkley Point C

Find out more about the South West businesses that will benefit from Hinkley Point C

Somerset Larder: Six Somerset food producers join forces to compete for large catering contracts

Somerset Larder was established in 2014 to bring together the county’s finest food and drink producers – to act as one – in order to compete for large catering contracts.

Somerset Larder estimate serving 8,000 meals a day at the planned Hinkley Point C site and using 1.5m eggs, half a million kilos of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, 20 tonnes of cheese and 1.2m tea bags each year at peak construction.

They have plans to provide the construction site with a full service, one stop catering solution including a central production kitchen and exclusive Somerset sourced products. Somerset Larder operate a ‘from field to fork’ ethos working with over 20 local food and drink producers ensuring only the finest, locally sourced, products make it onto canteen tables.

It’s not just food produce that the Larder will need in plentiful supply, as the Hinkley Point C opportunity is set to create over 200 direct new jobs plus create other openings throughout the supply chain. Working with Bridgwater College, Somerset Larder has launched ‘FAB Futures’ which aims to attract, train and develop skills in hospitality for recruits of all ages and backgrounds. This will provide a pipeline of workers ready as required for the project – including many new apprenticeships.

The Somerset Larder directors hope to make Somerset and neighbouring counties a focus for ‘Food Accommodation Beverage’ talent and to raise the standards and reward for careers in hospitality. Somerset Larder already operates at Hinkley Point C today having won the £1.8m interim catering contract in 2014.

Somerset Larder comprises of:

  • Cricketer Farms, Nether Stowey
  • Cossey Produce Ltd, Bridgwater
  • DJ Miles & Co, Porlock
  • Pyne’s of Somerset, Bridgwater
  • Mortimers Bakery, Yeovil
  • Gundenham Dairy, Wellington

Somerset Passenger Solutions: a family business and national bus operator join forces
Transporting workers by bus

Somerset Passenger Solutions was established in order to bid for the Hinkley Point C main bussing contract. The venture is a 50:50 joint venture between bus operator First Bus and Weston-super-Mare based family business, Crosville Motor Services Ltd.

As part of Hinkley Point C’s planning permissions and commitment to the local community, the vast majority of the workforce will travel to the construction site by bus.

Somerset Passenger Solutions has plans to operate high frequency services to the Hinkley Point construction site from dedicated Park and Ride sites, staff campus accommodation sites and from surrounding towns and villages for employees living across the area. They will require around 300 dedicated staff to manage the anticipated 5,000+ daily round-trip passenger journeys at peak construction.

Crosville Motor Services first engaged with EDF Energy more than five years ago and were awarded interim contract status in 2014. In June 2014 they invited First Bus to join the venture, in response to the release of the scope of the main contract.

Crosville Motor Services is a local family operator which runs its core services from Weston Super Mare and operates across North Somerset and Somerset County footprints. It is now expanding to be the largest independent operator within Weston-super-Mare and currently employs over 100 local people within North Somerset.

Crosville run a variety of vehicles from a heritage fleet dating back to the 1940s, right through to a modern fleet ranging from luxury coaches, through to the super low-floor hybrid spec buses. Crosville also own one of the only Sentinel Steam bus in the world, which is the pride of their fleet.

First Bus is one of Britain’s largest bus operators providing around a fifth of bus services outside London. In the South West First operates nearly 700 vehicles from depots at Taunton and Bridgwater across its Buses of Somerset network and from depots in Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare and Wells in its First West of England network.  It also operates an extensive network of services and contracts in Cornwall with a fleet of 200 vehicles.

Somerset Passenger Solutions is formed by:

  • Crosville Motor Services Ltd, Weston-super-Mare
  • First Bus, Taunton

HOST: an alliance of four companies to manage the workforce accommodation contract
Workers’ campus accommodation management

HOST is a new venture of four Somerset companies that have joined forces in order to bid for the accommodation management contract for the proposed Hinkley Point C power station.

The focus for HOST will be the management of accommodation campuses for the Hinkley Point C workforce, totalling 1,500-beds, located at the construction site and in Bridgwater, Somerset.

HOST’s ambition is to create and maintain a clean and comfortable home from home environment to promote a good night's sleep, aiding productive days at work.  HOST is committed to Somerset, with plans to source 95% of its future workforce and associated goods and services locally.

Combined, HOST has more than 60 years in first class hotel and leisure experience. It is estimated that at the Hinkley Point C accommodation campuses HOST will employ a workforce of 150 full-time equivalent staff.

As well as managing the campus accommodation, HOST is developing a booking portal to ensure bed space in hotels and guest houses across the county is highlighted to the large contractor companies on the project – helping them to avoid commission costs associated with other booking systems.

Host comprises of:

  • CML, Taunton
  • John West (contractors) Ltd, Weston-super-Mare
  • Brooking Ruse & Co., Weston-super-Mare
  • Paragon Laundry, Yeovil


For more information contact:

Gordon Bell
Senior External Communications Manager - NNB
01278 654535
07843 218088

EDF Energy in the South West

In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.