21 May 15

Sizewell B employees celebrate difference

Sizewell B welcomed charities and support networks from across Suffolk today as part of a range of activities to celebrate Diversity and Inclusion Week.

EDF Energy believes that a diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to the performance of the business.

Suffolk Carers and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) were amongst those present at the power station to spread the word of the diverse services on offer around the County.

Stuart Crooks, EDF Energy’s Managing Director for its generation business was at Sizewell B to welcome the groups and meet with Sizewell B employees.

Stuart said: "I am grateful to the organisations that have come along today to talk with our employees at Sizewell.

We have a great range of support networks at EDF Energy but it is also important that employees see what is available in the local community.

"Diversity & Inclusion within EDF Energy has come a long way. We should feel very proud of the progress made to build a culture where employees feel respected, valued and listened to.

"A place where everyone can be themselves and perform to their best - which supports personal growth and development. Creating a positive working environment encourages active contributions from all our people.

"We must not be complacent though and one area we are working particularly hard around is shining a light on the roles that a good STEM qualification can lead to for both females and males. At Sizewell we have hosted workshops for local school children so that they can meet female apprentices and graduates and see the range of roles on offer. "

Carly Small from Suffolk Family Carers said: "Sizewell B is a major employer and some of the staff or their friends and families may be carers and not even realise it. We want to spread the word that there is support out there."

Gemma Smith from EACH said: "Employees at Sizewell B have been keen fundraisers for EACH so I wanted to come along today to say thank you – and to let others know about the latest way they can raise funds for the work we do."

With 550 staff and 250 contractors the power station is one of the biggest employers in the region and is worth £40million a year to the local economy.

For more information contact:

Marjorie Barnes
Media Officer (East)
01728 653378
07515 295488

Notes to editors

Exhibitors included:

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)


Suffolk Family Carers


Healthwatch Suffolk


Disability Advice Service


The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association Suffolk (ssafa)


EDF Energy in the East of England

In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. EDF Energy has completed Stage One consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are 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 up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.