ICW was delighted to be offered a Stand at the NDA Supply Chain Event 2014, held at Event City Manchester on 6 November. The event was aimed at suppliers working in the nuclear decommissioning supply chain – mostly SMEs. There were around 1500 delegates.
Following introductory speeches and the presentation of Supply Chain Awards, the exhibition opened for the rest of the day. During the afternoon there were also a number of collaborative presentations.
Our Stand was manned by two ICW Associates, Nicky Painter and Robert Shields and we were very pleased to be joined by Mark Gouldstone of BSI who gave us much appreciated support.
To attract people to the stand we invited pairs of visitors to take a 'trust challenge' for prizes. Most were quite enthusiastic! They were required independently to answer the same questions on a card about themselves and their partner: the results were compared and they were then rated as to 'How well do you know your partner?' and 'How well might you collaborate?' According to their results they were then entered for a draw for one of three prizes: Dave Hawkins' latest book 'Raising the Standard for Collaboration'; a BS 11000 Awareness Workshop for up to eight people and an on-line Self-assessment Test.
The whole challenge and analysis took only 5 minutes – and while people were waiting for their results there was an opportunity to tell them more about ICW and BS 11000 and give them relevant hand-outs.
During the day we were honoured to have a visit from the two key speakers at the Event: Baroness Verma (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy) and Rear Admiral Mike Wareham (Director of Submarines).
It was a long day and hard work but we all felt it was well worth while: contacts were made through the 'trust challenge' and other visitors left their cards. Of these four expressed an interest in BS 11000 Certification and another (already Certified) wanted help rolling it out to Suppliers.