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SGS United Kingdom Ltd, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has opened a second office in Somerset in readiness to bid for future contracts at Hinkley Point C.

The company already operates from a base at Worle Parkway providing audit services and has now opened an office in Shepton Mallet following the acquisition of local digital company i2i Infinity Ltd.

This expansion into the South West also includes the creation of a new business development team in response to feedback received from a recent HPC Routes to Market workshop attended by SGS managers at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre.

Neil Hunt, Business Development Manager – Industrial Services, said: “Attending the workshop gave us a clear idea of the demands of the Hinkley Supply Chain and what we needed to do to become a part of it.

“It quickly became clear there was a need for a greater presence in the area to enable SGS to have an increased focus on identifying and bidding on upcoming work packages for Hinkley Point C.

“The next step will be to take part in the Hinkley C Supplier Induction Programme as 80% of previous delegates are already either bidding on contracts or have won work at HPC.”

Mr Hunt said it was important SGS did all it could to maximize its opportunities to win work at Hinkley Point C and attending the induction programme and workshop meant it would be in the strongest possible position to be successful.

Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity and has more than 97,000 employees, across a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

The acquisition of i2i Infinity Ltd gives SGS a unique opportunity to act as the facilitator of global trade compliance and the partner of choice for digital solutions.

SGS already provides government and institution services, which will be complemented further by i2i Infinity Ltd. The company is the leading provider of Electronic Certificates of Origin in the UK and has provided customs compliance services to exporters and chambers of commerce using innovative proprietary software solutions for over 30 years.

The Shepton Mallet office is located at Harvest Court, in Park Road, and will also accommodate the expansion of SGS Industrial Services division into the region, which provide asset management services covering the full life cycle of an asset’s life.

These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Vendor surveillance services (supply chain)
  • ASME authorized agency
  • Destructive testing – UKAS accredited ISO 17025 materials testing laboratories both mechanical and coating and polymers
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • Valve testing and certification
  • Hazardous area ATEX inspection and testing
  • Product certification – notified body for PED and TPED – UKAS accredited ISO 17020
  • LOLER inspections – accredited to ISO/IEC 17020
  • PUWER inspections – accredited to ISO/IEC 17020
  • PSSR inspections – accredited to ISO/IEC 17020
  • Asset management audits – ISO 55001
  • Technical staffing services

For further information please contact:

Neil Hunt
Business Development Manager
t: +44 (0)1469 570247

About SGS

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.