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Our annual dinner takes place on Thursday 9th May 2019 at the Mercure Grange Park Hotel, Willerby, Hull.

With a difference….. 

Together we present:

The CATCH & YCF Annual Awards Dinner, featuring:

  • Drinks Reception – meet the sponsors
  • Three course meal
  • ConCom Apprentice of the Year Award
  • People Awards
  • Plus After dinner speaker
  • And a Charity Raffle

Sponsorship packages are available now – this is your opportunity to showcase your business to an expected 300+ industry professionals, throughout Yorkshire & Humber and beyond.

Further details and a booking form Annual Dinner Booking Form 2019

This event will be our largest awards dinner to date and we would love for you to be involved!

If you have any questions at all, please contact Lisa – or


National engineering and manufacturing specialist E3 Recruitment (E3R) has signed an exclusive partnership with leading trade association CATCH, an industry led partnership which supports the engineering, process, and renewable industries in the Humber region.

The partnership follows CATCH’s merge with YCF in April this year, a membership organisation for the manufacturing and process industries which E3R has partnered with since its inception in 2013. The merge expanded both networks and reach adding a skills provision, a £12 million training facility, and approved contractor support to YCF’s offering.

There is great synergy between E3R, CATCH and YCF as E3R is a specialist recruiter for the Chemical and Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas and Energy and Utilities sectors, with specialist sector teams, which means continuity of contact with consultants who build in-depth knowledge of their specific industry and are experts in theirs fields.

E3R is proud to be partnering with these innovative industry led membership organisations and can provide members with quality recruitment advice, offering a sounding board for companies that maybe experiencing skills challenges.  E3R has a wealth of experience in the industry and prides itself on building long lasting relationships with clients built on openness and trust which results in client loyalty and E3R becoming an extension of their HR team.

The new partnership is already providing mutual opportunities for both parties with E3R hosting the YCF’s Skills Meeting on 28th November at their Huddersfield Head Office, which brings together manufacturers to discuss skills issues. On 4th December E3R is sponsoring YCF’s Cosmetic Cluster UK event ‘Practical Brexit’, which offers attendees practical solutions on the key issues facing the cosmetic industry. E3R will also be offering the CATCH courses to over 150 of its clients at a discounted rate.

Katie Hedges, Head of Membership Services at CATCH commented: “E3 Recruitment have been a subscribing member of YCF Limited and its cluster since E3R’s inception in 2015. Having built our relationship over several years, we are confident that, as our exclusive recruitment partner, they will serve our members needs particularly well, whether that is recruiting, speaking at our events or proving guidance at our networks. The wider CATCH team and I look forward to working with them”.

Andrew Pilling, E3R Director commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with CATCH and continuing our partnership with YCF. Both are a perfect strategic fit as E3R specialise in Chemical and Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas and Energy and Utilities recruitment. The UK faces an unprecedented skills shortage and with the level of unemployment at the lowest it has been in decades – filling technical positions is becoming increasingly more difficult. We are looking forward to embarking on the partnership and offering our recruitment, skills and compliance expertise to all members through networking, speaking at events and hosting learning lunches.”


We would like to invite you to the next UK public Reliability & Operations Excellence Master Class

Date: December 5th 2018

Location: CATCH, Humberside

Through inspirational case studies from some of the world’s best operations, this one-day workshop will show you how to:

-Establish reliability alongside safety and quality as a core value in your business
-Increase quality production capability whilst sustainably reducing costs
-Make step changes in your safety and environmental performance
-Implement reliability practices throughout your organisation
-Lead the culture change to high reliability performance
-Create defect elimination habits in your workforce

Please see the below link for more information on the event…

Masterclass Event Flyer

CATCH Members entitled to 15% discount off all bookings made before
October 31st 2018 using discount code CATCH15

Register Now


Please find attached the full details of our Practical Brexit event on the 4th December, kindly hosted by Thor Specialities and sponsored by E3 Recruitment and Microbiological Solutions.

Flyer – Brexit

The programme is as follows:

10:00     Registration

10:30     Welcome and update, Dr Gillian Westgate, Chair

11:00     Keynote, Francesca Rapolla, Regulatory Officer, CTPA

11:30     Our Regulatory Plans, Scott Betts, Technical Manager, Thor Specialities (UK) Limited

12:00     Lunch & Networking

13:00     The Responsible Person, Alex Fotheringham, Microbiological Solutions

13:30     Sufachem’s Strategy, Greg Barton, Deputy Managing Director, Surfachem

14:00     Roundtable Q&A Session & Refreshments

15:00    Panel Discussion & Final Comments

15:30     Optional Tour of Thor

16:30     Close

I do hope that you are able to join us – members of CATCH, YCF & CCUK are just £35+vat and non-members £145+vat.   To book your place, please visit our new Cosmetics Cluster UK website – – we hope you like it!

For more information please contact:  Lisa Buck, Operations Manager

M: 07545 159503







10:00 – Registration and refreshments

10:30 – Introduction and update on EU Exit negotiations

10:45 – Supply chains, tariffs and rules of origin (presentation followed by facilitated group discussions)

Government is talking to with businesses to ensure that the rules of origin we agree with the EU allow businesses to continue to operate integrated supply chains.  Officials will explain what rules of origin are and how they are relevant to businesses in ensuring that trade tariffs are avoided, before helping industry representatives to explore the potential impacts on their companies.  Registrants will be sent information and a questionnaire ahead of the event.

12:00 – Customs and the border (presentation followed by Q&A with government and industry panel)

Officials will explain how the UK’s customs proposals would operate, demystify some of the complex issues around border administration and help industry representatives to explore what preparations they can make for new trading arrangements.

13:00 – Lunch

13:45 – Regulations (presentation followed by Q&A with government and industry panel)

Officials will explain the impact on the chemicals regulatory regimes in a no-deal scenario, describe the action that the Government is taking to mitigate the risks associated with this, and outline what businesses need to do from a regulatory perspective in order to minimise disruptions to the chemicals supply chain.

15:00 – General Q&A with a joint Government/industry panel to allow businesses to highlight other issues

15:30 – Closing remarks and next steps

These events are intended to support chemicals businesses, as well as downstream users of chemicals (coatings, plastics, cleaning products, cosmetics, adhesives etc), to understand the potential impacts of EU Exit on their business in key areas such as regulations, tariffs/rules of origin and customs/border processes.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions of policy officials, advise Government on the impact of EU Exit on your business and help to shape the negotiation and policy positions that will support the sector.

Please register now for your nearest event:


2019 is the first year that CATCH and YCF will combine their member directories. The big book of the Humber and the YCF members directory will form a new publication specifically for the manufacturing, energy and process industries.

The Directory will be distributed online to over 2500 members and associates in various sectors, from speciality chemicals, cosmetics and personal care, pharmaceuticals, energy, petrochemicals and more!

The joint Directory follows the merger of the two companies in June 2018, so the addition of a new directory, which will showcase the Yorkshire and Humber region and beyond, will serve as guidance for members, connect manufactures and providers, aid networking and collaboration. It will also detail information on the benefits and services the two organisations deliver to its members and associates.  Including CATCH skills, ConCom, manufacturer only networks and Clusters such as the Cosmetics Cluster UK and the Chemicals Cluster UK.

The directory will be free for members and non-members to access and is a fantastic way to connect with fellow companies in the industry.

Please click here to download the CATCH & YCF Directory media pack for advertising opportunities.

For further information, please contact Lisa – uk or


Date: 21 November 2018
Time: 08:30 – 15:15
Venue: Hull University – Canham Turner (Staff House)


Following on from the successful launch of the 4th Energy Barometer, the conference will focus on the key areas highlighted with more detail analysis of the important topics and technology solutions.

We are delighted to welcome our colleagues from EI HQ and a number of local speakers across Industry, Local Authority and Academia.

The topic of people and skills will highlight the continued need for integration between local companies and students. The lunch break provides an excellent opportunity to bring both groups together. We hope you will be able to join us.

Conference Agenda:

08:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:00 Welcome and Introduction – Alastair Robertson, EI

09:10 Outline of the 2018 Energy Barometer – Kinga Niemczyk, EI HQ

09:45 Energy Policy – Industrial Strategy/Clean Growth Strategy – A Local Authority Interpretation – East Riding Council

10:15 Investment Risk – Elvis Hernandez – OSL Risk Management

10:45 Refreshments

11:00 Sustainable Energy – (University of Hull)

11:30 Energy Storage Explained

12:00 People and Skills in Energy

12:30 Lunch and Career Networking

13:15 Energy Efficiency – Implementing ISO50001:2011 (2018) – Ian Gibbs

13:40 Technology Paper – Bio Fuel – The Options and Challenges – Mike Tooke

14:05 Technology Paper – Hydrogen

14:30 Closing Remarks – Alastair Robertson, EI

14:40 Coffee and Networking

15:15 Meeting Finish

Refreshments and buffet lunch will be provided

If you would like to attend this event, please visit the EI website.

Kind regards,

EI Humber Branch


Join the Business Hive us for this exciting tour of

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CATCH is an industry led partnership supporting the process, energy, engineering and renewable industries in the Humber region.
They are actively involved in developing skills and qualifications programmes both regionally and nationally, they are unique and offer world class facilities.

This exciting opportunity is only available to Business Hive Members!

Book Here

The agenda of the day will be as follows:

Arrive- 11am

Meet and Greet talk by CEO David Talbot- 11.15am

Tour of facilities- 11.30 – 12.30pm

Lunch and Networking opportunity- 12.30 – 1.30pm


Wednesday 14th November

11am until 1:30pm (Lunch included)

Redwood Park Estate



DN41 8TH



We look forward to seeing you there!


The annual process safety event was opened by the CATCH Major Hazards Group chairman, David Hughes, who introduced key note speaker Craig Foyle, President of IOSH.  Craig is on a mission to improve the reputation of safety practitioners and consultants and celebrate the achievements of a wide range of organisations and individuals who are improving safety performance.  Seeing both good and bad safety practise across the world has helped understand where we can all still improve.  Safety leadership must start at the top to make it happen.  SHE professionals can help influence positive safety culture and become safety enablers.  Motivation is key to managing and leading safety.  The best career advice Craig was ever given was be totally honest and watch the football!

Peter Galsworthy from the HSE spoke about managing risk in the major hazard sector – operator assurance.  Peter reflected on the challenge of assurance.  Offshore sector operators received a letter to highlight a trend in increasing hydrocarbon releases and a demand for a review of PSL and assurance of their audit and systems to ensure improvements are seen.  A deeper understanding is required of systems and failures inside these frameworks.  COMAH operators in the Humber were encouraged to review their systems and ensure they strengthen their shield against process safety incidents.

HSE press release –

Understanding Comah: performance and recognition framework,

David Coakley from the HSE spoke about P profiling – T targeting – S strategy.  A framework for thinking strategically, linked to the intervention planning process but with a longer time frame in mind.

Profiling is the base information that the strategy will be set on.  This will be done in conjunction with the operator. Review of processes, hazards and MAH scenarios.

The HSE will be looking at HSG65, following the Plan, Do, Check, Act approach.  Looking at how health and safety can be managed across the organisation in a holistic way

David recommended the guide Managing for health and safety (please note that the printed version has better/more complete diagrams than the web version)

The HSE are encouraging sites to use the OECD check list for regulatory decision making which will assist in site leadership preparations for interventions.

Phil Scott from the Chemical Industries Association gave a presentation on the ways industry can collaborate and work at continuously improving safety in our industries.

Phil highlighted the COMAH strategic forum and the Chemical & Downstream Oil Industries Forum (CDOIF) – established to support joint learning from incidents across the hazardous industry sectors.

Rob Fogg, Process Safety Consultant, ABB discussed how to Successfully Implement Process Safety Management.  The advice shared was to keep it simple, do we understand what could go wrong?  Do we know what our systems are to prevent this happening? And do we have information or evidence to assure us that the systems are working effectively?

Rob advised operators to take a step back and review what they are doing and ensure it is effective.  Process safety must be integrated with running the business, it cannot work as an add-on.  Finally Rob explained the importance of working together and improving the conversations being held about process safety management.

Alan Harper, Assistant Director of Planning, from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trusts joined the meeting to highlight some recent concerns regarding workers that have been exposed to a chemical on sites and the employers have arranged for the members of staff to go to hospital in a taxi.  On both occasions, the ambulance service were not informed and the A&E department therefore not given any heads up that casualties were on route.

The risks here are of secondary contamination on route to the hospital in the taxi and a potential contamination of the A&E department, who had not known to instigate their CBRN decontamination procedures.

Ambulance / Hospitals Trusts are keen to reinforce the importance of calling 999 and informing ambulance of any similar issues involving chemical incidents at work, so that appropriate advice can be given to the sites and the response from the ambulance/hospital services can be tailored to the situation.

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