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13th February 2018by Jessica Bocock

Through the exciting new North Lindsey College and CATCH Skills partnership, February sees the launch of 2 Leadership & Management qualifications on site. Accredited by the CMI, both the Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor Diploma and the Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager programmes will be offered as Apprenticeships for employers to access. The pathways are suitable for all levels of experience, from existing managers with significant management responsibilities, to supervisors and junior managers. They are aimed to improve the productivity, efficiency and management of key resources within companies by offering an accredited qualification to upskill the workforce.


The programmes are available for as little as £500 per person and employers who are paying the apprenticeship levy can use levy funds to pay for the training. The courses are delivered through blended learning with a requirement to come on site to CATCH roughly 3 days per quarter. Head of CATCH Skills James McIntosh said “ The launch of these programmes comes at a good time for local industry who have been effected by the apprenticeship levy and already recruit young apprentices in several areas across their businesses. This has left employers with a large pot of levy funds in their account with no routes to market to train people. These pathways provide a solution to upskill existing members of staff in the vital areas of Leadership & Management. The levy should be seen as an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce and gain them valuable qualifications that can aid their personal development. Even for non-levy paying employers, the L3 and L5 Management qualifications would normally be a much higher cost so the apprenticeship route allows the smaller companies to access the same qualifications at a much more reasonable price.  I am looking forward to working with North Lindsey College to further develop these and other pathways led by our employers demand to meet their training needs.”


For more information on registering for these courses please contact



9th February 2018by Katie Hedges

Annual Dinner Booking Form 2018


CATCH would like to invite you to attend our prestigious Annual Dinner to celebrate the Humber’s process, energy, engineering and renewable industries. Highlights will include:

  • Drinks reception on arrival
  • Three course dinner
  • After dinner speaker – Andy Green OBE – the current holder of the World Land speed record, and the first person to break the sound barrier on land.
  • Raffle


Save £25 per ticket if you book before Monday 19th March 2018.

Before 19th March:

Members £95
Non-Members £110

After 19th March:

Members £120
Non-Members £135


For further information or to book your tickets please contact Jenny Logan.
Email: or call 01469 552826

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25th January 2018by Katie Hedges

Work has begun to review and update the existing CGP strategy, published in 2013.  Although the overall ambition of the CGP – boosting the gross valued-added contribution of our sector by 50% by 2030 – will not change, the aim to establish the position of the industry represented by CGP in the recently published UK Industrial Strategy. The Strategy will be market led, linking the regions/place, and to key customer sectors such as automotive and life-sciences, and will cover the broad science base represented by the chemistry based industry.  Updating the strategy will also help inform any future sector deal proposals from the CGP.   The updated CGP strategy will be developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, facilitated by CIA (Steve Elliott) and SCI (Sharon Todd) with input from BEIS.

With immediate effect, the following appointments have been made:

  • Harry Swan, Managing Director of Thomas Swan & Co. succeeds Ian Shott as the new Chair of the Innovation theme (now including decarbonisation). SCI will take over management support for the theme and will work closely with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network.
  • Richard Carter, Managing Director of BASF UK and Ireland, succeeds Harry as Chair of our Supply Chains theme
  • Paul Booth, Chair of Tees Valley LEP, will lead the new Regions theme, working closely with our regional cluster organisations and with CIA providing management support for the group.
  • Tom Crotty, Director of Ineos; Calum MacLean, Chief Executive of Synthomer and Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey will continue to lead the Energy, Brexit and Skills themes respectively.

The Joint Secretariat for the CGP Leadership Team will continue to be carried out by BEIS and CIA.

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16th January 2018by Katie Hedges

Eligible businesses can apply for grants of up to £5,000 as part of the Exporting for Growth programme which is match funded and can be used for various projects.

What can the funding be used for?

  • Flights and accommodation to agreed target markets
  • Overseas trade events entry and exhibition costs
  • Design and production of international marketing material
  • Internationalisation of website including translations
  • International market research and consultancy services

In order to receive the funding the businesses must meet certain criteria.

Is your business eligible?

  • The company must be located in the Sheffield City Region, Leeds City Region or Humber LEP Region
  • Be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
  • No more than 25% of the business is owned by an enterprise which is not a SME
  • Annual turnover does not exceed €50 million or annual balance sheet does not exceed €43 million
  • Must create at least of one full time job Role

Want to no more let me know and I’ll be happy to arrange an appointment and discuss in more detail.

Please note that no funding can be applied retrospectively and no booking and/or payments must be made before the grant is approved.

For more details please contact:

Duncan W Slater MI Ex | International Trade Adviser | Yorkshire and the Humber |

Department for International Trade | Wykeland House | 47 Queen Street | Hull  |  HU1 1UU

Tel: +44 (0)300 365 1000| Mob +44 (0) 7881 266 270 E-mail:


15th December 2017by Katie Hedges


Join the Department for International Trade (DIT) on a Chemicals and Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Services Trade Mission to India and build relationships with buyers and key stakeholders.

India’s chemicals industry reached $155-160bn in 2013 and forecasts from India’s Draft National Chemical Policy predicts it will reach $373bn by 2022. Alongside this, bilateral trade between India and the UK is growing at a rate of 30-40% a year, and investment is on a similarly strong upward trend.

You are invited to be a part of this phenomenal growth with DIT, who will be on hand to help facilitate potential buying partnerships and bespoke networking opportunities throughout the event.

The trade mission, in partnership with North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), will help UK businesses to learn about the Indian Market and its business conditions, while taking advantage of a network that has been built up over many years on this week-long trip.


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In partnership with NEPIC


15th December 2017by Katie Hedges


Join us on a five-day Mission to meet key buyers, showcase your products and strike deals in three
opportunity markets. Supported by DIT, you will meet pre-clinical, R&D and procurement
teams within pharmaceutical companies, distributors and other key decision makers.

Market programme
• In Germany you will visit the south and west regions of the country, where several key players of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry are located. You will have the opportunity to meet with the relevant pre-clinical, R&D and procurement teams.

• The Austrian visit will focus on a central cluster, where opportunities exist in innovative processes and applications. These include speciality chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics and packaging, man-made fibres, agricultural and crop protection chemicals, coating materials, cosmetics and personal care.

• In Switzerland you will visit some of the most important pharmaceutical companies and distributors. You will also have the opportunity to meet decision makers at their manufacturing facilities, R&D laboratories and offices in different parts of the country. With access to decision makers from significant potential customers and the chance to find out more about available opportunities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, this Mission is not to be missed.

w/c 5 March 2018
Location: Germany, Austria and Switzerland: Various Locations
Pricing: The cost for participation is £350 + vat per organisation.
The cost of air travel, accommodation and subsistence are not included in the participation fee
Support may be available from your Regional International Trade team – contact your International Trade Adviser or SDI contact for details.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday 17 January 2018

For more information about this mission please email

or click on the registration button below to visit the event website  REGISTER


12th December 2017by Katie Hedges

CIA’s Annual Safety, Health & Environment Conference will present invaluable information for chemical, pharmaceutical and related businesses – updating on safety, environment & sustainability, and security policies and best practices.  Beyond this, the main focus of the conference this year is
Health – an increasingly important issue across industry with the realisation of the impact on people and business from ill health, including mental health, at work.

HSE will outline its current strategies and campaigns, designed to work in partnership with industry on improving health at work. CIA will explain the development of our new publications and initiatives in various aspects of health promotion, advice and leadership. There will be presentations from NHS Health Scotland, health service provider Medigold Health, and the winner of CIA’s Health Award, DSM Nutritional Products Ltd.

Your business needs to attend this key annual safety, health and environment conference, to get the up-to-date information you need to manage these aspects in your company and to learn the latest developments and best practice in occupational and mental health in our sector.

The full programme can be found here – CIA event 1 Feb 18

Click here to book your place


29th November 2017by Katie Hedges


GRIMSBY–6 MARCH 2018 –09.00-16.00

YOU ARE INVITED to a Nordic Heat Master Class in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire focusing on solutions and strategies to reduce the heat demand when connecting existing buildings to heat networks.

THE OBJECTIVE is to provide a deeper insight into the strategies, technologies and practices that achieve rapid and significant energy efficiency gains following the retrofit of existing buildings (including housing).  The session will also highlight major business opportunities in local supply chains for retrofit energy efficiency solutions in existing buildings.

INVITATION – Nordic Heat Master Class – Energy Efficiency in Buildings – GRIMSBY – 6 March – FINAL


23rd November 2017by Katie Hedges

Over 35 people attended the free Human Firewall event held at the excellent CATCH training facilities on 23rd November.  The event started with bacon and sausage sandwiches and was opened by Katie Hedges who welcomed everybody to the CATCH facilities and offered tours after the event.

Gordon Meldrum, Chair of the Humber Business Resilience Forum (HBRF) opened the event explaining the increasing scale and scope of cybercrime before introducing Norman Mortell (Managing Director at Agenda Screening Services and fellow HBRF board member) who identified current cyber tactics, case studies and business impact before outlining steps that organisations can take to protect themselves through better training and education of their employees- cyber awareness was emphasised as the key.

Gordon then introduced Dr Dionisis Demetis (University of Hull Business School and HBRF board member).  Dr Demetis explained the global impact of cybercrime and how his research showed that cyber awareness was sadly lacking in the Humber region.  Dr Dionisis went on to explain about human, non-human and cyborg threats and some of the practical solutions to managing insider threats and engaging with staff to create a cyber aware culture.

The meeting closed with an excellent Q&A session led by Gordon, topics such as password etiquette, GDPR and information security and due diligence on others who hold your information were hot topics as well as where to get cyber awareness training.

Gordon invited the attendees to join the HBRF for free and access free events and resources at and finally thanks go to CATCH for hosting the event and to Agenda Screening Services and Clugstons for sponsoring the breakfast.


15th November 2017by Lesley Pickard

Dear Members

The Humber Bank Contractor Competency Forum provides a consistent supply chain audit for contractors working for a group of clients in the Humber Bank process industries, aimed at promoting and improving standards of competence.

The Concom Apprentice Awards are open to all apprentices in years 2, 3 or 4 working for a Concom Client or Contractor member company. The apprenticeship can be in any discipline, any awarding body and with any training provider. The Awards will be presented at the CATCH Annual Dinner on Thursday 10th May 2018. The winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £500 and 2 runners up will receive £250 each.

Award Criteria

Applicants should write an article of no more 750 words and should include:

  1. An outline of their apprenticeship to date
  2. A demonstration of their academic success and job skills and on the job achievements
  3. Their understanding of the industry
  4. Any other achievements that are relevant to their performance.

This must be supported by an employer testimonial as to why they think the apprentice is outstanding.

How to enter

Entries should be submitted with a completed application form and employers statement of support

Concom Apprentice Awards Application Form 2018

Closing date

All entries to be submitted by 12.00 on Friday 26 January 2018


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