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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


3rd November 2017by Jenny Logan

You’re invited
12th December 2017, 9:30am – 4pm, 3M Buckley Innovation
Centre, University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

The University of Huddersfield, 3M Buckley Innovation Centre is hosting the inaugural meeting for a brand new Cluster for the UK’s chemical and chemical using Industry. Formed by YCF Limited, the acclaimed non-profit membership organisation for the process industries, this cluster will serve the people, communities, university academics and business development leaders in the industry, Dr Richard Smith Chair of CCUK said, “This new cluster will build upon and benefit from the  expertise within the chemical manufacturing companies, their supply chain partners and customers within the region as we embrace the challenges and opportunities of Brexit, Industry 4.0, Globalisation and Individualism to name a few. You have an opportunity to shape how you want to see our industry develop further its contribution to the future prosperity of the region and UK plc”

YCF was formed over 12 years ago, specifically to support the chemical industry. Originally funded by the regional development agency as Yorkshire Chemical Focus. The membership organisation is now solely supported through membership fees and projects.  Many surveys have recently been conducted to highlight the important role industry clusters and industry support organisations play in assisting business with their growth journeys.

The vision is that the Chemical Cluster UK will reach out to the increasing number of organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region and nationally, whose interests lie in the various aspects of chemistry. The Cluster concept will also facilitate networking into other organisations such as trade bodies, societies and University specialist centres to evolve a ‘network of networks’ as well as working directly with companies and their people.

The launch meeting, will take place on the 12th December at the University of Huddersfield. Professor Liz Towns Andrews, Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Huddersfield, and CEO of the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre said “We are delighted and honoured to be sponsoring the launch of the Chemical Cluster UK here in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre. The chemical industries are hugely important to the UK and regional economy and the University has a very strong history of close collaboration with companies in the sector. We are keen to listen and understand more about the key challenges and opportunities facing the sector and excited by the prospect of making new connections and forging new partnerships with participating businesses in the cluster”

Sean McDonagh, Business Manage Chemical at Siemens UK, who is sponsors the YCF sector specific networks, said “Siemens have been a long term supporter of YCF & its sector cluster concept. The networking and information share between members is a real tangible benefit to the membership, and the new Chemical Cluster is an exciting development. Siemens are at the forefront of digitisation in manufacturing, offering technologies and services to help chemical and chemistry using sectors sustain and grow their own market share. We look forward to engaging with this new cluster and opening dialogue with new members”.

At the event delegates will be able to help form and shape the Chemical Clusters strategic priorities and inform the group of their needs, wants and challenges to enable the cluster to provide tangible benefits and growth opportunities companies in the UK.  Lisa Buck, Operations Manager said “It really is an exciting time to be a part of such a group, YCF have vast experience in organising sector specific groups, come along and see for yourself what a difference such a group can make, to not only the industry we work in, but to individual companies too. We have several industry experts for you to talk to and we are ready to hear your thoughts on what you would like the group to do, for you”.

To register and for further information, visit



For further information please contact: Lisa Buck or 07545159503 YCF limited –

25th October 2017by Jessica Bocock

Brexit will potentially have a profound impact on the future of the chemical industry, from the way we trade, to the cost of raw materials and the availability of the skills base.


This conference will assess the current political situation and the likely economic and trade scenarios for the industry in a post Brexit Britain. The conference will explore potential growth opportunities for the industry through the work of the Chemistry Growth Partnership


We have lined up a range of influential speakers who will provide expert views from within and outside the industry on the opportunities and challenges the industry is likely to face.


This interactive conference will provide delegates with ample opportunity to express their views and shape the future work of the CIA in this area, as well as the opportunity to network with business leaders.


If you want to understand the current thinking on Brexit and help shape the future of the industry this is a must attend conference.


24th October 2017by Katie Hedges

East Midlands Instrument Company (EMI) have partnered with E4 Environment to help reduce the impact our operations have on the surrounding environment. Part of a wider sustainability programme, EMI management are funding the planting of 120 trees to offset CO2 emissions generated from our energy usage and business travel.

Keven Bingham, Managing Director of EMI said “We are delighted to be working with E4 Environment to offset the CO2 emissions our business generates from energy and business travel. Last year we assessed our energy and business travel usage, which equated to 120 tonnes of CO2. As a business we recognise the importance of a reducing our environment impact and EMI are happy to play its part.”

E4 Environment runs a programme which actively encourages woodlands to be planted and long-term benefits monitored through research. It is estimated that each tree absorbs 1 tonne of CO2 over 40 years’. Woodlands also support and provide a habitat for wildlife, insects, birds, mice and owls as well as some of Britain’s native flowers which are critical to the British countryside.

This October 2017, EMI reached the milestone of planting 80 trees which is over 60% of our target for the year. These trees have all been planted at Hectors Wood, Shropshire on the banks of the River Severn. Hectors Wood consists of a mixed woodland including: Oak (Quercus robur), Silver Birch (Betula pendula), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), Hazel (Corylus avellane), Holly (Ilex aquifolium) and Dog Rose (Rosa canina) trees. A selection of the trees planted by EMI can be found below:




24th October 2017by Katie Hedges

CATCH are offering our members an exclusive opportunity to sponsor one of the new conference rooms or workshops in the newly opened Hughes building.

The details of each room available to sponsor are below.  The offer is renewable after 5 years.  Included in the room sponsorship package will be:

  • Your logo printed in colour on the door#
  • Your logo, image and company statement at least A3 size in the room
  • Your logo included on a new notice board in reception
  • Your company name & logo included in the room booking area on the new CATCH website

New CATCH 4 Hughes Building

Double conference/classroom (100m2) £9950 SOLD
Single conference/classroom (50m2) £4950 SOLD
Single conference/classroom (50m2) £4950
Single conference/classroom (50m2) £4950
CATCH Skills Workshop 1 (166m2) – Electrical Trades

Workshop sponsor (non-exclusive*)




CATCH Skills Workshop 2 (213m2) – Mechanical Trades

Workshop sponsor (non-exclusive*)



*exclusive packages are available

If you are interested in this unique opportunity please contact Katie Hedges 01469 552840 or Lesley Pickard 01469 552820

#Dimensions to suit your logo – as guide max height 30cm/max width 45cm



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