Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has visited Drax Power Station’s bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot plant.

BECCS has been identified as an essential technology for achieving global climate targets and the UK government announced new plans for developing CCS at the first ever world summit on CCS held in Edinburgh this week.

Drax has invested £400,000 in its BECCS pilot, which uses technology developed by Leeds University spin out company C-Capture, and is expected to capture a tonne of carbon dioxide a day during the six month project.

If successful and the technology is scaled up, it could enable Drax to achieve negative emissions – meaning the power it produces would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide accumulating in the atmosphere; vital in tackling climate change.

During her visit to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, the minister met the team behind the innovative project and heard about the commissioning of the plant, which got underway this week, and coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act.

This project at Drax is already helping to put the UK on the map when it comes to carbon capture. The development of this cutting-edge technology to reduce emissions while growing the economy shows our modern Industrial Strategy in action. It is game-changing technology, which is why we need to supercharge its deployment.”

The government announced it was providing £20m to develop carbon capture equipment at industrial sites, as well as plans to repurpose fossil fuel infrastructure, such as reusing old gas pipelines to transport carbon, at the CCS summit in Edinburgh this week.

The project at Drax includes the use of equipment no longer used to control sulphur on four of the generating units at the power station which have been upgraded to use sustainable biomass, instead of coal. This is because the wood pellets used to generate renewable power, produce minimal levels of sulphur.

Since upgrading two thirds of the power station to use biomass instead of coal, Drax has become the UK’s largest renewable power generator and the biggest decarbonisation project in Europe.



You’ve heard this one before haven’t you? A UK regional location promoting itself to expanding businesses with a bold claim – in this case, ‘Britain’s Best Industrial Base.’ The project in question is the £30 million South Humber Industrial Investment Programme. The location: the South Humber port towns of Grimsby and Immingham.

You may also hold some negative perceptions about this place. As with many industry hubs in northern England, the last few years haven’t always been plain sailing.

When the South Humber team commissioned research to identify the area’s offer to investing businesses, we already knew it was better than people thought. In spite of those negative perceptions, the area had been developing rapidly as a major offshore renewables industry hub – ready to serve the world’s largest offshore wind farms. It was also home to the UK’s outstanding food industry cluster, and at the heart of the country’s biggest ports complex – providing businesses with global freight connectivity.

More information about South Humber can be found at

We hadn’t previously known that our skilled labour profile compared favourably with the UK’s top advanced manufacturing locations – a positive by-product of our offshore, manufacturing and process industries heritage. And our interviews with local industry leaders showed how those technical skills are possessed by unusually resilient and motivated people – partly a consequence of working in tough, offshore environments. On top of all that, our research highlighted the South Humber cost advantage – significant labour and property cost savings versus key UK competitor locations.

So, the strapline Britain’s Best Industrial Base isn’t a baseless boast – we’re not inclined to boasting. It’s built on research and solid evidence – that South Humber’s combination of added value (skills, connectivity, supply chains…) and low costs makes it a match for the UK’s best industrial business locations.

Over the coming months and beyond, we’ll be sharing our insights, data and news – and those of our industry partners – revealing just how much South Humber has to offer to industrial businesses and the people who work for them. You can also get the key facts and statistics right now – by downloading our in-depth Location Data Guide from the home page.

We’re therefore pleased to invite you to follow South Humber – Britain’s Best Industrial Base. We look forward to revealing a thriving businesses location that we think will impress you, and possibly surprise you too!

The South Humber Team

The CATCH awards in association with YCF are now accepting nominations!!

Recognise your colleagues and celebrate their achievement! Please complete the form below and press submit by 28th February 2019.

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The Chemical Industries Association has partnered with ITN Productions to launch ‘Solutions for our Future,’ a news and current affairs-style programme reporting on the importance of the multi-billion pound chemical industry and the significant impact the sector has on our day to day lives, economic progress, UK operations and the future for the next generation.

The application of chemistry is central to our existence, what we eat, what we wear, our transport, the technology we use, how we treat illnesses and how we get electricity and its pioneering innovations are making our lives safer and healthier.  Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, ‘Solutions for our Future’ invites commentary from those at the forefront of breakthroughs to discuss the far-reaching applications of the chemical industry on future global issues such as sustainable energy, food production, managing our environment and promoting human and environmental health.

Underlining the importance of investment in innovation, trade and research, ‘Solutions for our Future’ also showcases significant developments in best practice, innovation, research, industry safety, careers and education and highlights the important role The Chemical Industries Association plays in supporting the success of the sector in the UK.

In an interview, Stephen Elliott, Chief Executive, CIA, explains the Association’s commitment to its member companies, who are addressing global issues, recruiting talent and providing the economic backbone that drives the UK economy, as well as revealing his hopes for the chemical industry beyond Brexit.

Stephen Elliot, Chief Executive, CIA said: “Solutions for our Future shows real, on the ground examples of how our sector is working to deliver benefits for all of society. Our film showcases strong examples of chemical companies and their workforces, alongside organisations that we work with that are providing answers to the great challenges we all face.”

Elizabeth Fisher-Robins, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions said: “We are delighted to partner with the Chemical Industries Association to create Solutions for our Future. We are pleased to help raise awareness of the vital role of the chemical industry and the vibrancy and relevancy of the critical work being done in this field.  We hope Solutions for our Future will provide a platform on which to engage the wider community on the pertinent issues faced.”

Drawing upon ITN’s 60-year heritage and expertise in storytelling, Solutions for our Future combines a series of authoritative interviews, reports, case studies and sponsored profiles from leading organisations who are driving change, improving standards and innovating within the sector:

  • Brenntag
  • CF Fertilisers
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Fenton Packaging
  • FujiFilm
  • Futamura
  • GEO Speciality Chemicals
  • Inovyn
  • KPMG
  • Lucite International
  • Mexichem
  • RAS Ltd
  • Robinson Brothers Limited
  • University of Oxford
  • Urenco
  • Womble Bond Dickinson
  • The World Plastics Council

You can watch the trailer here.
The full programme will be available on our website next week. For more details, go to


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.”


The Humber Bank Contractor Competency Forum provides a consistent supply chain audit for contractors working for a group clients in the Humber Bank Process industries, aimed at promoting and improving standards of competence.
The Apprentice Awards are open to all apprentices in years 2, 3 or 4 working for Concom Client or Contractor member companies.  The apprenticeship can be in any discipline, any NVQ awarding body and with any training provider.  The Awards will be presented at the CATCH Annual Dinner on Thursday 9th May 2019.  The winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £500 and 2 runners up will receive of £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, skills and on the job successes
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.
Please download the application form here Concom Apprentice Award Application 2019
Closing date
All entries to be submitted by 12.00 on Friday 1st February 2019
How to enter
Entries should be submitted with a completed application form and employers statement of support to
CATCH would like to thank E3 Recruitment for sponsoring the Concom Apprentice Awards:


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


BEIS is providing up to £18m of competitive grant funding to support the uptake of industrial heat recovery projects.

The department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is providing up to £18m of grant funding through a competitive process to support the uptake of industrial heat recovery projects.
BEIS has developed the Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) Programme to further understand the identified challenges and barriers to adoption and to increase industrial confidence in deploying heat recovery technologies by working with industry to address these barriers.
The IHRS Programme is a competitive grant funding programme in 2 phases, which aims to:

  • increase industry confidence to invest in technologies to recover heat from industrial processes
  • increase the deployment of such technologies in England and Wales

Industrial heat recovery is a process by which heat generated in or for an industrial process that otherwise would be wasted is recovered and used.  This waste heat can be used in a number of ways, including within the same facility for heat or cooling, by another end user (e.g. via a new or existing heat network), or by converting the waste heat to power.  Heat from all waste streams (solid, liquid and gas) are included in this definition.
Industrial heat recovery has the potential to realise significant energy bill and carbon savings for industry through a reduction in primary fuel use.  It therefore contributes to the government’s aims of achieving a low cost, clean and secure energy system and can also provide competitiveness and productivity gains, giving it strong links with the Industrial Strategy.
A study by Element Energy found that 11 TWh/year of industrial heat used in 2014 could have been technically recovered from industrial processes in eight key energy intensive sectors, but that only 5 TWh/year of this would have been commercially viable.  This illustrates that the deployment of industrial heat recovery is falling well short of its potential at present.  This is due to a number of technical barriers including insufficient knowledge and information, complexity of fitting heat recovery technologies to certain industrial processes and commercial barriers regarding the payback of investments and availability of capital.
Eligible proposals that are well aligned with the aims and objectives of the IHRS Programme will be able to apply for grants to partially fund the proposed project from concept through to delivery.
To find out more about the competition, click here.


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