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.


Following on from the highly successful asset management event held in 2017, NEPIC is thrilled to announce its return and a host of new speakers and topics showcasing cross-sector best practice to drive forward improvements in productivity, reliability and safety.

Taking place on Wednesday 21 November at Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall, we will demonstrate transferable lessons from across the manufacturing spectrum, that Production and Engineering Managers can apply to their own operations, as well as showcasing the broad range of asset management capabilities that are available within the region.

The event will also be supported by an asset management and manufacturing improvement focused exhibition which will include demonstrations of industrial asset management tools and techniques.

We are pleased to announce that the latest speaker to join this year’s line up is Tony Geraghty of Worley Parsons who will share his experience in the human element of asset management.

Full speaker line-up detailed below.
Tickets start from just £59. Secure your place today!


This year’s agenda will see:

•    How best to ensure that the people in the front line behave in a way which maximises success and minimises failure. Tony Geraghty of Worley Parsons will draw on his experience in helping clients improve performance over the past 25 years.

•    The latest insights from Siemens around digital asset management and in particular, the digitalisation of a brownfield plant and how this links to the government’s Made Smarter review that sets out how UK manufacturing can be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technology.

•    Frazer-Nash explain the challenges of life extension of ageing assets and the benefits of approaching the problem at three different levels – critical components; understand sensitivities and policies and governance. They will also discuss how a combination of operational data, targeted inspection data and engineering analysis can be used to deliver added value to operators of industrial process equipment at all levels from component up to the whole enterprise.

•    Engineering giant, ABB, will discuss the unpredictable failure modes of rotating equipment that can account for up to 40% of an operator’s total deferred annual production, and how using relevant engineering expertise, remote conditioning monitoring and digitisation techniques can optimise machine health and life.

•    Global technology engineering firm, TWI, will talk about the many recent advancements in NDT techniques and their applications that have transformed the traditional offerings of ultrasonic, X ray, dye penetrant and magnetic particle.

•    Newcastle-based Rosen will showcase maintenance planning and execution of best practice and how system capabilities can be exploited to deliver productivity and cost goals and also meet the needs of stakeholders.

•    Billingham firm, Phusion IM, will present on ‘Taking the Chew’ out of maintenance. In 1974 the first bar code was used to purchase a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum.  44 years later the concept of quick and easy access to information is the same, however, the technology has advanced with the advent of QR codes, RFID and NFC. Phusion will demonstrate real-life case studies and applications of how the adoption of intelligent tagging and mobile, cloud-based technology can enhance productivity and accuracy in maintenance management.

•    Tracerco, part of global chemical giant Johnson Matthey, will demonstrate the benefits of data mining and the organisation of data that is captured and utilisies intelligent analytics to create value for plant operators.

•    Turner & Townsend will describe how projects can be set up and executed successfully using case studies to illustrate best practice in this area. They will also demonstrate how to optimise information flow and knowledge maintenance on projects and programmes.

•    And winners of the 2018 NEPIC manufacturing award, Aesica Pharmaceuticals, will explain how their Cramlington facility has undergone a significant programme of change that focused on engaging with people at all levels within the organisation to drive step change improvement in SHE, quality, yield, uptime and reliability performance.

Event summary
Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 09:30-15:30
Venue: Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, County Durham, TS21 2EH
Quick Links: Find out more | Get tickets


CATCH was really pleased to take delivery of a Nacelle from Siemens Gamesa at the end of October.  Transporting the 80 ton piece of equipment from Siemens in Hull to CATCH was a huge logistical task that was overseen throughout by Iain Ritchie from Ritchie Services.

The nacelle provides a whole new dimension in developing the offshore wind training offer for the region and fits in with the CATCH model of using real life equipment and plant to support skills and competency development.

We would like to thank the Siemens Gamesa Training Centre in Hull for the very kind donation.  The plan now is to protect the equipment from the elements and to work with our partners North Lindsey College to turn it into a first class training aid for mechanical and electrical training.

David Talbot, CEO of CATCH said ‘CATCH is very grateful to Siemens Gamesa for the donation of this great training aid.  We can see a wide variety of uses for the nacelle and will be working with our partner, North Lindsey College, and other stakeholders to develop the equipment to its true potential.  CATCH is a non-profit skills development organisation that is led by industry and relies on donations such as this nacelle to ensure that we can continue to provide relevant, up-to-date, contextualised training that is demanded by industry.’




5 December, 2018 –09.00–16.00

YOU ARE INVITED to a Nordic Heat Master Class in Grimsby, aiming to highlight initial business strategies, design solutions and step-in technologies when investing in the first heat network.  North East Lincolnshire is of particular interest as the council is now in the process of launching the implementation of the planned heat network.

THE OBJECTIVE is to present opportunities, solutions and strategies to making heat networks competitive from the very start.  We will make the end-users the starting point for the conversation.  The first priority for any DHN project team is to define the revenue model.  We need to identify the initial target customers, and even more importantly understand what it takes to convince them to replace existing gas boilers with heat networks.

THE AGENDA will involve speakers with different backgrounds– e.g. experienced project teams from other regions and abroad, design engineers, end-users, contractors, technology and service providers, investors and political decision makers.

Free of charge for local authorities and public stake holders
£150 (excl. VAT) for local suppliers (max 2 participants per company)
£450 (excl. VAT) for national & international suppliers (max 2 participants per company)

Peter Anderberg –Nordic Heat 70 56 111 99

Mark Woodward –Nordic Heat 114 230 4722


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Redwood Park Estate
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