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Stallingborough-based CATCH and YCF – the not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting the manufacturing industry and its supply chain – are holding their first joint Awards dinner following their merger in June 2018.

The People Awards are sponsored by partner E3 Recruitment and celebrate the successes of people within the processing industries. The awards set out to acknowledge individuals that go above and beyond in their roles to drive industry change, personal development and the growth of their companies. Including the ConCom apprentice of the year award.

The finalists and an expected 300+ attendees will enjoy an evening of celebrations, from a drinks reception where guests can network with sponsors and peers to a three-course meal, the awards presentation, an after-dinner speaker and a fantastic charity raffle!

Commenting on the evening, David Talbot, CATCH CEO said: “The awards act as great recognition for individuals that work hard within the industries that we support.

“But with so many companies expected to attend, it will also be a great opportunity for people to network and build relationships. And that’s what we’re all about as an organisation! We’re here to support businesses, share best practice and overcome common challenges, whilst creating connections between our members.”

Nominations for the awards are now open and they include; the Young Achiever Award, Outstanding Leader Award, Best Partnership Award and the Skills Project of the Year Award.  Nominations can be put forward by their peers, colleagues and mentors, and the winners will be chosen by the CATCH board.

The ConCom Apprentice of the Year will be awarded to apprentices in years 2, 3 or 4 working for a Concom Client or Contractor member. The apprenticeship can be in any discipline, any NVQ awarding body and with any training provider.  The winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £500 and 2 runners up will receive of £250 each.

Andrew Pilling, Director of E3 Recruitment which specialises in engineering and manufacturing recruitment said: “CATCH is a great organisation which shares new developments and information within the industry, and acts as a voice for many companies, that otherwise wouldn’t have one.

“So, we were extremely proud to be a partner and sponsor the dinner and the People Awards. We are in the business of people so we know how important it is to recognise people’s achievements. We’re already looking forward to this event and the first year of the partnership.”

The dinner takes place on the 9th May at the Mecure Hotel Grange Park Hotel, commencing at 7pm. Book your place before 19th March and save £15 off the ticket price.


Dinner & Awards Ceremony 2019

Please join us on THURSDAY 9th MAY 2019 MERCURE GRANGE PARK HOTEL HULL for a DRINKS RECEPTION followed by a THREE COURSE DINNER and an evening of celebration with our E3R PEOPLE AWARDS including the CONCOM APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARDS.


Download our Dinner Invitation here

The AWARDS – Sponsored by E3 Recruitment

ConCom Apprentice of the Year award
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. 

Further information & nominate here


Young Achiever Award
In conjunction with our Young Person Network, the young achiever award celebrates apprentices, graduates, higher apprentices and young people who are making a significant contribution in their workplace.  The award aims to showcase the positive impact that young people make in industry and encourage employers to develop and grow talent in their sector.

Outstanding Leader Award
The outstanding leader award celebrates all those who make a real difference to your business. We often think of leaders as mangers of people, projects or processes – when in fact leaders could also be those that set examples for others, speak freely or coach colleagues.  People are what makes your company successful, thank them by nominating them for this award.

Best Partnership Award
Partnership working is becoming an essential part of every company’s strategy. From sharing best practice to working with academia, most companies now work with others to fulfil their business objectives.  This could be a project which actively involved several colleagues, or perhaps your social responsibility team had made a difference in the local community. Who ever you have partnered with, we would love to hear your story.

Skills Project of the year Award
As we all know, skills is still high on the agenda for many companies. Therefore, we have devised an award to celebrate companies that are actively involved in changing the landscape, not only for themselves but for the industry too. This award celebrates skills at all levels, from involvement with schools, colleges, training providers and universities to continuous development and upskilling staff in the workplace.

Please click this link to nominate online.



Tickets Before 19th March:
Members £95 Non-Members £110

Tickets After:
Members £120 Non-Members £135

Download the booking form – Annual Dinner Booking Form 2019 and send to

Interested in Sponsorship? Please have a chat with Lisa –

Special thanks to our Awards Sponsor – E3 Recruitment, our main sponsor of the evening On Line Design & Engineering

Plus our event sponsors, BakerCorp, Apprentice Employment Agency, University of Bradford, and CPI




We would like to thank Thor Specialties (UK) for hosting our event, Microbiological Solutions (MSL) and the recruitment agency E3R for their sponsorship of the event.

CCUK held a ‘Practical Brexit’ day on Dec 4th for cosmetics sector companies with presentations from HSE/Defra (the UK legal authority post Brexit for the cosmetics and personal care industry), the CTPA (advocate for the industry) and CCUK member companies who together provided advice on Brexit ‘deal or no deal’.

Francesca Rapolla, Regulatory Officer
introduced the considerable work that the CTPA is doing to help the industry and in lobbying the government. Her advice in preparation for a ‘no deal’ Brexit is for UK companies selling in the UK and exporting to the EU is to make arrangements for a EU based Responsible Person (RP) – a legal entity based in one member country, that will hold the product information file (PIF). She advised against the default position of the importer being the RP. Furthermore the name and address of the EU RP needs to be on pack in addition to the name and address of the UK Company. Finally a word of caution on the entity providing product safety assessment – Francesca said that post Brexit, companies should check to ensure that safety assessor organisations remain complaint with the EU. For regular updates and more information, go to

Post Brexit without a deal, the HSE/Defra will take over from ECHA all responsibilities for health and safety within the cosmetics industry, including adopting REACH legislation into UK-REACH. If we exit the EU with the current proposed deal, we will remain within ECHA in the transition period and until a subsequent full economic partnership agreement is in place. Elinor Lloyd (HSE) and Alun Williams (Defra) gave an update on the post Brexit arrangements where we exit without a deal. As with the CTPA, HSE/Defra are urging companies to be aware of what they need to do should the UK exit without a deal.

Post a ‘no deal’ Brexit, HSE will become the authority for UK notification of new chemicals and actives used in products. Companies looking to operate in both UK and EU markets will need to deal with both regulatory systems. Basically, for UK companies to maintain access to the EEA market, UK REACH registration holders will need to transfer their registrations to an EEA-based organisation (such as an affiliate, an importer or an Only Representative (OR)). New registrations will need to be made both in the UK and EU.

An online portal is being developed which should make transition from ECHA to HSE ‘fairly painless’ and will support new registrations post March 29th. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK Companies selling into the UK will have 60 days to open an account providing basic information. All the guidance is available on the HSE website.

We were delighted to welcome three CCUK partner companies to present their take on Brexit. Alex Fotheringham
from Microbiological Solutions (MSL) talked more about the Responsible Person (RP). MSL have taken on the role of 3rd party RP for their own client companies and have established an office in Dublin to be able to act as RP in the EU.

Key to the RP is that entities address is shown on the product packaging, the RP should complete the required Cosmetic Product Notification through the Portal (CPNP) and they must hold the Product Information File. Alex presented several scenarios that face UK companies whether they sell just in the UK or in both UK and EU. If we exit the EU with no deal, the requirements are ultimately likely to be the same for companies, but the timescales will be shorter as there will be no transition period. So he urged companies to consider whether they are ready now for a no deal Brexit and suggests that becoming dual compliant won’t be a waste of time as it will be required – deal or no deal!

Scott Betts, Technical Manager
Thor Specialities (UK) Limited talked about their plans for Brexit. As a major user of chemicals, the supply chain for imports from the EU was one of the most relevant aspects of Brexit and Scott emphasized that the need for dual registration of chemicals will incur additional costs and an interim position of retaining higher stocks, which they are planning for.

Greg Barton, deputy MD at Surfachem completed the day with his perspective on all the possible scenarios that may emerge over the coming weeks and presented implications to Surfachem of the effects of tarrifs that would be introduced under a no deal scenario. If a 10% duty was applied on purchased good from the EU – costs to their business would be considerable at over £2m. He also presented scenarios on how the effects on currency would affect the business with weakened sterling vs dollar and Euro. Together the impact of tarrifs and currency represents considerable input cost; however, (and because every cloud has a silver lining) exports would benefit through lower output costs. Finally Surfachem have made some strategic joint ventures and acquisitions in the EU, which will help cushion the impacts of Brexit.

So, key take home messages were that the sector needs to be ready now for a ‘no deal’ Brexit on March 29th 2019 with examples of issues being REACH legislation (moving to UK REACH under HSE/Defra), product safety assessment by UK companies has to ‘pass’ EU requirements for UK product sales in the EU and UK and products for sale in the UK and EU will need to be registered in UK and an EU country with an EU RP. Employability issues were also discussed in the context of the possible downturn in well-trained EU nationals coming to or continuing to work in the UK, and the ability of the UK to fill these skills gaps via Further and Higher education and apprenticeships. This latter point is something that CCUK are already engaged in with partners including the CTPA, SCS, CEW-UK and will be working to understand the impacts in its Cosmetic Science Employability Project next year.

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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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


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