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David Talbot, CATCH CEO said – ‘In these very difficult and unprecedented times CATCH is pleased to be able to support the Humber LEP in co-ordinating the regional response to the impact of Coronavirus on industry.  There is help out there and its great to see local organisations coming together to support local businesses, with the Growth Hub being a key regional asset. I wish everyone in the Humber and West Yorkshire region all the very best and look forward to seeing the back of COVID-19 so we can get the economy back on track as quickly as possible’


The Humber LEP, the four Humber Local Authorities and membership and business support organisations from across the Humber have joined forces to co-ordinate the local response to the economic impact of the coronavirus.

A new region-wide economic resilience group is now meeting weekly to pool information on the issues affecting businesses, share resources and ensure businesses can access support.

The Humber LEP is providing daily briefings on local and national support initiatives so that all organisations talking to Humber businesses have access to consistent and up-to-date information.

With the national support offer continuing to expand and change, the group is also collating issues and feeding them in to central government through the LEP, ensuring that the concerns of the region’s businesses are known in Whitehall.

In a joint statement, the group members said:

“The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented and extremely challenging situation for businesses across the Humber.

“We are working together to support Humber businesses through this difficult period and will do everything we can to ensure that they get the help they require.”

How to access business support

The central point of access for business support in the Humber region is the Humber Business Growth Hub.  The Growth Hub brings together information on all support initiatives and can answer questions and signpost to the most appropriate help.

To access support contact

To keep up to date with the latest developments, visit the Growth Hub website at

Group membership

Humber LEP

Humber Business Growth Hub

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Hull City Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

North Lincolnshire Council



Chamber Acorn Fund

E-Factor Group Ltd

Federation of Small Businesses

For Entrepreneurs Only

Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce

Hull BID

Institute of Directors

Make UK

Marketing Humber


Team Humber Marine Alliance


On the behalf of the Concom Team, we would like to inform you of the situation regarding the audits, forums, committee meetings, and Prequals/Prevals in light of the present environment.

We have found it very challenging to arrange audits and Client Auditor support in recent weeks, so following discussions with the Concom Steering Committee and CATCH leadership, the following has been agreed: –


  • Along with others at CATCH, the Concom Team will be working from home
  • Office-based Concom Audits will be temporarily suspended forthwith
  • Pre-prepared Concom Audit Forms will be emailed to our contractor members who are due an audit and asked to complete & return them with examples of the requisite information.  An agreed date will be set for the return of the audit, followed by date when the contractor’s contact could be available for any clarifications, etc.
  • The Concom Audit Form will be revised to give extra guidance on what we need to witness on the behalf of our clients

Concom Forums & Steering Committee Meetings

  • These are suspended temporarily and notification of their re-starts will be reviewed ongoing.  Contact will continue electronically between the Concom Team and Committee

Prequals & Prevals

  • These will continue as normal as they are usually undertaken remotely anyway.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.

Many thanks in anticipation of your understanding.  We hope you all keep well and look forward to seeing you again once the present situation is over.


We really are in unprecedented times and as a business we have to ensure that we have plans in place to support our staff, clients, tenants, suppliers and delegates.

CATCH is all about people, and of course, we want to continue this ethos throughout this period. You can be assured that we are doing everything we can to protect everyone on site, from extra cleaning to following government guidelines on our employees working at home where possible.

A number of skills courses will be going ahead as planned and we have processes in place to re-book those courses that unfortunately have to be postponed. You can read the CATCH skills response here. 

Our networks and events, will, where we can, continue to be held, but for now online. We will ask invited speakers to run short webinars, which will be then recorded and made available on our website to view in your own time.  Each network has a share point, where members can ask questions, share best practice and interact with each other, whilst we are unable to meet face to face.

Please keep an eye on your inbox for our newsletters and social media for our updates. We will soon be launching our marketing packages enabling our members and subscribers to reach out digitally during this period of time – keep in touch and stay safe!


This month we are saying a fond farewell to Neil Mann, our operations manager, who is retiring after working with us for over 10 years!  Filling his shoes is Paul Snowdon.  Our CEO, David shares his thoughts below.

Neil has been with CATCH for over 10 years as the Operations Manager.  During his time in the role he has overseen a huge growth in the activity on site and an extensive expansion of the facilities.  He has overseen this increased responsibility with his usual confident, calm  and unflappable style.  Neil will be greatly missed by all who use the site, whether they are staff, delegates or training providers and I wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement and thank him on behalf of the Board and all of the staff for all he has done for CATCH over the years.

I am really pleased to welcome Paul to CATCH in his role as the Operations Manager.  Paul comes to us with a wealth of experience gained from an extensive career to date in industry, including over 28 years in Knauf, leaving as the Production Director.  Paul joins us at an exciting time at CATCH as we are growing our capability and resources, with some really exciting projects in the pipeline. Paul has already made an impression on site and I look forward to working with him to develop our site and capability even further.


Today we are delighted to sit down with Dave Evans, one of our ConCom auditors for a quick Q&A session –  read on to find out all about our ConCom Scheme.

How old is ConCom?
Concom started around 20 years ago

Why and when was ConCom set up?
It came about for two main reasons.  The various Humber bank area petroleum and chemical companies (our Concom Clients) each recognised the need for evaluating and approving safe, competent contractors to work on their sites.  They collaborated on a common, client-led competency audit that would satisfy them all, saving time and money for both themselves and their contractors.  In other words, one audit per contractor for twenty clients, not twenty audits by twenty clients on the same contractor!  Key local contractors saw this as a benefit and also it gave them a ‘level playing field’  when quoting for tenders against contractors external to the area.

What is ConCom?
Contractor Competency!  It’s about auditing any contractors before they undertake work on our clients’ sites to ensure they are safe and competent.

The principle is to have a single audit system which: –

  • Is client-led
  • Allows many clients to specify Concom membership as a prerequisite before ‘approving’ and placing a contract with a contractor
  • Is common, efficient and transparent with audits undertaken at the contractor’s offices
  • Uses professional auditors to ensure consistency and quality
  • Saves time and effort for both clients and contractors
  • Has client auditors (normally of a discipline relevant to the contractor) to assist during the office-based audits.
  • Gives the clients a report, thus negating the need for many separate audits


How many members does the scheme have?
Presently 23 Client Members and we have recently held discussions with other potential companies, both in the Humber and the Yorkshire regions.

What do client members find useful?
We have a ‘new contractor’ prequalification audit (Prequal) that a lot of our Clients use us for.  It gives a first ‘deep-dive’ into a potential new contractor for the Client and ensures they meet their minimum expectations.  The ConCom Scheme audits are at two-yearly intervals and these ensure a contractor not only continues to meet the original requirements, but also continue to develop and improve as they go along.  If a contractor does have any issues to address, then all of our Clients are made aware – especially important when you think these contractors could potentially be working on all of our Clients sites.

What do client members find a challenge and how does ConCom help?
There are sometimes common issues that Clients see and have trouble addressing on their own.  For instance, trying to get some contractors to develop and demonstrate a proactive and positive safety culture.  Through auditing many different contractors and working with our wide range of Clients, we are able to share the best practices from other companies based on what they found worked.  It is really encouraging and satisfying to see that many contractors are now working on their systems and sharing their learnings at the audits with our Clients.

How do contractors become involved?
A contractor must be nominated by one of our Clients.  We do have a validation scheme (Preval) which audits in depth a contractor’s schemes and gives guidance on any necessary improvements.  This is to the same standard as the Prequal audit.  Contractor membership costs are kept low – ConCom is part of CATCH at Stallingborough, and is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

How many contractors have been nominated to the scheme?
About 280 ‘live’ contractors presently – the total numbers fluctuate a little.  600+ have been audited over the years

How many audits take place each year?
About 140

What can a contractor expect on an audit?
When myself and the Client Auditor visit the contractor at their offices, we are looking at several specific areas:

  • Safety
  • Equipment maintenance & inspection
  • Competence
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Quality & environment
  • Management of subcontractors
  • Accident statistics

The contractor can expect open discussions regarding these subjects and any guidance that may help in developing their systems further

How long have you worked for concom and what do you think of the scheme?
I have worked for Concom for 3 years, but was involved with it for at least 10 years previously.  I was a Mechanical Engineer at Total Lindsey Oil Refinery and part of my role was to support Concom by being a Client Auditor.  I’ve always thought it was a fantastic scheme – where else do major international companies come together and agree a common, minimum standard for evaluating on-site contractors and sharing learnings?!  Imagine the trust that was needed to support the idea when it was first mooted!!  The last twenty years have shown how that original faith was and continues to be justified.

Thank you to Dave for his time!
For further information please contact Dave direct at



CATCH were delighted to welcome Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer from Heriot-Watt University to the Humber region this week to learn more about our plans for decarbonising the largest industrial cluster in the UK and to build links with the project she is leading to establish a new Industrial Decarbonisation Research & Innovation Centre.

Our first stop was Drax to meet Richard Gwilliam and Brian Greensmith for a tour and discussion about BECCS technology and incubation facilities on site.  The visit continued with a trip to PX Saltend Chemicals Park, where Patrick Pogue took advantage of the weather and provided a detailed tour of the site and their ambitions for CCU and hydrogen switching.


The next morning CATCH hosted a round table discussion with key industry representatives from British Steel, Equinor, National Grid Ventures  and VPI Immingham.

For more information please contact




We sat down with our valued apprentice Molly and asked her a few questions in honor of National Apprenticeship week.

Over to Molly –

Why did you decide to become an apprentice?
“I decided to become an apprentice because it gave me the opportunity to learn new skills at the same time as as working in a business environment. Becoming an apprentice was a brilliant decision as I also earn a qualification, as well as being able to the do the job I have always wanted”.

What advice would you give to young people who are considering an apprenticeship?
“My advice to another apprentice would be to go for it! Work hard, but also make the most of it. I would also assure them that it isn’t 100% easy but the hard work pays off and you are guaranteed all the help you can get. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and never hesitate to share your ideas”.

Is your apprenticeship what you expected?
“No -I didn’t think my apprenticeship would be what it is now, I was scared and nervous about not being able to do the course and my assignments, or them not being on time, but I realised I had nothing at all to worry about! It is really enjoyable and I have met some amazing colleagues that I can now call friends”.

“Overall, if anyone is thinking of becoming an apprentice but they have doubts it is completely normal, mistakes will be made during your time as an apprentice but this is all a part of learning. I have learnt so much in a small period of time and appreciate all the help and support I have”.

Thank you Molly!


We are delighted to announce the first CATCH Technical Conference, Innovation, Risk Management & Compliance for your Assets. The conference takes place at our Head office, Stallingborough on the 19th March 202.

Who should attend?
This event is tailored to those those who interact with or have the responsibility to manage your operational site business risks – including people, equipment or technology related.

What will I learn?
How to manage risks through your business from Non-proven process technology and scale up through into Project Delivery and into Operational Phases and Decommissioning

You will explore
Risk management through Hazard analysis and review
Risks in process technology
Managing Risks in the Project delivery phase
Benefits of RBI at differing phases of the lifecycle
Benefits of Reliability focus applied at differing phases of the asset lifecycle
Managing Risk through Functional Safety (IEC61508/11)
Managing the Risk of Human failure and organisation change

What to expect
The event will be delivered by our team of CATCH Technical Consultants,
who have many years of industry experience. The event will start with introductions from key people within the team, Jill Mooney, Head of
CATCH Technical and Paulo Oliveira from ESC Ltd, Catch Technical Services Partner.
You will also meet our Consultants, who will each lead on a specific industry topic.
There will then be expert round tables enabling you to interact with our Consultants and personalise your day for maximum benefit to yourself and your company.

Keynote Speakers
An Upper Tier COMAH Site will share their award-winning process safety management programme and how they have implemented, managed the risks and sustained its performance.
Other Keynotes to be announced soon.

If you have any questions, please direct them

Download the event flyer & full programme here

If you have any questions, please direct them

Register your free place here:


CATCH, the membership and training organisation for the process, renewables and chemical industry, is pleased to announce that ex international rugby league player Jamie Peacock MBE, will be their after-dinner speaker at the 2020 Annual Awards Dinner, which takes place on the 7th May, at the Mercure Hotel, Hull.

Jamie is considered to be one of the best players of his generation having won every honour in the domestic game, having twice been named as the best forward in the world. Jamie now is a highly regarded motivational speaker and mentor, as well as being in demand in the media for his expert knowledge and opinion on the game.

The dinner also plays host to the CATCH awards, which includes categories such as the ConCom Apprentice of the year and the best skills project award.  The awards are a key event in the CATCH calendar of events, and many members come together to enjoy a three course dinner and celebrate with the award winners. Tickets are on sale now – for further information, please visit

CATCH would like to thank Awards sponsor E3 Recruitment and our main dinner sponsor Phillips66.


CATCH, the industry led partnership supporting the process, energy, engineering and renewable industries in Yorkshire and Humber were delighted to hold their first ever Industrial Decarbonisation Network at PX Saltend Chemicals Park on the 29th January 2020.

The network was attended by 30 members all keen to learn more about how to set Science Based Targets and how these compare to Net Zero Targets David Talbot, CEO CATCH, commented “It was a great pleasure today to Chair the first CATCH Industrial Decarbonisation Network meeting! A packed room of delegates from industry (energy producing and energy intensive), the Public Sector and academia meant that we had the right people present to support the region’s ambitious plans for the Humber to become net-zero carbon by 2040, as articulated in the LEP’s Clean Growth White Paper.  I would like to thank Nick Fedson, and Damir Ahmovic from Alfa Energy, Emma Toulson from Orsted and our own Katie Hedges for providing a fascinating insight into science based targets, net zero (and what it really means), and what the region is doing in terms of industrial decarbonisation.

This network has been set up to help CATCH members on their journey to decarbonisation – whether they are already involved in a carbon capture project or looking at hydrogen switching or  just starting your decarbonisation journey and want to share ideas, this network will help you access information and updates from the wider Humber Industrial cluster.

For further information, please contact Katie –

Image: David Talbot, Nick Fedson, Katie Hedges, Damir Ahmovic


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