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07.45 – 9.30am on 26 July at ergo

Each month Aura at the University of Hull will be hosting a free, bite-sized breakfast event to keep you up to date on emerging green energy solutions, product developments and innovations that are making a fundamental impact on businesses today.

And, you’ll also have chance to network with like-minded businesses, plus, enjoy a free breakfast on us.

The next event is on Friday 26 July where you can find out about ‘What it means to be Green’. Join the discussion and discover why business are going green and the positive impact you can make for your organisation and the planet. Discover steps you can take to go green and hear from SMEs in the Humber region who have already made successful changes to stay ahead of the curve.

Bookings can be made here


The Humber LEP is working with partners on a new plan the region – a Humber Industrial Strategy.  This will build on our established strengths and the momentum that our region has started, and also look to new opportunities we have open to us.

The strategy was launched on 5 June 2019. The LEP are now working with Government to accelerate the completion of our industrial strategy by the end of September 2019.

You can also contact us to feed in your views and evidence, including responding to the consultation on our prospectus.

Exec summary

Full prospectus

The LEP are inviting comments from businesses, individuals and other organisations on the proposed priorities until 31 July. Consultation questions and details of how to respond are included in the full version of the prospectus above. A survey will be published here shortly, but in the meantime you can contact us directly with your comments on the consultation questions:

1. Have we identified the right focus for the Humber industrial strategy?
2. Is decarbonisation the Humber’s biggest challenge and opportunity?
3. What is the most important thing our industrial strategy should focus upon?
4. Are the sectors outlined in the prospectus the ones that will drive our future prosperity, and have we
correctly identified their strengths and opportunities?
5. Do you agree that we should focus our industrial strategy on the key sectors that differentiate the
Humber from other places?
6. Are the Humber’s economic challenges and opportunities clear? Have we missed anything?
7. What assets or capabilities do you think are important to the Humber’s economic competitiveness?
8. How can we ensure all residents can access opportunities?
9. What support do you think is needed to grow the Humber economy?
10. How could we increase innovation in the Humber?
11. What practical steps are required to better support businesses in the Humber?
12. How could you, or your organisation, contribute to delivering an ambitious Humber industrial
13. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the development of the Humber industrial

You can also view the evidence base that supports the prospectus.


Date: Thursday, 18th July 2019
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Phillips 66 Humber Refinery, Eastfield Road, South Killingholme, North Lincolnshire DN40 3DW

Chemical innovation is right for regional success
Bondholders are invite CATCH members to join them at the world-renowned Phillips 66 Humber Refinery on the evening of Thursday 18th July for an event focused on the region’s innovative and evolving chemical sector.

Phillips 66 Humber Refinery is a plant that covers more than 500 acres and in recent years has benefitted from investment in excess of £1bn.

During the event Bondholders will hear from speakers including:

Darren Cunningham, Lead Executive UK & General Manager Humber Refinery, Phillips 66
Phillips 66 is building its reputation as a refinery of the future, with thanks to continuous investment, innovation and exploration of new markets. Innovation at Phillips 66 includes the Humber Refinery’s fluid catalytic cracking unit/thermal cracking/coking configuration, the most complex in the UK, and the countries only coke producing refinery.

Since 2013 Phillips 66 has built up sales of high-grade synthetic graphite to supply electric battery manufacturers in China, initially for smartphones and now for electric vehicles.

Phillips 66 regularly engage with the government and various regulatory bodies, to understand how they can play a part in developing an electric vehicle supply chain in the UK, as part of the Government’s recently published Industrial Strategy.

Paul Clegg, Chief Executive at Accsys Technologies PLC, Tricoya
Tricoya Technologies, a consortium including parent group Accsys Technologies and BP, have constructed the world’s first Tricoya wood chip plant here in the region. The £58m Tricoya wood chip acetylation plant at Saltend Chemicals Park, will manufacture acetylated wood chips, used to make durable MDF panels for external use that will revolutionise the construction industry.

Following the event discussions, there will be an opportunity for a tour to visit the Refinery Central Control Room. Due to the limited places available we ask you to please confirm you place on the tour when confirming your attendance at the event and places will be issued on a first come first served basis.

To register please email


5th, 6th & 7th November 2019 at the BONUS ARENA, HULL

• Keynote political, business & academic speakers
• Panel discussions, seminar & break-out sessions
• 1,000+ delegates from across the sector
• 100+ exhibitors from across the North of England & beyond
• Investors, B2B networking & showcasing innovative technologies

The first week of November will see Hull hosting this major event focusing on energy, decarbonisation, transition and clean growth in the North of England.  Expected to draw over a thousand attendees, the event will showcase the North’s successes and aspirations; debate the hot topics for policy makers; consider future technologies and ground-breaking research; assess the economic environment for businesses of all sizes and their workforces; and illustrate the case for inward investment across these regions.  Further information on agendas, speakers and formats will be circulated soon, but please put these dates in your diary and spread the word!  The event will also feature a large exhibition area as well as break-out meetings and social events. If you are an organisation that would be interested in taking an exhibition space, being a headline partner, sponsoring part of the event, or ensuring that your marketing is seen by attendees and invitees, please contact



Each month Aura will be hosting a free, bite-sized breakfast event to keep the region up to date on emerging green energy solutions, product developments and innovations that are making a fundamental impact on businesses today.

And, you’ll also have chance to network with like-minded businesses, plus, enjoy a free breakfast on us.

07.45 – 09.30 am at ergo business centre

The next event is on Friday 28 June where you can hear about ‘smart systems’. Join the discussion, discover how smart technology has transformed businesses in the area, how smart systems have been utilised to enhance the way we move goods and manage supply chains, plus, how penguins have helped in the design of smart vehicles of the future.

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Santander and the global legal practice Squire Patton Boggs invite you to our roundtable event to discuss “What next for the Chemicals Sector?”. The event will cover taking advantage of opportunities in the Indian market, how businesses can address the growing skills shortages in the sector, as well as discussing other key issues for the industry, including; regulatory requirements/ REACH, international trade and joint ventures.

We will also be joined by representatives from the Chemical Industries Association (CIA), Department for International Trade (DIT), Invest India, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Make UK and Sannam S4.

o Time 16:00-18:00
o Date Wed 3 Jul 2019
o Venue Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP

Why India?
Once seen as a competitor to Western companies, India is now a growing net importer of chemicals and also increasingly becoming a part of the global supply chain. India is rapidly outpacing China as the world’s fastest growing major economy and its specialty Chemicals market has witnessed an annual growth rate of 14% over the last five years alone. Further, India’s imports of chemicals has now reached in excess of 38bn USD – with a market forecast of 90bn USD by 2023. Key opportunities have therefore opened up within its fastest growing sectors, including; Automotive, Personal care and Cosmetics & fragrances, Construction and specialised water treatments.

Following India’s recent national elections – the largest democratic exercise in the world – the incumbent government has been assigned with a decisive mandate to accelerate the pace of growth and reform.  Our India experts will be on-hand to share insights; on key trends, best practices, challenges faced by businesses when entering the Indian market and the opportunities on offer in return.

The Skills Challenge
The Chemicals sector is currently facing a variety of skills and recruitment challenges. These challenges include recruiting qualified personnel, apprenticeships and training and development. However, in 2018, our Santander Universities programme supported over 2,000 industry placements.

We will share how your business can access the scheme with potential benefits for employer and student.
Invest India will provide an overview on the availability of diverse skills and talent pools India has to offer.
We will also be discussing the challenges ahead, sharing ideas and seeking answers on how companies can attract staff, and address the need to develop the necessary skills to support the UK sector’s future.

To register please contact –


Applications for the Queens Awards are now being accepted.

If you would like to make an application please follow this link:

What happens if your company wins…

If you win you’ll be:

  • invited to a Royal reception
  • presented with the award at your company by one of The Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant
  • able to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at your main office, and use the emblem on your marketing materials (for example, on your packaging, advertisements, stationery and website)
  • given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophyWinners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.
  • The awards are valid for 5 years.

Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.


IOSH is pleased to announce that the programme is now available, and bookings are open for this IOSH Hazardous Industries Group event, ‘Managing change in hazardous industries’ on 02 July in Manchester.

The event includes an interactive workshop for you to discuss challenges and successes with Management of Change (MoC), and aims to educate and inform delegates about:

  • areas of business and physical changes that require management
    ●covering organisational change
    ●physical plant changes
    ●knowledge management and related creeping change
    ●presenting tools
    ●examples of how these changes can be managed
    ●the standards used to guide the adequacy of these arrangements.

Take a look at the programme and line-up of speakers for more information, and to secure your place visit the online booking page. Alternatively, you can email the Bookings Team or call them on 0116 257 3197.

If you have any questions about the event, please email Louise Griffin, IOSH Event Co-ordinator, or call 0116 257 3373


Pictured L to R:  Martin Budd, Julia Creasey, Mike Elliott, Tony Edwards & Jessica Moloney (not pictured Mike McDermott)

The Humber Environmental Managers’ Network held their annual conference on Wednesday 5 June at the Ropewalk in Barton.  The event was attended by over 50 delegates from the membership’s of CATCH and Humber Nature Partnership and many guests from a wide range of  Humber Business Week stakeholders.

Tony Edwards, Chairman of the Humber Environmental Managers’ Network, opened the event and welcomed guests, thanking sponsors Shulmans, E3 Recruitment and the Humber Waste Alliance.

The first presentation was from Tony Edwards who spoke about Global Warming of 1.5oC and the Committee on Climate Change – the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming.  Tony outlined the present position.  The CCC state the UK’s is behind its existing targets under the Climate Change Act 2008 to achieve the current target of 80% reduction in GHGs by 2050.  The World still on track for a 3-4°C rise by 2100 with disastrous results for the ecology and economy of the planet, and thus all humanity.  Tony highlighted a range of actions to reduce CO2 emissions.

Up next, Julia Creasey, Group Sustainability Manager at Croda, based at Cowick Hall, gave a presentation on their journey to net-zero carbon.  The group has set very challenging targets in line with UK carbon reduction targets.  Julia presented Croda’s vision for a carbon neutral site at Cowick Hall, creating a haven for indigenous species.

Before the break, Professor Mike Elliott from the University of Hull explored the climate projections for the UK.  The University have looked at the effect of climate change on estuaries.  Mike explored a range of sustainable solutions to estuarine and marine management and setting the COP18 in the wider context and reviewing local impacts.

Martin Budd from Hull City Council took the session after a break.  He explained the role of the National Adaptation Plan.  Taking a view on risk from climate change and adaptation actions.  Martin detailed the threat from flooding, impact on infrastructure like roads and railways, coastal erosion, heatwave, water supply and other factors.  Our infrastructure has been built to cope with cold winters and we do not have buildings and bridges that have been designed to cope with extremely high temperatures, for example.

The Senior Flood Risk Management Officer, Jessica Moloney, from Hull City Council t officer gave a presentation.  Jess outlined the ways Hull and East Riding are adapting to living with water.  The city council are taking land they own and re-profiling the land as aquatic-land but also use as community space.  More wildflowers across the city, excellent barrier between road and water.  A number of large flood defence and water storage lagoon projects are underway to adapt to hotter drier summers and warmer wetter winters.

The last formal presentation of the morning was given by Mike McDermott from East Riding of Yorkshire Council who presented on Health aspects of climate change adaptation.  Mike described a wide range of impacts on health from climate change.  The impact of heat on health has indirect impacts (such as roads, rail and bridge affected which reduces food deliveries and access to health care etc) and direct impacts such as heat exhaustion heat stroke, illness, death and hospitalisation.  Heatwave plan triggers a heat wave alert in Y&H as 29 oC daytime and 15oC night-time for 1 day.

Tony Edwards led a question and answer session.  Katie Hedges, Head of Membership at CATCH thanked the speakers, sponsors and attendees for their support.


You are invited to attend this special event at 10.00am at CATCH.

Businesses – find out how to avoid pitfalls from IR35 with your contractors

Contractors – find out what IR35 means to you?

CATCH Partner E3 Recruitment (E3R) is hosting an event in association with Brookson Legal on the IR35 Reform, a new legislation which will come into force on 6th April 2020.

What is IR35?
From April next year the obligation to assess employment status for tax will move from the contractor to the hirer/end user. The employer will need to exercise reasonable care when determining the IR35 position of any limited company contractor. An IR35 assessment process either managed internally or with external specialist support is required to ensure the status decision is correct. Blanket bans on the use of limited company contractors or blanket IR35 assessments should be avoided, although grouping roles together for the purposes of assessing status is acceptable.

To find out more on how IR35 will impact you please register & attend this event for further information.


10.00 – Registration and coffee

10.15 – Welcome and introduction – Andrew Pilling, E3R

10.20 – Overview of IR35 – including pitfalls, challenges and solutions – Bernie Payne, Brookson Legal Services

11.00 – Coffee break

11.15 – Questions

12.00 – Buffet lunch

To secure your place, please contact Laura Rogers

T: 01484 645269  M: 07855 485 223  W:



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