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The Concom team are finishing off the final preparations for the annual Catch up With Competency event on 8th October 2019.  Key client members from the Humber Bank region and many of the Concom contractor members from across the country will be attending again.  This year they will be hearing from key industry players such as the Chair of CATCH, an HSE Inspector and the ECITB.  We will also hear from the Concom Apprentice of the Year 2019 and the Concom Chair regarding the successes of the  Concom Scheme and the way forward.  Attendance is free for Concom contractor members and each can have up to two tickets.  Please let Jane know if you are interested in attending on

CUWC flyer October 2019


Leading energy companies Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures are spearheading the ZERO CARBON HUMBER campaign with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and CATCH, a trade body for industrials in the region. The campaign responds to the Government’s world-leading ambition to establish the first ‘net zero’ carbon industrial cluster in the UK by 2040.

Feasibility work is already underway to show how pioneering carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technology can make the Humber a net zero carbon economy while providing the foundation for the roll-out of low carbon hydrogen as a fuel across the wider Yorkshire region.

To mark the launch of the campaign, the consortium is meeting with MPs and policymakers at a Westminster event where they will explain the benefits of a new zero carbon hydrogen economy in the Humber – both in terms of jobs, clean growth and export opportunities, as well as the positive impacts it will have in combatting the climate crisis.

The Humber is home to the UK’s biggest industrial economy, employing 55,000 people in the region and contributing £18bn to UK GDP each year, leveraging its rich heritage of industry, skills and trade. It hosts around 100 chemical and refining companies alone, which together account for around 12% of total employment in the UK chemicals sector.

But the Humber is also the most carbon intensive industrial region in the country. If industrial business across the Humber fail to decarbonise, they will face costs of between £1.4bn and £4.2bn in carbon taxes alone by 2040, making the Humber less attractive to global investors, putting jobs and supply chains at risk, damaging the opportunity to attract new businesses to the region.

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CATCH, the multi million pound centre of excellence for the process, renewable, engineering and energy sectors is celebrating 20 years of the company’s founding organisation, the membership cluster –  Humber Chemical Focus Ltd.

The cluster, established in 1999, was a spin out from North East Lincolnshire Council to support economic development and inward investment priorities. The local authorities research with support from the Department of International Trade, indicated that supply chain, contractor capability and skills were the primary areas for improvement in the Humber chemical and allied process industries. Thus, Humber Chemical Focus Ltd was born.

Employing 2.5 people, with the support of 5 industry directors and 2 public sector partners, HCF drew on matched funding from the European Regional Development Fund and combined with the sector research grew and established a strong, sustainable membership base, which continues to grow today.

Now, the CATCH facility, which was opened in 2006, arising from a partnership between HCF and the Humber Client Contractor Training Association plus investment from Yorkshire Forward has grown to employ 25 people and has an influential board of 16 directors which supports companies throughout Yorkshire and Humber and beyond.

Katie Hedges, Head of Membership at CATCH, and a founding staff member, said, “We are often asked what makes CATCH membership special, it’s the coming together of likeminded industry professionals to share experiences and learn about what’s important to them. This is done, mostly, via our popular long standing networks such as Environmental Managers and Engineering Managers and Human Factors networks. Picking up tips and being able to implement changes and ideas on site are one of the major benefits of attending.

Katie Continued –  It is amazing to look back over our 20 year history and see all the instrumental things the industry has achieved working together with the public sector stakeholders and the pivotal role CATCH has played.  The next big challenge facing our Cluster is decarbonisation and we expect to announce another collaboration in this area very soon. Just think what we can achieve together in the next 20 years!!”.

And CATCH continues to grow, CATCH is also home to CATCH Skills, CATCH Technical and ConCom – a multi service, thriving community of industry members, contractors and training providers working together to meet the needs of industry and future leaders.


Industry impressed by unifying project that could put the Humber ahead of the world

Big business has welcomed the call to action to bring a zero carbon economy to the Humber by 2040.

A major bid launched on Monday to gain the backing of government – and first the energy intensive community it could serve – with transformative solutions for a region with the highest emissions in the UK laid out.

About 40 delegates were briefed on the feasibility work conducted so far by joint venture partners in the anchor project featuring carbon capture, use and storage as well as hydrogen production.

Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures are spearheading it, working with Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and the regional process industry representative body Catch, as it looks to provide a pipeline others can feed into along both banks of the Humber, out to depleted oil and gas caverns beneath the North Sea.

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Dress: Black tie

19.00 – 19.45  Arrivals and Reception

19.45  Welcome Speech by David Talbot, Chairman of the Energy Institute – Humber Branch

20.00 – 22.00 Dinner in the Royal Suite – Magician Steve Greenwood will be entertaining guests during the Dinner.

22.00 – 22.15 Charity Raffle in aid of Andy’s Children’s’ Hospice Grimsby, Cardiology Ward Grimsby Hospital, Ward 10 & ICU Castle Hill Hospital Hull, Hull & East Yorkshire Relate and RNLI, Cleethorpes.

22.15 –  23.00 Entertainment – Shawn Dean Singing Duo.

21.00 – 23.59 A “Selfie” Photo booth will be available in the Function Entrance area

23.00 – 00.30 Disco

00.30               Bar closes

01.00               Carriages


Hotel rooms bookings available at the Humber Royal Hotel – tel: 01472 240024 quoting “Energy Institute Dinner Dance, 4 October”. Rates £73.50 B&B – double room, £65.00 – single room.  Please book early to get this best available rate.   Room cancellation – up to 12.00 pm on the day of arrival.

Special dietary requirements, please advise by Monday, 23 September.

Table Wine orders may be placed before the event with Vanessa Hawkins, Humber Royal Hotel – tel: 01472 240024.  Email:   See accompanying wine list.

There will be a wine table in the Function Entrance area for arriving guests so that they can set up a credit card account for their drinks and order table wines.

Ticket price is only £65, you can have tables of 8 and 10 people!



Poached Asparagus on a bed of Vegetarian Black Pudding and Sauce Bearnaise


Sirloin of Scottish Beef with Nutmeg Green Beans and Chasseur Sauce served with two Vegetable bundles

Vegetarian Option: Sweet Potato and Leek Tartlet, Green Salad and Pink Peppercorn Sauce


Banoffee Pie with Toffee Sauce and Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Cheese and Biscuits

Coffee, Tea and Mints


For more information or to buy a ticket please contact Tim Brant on


Date: 25 September 2019
Times: 10.00 − 14.00
Venue: Executive suite CATCH Conference building

In joint partnership between the Energy Institute and CATCH, the Clean Growth Conference will be focusing on clean growth and will cover topics from the low carbon strategy for the Humber branch, to case studies in decarbonisation and a session from the Energy Institute on HSE in the Offshore Wind Sector.
We are delighted to welcome EI and CATCH Members and wider national/regional stakeholders.
The coffee and lunch break provide an excellent opportunity for networking

We hope you will be able to join us.
To register, visit

Conference agenda:
10:00 Welcome and Introduction – (Dave Talbot, CEO CATCH and Chair of the Humber Branch of the EI)
10:10 Humber Local Industrial Strategy (Richard Kendall, Humber LEP)
10:40 Humber Clean Growth strategy (TBC)
11:10 Coffee and networking
11:30 Good for the planet, good for profit (Adrian Howe Chartwell Consulting)
12:00 Nordic Heat – the Smart City Alliance (Peter Anderberg/Mark Woodward, Nordic Heat – Smart City Alliance)
12:30 HSE and Offshore Wind (Beate Hildenbrand, Energy Institute)
13:00 Questions
13:15 Lunch and networking

For more information please visit the EI webiste at or contact

Jasmine Greenhalgh at


Marine training giant Maersk believes its emerging Humber facility has the potential to become a centre of training excellence for offshore wind.

The Danish giant has followed fellow national exports from oil and gas into renewable energy, and has arrived on the South Humber Bank as the sector hits critical mass.

It has replaced AIS at Catch in Stallingborough, with plans to significantly expand on the facilities there, building on a presence in Newcastle and Aberdeen.

John Abate, UK managing director, said: “I genuinely believe the location of the Humber, with all the investment, means there is no reason why we cannot be a main facility.

Training up: Maersk will help people gain the qualifications to enter the burgeoning offshore wind industry.
Training up: Maersk will help people gain the qualifications to enter the burgeoning offshore wind industry.

“We can set up a wind training institute of excellence here. The facilities lend themselves to it, the area lends itself to it, and we are keen to work with local companies. We are not ‘big Maersk coming in to dominate’. We do lots to support good causes and other operations.”

Already welcomed by Orsted as its main provider of offshore safety training, it is leading the green energy charge from Grimsby, with Hornsea One emerging as the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

Hornsea Two will follow, and potentially two more phases , building on more than 2GW already installed. Innogy, with Triton Knoll, has also committed to Royal Dock with works underway on the base .

Mr Abate, who has been with Maersk for five years, said: “We have been looking to come into the area for some time, then to come to Catch has been a really good opportunity.

Maersk's Newcastle facility.
Maersk’s Newcastle facility. (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

“It is an amazing opportunity in fact, from the point of view when going to a new area, you don’t want to commit too much capital until you know how it will operate and what it is like.

“To have serviced offices and all the infrastructure is brilliant.”

It will deliver all five modules of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST), GWO Basic Technical Training (BTT), GWO Enhanced First Aid and GWO Blade Repair with GWO Advanced Rescue Training to follow.

Several other courses will also be offered, with potential to expand further both in and allied to renewables.

The Catch facility at Stallingborough, with the now built Hughes Building as an artist's impression.
The Catch facility at Stallingborough, with the now built Hughes Building as an artist’s impression. (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)

“When we announced our arrival in April our desire was to use the summer period – which is quieter because technicians are out there working – to fit out,” Mr Abate said. “We have run a couple of courses to demonstrate it is easily deliverable. We see this area as twice the size of Aberdeen for renewables. We had Newcastle, but started in Aberdeen two years ago, and that is growing at a rate of 100 per cent, with seven courses a month, at a maximum of 12 delegates per course.

“We know how busy it is here, looking at the size of the market , the wind farms, everything is three or four times the size.  I would be disappointed if we don’t have the same number of courses in Aberdeen. We have the business-to-business connections, and we feel we have demonstrated we can do it.”

The sea survival element of a course is to be delivered with Hota at Hull, where a dedicated pool and rig to simulate a submerging helicopter is well established.

On site at the Kiln Lane beacon training facility, and the workshop is going to be partitioned and vented to manage blade repair, with the hub – a large-scale build to emulate a nacelle – also arriving shortly.

A mobile solution spread over six containers has been used, but is described as a “smaller format training facility” to what will be a permanent addition.

Between 10 and 15 jobs will have been created when fully up and running, with a team of 20 specialist contractors also in place to call upon. “We use them regularly and it would be nice to build up expertise here as well,” Mr Abate said.

Newcastle was established 15 years ago, with renewables approaching a first decade of delivery, with the location close to the Blyth tes site.

“That was a first of its kind, but we see more than we can do here in renewables and outside.   We are mindful of what other people do on site, but I don’t see that much overlap. We have connections through oil and gas processing, and we see links into crisis management and emergency response training, bringing that into renewables. There are human factors too, crew resources – people skills training – all about getting more out of a team, and how you interact under pressure.”

David Laister, business editor – Business Live


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


Head Office

Redwood Park Estate
DN41 8TH
Company no. 03837010



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