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Holly joined CATCH as an apprentice 7 years ago – and has recently been promoted to a key role within our CATCH Skills Department.

What apprenticeship pathway did you study and why?
I studied for an NVQ Diploma in Business Administration. Throughout my first year of A Levels, I soon decided that classroom learning wasn’t for me, I was destined to learn whilst gaining real-life experience, and earning money!

How do you feel this has benefited your career?
Becoming an apprentice at CATCH has definitely benefited my career in so many ways, and has secured the job I have today. The apprentice route provided me with so much experience completing on the job tasks and giving me a strong understanding of the different roles and responsibilities within the workplace. Being supported and guided by the team at CATCH has also made a huge impact on my personal development growth, and the confidence and skills I have built up along the way have helped me become a key member of the team.

What tips would you give your young self?
I would tell my young self starting at CATCH 7 years ago to make the most of all the experience and opportunities you get to be apart of. Not everything will be easy, but keep striving and you will reach your goals!

What are your hopes for the future and how did your apprenticeship support your ambitions?
My hopes for the future are to continue building strong relationships to support our Client’s in the region and nationally. CATCH has so many amazing opportunities throughout the journey ahead, and I cannot wait to be a part of them. Let’s see where the next 7 years takes us!


As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we interviewed recent Employee Excellence Award winner Jess.  Jess started her career with an Apprenticeship at CATCH.

What apprenticeship pathway did you study and why?
Business Administration, I felt this pathway covered the majority of the basics within a business. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and this seemed to open up the most opportunities when looking for an apprenticeship

How do you feel this has benefited your career?
It has developed my knowledge of businesses and how they work. It has allowed me to develop within my role and enabled me to go on to Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications.

What tips would you give your young self?
To keep going because there are opportunities ahead once you have completed your training. Starting somewhere new can be daunting but it is definitely worth it.

What are your hopes for the future and how did your apprenticeship support your ambitions?
My future hopes are to complete my Business Administration Level 4 apprenticeship to gain more knowledge into the management of a business. I hope this will lead to further development in my role in the future.

Thank you Jess!



To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we would like to shine the spotlight on our very own apprentice – Libbi.  Her manager Lauren – Senior Finance Officer said “Libbi is such a great asset to CATCH – she is very hardworking and has fitted in so well despite joining us in the middle of a pandemic! Libbi is really focused on her financial training but is also learning a wide range of new skills as her positive mindset means she is happy to get involved with the rest of the team, helping out when required”.

We asked Libbi to share her experiences with us so far:

Why did you decide to take an apprenticeship?

I chose to take an apprenticeship because I find it easier to learn by physically doing tasks and there are also so many opportunities within the business to progress your personal skills as well as working towards qualifications.

Is the apprenticeship what you expected?

I have previously been an apprentice so I had an idea what it is like and how it all works, however, with this apprenticeship I am getting involved with all aspects of the business and being able to help the whole team as well as doing my own job and also studying for my qualification which wasn’t what I expected as much.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future would be to continue with my qualifications, become a qualified accountant, and progress in the business.

Thank you Libbi!


IETF Phase 1: Spring 2021 provides up to £40 million of grant funding for energy efficiency projects and studies. Innovate UK and BEIS are jointly delivering this phase of the competition for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Phase 1: Spring 2021 project types

Phase 1: Spring 2021 provides funding for:

  • projects deploying technologies that improve the energy efficiency of industrial processes
  • feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation measures for industrial processes

Competition dates

For Phase 1: Spring 2021 applications, the competition:

  • opens on Monday 8 March 2021
  • closes on Wednesday 14 July 2021


The Phase 1: Spring 2021 competition is open to businesses of any size registered in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. To be eligible, your business must operate a site which falls into the following categories of activity:

  • manufacturing 10(000) through to 33(200)
  • data centres 63(110)

Businesses are allocated a SIC code at the time of registering at Companies House. You need to check your business SIC code to make sure you are eligible. In the case that a parent company has a SIC Code that does not reflect the activity carried out at the site of the proposed application, for example where a data centre is owned by a telecoms company, you may be eligible and should contact Innovate UK for further details at

The documents here provide more detail on the eligibility criteria.


The funding will be awarded as grants towards the total costs of successful proposals. To be eligible, proposals must fall within the stated minimum and maximum award thresholds:

Funding applied for Minimum threshold per application Maximum threshold per project
Energy efficiency deployment projects £100,000 £14 million
Engineering studies £50,000 £14 million
Feasibility studies £30,000 £7 million

The minimum thresholds have been lowered in response to feedback received during Phase 1: Summer 2020.

For energy efficiency deployment projects, you must use the project benefit calculator v2.0 in your application.

Get in touch

If you need more information about the application process for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, please contact Innovate UK:

  • by email
  • by phone – call the helpline on 0300 321 4357 between 9:00-11:30am and 2:00-4:30pm, Monday to Friday

Innovate UK offers an eligibility screening service which you should use if you have any queries about your proposed application. Type ‘Eligibility screening assessment request’ as the subject line of your email if you require this service.


We wish to extend a warm welcome to Tricoya UK and are delighted to welcome back Kevin Briggs to our board of Directors.

Tricoya UK and its parent company Accsys are changing wood to change the world: enhancing the natural properties of certified sustainable wood to create high performance building products to give the world a choice to build more sustainably.

The Tricoya UK plant (currently under construction) is a world-first: directly acetylating wood chips for use in Tricoya MDF panels. These combine exceptional durability and dimensional stability – even in wet conditions – with the sustainability of wood and the ease of use of traditional MDF, opening new opportunities in architecture, design, building and construction.

Combining chemistry, technology and ingenuity to create these products for a more sustainable built environment, Accsys and Tricoya UK are pleased to be a part of the community of businesses in the Humber region.

Kevin Briggs, Site Manager for the Tricoya UK plant, said: “I’m delighted to be rejoining the CATCH board.  It’s an organisation with a great purpose and potential for meaningful impact, and I, Accsys and Tricoya UK support the continued development of the skills and competencies vital to these industries.”


We are pleased to release the following opportunity – We are looking for a creative and innovative company to design and build our new project website – The Humber Industrial Cluster Plan.

The requirement is to create an engaging, accessible, and adaptable website that will describe and promote the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan, evolving as the Plan is developed and with a legacy that will support future implementation. The website is expected to include a combination of reproduced and bespoke components.

For further information please contact Lisa – or download the Invitation to Tender here.


Apprentice Junior Content Producer

CATCH is a small team – but we like to create a big impact, and we are looking for a positive, driven person who isn’t afraid of getting stuck in!

Due to the continued growth of HCF CATCH Limited, we are looking to recruit an apprentice Junior Content Producer, within our marketing function. We are seeking a highly motivated and confident apprentice looking to take the first step in their career.

Do you have an interest in Content Production? Can you tell a story, either through the written word or video? Do you know your LinkedIn from your TikTok? If so, we are looking for you!

In your role as Junior Content Producer,  you will work across all departments to put together exciting content, whilst having the confidence and ability to engage those you are working with. You will work closely with and assist our Stakeholder Engagement Manager to implement our engaging marketing plan across the CATCH business.

In return, you will learn from and work with a positive and friendly team who will support you in every step of your apprenticeship.

The role will be based at the CATCH facility in Stallingborough. It will consist of 37 hours a week – Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 16:00 and Friday 08:00 to 15:30. The salary will be based on the Apprenticeship Rate and will be subject to the completion of a successful probationary period. For further information, please email

Closing date for applications: 1st March 2021. Interviews w/c 8th March. With a view to start w/c 5th April 2021.

To apply please click here


An Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Thursday 11 February at 10am

The presentation will provide oversight on one of the most popular problem solving techniques that meshes the principles of Lean with those of Six Sigma to create a powerful tool. We will look at the 5 Principles of Lean, why the Voice of the Customer is all-important and where Waste can be found using simple tools and techniques.  We will look at Six Sigma and understand why reducing variation and the cause of defects will improve the quality of your product or service. Finally, the talk will explain DMAIC and introduce you to the structured methodology that complements Lean Six Sigma.

To register or for further information, please contact



CATCH hosted the first Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Network of the year on Wednesday 27 January via TEAMs.  With 80 delegates drawn from CATCH membership and wider stakeholders from public, private and academic communities the meeting welcomed a number of new members to the group.

In the first presentation Dr Geraint Evans, from BeaconTech consultancy, gave an informative journey through the steps required to meet net zero for an industrial cluster.  The various technologies available to bring the Humber industrial cluster to a net zero or even net negative position were explored.

Geraint highlighted that the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan will have 2 years to demonstrate routes to net zero for different combinations of decarbonisation technologies and will be able to demonstrate the impact of new technologies on the cost and pace of decarbonisation.

Barriers to deployment cover a wide range from technical, social, economic and policy.  It could be argued that technical barriers are easiest to solve.  The way Covid has impacted our lives may see behaviours in the population shift to embracing lower carbon choices and wider social acceptance of the need to change.

Helen Sanders, Head of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement at SSE Thermal, gave delegates a chance to understand how Keadby Clean Power Hub is moving forward in their ambitions to establish lower carbon energy production in the region.  Helen outlined their Keadby 2 plans and future plans for Keadby 3 which could become the first power station equipped with carbon capture technology.

Helen highlighted a recent socio-economic report which can be found here:

SSE Thermal are partners in both the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan and Zero Carbon Humber – a significant deployment project supporting an onshore CCS system and hydrogen production for the Humber.

Katie Hedges, Head of Membership & Low Carbon Strategy at CATCH, detailed the recent success of the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan which has secured £1.7million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to develop a plan for net zero by 2040.  The plan supports a range of deployment project bids that could see first end to end CO2 storage achieved by 2025-2027.

The next Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Network meets on 28 April and we are excited to announce the first Humber Hydrogen Network will be held on 10 March.

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The General Manager of the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery at South Killingholme has joined the board of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  The appointment of Darren Cunningham, who is Lead Executive at Phillips 66 in the UK, strengthens representation on the LEP’s Board of Directors from northern Lincolnshire.

Last year North and North East Lincolnshire chose to remain in the Greater Lincolnshire LEP area, while the Humber LEP is being renamed the Hull and East Yorkshire LEP.  A chemical engineer by training, Darren has more than 30 years’ experience in various refining and commercial roles and has been General Manager of the Humber Refinery since 2017.

He began his career with Conoco at the Humber Refinery in 1985, where he held various roles in engineering and planning and economics.  In 1993 he transferred to the commercial office in London as a crude oil trader. He then took assignments in Singapore and across the United States, working in business development and corporate strategy roles.  He is now leading the Humber Refinery and Phillips 66 UK decarbonisation agenda.

“I’m honoured to join the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and look forward to working together as our region looks towards the future in these most challenging times,” he said.

Pat Doody, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, welcomed Darren to the board.

“On behalf of the board I am delighted to see an individual with Darren’s vast experience and capability in such an important sector to the LEP economy, with its change agenda, joining us. Having a key south bank employer on board is also important to fully represent the LEP geography.

“I know the board is looking forward to Darren’s valuable contribution and shares his enthusiasm for the numerous opportunities evident in the north of our area.”

Phillips 66 is an American multinational energy company based in Houston, Texas.

The Humber Refinery was built at South Killingholme in 1966 and has a crude oil processing supplying 24% of UK fuels. Humber is leading the way in low carbon fuels production and was the first in the UK to produce fuel, at scale, from used cooking oil.

The Humber Refinery is a key partner in two leading decarbonisation projects for the region, Humber Zero and the Gigastack, and is one of the most complex refineries in the Phillips 66 portfolio and one of the most sophisticated in Europe.


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