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


Key industry led membership organisation CATCH, welcomed over 90 delegates to its facility in Stallingborough to discuss the latest developments in Process Safety Leadership.

The sold out conference, which had support from numerous industry sponsors, aimed to enable companies to network, share best practice and provide solutions to challenges that companies could take away and implement in their own workplaces.

Commenting on the day, Katie Hedges, Head of Membership at CATCH said, “This conference is born from our Major Hazards Member Network, the network is a forum for safety leaders to collaborate and learn from each other across the process industries.  This group is led by our industry chair, which means that the network is always relevant and provides significant support to those who attend”.

The conference highlighted the COMAH Competent Authorities (CA) year of Process Safety Leadership, which aims to ensure that a strong focus is placed on those in senior positions.  Recommending that major hazards are at the core of a clear and concise business strategy, starting from board level.  Delegates were advised to “look for the bad news” and to ask questions such as “what assures you that everything is alright?”.

Furthermore, the Organisation Safety Culture ought to be the fundamental basis of any process safety strategy, starting from the top.  Ensuring that those in charge have the enthusiasm and consistency for understanding and communicating how process safety principals of major hazards are managed. Another principal consideration should be benchmarking, continually reviewing how you are performing against your set standards.

After all, Process Safety is integral to the reputation of the chemical & process industries and vital in protecting the people and the environment.

The next Major Hazard network for client members is on 7 November.  Please contact Katie Hedges for further information.

Many thanks to all our sponsors for their support





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



Globally F.E.S. (EX) supply E, I, M & Process Safety services to a diverse range of Industries containing potentially & non-explosive areas. We are accredited with ISO9001, 14001 & 45001 systems to meet our client’s needs. Our staff retention rate echo’s our ethos of working together & looking after people.

Due to contract awards we require:

Position: Contracts E & I Engineer          Salary: Excellent package
• Self-Motivated with an In-depth knowledge of E &I contracting, maintenance & regulatory compliance
• A team player, able to travel globally, undertake training with CPD
• Multi task & handle multiple contracts at once, commercial awareness & organisational skills
• Carry out the contract process from tendering to handover within budget in safe & timely manner
• Proven leadership ability, a good communicator with analytical & problem-solving skills
• Develop business with the rest of the team
• Qualifications: Experience &/or degree, CompEx with IT & MS Office competency and presentation skills

CV’s only to – We aim to provide equality of opportunity to all persons regardless of their religion, sex, race, age or sexual orientation.


Sector leading industrial training provider, Reynolds Training Services, is proud to announce an investment of over £150,000 into the Humber area, bringing the latest technology to the Tank Farm and Process Plant at CATCH.

The move “massively increases the quality and range of training options that Reynolds can offer to the Bulk Liquid Storage sector and associated industries in the Humber region”, said the company’s managing director, John Reynolds.

The Bulk Liquid Storage and Process sector is a huge employer not only in the region, but nationally as well demanding well-trained and experienced staff at every level, to ensure smooth operations and the maintenance of crucially-important safety standards.

The £12 million training facility in North East Lincolnshire offers industry authentic training and assessment. Technology is constantly updating and improving, and this new investment ensures that Reynolds will be able to continue offering relevant vocational training, tailored to the industry as it is today and will be in the future.

Speaking about the investment, Mr Reynolds added: “I am truly excited by the options it brings in developing wider competency and deeper understanding within the high hazard industry.”

Supported by Honeywell Systems, the investment by Reynolds will bring new equipment to the tank farm including:

  • The latest Distribution Control System (DCS)
  • Independent high-level alarms
  • Radar and Servo gauging systems
  • Flow control and metering system
  • Remotely Operated Shut Off Valve

The installation cost is being fully supported by CATCH, and is the first phase of planned expansion with Reynolds which will introduce road loading rigs, shipping headers, marine connections systems and pig traps.

This, said Mr Reynolds, would “further augment the invaluable experience” students gain when undertaking onsite learning at CATCH’s authentic training and assessment facilities. “They’ll get the hands-on experience they will need in their real workplaces.”

Fuelling Reynolds and CATCH’s Development Plans

The expansive site already boasts impressive facilities including a live three storey process plant with control room, bunded tank farm, process simulator, Skills Enhancement Centre, access zone, CompEx zone and confined space entry zone as well as engineering workshops and classrooms.

Reynolds harnesses the site to give students a real-world taste of safety processes within a Bulk Liquid and Process Environment, including simulating through direct operation of the DCS, and associated systems including Road, Tank to Tank transfer and Ship import and export.

CATCH continues to develop in the site, and chief executive David Talbot said he was “absolutely delighted” that Reynolds Training Services “have made the decision to invest”.

“This investment shows the strength of the partnership between CATCH and Reynolds, and will greatly enhance the capability of the process plant,” he commented.

CATCH is an important asset for the region, providing much-needed skills development opportunities, and Mr Talbot said the “investment will help to take CATCH and Reynolds onto the national stage”.

“The process plant at CATCH is a unique industry scale facility that enables students to learn about process manufacturing without any of the inherent dangers of working with chemicals, and the enhanced capability is a really exciting prospect.”

Bulk liquid apprenticeships

Reynolds Training recently announced it’s all-new apprenticeship. Reynolds worked in conjunction with the TSA (Tank Storage Association), Cogent and the OPA (Oil & Pipelines Agency) to develop the ‘Bulk Liquid Terminal Technician Specialism’, which then gained approval from industry for use with the ‘Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Standard’, this is underpinned with a new qualification developed by Reynolds, ‘The Level 3 Diploma for a Bulk Storage Operator (Technician)’ which will enable demonstration of more complex skills required within the sector.

This Apprenticeship will be delivered by Reynolds in collaboration with HETA – who have a long-established history of Apprenticeship delivery within the Engineering and Process sector.

Mr Reynolds said the investment further demonstrates Reynolds’ commitment to the Humber region, to the CATCH facility and their drive to enhance competence within Bulk Liquid Storage sector.

“This aligns directly with our new Apprenticeship programme, ensuring that Apprentices get to experience everything from direct hands-on operations to the very latest fully-automated systems, incorporating safety instrumented systems.”

Want to know more? 

For more information about Reynolds Training’s investment,  or the new ‘Bulk Liquid Terminal Technician Specialism’ Apprenticeship – email Karon Reynolds on, or phone (+44) 01469 552846.


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.

Click here to book


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 –


Head Office

Redwood Park Estate
DN41 8TH
Company no. 03837010



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