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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:



  • Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures announce new zero carbon partnership
  • Commitment marks first significant response from industry following Committee on Climate Change’s Net Zero report
  • Plan could deliver the UK’s first zero carbon cluster and help position Great Britain at the heart of the global energy revolution

Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing them to work together to explore how a large-scale carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) network and a hydrogen production facility could be constructed in the Humber in the mid-2020s.

This is the first significant action from industry since the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently published its Net Zero report, which found that CCUS and hydrogen technology developed in regional industrial clusters is essential if Great Britain is going to achieve a ‘net zero’ carbon economy by 2050.

The partnership could lead to the Humber becoming the world’s first net zero carbon region and home to a new world leading hydrogen economy.

Commenting on the partnership, Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO, said: “The Committee on Climate Change was clear – the UK needs both bioenergy with CCS and hydrogen production at scale by 2030 to achieve a ‘net zero’ carbon economy. This partnership is committed to meeting this challenge putting Great Britain at the heart of the global energy revolution.

“With Drax’s carbon negative power station, the Humber region could lead the world in new technologies that can deliver for the climate and the economy, helping to create a cleaner environment for future generations whilst creating new jobs and export opportunities for British businesses

“We’re excited to be working with National Grid Ventures and Equinor on this project – for decades the Humber has been a strategically important industrial cluster for the UK – it has the skills, industrial capability as well as offshore storage to transform itself into a cutting-edge low carbon hub.”

Irene Rummelhoff, Equinor’s executive vice president for marketing, midstream and processing, said: “As a global leader in CCS and a major gas supplier to the UK for many decades, we are committed to helping shape sustainable solutions for a low carbon future.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Drax and National Grid Ventures in looking at how the Humber region can be a launch pad for wider decarbonisation in the UK economy and be an example for others to learn from. Globally we must see substantial decarbonisation of industry and energy in the years ahead, and we believe CCS and hydrogen must play a significant role in this.”

Jon Butterworth, Chief Operating Officer, Global Transmission, for National Grid Ventures, said: “We all agree that we must act now to start delivering a ‘net-zero’ carbon economy. That’s why we’re delighted to be working together with Equinor and Drax. This is a project of great potential for the UK and the Humber region and we look forward to leveraging our skills and expertise to enable this transition.

“We have seen rapid progress in decarbonising energy through established technologies such as wind power, solar and electricity interconnectors. CCUS and hydrogen create a new pathway to greater decarbonisation of the energy system and provide a platform for decarbonising other areas of our economy, which will be to the benefit of current and future generations.”

The three companies will work together to:

  • Explore the opportunity to scale-up the innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at the Drax Power Station in order to create the world’s first carbon negative power station in the 2020s.
  • Explore the potential development of a large-scale hydrogen demonstrator within the Drax site by as early as the mid-2020s – in line with the CCC’s recommendation that hydrogen should be produced at scale in at least one industrial cluster by 2030.
  • Explore the strategic opportunities in developing a cutting-edge hydrogen economy in the region.

Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire is already capturing a tonne of carbon dioxide a day from its innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project. If it is scaled up it could serve as the ‘anchor’ for a regional CCUS network capturing millions of tonnes of carbon each year from nearby industrial emitters.

The consortium has the collective expertise and credibility to deliver on the CCC recommendation for large-scale trials of hydrogen, development of CCS transport and storage infrastructure, and the deployment of BECCS at scale.

A study outlining the technical, economic and societal opportunities for CCUS and hydrogen in the Humber region will be published by the partners later this year.



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.



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


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