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Awards to remember – CBA’s 100 year …

Awards to remember – CBA’s 100 year anniversary awards

12 December 2023

The Chemical Business Association (CBA), the voice of the UK chemical supply chain, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in spectacular fashion, with the re-instatement of an annual Awards Dinner honouring members and their outstanding achievements.

The Association, alongside members and invited guests, gathered at the Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester on November 23rd – 100 years to the day, since the CBA’s was first registered as the British Chemical Distributors’ and Traders’ Association (BCDTA) in 1923.

Marking this significant milestone, the Association received a letter from King Charles III, which was read out by CBA’s Chief Executive, Tim Doggett, where the King sent “good wishes to all in attendance”.

Attendees had the opportunity to take a guided tour of Concorde G-BOAC, once the flagship of British Airways and affectionately known as ‘Alpha Charlie’, with donations from the tours raising nearly £1,000 for the CBA’s chosen charity of 2023, 3 Dad’s Walking and PAPYRUS, who are dedicated to preventing suicide in the under 35’s.

VIP’s from across the global chemical supply chain in attendance included FECC President, Lars Wallstein, as well as representatives from the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), the Department for Transport (DfT), the Trade Association Forum (TAF), and the  Generation Logistics initiative.

Also in attendance were senior leaders from the German Trade Association, Verband Chemiehandel e.V. (VCH), including Ralph Alberti, and Michael Pätzold. With VCH came members of their NextGen initiative, who had a day of meetings and networking prior to the awards evening, with the CBA’s well established Future Council (FC). Similar to the FC, NextGen aims to support the next generation of industry talent.

At the event there was also a debut by the ‘Voice of the Chemical Supply Chain Choir’, with singers from member companies across the entire chemical supply chain led by past CBA Chair Kate Mingay.

Awards and award winners on the night included:

  • Responsible Care Award for Logistics Services Members – WH Bowker Ltd
  • Responsible Care Award for Distributors (Office Only) – Meade-King Robinson & Co. Ltd
  • Responsible Care Award for Distributors (with Operational Sites) – Multisol Group UK Ltd
  • Sustainability Award – Brenntag UK & Ireland
    • Highly commended – Univar Solutions UK Ltd
  • Wellbeing Award – Hanson Logistics Ltd
  • Community Engagement Award – H.W. Coates Ltd
    • Highly commended – Grace Overseas Ltd
  • Affiliate Member of the Year – Hibiscus PLC
  • Logistics Services Member of the Year – Hanson Logistics Ltd
    • Highly commended – W H Bowker Ltd
  • Distributor/Manufacturer Member of the Year – Holiferm Ltd
    • Highly commended – 2M Group
  • Made a Difference Award – Paul Smith of Brenntag UK & Ireland
    • Highly commended – Brian Killerby of Hibiscus PLC
  • Young Person Award – Vicky De Groof of Holiferm Ltd
    • Special mention – Alex Jamieson of Alcohols Ltd
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Joan Traynor of Azelis UK Ltd
    • Highly commended – Brian Killerby of Hibiscus PLC

Tim Doggett, CEO of the Chemical Business Association and also Director of TAF, said: “Our members, many of whom are SMEs, are the backbone of the chemical industry, one of the most important and diverse industries in the world, which is a vital thread that runs through society and the economy alike. Our membership provides us with a 360° vision of the chemical supply chain, allowing us to assess, support and respond to key industry issues. The immense achievements of our members in the last 12 months deserves not only to be acknowledged, but whole-heartedly celebrated.”

He continued, “It was very appropriate for us to bring together our valued members and guests from around the world; underneath the Concorde, such an iconic feat of engineering that remains unsurpassed in many ways and which symbolises what can be achieved through collaboration, innovation and ambition, all of which are key to how we think and act at the CBA. Our approach has established the CBA as a highly regarded and recognised leading trade association with significant global influence and this was an incredible and fitting way to celebrate both the achievements of our members and the CBA’s 100th anniversary”.

Click here to watch highlights of the evening

About Chemical Business Association:

The Chemical Business Association (CBA), founded in 1923, has a long and illustrious heritage in delivering for its members and is the leading organisation representing the complete chemical supply chain. Many of its members are SME’s and include manufacturers, distributors, traders, warehouse operators, logistics and transport companies, as well as service providers and suppliers who collectively are the main chemical industry interface providing products and services to virtually every sector.

Now celebrating its centenary, some founding member organisations still remain. Such a diverse membership gives the distinct advantage of a 360-degree view and insight of the global chemical supply chain which, combined with the extensive and in-depth expertise of its staff, enables the CBA to provide wide-ranging services and support to its members, and to engage and work closely with Government and other key stakeholders in the UK and overseas.

The chemicals and pharmaceutical industry is the UK’s second largest industry and is the nation’s number one manufacturing exporter, and CBA members contribute in excess of £4 billion to the UK economy and employ over 10,000 people nationwide. Chemicals are vital for society and with more than 97% of all manufactured products containing inputs from the chemicals industry, CBA members handled in excess of 27 million tonnes and make over 2.25 million deliveries of chemicals last year. Health and safety, people and sustainability are at the heart of the CBA, and it leads and participates in many initiatives such as the ‘Responsible Care Programme’ which it has been part of since 1993.

The Chemical Business Association is the voice of the UK chemical supply chain.

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