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Every year  the Chemical Business Association’s Responsible Care Awards are presented to member companies in recognition of their achievements over the previous year.


This award is to encourage young people and to recognise excellence within the chemical supply chain. The young person should be able to demonstrate how their ability and individual performance has contributed to a strategic enhancement in any area of the business, describing the part they have played in achieving the stated aims or improvements. Click here for more information and frequently asked questions.

The award is open to any person under 30 years of age on 31st December of the award year.

Apply using the dedicated Young Person Award Entry Form .  Any queries, just give us a call on 01270 258200 or email us at

Anna Lawrence wins the Young Person Award – (2021)

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has named the winner of its annual Young Person Award as Anna Lawrence, Technical Sales Associate at WhitChem Limited.

CBA’s Young Person Award aims to encourage the excellence of young people and recognise their contribution to the chemical distribution sector.

Anna manages WhitChem’s textile accounts across the UK and Ireland and is also responsible for their textile-processing product range offered by their supplier, Tanatex. Anna also leads Whitchem’s marketing activities.

During her initial years at WhitChem, Anna worked to develop and launch their new website. As well as winning this award, Anna is a member of the CBA’s ‘Young Persons Forum’ in which she is looking to help attract future generations into the chemical supply chain, as well as raising the public’s perception of the industry as a whole.

CBA Chief Executive, Tim Doggett, said, “Anna is a wonderful example of a young person who is actively trying to raise the profile of the chemical supply chain and who has made many significant contributions to WhitChem, and she is a very worthy winner of this year’s CBA’s Young Person Award.”

Kate Mingay, Chair of the CBA stated, “I was delighted to announce Anna as the winner of this year’s Young Person Award. In a strong field of candidates her skills, enthusiasm, and dedication not only to her company and her personal career development but her passion for recruiting other young people into our industry and supporting and mentoring them has proven her to be a very worthy winner. We are so pleased that she has also joined our Young Person’s Forum and look forward to working with her in the future.”

Charles Hawley the managing director of WhitChem stated ““Everyone at WhitChem is incredibly proud of Anna being chosen for this award.  It is nearly four years since Anna joined us for her first job following completion of her Chemistry degree.  During that time, she has made great strides in learning about how chemicals distributors operate, and the chemicals industry works.  She has contributed to the success of WhitChem and continues to make the most of learning opportunities.  Anna is now in a new role driving an important segment of our business and continues to interact well with all her colleagues.  WhitChem/Azelis are fully enthusiastic of continuing our graduate scheme with Anna’s future input being an important part in its development.  Many congratulations to Anna.”



H.W Coates are the winners of the 2021 Community Interaction Award

The Chemical Business Association’s Community Interaction Award acknowledges a major contribution to community interaction by a member company, one of its employees, or a group of employees.

H.W. Coates was announced as the winner of the 2021 Chemical Business Association (CBA) Community Interaction Award at their famous Annual Lunch, the largest chemical supply chain event of its kind in the UK.

CBA’s annual Community Interaction Award acknowledges a major contribution to community interaction by a member company, one of its employees, or a group of employees, who give their time and resources to support local good causes. Community involvement is an essential part of CBA’s Responsible Care programme – an industry initiative promoting year-on-year improvements in health, safety, security, and environmental performance.
This year H.W. Coates supported their local community by establishing a woodland classroom for their local primary school, as well as helping their local scout group with not just donations, but with transport and storage facilities, and they also supported a wide range of other charities.

Elaine McGavin, CBA Regulatory Affairs Specialist commented “Judging the entries this year was as difficult as usual, and H.W. Coates winning entry once again demonstrates the importance of community involvement by our members.”

Matthew Coates MD of H.W. Coates stated “We are delighted to have received the Community Interaction Award. This recognises the efforts our COMAH sites make in supporting their local communities. We have been committed to continuing this support with some great new initiatives despite the challenges we have all faced over recent years. It was therefore fantastic for this to be acknowledged by the CBA on Wednesday. Well done Team HWC!”

H.W. Coates is one of the UK’s leading chemical warehousing and transport companies. They have several COMAH warehouses and are specialists in handling hazardous goods.

Their strength is the ability to take the long-term view, and have built up their business over fifty years, investing at every stage in the highest quality vehicles, leading edge IT and freehold property.

The calibre of entrants this year was at such a high standard that we must also give a special mention to 2M Group who were pipped to the post but were highly commended by the judging panel for their effort and dedication to interactions with their surrounding communities.








H.W. Coates Team with their award

To learn more about these awards and how to enter please click here.

Responsible Care Office-Only Distributor Award Winner 2021 – Opes International Limited.

Responsible Care Distributor with an Operational Site Award Winner 2021 –  Alcohols Limited.

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has announced the winners of its Responsible Care Awards at the 2022 Annual Lunch (Floggers) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

These annual Awards recognise excellence by CBA member companies in relation to the operation of its Responsible Care programme, an industry-wide initiative promoting year-on-year improvements in health, safety, security, and environmental performance and on member companies’ interaction with their local communities.

Michael Cooper, CBA Responsible Care Coordinator, commented, “the CBA is committed to highlighting excellence amongst our members and this year’s winners of the Responsible Care Award both demonstrated the qualities we wish to promote.”

This year’s award for Office-Only Distributor was won by Opes International Limited.

Opes is a global supplier of commodity and specialty chemical products to a wide range of industries. They specialise in the sales, marketing, and distribution of chemical and raw material products to the paint, coatings, inks, resin, textile, adhesives, construction, and plastics industries.

2021 was a significant year for this company and they have made major improvements to their sustainable procurement programme and widened the range of their business compliance systems.

Opes International Ltd Team with their award


The award for Distributor with an Operational Site was won by Alcohols Limited.

The Distributor with an Operational Site includes companies that distribute and manufacture chemical, as well as blending or breaking from bulk.

Alcohols Limited is a chemical distribution company that was formed in 1955 as a subsidiary of a private family company founded in 1805, which is still family owned today.

This year Alcohols created a team from across all areas of the business to develop and implement a “working safely” programme, which has promoted a shift in the culture and mindset to ensure safety and continuous improvement are at the heart of the company.

Adam Wallis the Managing Director of Alcohols limited stated “Alcohols Limited, are honoured to receive the Responsible Care 2021 Award for a Distributor with an Operating site.

Through our Safety First and set of easily understood Golden Rules our Technical team, led by Group Operations Director Dr Carl Roeschalub and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Michelle Hunt, are committed to excellence.

Our teams continue to build on our rigorous and focused ethos of “Quality and Delivery Start with Safety” in all SHEQ initiatives.

This prestigious award recognises the hard work and dedication of the Alcohols employees.”

Alcohols Ltd Team with their award