Catch widens reach with take-over of neighbouring cluster group YCF
DEAL DONE: Catch, formerly HCF, is taking over YCF, widening its reach.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 Jun 2018
Beacon training facility and member organisation Catch has taken over YCF Ltd, expanding the Stallingborough centre’s reach across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
The industry led partnerships have previously independently supported the process, energy, engineering and renewable industries since they launched as the respective Yorkshire Chemical Focus and Humber Chemical Focus more than a decade ago.
It will see the 40 members of YCF join the 350-strong Catch organisation, bringing niche areas such as the National Cosmetics Cluster into the operation.
David Talbot, chief executive of Catch, said: “Catch and YCF have worked closely together to support their respective member companies since they were both formed over 10 years ago. It is a great pleasure to be able to announce that we will be moving forward as one organisation that will provide a wider offer to our respective memberships, and a more powerful voice for industry in the Humber and Yorkshire region.”
Both were major recipients of grant funding from the former regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, and while Catch has ensured a continued future in tougher financial times with the investment in the internationally-recognised skills facility, bringing third parties on site while offering its own training, YCF was a network facilitator and consultancy operation. The latter is to be explored by Catch further.
Jill Mooney, chief executive of YCF Ltd, will become head of Catch technical services. She said “This is a fantastic opportunity for YCF members to receive even more benefits for their membership and we look forward to working together with Catch on behalf of the industry.”
YCF, more recently known as Your Connected Future, employed Jill and colleague Lisa Buck. Following the buy-out for £1, both will work from home, reporting into Catch.
The move, agreed in February, brings BASF’s larger Bradford manufacturing facility into the fold, as well as NuPharm and Syngenta.