The voice of the chemical industry
Chemical businesses in the UK face a whole raft of challenges - volatile energy prices, the right skills mix, innovation, over-regulation, global competition, climate change, sustainability, variable interest rates, waste management, the impact of chemicals on health... and these are just the headline grabbers! There are many, many more.
These challenges are not unique, they impact on all industry sectors, but it is essential that the UK chemical sector has a representative voice that is heard at the highest levels to make sure its thoughts, ideas, convictions and concerns on any issue are listened to and taken into account when and where it matters.
The Chemical Industries Association is that voice. The CIA has a justifiable reputation as being the most powerful collective voice in the industry and the one that is consulted and listened to. Run by its members, for its members, the CIA speaks for all of the chemical sector and takes a leading role in helping members influence important issues that affect the future direction of the industry.
In a constructive and forceful manner we work to secure a sustainable UK chemical industry in partnership with all stakeholders on matters that are of importance to our members.
"This is one of the very best trade bodies that I deal with. In lobbying, you are balanced, analytical and always helpful with your members interests at heart"
Alan Duncan MP Shadow Business Secretary, 2008
“You have a powerful advocate in the Chemical Industries Association. A group that helps lead and promote your sector to business, the public and Government, articulating the challenges you face and celebrating your achievements.”
Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, 2007
"I would like to congratulate Steve Elliott and the Chemical Industries Association for the way in which you lead the chemical and pharmaceutical sector and the strong and determined voice that you give in your lobbying and representation and the way it is carried out. The CIA's work on low carbon, on education and skills and the sustainability strategy are important contributions from your sector showing responsibility and new thinking that will help to shape government policy. The industry is in good hands, and I'd just like to reiterate that it plays, and will continue to play, a vital role in this country's economy - and in its future".
Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. November, 2010
"The constructive relationship Steve Elliot and the CIA have built with the Government is central to everything. We are committed to working with the CIA to ensure your industry is equipped for a changing world".
Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. November, 2009