CNW Awards 2021


CNW Awards 2021

Chemicals Northwest 2021 Awards 

Due to popular demand we have extended the deadline to enter the awards to the 4th February 2021 at 4pm.

The awards will (hopefully) culminate with a first-class gala dinner celebration and announcement of winners at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on the 25th March 2021. We have also been looking at virtual awards as a plan B option. We will keep you updated. Our host for this year’s ceremony is BBC Presenter and Political Editor Nina Warhurst.

Chemicals Northwest members play a critical role towards delivering success in our industry and in many downstream sectors. Please share your good news stories with us, the application form is straightforward and entry is also open to non-members.

The Awards honour excellence across a wide spectrum of business activity, from Innovation to Sustainability and from Young Talent to Supplier to the Chemical Industry. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available so please take a look at the sponsorship brochure – click here

The categories and how to enter
There is a limit of 1000 words per entry and you may find the following helpful in structuring your entry.

1. Description of your entry (project/person/application etc)
2. How was it successful?
3. Why you think it should win the award

Eligibility for the awards is simple. You will be a chemical processing company, a key player in the chemicals supply chain, or an important stakeholder or service provider to the sector overall. We are searching for excellence in the following categories:

1. Engineering firm of the year 2021
Winning this award will represent the ultimate accolade for excellence in the supply of engineering products and services to this great industry. The scope is wide as we are aware of many engineering solutions that have led to success in the industry, from project management and maintenance support to process consultancy and equipment supplies.

2. Manufacturing company of the year award 2021 – sponsored by PM PROjEN
This award recognises how a company has demonstrated excellence in developing and bringing its products to market. It will also recognise significant operational improvements made to an established process. The winner will also have a clear plan for sustainable growth of the business and its contribution to the wider chemical industry in the region.

3. Health & Safety award 2021 – sponsored by Livent
This award will recognise exemplary practices or services that have made a chemicals operation safer or healthier. The winner will be able to demonstrate how a single, or range of site improvements or the provision of valued expertise, has significantly contributed to the improved safety performance of a chemical business, or a supply chain partner.

4. Sustainability award 2021 - sponsored by INOVYN
Recognition of how an organisation has demonstrated an innovative and holistic application of sustainability principles across a project and/or its wider business practice, leading to measurable positive change.

5. Operational excellence award 2021 – sponsored by CF Fertiliser
Successful practices in improving the efficiency and productivity of a chemical manufacturing process. The award winner will be able to demonstrate that real business improvements have been made following the implementation of a new project or operational programme.

6. International trade award 2021 – supported by the Department for International Trade
Innovative approaches to effective exporting involving the latest systems and thinking. This will be awarded to a company that is new to, or experienced in, import/export and who has significantly developed their business in new markets or achieved an outstanding international trading record. This award is also open to service providers who have helped other businesses to take their international trading to new levels.

7. Innovation award 2021 – sponsored by HFL Consulting
Demonstration of creative solutions that present major commercial opportunities for a business. This award is open to individual organisations or academic/industrial collaborations. The winning recipient will be able to demonstrate how they have successfully invested in the research and development of a commercially viable new product, or enhancement to an existing product, or designed/modified and implemented a process that delivers demonstrable benefits to the business.

8. Young talent in the chemical industry award 2021 – sponsored by SRG
The contribution made by a young person to the success of a chemicals business or service provider. The award will also recognise the learning of vital business skills and their application in taking the organisation forward.

9. Charity of the Year award 2021 – sponsored by Valtris
If you represent a charity which you think deserves a special recognition, or you have been involved in charity events through the company you work for, or to raise money for a charity, then please submit your entry. Winners will also receive £1000 towards their charity.

10. Supplier to the chemical industry award 2021 - sponsored by the Chemical Industries Association
This award covers a broad scope of entries and the winner could be reflected within the provision of innovative problem solving anywhere in supply chains, to the chemicals sector. The winner will be able to demonstrate how their products or services have successfully responded to a customer problem and helped deliver effective supply partnerships.

To enter the awards please email [email protected] by 3pm on Friday 22nd January 2021 with the title of the award as the email header and include your contact phone number.

The seat and table booking link for the awards will be available shortly

Other terms
(1) The judge’s decision is final and will remain unannounced until revealed on the evening.
(2) The same company can enter up to three categories.
(3) CNW reserves the right to split or create new categories after the deadline.
(4) CNW can suggest and with agreement, your entry could go forward to another category.
(5) In the instance that there is only a single entry for an advertised category, CNW reserves the right to delete this category.
(6) CNW can use your entry for good practice case studies in future communications


Chemicals Northwest is the industry-led, chemical cluster support organisation for the £10 billion North West chemical sector, the largest in the UK. We are a funded by our members and owned and supported by the Chemical Industries Association.

We are a membership organisation that supports and promotes the interests and activities of the chemistry-using industries.