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2M’s Future Leaders Programme formulates for success!

2M’s Future Leaders have been spending time at Surfachem’s Innovation Lab in the 3M Innovation Centre, Huddersfield University, as part of the 2M Future Leaders programme.

The Future Leaders programme was developed by Liran Maller in 2017. It provides selected 2M Employees from across the 2M Group with unique training opportunities and leadership development.

“Formulations and technical know-how are at the heart of everything we do and customers come to us for the value-add we provide them. It is key for our Future Leaders to experience first hand the wonderful innovations that occur at the Surfachem laboratories” said Mottie Kessler MBE, 2M’s Chairman and CEO.

Mottie also spent time with the Future Leaders, where the cohort met their 2M mentors.

2M Future Leaders blend personal care and homecare formulations

2M Future Leaders blend personal care and homecare formulations

2M Future Leaders blend personal care and homecare formulations

Dr Richard Smith shortlisted for 2019 Regional Director of the Year Awards by the Insitute of Directors (IoD)

Dr Richard Smith, 2M Board Member, Group COO and Managing Director of the Surfachem Group, has been named by the Insitute of Directors (IoD) as one of the business leaders shortlisted for its 2019 Regional Director of the Year Awards.

Richard, who has been Managing Director of Surfachem since 2012, has been nominated for the Large Business Award.

Richard has led Surfachem’s considerable growth and is active in many organisations across Yorkshire, which support and strengthen the region. He has led initiatives including flexible working and Leadership Development.

The finalists were drawn from across Yorkshire and the North East and represent the full spectrum of business and industry, from young entrepreneurs to experienced public and private sector leaders.

The winners will be announced at the IoD’s regional awards dinner in July and will go on to represent their region at UK Director of the Year finals.

2M Holdings win 2019 Queen’s Award for International Trade

2M Holdings have won the prestigious Queen’s Award for :
Enterprise in the International Trade – in recognition of significant export growth.

Recently crowned Export Champions 2019 by UK Government’s DIT (Department for International Trade) the Group has reached many new markets worldwide.

Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman and CEO said:

“The Chemical Industry is essential in connecting the building blocks of everyday life. Britain is an island with a rich history of trading across the world. We hope to continue our international business, more and further, to deliver the essential building blocks of everyday life for hundreds of business worldwide.”

Dr. Maggie Kessler, Export Director and 2M co-owner said:

“2M Holdings winning the Queen’s Award for International Trade sends a very strong and positive message to the UK Chemical Industry in the North of England and we are very proud of our dedicated team and our partnership with DIT.”

2M would like to thank its excellent teams across the group, as well as its customers and suppliers for successful partnership.

HRH the Duke of Gloucester looking at the Export map of 2M Group, DIT’s Export Champions for the North of the UK. (Left to right: Mr Richie Laws, Technical Development Chemist, Dr Maggie Kessler, International Trade Director and 2M Group co-owner, David Briggs, MBE, K.St.J , The Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mottie Kessler MBE, 2M Group founder, Mr Andrew Payne, Production Logistic and Mr Francis Tsika-Kabala Export Supply Chain Manager)

About 2M

2M Holdings (www.2m-holdings.com), is a portfolio of strong brand science-based companies, supplying chemicals and application knowhow worldwide.

Entrepreneur founded in 2004, the Group is privately owned. 2M is led by Mottie Kessler MBE, the present Chairman and CEO and Dr Maggie Kessler, International Trade Director.

Headquartered in the UK, the company has international presence in Benelux, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Scandinavia. 2M export to over 90 countries.

As a company, 2M believe in the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education for young people. 2M actively invest in skills creation within our local communities and in creating access to careers in STEM in the UK and beyond.

2M supply the following industries:

2M Holdings’ branded products include:

Surfac®, CleanAirBlue™ (AdBlue), MEC™-Prime, Perklone™ EXT, Pigmentan™, SamSolTM,

Triklone™ LE

Royal Visit! HRH the Duke of Gloucester visits to 2M House for the formal opening of Export Champion Headquarters and STEM Education Centre

2M house opening :The opening was attended by Chemical Industry leaders, STEM graduates and UK Government team (DIT.)

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester visited UK Export Champions, the 2M Group, on 1st April, to officially open 2M House, a new dedicated Headquarters for the 2M Group and for the 2M STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme, both of which have grown exponentially in the last few years. The opening was attended by Chemical Industry leaders, STEM graduates and UK Government team (DIT.)

The visit was instrumental in celebrating the successful growth of an export-based business supported by DIT (former UKTI) and supporting STEM.

2M was recently chosen by DIT as an Export Champion, recognising the tremendous growth of the company’s exporting achievements. The Group exports to over 90 countries and is the sole owner of world-leading brands of: PerkloneTM EXT (Oil & Gas product), TrikloneTM (aerospace product) & SurfacR (Personal care range of surfactants)

2M’s Chairman and CEO, Mottie Kessler MBE said: “His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester’s visit send a very positive message to the Chemical Industry in the North of England. We may be an island but we are a trading nation at heart and will always be so.”

2M Export Director Dr. Maggie Kessler said: “I am delighted His Royal Highness has chosen to show his support for 2M – we are very proud of our export achievements and of our relationship with DIT”

By officially opening the 2M House in Runcorn, UK, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester:

  1. Showed support for 2M’s efforts to provide STEM jobs and employment skills to young people in the North of England.
  2. Helped to encourage young people to choose STEM as future career
  3. Celebrated 2M’s success in growing a chemistry-based export business out of the North of England

The 2M STEM programme has been running since 2016 and has seen circa 550 young people per year supported in accessing a career in STEM.

In designing 2M House, 2M decided to invest in a 2M STEM centre: A designated space within 2M House which includes a chemistry demonstration area, space for presenting to over 40 children and their teachers at a time.

Note for educators: Teachers, schools or community organisations wishing to bring their students for Science demonstrations at the 2M house or looking for Science graduates to come into their schools should contact Group HR Director Liran Maller: lmaller@2m-holdings.com

Prince Richard HRH the Duke of Gloucester– official 2M House and 2M STEM Centre with Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman and CEO

HRH unveiling the plaque for 2M House and 2M STEM Centre with Mottie Kessler MBE,
Chairman and CEO

HRH Signing the first page of the 2M Visitor’s book, on Greif Perklone EXT DRUM, at the
official opening of 2M House and 2M STEM Centre

HRH the Duke of Gloucester looking at the Export map of 2M Group, DIT’s Export Champions for the North of the UK.

(Left to Right: Mr Richie Laws, Technical Development Chemist, Dr Maggie Kessler, International Trade Director and 2M Group co-owner, David Briggs, M.B.E., K.St.J , The Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mottie Kessler MBE, 2M Group founder and Mr Andrew Payne, Production logistic )

2M STEM Demonstration – making hair gel. (Left to Right: Liran Maller, Group Director of
HR and 2M STEM Founder; HRH the Duke of Gloucester; The Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, M.B.E., K.St.J; Dana Smith, Technical Development Chemist and former Year in Industry Student)

2M Holdings named Export Champions 2019

2M Holdings are delighted to be named one of the 2019 Export Champions for the UK by the Department of Trade and Industry (DIT). The title recognises 2M’s export achievements and names the company an Export Ambassador for the UK. Secretary of State Dr Liam Fox MP, launched the Export Champion Community in Durham, UK, on 28th February 2019, following the UK Government’s Board of Trade meeting. He was joined by Baroness Fairhead, Minister for Trade and Export. 2M Holdings export to over 90 countries worldwide, with an ever-growing international footprint.


Liverpool Team – 2019 Export Champions