2M’s Subsidiary, Surfachem, win International Business of the year 2016

On the 29th of September 2M’s subsidiary, Surfachem were crowned ‘International Business of the year’ by the Yorkshire Asian Business Association’s (YABA). International Business of the year acknowledges the strategy behind expanding into new international markets, sales achieved, new product development, and an innovative approaches to international sales. The award was presented in recognition of Surfachem’s continued development with Asian based suppliers and customers, a goal that is mirrored throughout 2M Holdings.

“On behalf of the Surfachem team I was very proud and honoured to accept this award” said Dr Richard Smith, Managing Director of Surfachem.

The International Business Award was awarded to Surfachem on September 29th 2016

The International Business Award was awarded to Surfachem on September 29th 2016

About Surfachem

Surfachem, a 2M Holdings Ltd Company, are a chemical distributor working in partnership with market-leading manufacturers including Shell, Stepan, Evonik, Lubrizol, PQ Silicas, Gulbrandsen and Givaudan.

They offer an extensive portfolio of speciality chemicals over a broad range of market sectors that includes Personal Care, Home Care, Industrial & Institutional and Pharmaceuticals.

Surfachem have a growing international presence with customers in over 65 countries and teams in the UK, Brazil, Poland, Nordics and Benelux. Surfachem provide exceptional technical formulation & application knowledge and logistic expertise to deliver chemistry for a better life.

2M STEM Graduate nominated for Industry Award

As part of the 2M STEM Outreach programme, Surfachem’s 2M Subsidiary has been supporting Science students and graduates to gain access to a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

We are delighted that one of 2M’s Science graduates, Joseph Gregson, working in the Surfachem subsidiary, has been short-listed for a Yorkshire Chemical Focus (YCF) “Graduate of the Year” Award 2016.

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A message from Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings about the UK’s vote to leave the EU

24 June 2016, London


Dear Customers, Suppliers and Colleagues,

While the UK has chosen to leave the European Union, we at 2M Holdings, an international group headquartered in the UK, will continue with Business as Usual.

We are running a business which provides added value to our customers and suppliers. Our business is science based, successful, sustainable, ethical and provides equal opportunities to all.

We will continue to serve all our customers and suppliers in the same way and to collaborate with our partners across the world.

Our job is to supply the building blocks and expertise required to enable everyday life and the demand for our products remains universal.

We will continue to focus on growing our business in the UK and overseas.


With kind regards,


Mottie Kessler

Chairman and CEO of 2M Holding

2M’s subsidiary, Banner, celebrates Leading Women from the Industry in its 2nd Annual Ladies Polo Day

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L-R: Theresa Randall – Kluthe, Emma Bennett, Amy Smith, Rachel Arrowsmith, Nikki Brady, Chloe Chiocchi (Banners)

Friday 20th May saw leading women from the Chemical Industry get together at Chester Race Course for the 2nd Annual Samuel Banner Ladies Polo Day. Companies from the across the UK were represented, in what has become a very popular women’s networking event.

The event was attended by leading industry figures who met to share expertise and celebrate their achievements.

Group HR Director, Liran Maller, who also attended, said: “We are incredibly proud of the achievements of the women in the 2M Group and in the wider industry. This event is a chance to celebrate them and we look forward to this becoming an annual tradition.”

Before the match started, guests were taught the rules of Polo by the host for the day.
Once everyone was up to speed with the rules, it was time for the Semi Finals of the LDF International Polo Tournament to Commence.

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L-R: Alex Abraitis – Chemicals Northwest, Stephanie Walker & Bev Boardman – Metalube, Nikki Brady – Banner

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At half time Spectators were asked to go onto the pitch and partake in the traditional ritual of divot stomping (stomping down the turf that has been lifted by the ponies hooves)

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L-R: Fakhara Jones – Surfachem & Jo Lawler – Samplerite

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L-R: Sue Bradley – Banner, Phillipa Ayers – Scott Bader, Emma Bennett – Banner

Banner Guests then returned to their seats to enjoy an afternoon of hospitality, networking and Polo


L-R: Kelly Havey – XPO Logistics & Rachel Arrowsmith – Banner


L-R: Tracey Redding – Plater Chemicals & Phillipa Ayers – Scott Bader


L-R: Sarah Jane Taylor – Whitford Plastics , Andrea Goddard – Adshead Ratcliffe , Christine Foulkes – Whitford Plastics

The Day was a huge success with guests enjoying the Polo on what was a beautiful day.

2M Chosen as an official distributor in the UK for Dow Europe

2M Holdings Ltd (“2M”) is proud to have been chosen as an official distributor in the UK for Dow Europe, covering their range of specialty solvents, ethanolamine and chelates. The extensive product list includes Dow’s leading brands DOWANOL™ E-Series, P-Series as well as VERSENE ™ VERSENOL ™ and CARBOWAX ™ Poly Ethylene Glycols.

2M will distribute Dow’s products through its group of leading brand companies, predominately Banner Chemicals and Surfachem.  Banner Chemicals provides services primarily to customers in paint and coating applications and Surfachem focuses on personal care, cleaning, hygiene and pharmaceuticals.

The 2M group of companies provides customers with market leading commercial and technical expertise. This includes its application laboratories, technical teams, blending, storage and samples management services.

2M’s focus is on added value supply of products and applications based on know-how from the world’s leading chemical companies.

2M’s subsidiary, Banner Chemicals, Finalist for International Trade Awards 2016


2M Holdings are delighted to announce that its subsidiary, Banner Chemicals is a Finalist for the International Trade Award at the Chemicals Northwest Awards 2016.

The International Trade Award recognises Export achievements in the Chemical Industry and is sponsored by the UKTI.

Dr Maggie Kessler, Export Director at 2M said:

‘This award nomination comes at a very special time for the export team: As the world’s sole owner of Triklone and Perklone, which have been exceptionally successful export products, we are excited to launch our newest addition of Methylene Chloride Prime to our international customers; Compliant with Pharmaceutical Food and Feed requirements’

Since its founding in 2004, 2M has grown its export reach from selling largely within the UK to exporting to over 80 countries. Headquartered in the UK, 2M has locations in China, Benelux, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia, and Brazil.

Banner Chemicals also won the Chemicals Northwest Health, Safety and Environment Award in 2015 for their special initiative in ensuring safer packaging practices along the supply chain, in accordance with the ADR regulations for appropriate ullage space, preventing leakage during transit or storage.

Mottie Kessler, the Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings, was named the Global Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors (IoD) NW UK 2015, in recognition of 2M’s export achievements.

Mottie Kessler In the IoD Director Magazine


Following his Director of the Year Award in 2015, 2M’s chairman and CEO was profiled in the IoD’s Director Magazine in January 2016.

Today we meet Mottie Kessler, chairman, founder and CEO, of 2M Holdings, who won the Mid-Market Director award…

Mottie Kessler, chairman, founder and CEO, 2M Holdings

Providing chemical distribution and related chemical services, 2M Holdings prides itself on supporting sustainable growth for other companies. Ten years ago, it faced closure; since then it has tripled sales and acquired a raft of other businesses. So what informs Mottie Kessler’s highly successful approach?

What inspires you as a businessman? Stories of leadership and determination were plentiful when I was growing up – Mandela, JFK, Martin Luther King.

What’s been the most pivotal moment in your business journey? Buying my first company, Banner Chemicals, a business of 150 years’ history and then being told I had to close or relocate it, seven months after the purchase, to make way for the London Olympics. Rather than take the ‘quick cash’ out, I decided to relocate to the north of England.

Best business advice? My parents told me that educating yourself, and persistence, can lead you anywhere you want.

What’s the secret of your success? Continuous learning of the business environment, sharing knowledge with the team, persistence and delegating. And having a great partner – my wife – for both life and business.

Who is your most inspirational business person? Warren Buffet – he just keeps on growing his businesses and the sky is the limit for him.

How and where do you network? In both local and global business circles. For example, I’m a member of the IoD and YPO-WPO, a global organisation [of business leaders]. ‘Glocalization’ is an increasing reality, so sharing ideas with people locally and from all over the world is natural and crucial.

What should government do for business in 2016? Reduce red tape and support science-based businesses.

What’s the best business book you have read? Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

2M Holdings vital stats

Business – 2M Holdings is a provider of chemical distribution and related services for purposes including emissions reduction and water purification.

HQ – Runcorn, Cheshire Staff 230.

Growth – The company has made 10 acquisitions in 10 years.

History – Founded by Kessler in 2004, 2M Holdings’ long-term aim is to grow an international chemicals distribution and services portfolio. Its HQ is in the UK and it has a presence in China, Benelux, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia and Brazil.

Financial highlights – Turnover has risen 300 per cent in the past decade to around £110m.


Mottie Kessler is a fellow of the IoD and member of IoD Central London


What the sponsor said…

The UK mid-market is the powerhouse of the UK economy, providing over one-third of GDP, revenues and employment despite making up less than two per cent of all businesses*. Their contribution is crucial to the ongoing growth of the UK economy. The GE Capital Mid-Market Director of the Year award recognises the leaders of this incredibly important business segment.

Here at GE Capital, we were impressed by the passion, commitment and leadership shown by all of the entrants to this award. Equally notable was their commitment to staff, local communities and the towns and cities they operate in. Congratulations to our winner Mottie Kessler


2M give Young People a helping hand into STEM careers, to strengthen our industry

Overcoming the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills shortage is vital to the health and survival of our industry. As a business with over 150 years’ history, we care about the long term.

2M Holdings therefore pursued a four-pronged approach in 2015 across our sites to ensure young people at each stage of early adulthood through to working age, have access to a career in Science and are inspired to join our industry.

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