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:
- Showed support for 2M’s efforts to provide STEM jobs and employment skills to young people in the North of England.
- Helped to encourage young people to choose STEM as future career
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 house opening :The opening was attended by Chemical Industry leaders, STEM graduates and UK Government team (DIT.)