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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.

Joseph is a recent Biology graduate and started working for Surfachem in late 2015 via the Santander Internship Scheme where he worked in our International Sales department as a Technical Data Administrator.

While working at 2M he has had the chance to learn about the different areas of our business, which allowed him to progress into an internal sales position as well as gain experience within our Technical department.

Joseph’s progression has showed how invaluable internships can be in gaining vital experience in the chemical industry and the wide range of careers on offer.

The winner will be announced at the YCF People Awards Ceremony later in the month and we wish Joseph the very best of Luck!!

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Joseph, a 2M STEM graduate who has been nominated for the YCF award

2M wins award for helping young people access STEM careers

2M is proud to be presented with the ‘Highly Commended’ award by the Chemical Business Association for the ‘Community Interaction Awards’ at the 2016 Annual Ceremony.

The commendation was given for our efforts to help young people access Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.

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CBA’s award given to 2M at the 2016 ceremony

Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings said:

‘I am delighted that we have been able to help so many young people learn about and access our industry. I started my own Science career thanks to an industry Work and Study programme and I know that such opportunities can literally change a young person’s life.

‘As a company with over 150 years’ history and based in the UK, it is both a privilege and a duty to support our industry and our country in this way.’

We work with schools, disadvantaged students, apprentices and graduates to help them access our industry, both by giving our time and training and by giving them jobs and work placements.

Mottie Kessler In the IoD Director Magazine

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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.

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

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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