Chemicals manufacturer Christeyns last week hosted a conference at the Marriott Hotel, Leeds for over 100 employees from across the UK and Ireland representing its key business units in laundry, food hygiene, specialist construction chemicals and professional hygiene. Representatives heard that the overall UK group turnover last year exceeded £60million for the first time in Christeyns’ history.

From January to December 2018, all divisions recorded positive turnover growth, with one division growing by 17%. 

The conference provided the opportunity to announce 2019 targets for the business, for both Christeyns UK and its parent company Christeyns N.V. and for staff to look back on the successes and challenges of 2018.

Nick Garthwaite, managing director Christeyns UK, led the opening address and update from a UK perspective.  Alain Bostoen, CEO of Christeyns Group, provided the global viewpoint.

Key issues such as industry trends and the impact of Brexit, were discussed as well as training, marketing and business development across all its market sectors. Christeyns’ new Ozone cleaning technology, Speed-O, was launched to the sales teams, a development that looks set to be a hot topic for 2019.

With its continued focus on the environment and the challenges of producing innovative solutions, Christeyns is at the forefront of its field, constantly seeking to provide specialised chemicals and systems that offer optimum results whilst also reducing operational costs.

“Conferences such as this are essential for the success of the company as a whole, providing opportunity to talk to and learn from other colleagues,” said Garthwaite. “We all gain a deeper understanding of the latest products and industry developments as well as insight into what will be the key issues for our customers over the coming year.”

Guest speaker Alan Chambers MBE, former Royal Marine and polar adventurer, spoke about his achievements, following the motivational theme of ‘how to do what seems impossible’. 

Alain Bostoen and Nick Garthwaite closed the event with a summary of the 2019 plans, which include ambitious organic growth as well as further acquisitions.