HW Coates at the CBA Luncheon

07 May 2014

Hazchem Network are delighted to announce that our parent company HW Coates Ltd were awarded the 2014 Responsible Care Award from The Chemical Business Association [CBA]. The award was presented to Matthew Coates at the annual luncheon at Grosvenor House, London [affectionately referred to as ‘The Flogger’s Lunch’].

The Responsible Care Award was presented by former SAS Soldier and global adventurer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, who also presented a most invigorating after lunch speech and presentation to the over 1,000 assembled members of CBA and their guests.

In a press release from CBA

CBA’s Responsible Care Award for Logistics Services companies has been won by HW Coates Limited. The company operates a number of lower and upper tier chemical warehouses that represented a potential for risk to its employees and local communities. The company’s risk management response went beyond legal requirements in the development of its own emergency response training for its employees in conjunction with the local emergency services. Matthew Coates, Director, received the Award on behalf of the company. 

The Chairman of HW Coates Gerald Coates and Tom Coates Managing Director of HW Coates [and Executive Director of Hazchem Network] attended, with their guests; and also augmented by the presence of the Directors of Hazchem Network and some of their newer members.

More Information about Responsible Care available here

More information about The Chemical Business Association available here

More Information about HW Coates Ltd available here

More information about Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE available here

As an aside - you maybe aware that our Managing Director, Ali Karim is a writer and Literary Critic / Judge, for many crime / thriller awards, including The Crime Writers Association’s Dagger Awards. Ali Karim has always been intrigued when viewing the looking-glass world of espionage ‘fiction’ and ‘non-fiction’ that can merge into the grey-area of miss-information and diss-information. Karim wrote the section on the History of British Espionage Fiction [amongst other chapters] for the 2 volume Greenwood Encyclopaedia of British Crime Fiction [Ed Barry Forshaw].

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was nominated in 1991 for the NON-FICTION CWA Dagger Award for his work ‘THE FEATHER MEN’. This stoked considerable controversy, because the Fiennes work was later classified as Fiction. It was interesting that when this book was filmed as KILLER ELITE with Jason Stratham, Robert DeNiro and Clive Owen [in 2011], it was still referred to, as non-fiction.


The book tells the story of four British Army soldiers, including two members of the Special Air Service, who are assassinated by a hit squad known as "The Clinic". The murders are carried out over a 17-year period, on the orders of a Dubai sheikh whose three sons were killed by British forces in Oman during a battle with Communist guerrillas.

Fiennes claimed that he himself was targeted by the group, but was saved by a group of vigilantes calling themselves the "Feather Men"

The novel caused considerable controversy over the claim that it was based on real events. Publisher Bloomsbury described it as a "true adventure" when it was published in 1991. Fiennes claimed that the Feather Men had shown him detailed dossiers on the assassins and their victims, and requested that he write an "authorised" history of the group. 

Read more about THE FEATHER MEN here

Sir Ranulph Fiennes when interviewed by The Daily Beast in 2011 on the release of KILLER ELITE had this to say -

You had previously claimed in interviews around the time of the book’s release that this shadow organization called "The Feather Men," which protected ex-SAS operatives, did exist.

If I did, that’s what I did. Yes. But I’m telling you now that it was all fiction.

How do you feel about the film Killer Elite being marketed as "based on a true story?"

The publishers and literary agents have written to them and said it was quite clear that they shouldn’t have done that, and that they should change it to words like "inspired by" instead of "based on." Maybe they’ll change it, but I don’t know.

Read More from The Daily Beast here

If you wish to read more about the controversy surrounding the veracity of THE FEATHER MEN and KILLER ELITE - if it was a fiction or non-fiction book [and film], click here and also click here on how this book brought out the alleged assassination technique ‘Boston Brakes’ into the public domain.

"Curiouser and Curiouser" comes to mind when we think of the relationship between the murky world of politics and espionage. The phrase was first coined by Lewis Carroll and his looking glass; the one that Alice used to peer into wonderland; where as we all know, like politics and espionage, little is as it first appears, and is often denied, later.