Among the nervous nominees were three shortlisted for the new Young Achiever in the North West Chemical Sector category. It was won by Croda Europe's Paul Staniland for his scientific achievements and his role as a lead ambassador for Croda's community projects.
Chemicals Northwest CEO, Jenny Clucas, said: "Again, companies have proven that they are still investing in skills, innovation and sustainable development in order to improve their businesses and that they have not dropped corporate social responsibility activities from their agendas."
Tony Bastock, group managing director Contract Chemicals and Chemicals Northwest chairman, added: "The chemical industry employs more than 50,000 people in the region and it these individuals who are developing business and promoting the chemical industry.
"We are delighted to be able to acknowledge the hard work of people like Paul Staniland and the staff at RS Clare and hope it inspires others to step up to the mark."
Liverpool-based RS Clare & Company scooped the Chemicals Northwest Company of the Year award.
CNW chief executive Jenny Clucas on stage with all nine winners: Paul Goddard (CoEBio3), Tricia Francis (UKTi), Andrew Ritchie (Total Petrochemicals), Paul Staniland (Croda Widnes), Jennifer Hart (Croda Widnes), Simon Wilkinson (Axion Polymers), David Oldham (Innovia Films), Tony Shannon (R S Clare), Chris Goddard (Springfields)