A CROSS Hills chemical manufacturer has been recognised for its community work.

Airedale Chemical has been shortlisted in a coveted awards scheme in recognition of its partnership with Sutton Community Primary School.

The Skipton Road company is a finalist in the 'reputation' category of the Chemical Industry Awards.

As part of its link-up with the school, Airedale Chemical invites year-four pupils to visit its manufacturing plant every year.

The youngsters are shown the 'journey' of a chemical, from order to dispatch, given a tour of the site and see the firm's fleet of lorries – including a sit in a driver's cab.

There's also the opportunity to take part in curriculum-themed science experiments in the technical laboratory.

The family-run company – which produces and distributes specialist chemicals – organises the community partnership through its charitable arm, the Airedale Foundation.

Daniel Marr, Airedale Chemical's commercial director, said: "Developing relationships is one of our core values as a company so we’re incredibly proud of our ongoing partnership with Sutton Community Primary School.

"Our team loves planning the day and creating science experiments in line with the students’ curriculum.

"It’s a brilliant opportunity to reach young pupils and encourage an interest in STEM subjects. One of our post-visit surveys found that 97 per cent of the students were more interested in science as a result of the day.

"To be recognised for our continued work with the school and surrounding community, through the Chemical Industry Awards, is very rewarding for the entire team. We’re delighted to be shortlisted."

The awards ceremony takes place at St George's Hall, in Liverpool, on June 13.

Last year, the firm supported more than a dozen good causes.

In addition to its link-up with the school, it raised funds for charity, donated three defibrillators to South Craven parish councils and deep-cleaned Cross Hills' public toilets.

And in October, it was involved with the inaugural Bradford Manufacturing Week, aimed at promoting an interest in industry among young people.

For more details about the Airedale Foundation, visit airedalechemical.com/about/the-airedale-foundation.