News
UK Fuel Supply: An update for our customers

The recent UK HGV driver shortages, and the resultant panic-buying activity seen the UK’s petrol forecourts, have been widely publicised in the media and are causing concern amongst our customers. We’d like to reassure all customers and confirm that there is not a nationwide UK fuel shortage, although high demand has now increased lead times.

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Upcoming changes to red diesel taxation

Understanding your options when it comes to red diesel duty.

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Say hello to our new tiny tankers

Our drivers have made their first deliveries in our new small trucks. Learn more about these innovative fleet additions.

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Our safety record: How we’re keeping customers and colleagues safe

We’ve reduced our injury rate by 77% in just three years.

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Meet our newest additions to the fleet

Smarter and more fuel efficient – learn more about our latest investment.

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History

Watson Petroleum started in 1957

The initial expansion of the company began in the 1960s, with depots being set up in Swindon, Oxford, Theale and Bletchley.

When Regent Oil was taken over by Texaco, Watson Petroleum soon became Texaco's largest authorised distributor in the UK.

In the 1970s Watson Petroleum moved into new areas of business, with the acquisition of a number of service stations and a Calor Gas dealership in the south-west of England. Geographically Watson Petroleum expanded into Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Hampshire. A spread of business northwards was a feature of the company's expansion in the 1980s as Watson Petroleum built up important strongholds around the rural areas of England.

The development of systems to support and enhance the business played an important part of Watson Petroleum's continued growth throughout the 1990s.

As the millennium approached Watson Petroleum continued to open new depots in existing areas like Devon and took the opportunity to branch into new areas of the country such as Ledbury, Stoke, Louth and Wisbech.

In 2006, the company underwent a major change in corporate identity, the word 'Petroleum' was dropped from the name and a new logo adopted.

By the end of the first decade of the 21st century, Hall Fuels, Minster Fuels, Hardy Craske, Shelford Energy and Keltic Fuels had been acquired. The new decade saw further expansion into Wales, Yorkshire, Teeside, Essex and Kent. We have also sought to improve our offerings for lubricants, fuel cards and national accounts. Watson Fuels has always looked ahead and will continue to do so, utilising fully the opportunities presented by technology for new products and routes to market.

2014 saw Watson Fuels acquired by World Fuel Services, a Miami-based global fuel solutions provider. The ethos and customer orientated philosophy which was there at the founding of Watson Fuels continues in this new era.

In 2017 Watson Fuels celebrates 60 years of servicing customers old and new with their fuel and lubricant needs.

Careers

Working with Watson

Watson Fuels currently employs over 700 people and is recognised for being one of the UK’s leading distributors of land fuels.

It is part of the wider World Fuel Services Group, a Fortune 500 company providing land, marine and aviation energy, logistics, and technology solutions to customers and suppliers around the world.

If you would like to be part of our rapidly expanding Company, take a look at our vacancies posted at: https://www.wfscorp.com/en/Careers

 Current vacancies include Driver (HGV) positions throughout the UK.

Our journey

We're proud to say we've been Carbon Neutral since 2019

We’ve offset the carbon footprint of our operations as part of our wider sustainability strategy

As a division of World Fuel Services, we strive to create a more environmentally and socially sustainable world through our actions, investments and energy solutions. In 2019, we became a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact – a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals.

We're taking the necessary steps to make our operations more sustainable while supporting people around the world on the same journey.

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