Our heritage

Delivering nationwide through our local depots

We have been delivering fuel to homes, farms and industry since 1957, and now deliver to more customers and to more parts of the country than ever before. For home heating oil, road diesel, tractor diesel, a wide variety of lubricants, fuel cards and boiler maintenance, look no further for fuel and energy solutions, competitive prices and outstanding service.


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Proud to play our part

Since its formation in 1957, and throughout its development from a local to national company, Watson Fuels has always been aware of its place in the community. Headquartered in the rural village of Brinkworth, Wiltshire, and operating nationwide through a depot network of over 50 local depots, we've done our utmost to build and maintain a reputation for actively contributing to the towns and villages in which we operate and the communities in which we serve.





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.


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.

The environment

Watson Fuels and the environment

Our concern for the surrounding environment is a primary focus of our operations. 

Watson Fuels aims to keep customers informed on environmental matters. This occurs most often in the installation and maintenance of storage tanks and related equipment. A document produced by the Environment Agency, Oftec and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers called Get to Know Your Oil Tank gives details of how to look after your existing oil tank and what is the best practice when installing a new one. The document is available to read at www.environment-agency.gov.uk. Information on Installations and Registered Installers can be found on the OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association for the Petroleum Industry) website www.oftec.co.uk

The Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) Regulations 1991 - applies to tanks and equipment on farms and one of the main requirements is the bunding or secondary containment of tank contents.

Building Regulations (Part J) apply to domestic installations. The regulations cover tank location and sets out the circumstances under which tanks must be bunded. The easiest way to ensure your new tank complies is to have it installed by an OFTEC registered installer.

The above information attempts only the briefest outline of regulations referred to. For further information contact your local Watson Fuels depot or visit the Environment Agency website.

We also recommend the Oilsave website which provides information on how best to conserve energy in homes and workplaces heated by oil.

Health & safety

Improving standards

Watson Fuels works with customers and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to improve standards within our own company and throughout the fuel distribution industry as a whole.

Health and safety regulations are extensive and can be complex, but the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk provides details and advice on all aspects.

Working at Height regulations were introduced in 2005, which adds to previous legislation and is directly applicable to us and many of our customers. The regulations cover use of ladders, provision of working platforms, guard rails and other fall arrest systems. It also questions the need to work from height at all in many cases.

Watson Fuels is currently undertaking a substantial investment in new vehicles, equipment and facilities at our

depots, aimed at eliminating much of the need to work at height. Most of our depots are equipped with the latest bottom loading facilities so that all work at the depot can be carried out at ground level. We invest heavily in our depots, vehicles and offices to ensure that our standards are kept high.

But improving our own facilities is only half the answer. We need to ensure that our customers' tanks are also safe. Ideally we would like all new tanks to be installed at ground level, but in the meantime existing tanks can often be easily modified to make the delivery safer.

Website terms & conditions

Terms and conditions

  1. This website (the "Website") is owned and operated by Watson Fuels ("Watson Fuels"). Your use of and access to the Website is subject to these Terms and Conditions (including the Privacy Policy). If you breach any of these Terms and Conditions, your permission to use and access the Website will automatically terminate.

  2. All material published on the Website is provided "as is" and that, to the fullest extent permissible by law, Watson Fuels makes no representation or warranty (whether express or implied) in respect of such material and specifically makes no representation or warranty that the operation of the Website will be uninterrupted and/or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the Website (or the server that makes it available) will be free of viruses or bugs.

  3. The Website is for use only by residents of the UK, aged 18 and over.

  4. Watson Fuels will acknowledge any order made by you through the Website but this will not constitute acceptance of your order.

  5. All orders made by you through the Website are subject to acceptance by Watson Fuels who may choose not to accept any order, for any reason. Payment for your order will be taken by or on behalf of Watson Fuels at the time you place your order but, for the avoidance of doubt, no contract will exist between you and Watson Fuels for the supply by Watson Fuels to you of any goods or services unless and until Watson Fuels sends you an e-mail confirming that it has accepted your order.

  6. All contracts between you and Watson Fuels will be made in English.

  7. Details of all orders received from you will be kept by Watson Fuels and will be available on request by you. You may correct and/or amend your order at any time up to acceptance by Watson Fuels.

  8. Prices may vary according to quantity of order, delivery schedules etc. Watson Fuels will advise you of the price for your order when it sends you the e-mail confirming acceptance of your order. However, Watson Fuels reserves the right to cancel or amend all or part of your order (including e.g. as to price and/or delivery time) without prior notice and without liability to you in the event of circumstances beyond its reasonable control.

  9. Once your order has been accepted, Watson Fuels will arrange delivery of the goods to your premises in accordance with the delivery details provided by you. Time is not of the essence for these purposes. Delivery may be made by such instalments as Watson Fuels deems appropriate. The quantity shown on Watson Fuels's paperwork shall, in the absence of manifest error or fraud, be conclusive evidence of the quantity delivered. You must ensure that Watson Fuels (including its employees, agents and subcontractors) have all necessary vehicular access to your premises in order to allow delivery to be made. You must also ensure that all relevant storage facilities are suitable (in terms both of size and specification) for the goods to be delivered. Failure to comply with your obligations under this paragraph will result in the goods nevertheless being deemed to have been delivered in accordance with your order (such that risk in them will pass to you from that time and Watson Fuels may charge you all reasonable costs related to their further administration, storage, insurance, transport, delivery etc).

  10. Except as set out below, you may cancel any order for the supply of goods up to the end of seven working days from the date of delivery and you may cancel any order for the supply of services up to the end of seven working days from the date of acceptance of your order. You will have no right to withdraw from any contract made with Watson Fuels for the supply of goods (e.g. fuel oil) where the goods have been delivered to you and, by reason of their nature, they cannot be returned or are liable to deteriorate or expire rapidly or their price is dependent on fluctuations in the financial market which cannot be controlled by Watson Fuels. You will have no right to withdraw from any contract made with Watson Fuels for the supply of services where performance of the services has begun, with your agreement, within seven working day's of acceptance by Watson Fuels of your order.

  11. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions affects your statutory rights as a consumer.

  12. Watson Fuels reserves the right to sub-contract the performance of any order made by you.

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