RC006 - Approved: 25/05/2022
About This Centre
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.