GOLD: David Fairchild, managing director of regional fuels and lubricants distributor WP Group, left, with group commercial director Darren Borras, outside the company’s headquarters. The privately-run firm, headquartered on the Waterside near Southampton in Hampshire, has been named as a top distributor in Europe by ExxonMobil, the world's largest publicly-traded international oil and gas company.
A regional distributor of fuels and lubricants, WP Group has been ranked by Exxon Mobil as top lubricants distributor for the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
As a global leader and the operator of Britain’s largest oil refinery, this award is among the most honoured and respected in the industry. WP Group (WP), which has 100+ staff and serves thousands of businesses and households around the central south coast and London. Operating out of Fawley Oil Refinery near Southampton, WP Group is one of Hampshire’s largest privately-run companies with group revenues of £200m.
Perhaps best known as a fuels distributor, WP Group is focussed on strengthening and developing their Mobil lubricants division. Newly appointed Lubricants Sales & Marketing Manager, Lisette Norman, comments: ‘this achievement will go a long way to cementing our name across the UK and wider Europe as a recognised quality lubricants supplier and solutions provider’.
Following silver in 2011, the gold award recognises “outstanding performance” in their field. Business excellence criteria for the top spot included sales growth in Mobil flagship and premium lubricants, world-class workforce development, operational excellence and marketing program implementation.
WP, founded locally more than 50 years ago, is one of just 20 Mobil lubricants distributors across Europe, African and the Middle East to achieve gold.
David Fairchild, WP Group’s Managing Director, said: “This award is testament to the continued investment the company is making into its lubricants business and the Mobil brand.
“Since rebranding only 18 months ago, the team has worked extremely hard to develop a recognised and positive company identity.
“The gold award is tribute to the growth of the company and the board’s vision to invest when other companies have taken a more cautionary approach.”
He added: “We take pride in accepting this esteemed award as recognition of our hard work and commitment. With a focused leadership and a new found confidence, WP Group is destined to achieve great things in 2013.”
Darren Borras, WP’s group commercial director, said: “This is a particularly difficult award to win because the competition is very strong in our cluster of eight countries.
“It was a real team effort as the criteria encompasses every aspect of WP Group’s Mobil lubricants operation and our success demonstrates WP’s focus on quality and processes as well as our brand, marketing and business performance.
“The award proudly illustrates the developments in our business over the past few years and the board is committed to continuing to develop WP Group into a significant brand and leading solutions-focused business.”
Distributor Elite Club Gold rewards distributors who achieve outstanding results and, by doing so, contribute to further enhancing ExxonMobil’s overall distributor network performance in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.