WP Group Named in Top 20 companies in Annual Solent 250 list

 2nd Nov 2012

The WP Group were delighted to be notified they had achieved the twentieth position in The Business Magazine Solent 250. WP Group faced tough competition from some of the World’s leading brands to join the prestigious top twenty companies which also featured Fitness First, Sunseeker and Fat Face.

This achievement was made even more impressive when considering only 18 months ago WP were facing the challenge of rebranding the company. With an impressive 50-year trading history, Wessex Petroleum took the decision to move away from the more traditional brand and reflect their specialist sectors in the branding. This bold decision has had a significant change on the ethos of the company with the emphasis at WP now firmly placed on delivering excellence and performance, not only from the fuels and lubricants but through quality, innovations and service provided.

WP Group was the smallest company based on headcount to be featured in the Top 20 with the average being 2167 employees, with only 74 employees based at the headquarters in Hythe, near Southampton, WP’s staff are fiercely proud of the achievements

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David Fairchild Managing Director of WP Group commented, “I am personally thrilled to have WP Group named in the Solent 250 and to achieve top 20 status is a wonderful accolade for all involved in the company, the changes made over the last 18 months have seen us take a big step forward, and to be recognised strengthens my belief that there will always be a place in the market for the independent fuel oil distributor that has strong customer focus and a quality product. “

The Solent 250 companies must all be private or independently owned businesses with their main headquarters located in Mid, South Hampshire, Dorset, Wilts and part of West Sussex.

To view the entire Solent 250 go to www.businessmag.co.uk

Notes For Editors

The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £160m annual turnover and employing 70 people.

Based at Wessex House, Cadland Road, Hardley, Hythe, WP offers a complete portfolio of products and bespoke service solutions across each of its eight trading divisions ­ Industrial, Aviation, Agricultural, Heating, Automotive, Commercial, Motorsport and Marine.

WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.

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Telephone: 023 8089 7841
Freefone: 0800 980 6172
Fax: 023 8089 8876
Web: www.thewp-group.co.uk

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