New director appointed at WP Group

 8th Jul 2011

Darren Borras

WP Group, the fuels and lubricants management specialist, has signalled the next stage of its strategic expansion with a boardroom promotion.

Darren Borras, pictured, has been appointed Group Commercial Director at the company, which is the South’s leading independent supplier of fuel, lubricants and event management.

WP Group, headquartered by Fawley Refinery, near Southampton, markets more than 160 million litres a year of Esso fuel and Mobil lubricants across a diverse portfolio of business sectors and companies.

Under Mr Borras’ direction as then Group Commercial Manager, the company rebranded from Wessex Petroleum in January 2011 into eight trading divisions with dedicated specialist staff.

The company, with roots dating back over 50 years, has since experienced even stronger sales and a series of high-profile contract wins, with customer satisfaction at a premium due to the highest operational standards.

David Fairchild, Managing Director, WP Group, said: “Darren’s appointment as a director is in recognition of the energetic way the business has been driven forward in such a relatively short time, with the full support of shareholders and our 70 staff.

“We are all enthusiastic about the way the company is growing, with the focus on customer service, quality, standards, expertise and professionalism in every area, from delivering heating oil to a rural cottage down a dirt track to providing technical advice to dockside freight ships.”

Mr Borras said: “The rebranding earlier this year wasn’t about just changing the signs on our 30-strong tanker fleet, but a fundamental change in repositioning the business as the fuel management specialist of choice for thousands of businesses, householders and public events, with a highly positive reputation.

“Our overriding ambition is to ensure that all our customers are always pleased with what we provide, and that includes exceeding legislative and environmental requirements, underpinned by the latest technology and innovative solutions.”

WP Group’s latest development is the events division, supplying fully compliant and operational temporary fuel stations for public events, such as agricultural, sports and motor vehicle shows, along with pre-event inspections, method statements and risk assessments.

To find out more about WP Group, please contact 0800 980 6172 or email

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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.

Wessex House
Cadland Road
SO45 3NY
Telephone: 023 8089 7841
Freefone: 0800 980 6172
Fax: 023 8089 8876

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