WP Group - Proud Supplier to London 2012

 14th Feb 2013

As a leading energy supplier to some of the most memorable sporting achievements of 2012, WP Group can look back on a successful year with pride.

After supplying the Olympic rowing test events in 2011, WP Group was awarded the prestigious contract to install, supply and maintain the LOCOG Sport and Logistic fuel for over 40 Olympic venues, including Olympic Park, Excel, O2, Eton Dorney, numerous football stadiums and Weymouth. 

Darren Borras, WP’s Commercial Director  led the Olympic project from the test events and bidding process, commented ‘the WP team continues to impress me with their desire and ability to deliver the most professional service in the toughest of conditions, closest scrutiny and against the tightest timelines. The Olympics was a true test for our expanding organisation and one for which I am proud to award the team with a gold medal!”

WP Group at London 2012

Tailored to the unique requirements of each venue, The WP Group’s fuel solutions team provided bespoke turnkey solutions designed with environmental safety at the core and seamless operation. WP also ensured all users from golf buggies to forklifts could fill and go, with little need for intervention or days of training.

As the linchpin of the operation, WP’s Emely Hard, was seconded to LOCOG for 6 months working full time at their head office in Canary Wharf where she coordinated the project and liaised with the Southampton based project team. WP LOCOG Project Manager, Lisette Norman, commented ‘the biggest challenge was coordinating the team across 40 different venues each with their own unique and challenging requirements.  At times we were unable to gain site access until the eleventh hour which meant set-up efficiency was paramount.  Each member of the WP installation team played a vital role in achieving optimal venue performance, they should each be proud of their accomplishments’.

Once each site was installed, WP Group also had the contract to maintain the fuel levels throughout the games. With a team of drivers delivering a range of products and covering multiple sites, the working day was often long and the hours un-social.  This meant our drivers were required to work nights for a sustained period of time, a downside rewarded by the incredible team atmosphere and national pride that surrounded the Olympics’.

In the words of David Fairchild, WP Group’s Managing Director, ‘the triumph of our Olympic project has not only demonstrated our ability to perform on an international scale but given us a newfound confidence that challenges tradition and leads innovation.  Both the installation and delivery team were committed to pulling together to make the whole games a success.   I am proud of my team and our achievements, a victory reflected in the way the country pulled together to support our athletes”.  

Notes For Editors

The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £200m 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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