Fuelling investment

A boom in business

Thanks in part to the recent cold weather, Derek reports that business is very good. When FON visited the Carlisle depot just before Easter, Derek said that staff would be working right through the bank holiday: “It’s been busier than it was over Christmas. The dreadful weather is extending the season. This time last year it was 20ºC and we didn’t do anywhere near as much business. At the moment we’re easily delivering twice the quantity.”

Further proof that Carrs Billington is doing well is the significant investment in its facilities. As part of on an ongoing programme of refurbishment across the division, a new Carlisle depot was commissioned last October. “We needed a new depot as we had outgrown the old premises,” explained Derek. The new depot was built for purpose and features a brand new bottom loading skid from IFC and tanks from Koronka, giving approximately 500,000 litres of storage. “The location is spot on,” said Derek. “The Carlisle bypass and the M6 are both just 5 minutes away and the Ineos terminal at Dalston, where product comes in by rail, is also close by.”

Across the company, three depots have been upgraded in as many years. Cockermouth has a brand new facility, inside a Carrs Billington retail outlet and Hexham’s depot is only two years old.

Across the border, Johnstone Wallace’s Dumfries depot has had a major refit, whilst its Stranraer and Castle Douglas depots are also being upgraded.