Site acquisitions at Certas Energy

The Millbook Way site in Preston – ‘It is also fantastic to be working with Gavin and Peter Valentine, two very experienced petrol retailers who are long term fans of Gulf, as they look to expand and grow their Petromex business with us,’ said Ramsay MacDonald
Certas Energy has reached agreement with Preston-based Petromex Forecourt Services that will see 13 million litres of retail volume moving to Gulf from Texaco, starting in the next two months.
Two of the sites, Millbrook Way in Preston and Canal Head in Ulverston have been acquired by Certas Energy with a third, Harwood Bar, also in Preston, secured on a long-term dealer supply agreement. The deal strengthens Gulf’s growing market share in north west England and further reinforces the brand’s credentials as a major force in UK petrol retailing.
“These are high quality forecourts and exciting strategic locations that will enable us to showcase the Gulf brand in the North West,” enthused retail director Ramsay MacDonald.
“We believe that under the Gulf brand we can increase volume by at least another three million litres as well as develop and enhance the shop and valeting businesses on site.  The sites will look fantastic in Gulf colours and support our growth plans for the region.”
“We hope that any dealer looking to move from their current supplier to future-proof their business will see this investment as further evidence of our commitment to the sector and provide the confidence for them to trust us with their business. Dealers can be assured that development of our dealer offering and the Gulf brand proposition is ongoing to drive new business to Gulf sites and boost retailer margins. We’re also interested in acquiring further sites across the country and our team are ready to progress any interest from Independents and Groups keen to sell or lease their forecourts.”
Certas Energy currently supplies over 700 locations across the UK, including around 500 Gulf-branded forecourts. This latest acquisition signals a major step change as the existing portfolio of sites run by Certas forecourt staff are all located in Scotland.
“Year on year we have been growing our business across the UK and this presented a perfect opportunity to create three flagship Gulf forecourts in the north of England,” added Ramsay.
“We plan to implement changes in the next few months to enhance all three sites in what will be largest single investment in COCO (company-owned, company-operated sites) to date for Certas Energy and its parent, DCC.”