Distributor diaries December 2023: updates from our distributor community

Craggs Energy secures double victory at Calderdale Business Awards

Craggs Energy, the West Yorkshire-based distributor, is delighted to have won two awards at the Calderdale Business Awards – Employer of the Year and Business of the Year – solidifying its position as a business leader in the local community.

Distributor diaries December 2023: updates from our distributor community

Matthew Crockett, Managing Director at Craggs Energy said: “We are honoured to have received both the award we were nominated for and the prestigious Business of the Year award. This recognition stands as a testament to the dedication and hard work of our entire team, of which I couldn’t be prouder.

“At Craggs Energy, we believe that our employees are our most valuable assets, and we are committed to empowering our workforce. This accolade reflects our ongoing dedication to fostering a supportive and thriving workplace. We place high value on our employees, customers, and the community we serve.

“Not only this, but winning the Business of the Year award highlights our commitment to excellence and innovation within our industry. Our sustained growth, relentless pursuit of quality, and dedication to customer satisfaction drive us to continuing to provide reliable and renewable fuel solutions for our Calderdale community for years to come.”

Emily Yates, Transport and Operations Planner added: “We had a fantastic evening at the awards ceremony and we were blown away to be recognised for two awards. Over the past twelve months we have seen lots of improvements within the business, including the introduction of a dog friendly office, revamped breakout areas, internal awards and recognition, and more regular staff incentives including meals and team nights out.

“I feel privileged to be working with such an amazing team and to be able to share in the growing success of our one hundred percent employee-owned business. The continued incentives and benefits that are introduced keep the team motivated and feeling valued. I’m excited to see what the future holds for us.”

A huge congratulations to all at Craggs Energy!

The IPU Group – on your marks, get set, bake!

The West Bromwich-based design and manufacturing company, IPU Group, held a charity bake sale in aid of Children in Need with the winner of the ‘best bake’ being awarded a fabulous IPU apron!

In the build up to the big day, Melissa Payne, Marketing Manager, said: “Here at IPU, we love fundraising for charity, and we love cake, so a bake off seemed a logical choice!

“Raising money for the BBC’s Children in Need is a fantastic cause and well worth some sweating in the kitchen to get a perfect bake.

“The first prize apron is going to cause plenty of healthy competition at IPU HQ!”

When the day arrived competition was fierce, with an array of tantalising treats on offer thanks to those who had been hard at work in the kitchen with an eye on the prize.

All bakes were judged blind by Assistant Stores Controller, Marcin with a colleague commenting: “It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it!”

After much deliberation (and second and third helpings) the winner was declared as IT Support Technician Sam Smith with his classic take on the ‘School Cake’ and custard making him a worthy winner of the sought-after apron.

Congratulations to Sam.

We hope you had fun in the kitchen IPU Group and managed to avoid a soggy bottom!

Half Marathon success for LCM Environmental team

LCM Environmental Services Ltd, the Lancashire-based, fuel, energy, and infrastructure specialist, is very proud of two of the team for completing the Manchester Half Marathon back in October.

Jeremy Cosway, Operations Director said: “I’m incredibly proud to have taken part in the Manchester Half Marathon alongside our finance assistant, Kirstie Higgins. We both gave it our all and pushed ourselves to the limit – this is my personal best finish.

“Crossing the finish line with an impressive time of 1:37:09 for myself and 2:13:49 for Kirstie was the perfect demonstration of the spirit, teamwork, and commitment LCM Environmental strive to excel in. We’re not just about environmental excellence; we’re also about personal merit, and this race was a perfect example of that.”

Congratulations to Jeremy and Kirstie!

Matthew Terry celebrates a milestone at Centre Tank Services

This month, CTS celebrated Matthew Terry, CEO, who has been with the business for 25 years.

In 2013, Matthew took over from his father, Mike Terry, to become the managing director after being the commercial director for 15 years, which started a new chapter for the company.

Lauren Cordelle, Marketing Executive, said: “Centre Tank Services has been established for over 35 years and under Matthew’s guidance, CTS has become one of the UK’s leading suppliers for fuel dispensing, storage tank, lubrication and AdBlue equipment.

“The day was celebrated with a buffet, speeches, gifts, and a presentation for Matthew of his accomplishments over the years in pictures, with all employees in attendance to show their appreciation and support.

“At the end of the presentation and speeches, Matt opened his gifts and cards – one of which turned out to be a confetti bomb (the cleaners were thrilled) – and thanked the team at the CTS group.”

Graham Morrell, Group CEO of Flowmax, gave a speech detailing how Matthew started within the business and his achievements over the years. Graham said: “CTS is one of the most consistent growth and delivery businesses within the Flowmax Group, and I think a lot of that is down to the employees and the support that they get from Matt in his role. We really appreciate him for that as it shows a really strong community here at CTS.”

Matthew said: “It’s been a fantastic 25 years! I’ve worked with some great people in all the companies – CTS and, more recently, Castle Pumps and Whisper Pumps.

“A lot of my time over the years has been spent here at the CTS office and some faces have been with me for the whole journey, it’s great to be part of such an amazing team. I appreciate everybody who has helped me get to this milestone, thank you very much.”

Congratulations to Matthew from Fuel Oil News!

Moorland Fuels walks to challenge success!

Moorland Fuels, the Devon-based fuel distributor, is extremely proud of two members of the Moorland team who recently took on a tough charity challenge. Abby Turner, Sales Director, and Ryan Woolacott, Sales and Customer Account Manager, completed a 100-mile walking challenge in October raising over £400 for Cancer Research UK.

Abby said: “We all know someone who has been impacted by cancer. It is research, awareness and early diagnosis that is making cancer beatable. That’s why we are determined to raise as much money as possible for this cause. A big thank you to Ryan for taking part with me.”

Congratulations to Abby and Ryan on raising money for such a great cause.

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Road Tankers Northern – Adrian’s gone fishing!

Adrian Mason, Sales Executive at Road Tankers Northern (RTN), has some exciting news to share with the FON community. He is taking part in the YouTube Predator Cup – a serious fishing competition that is being broadcast online!

Adrian explained more: “Artificial lure fishing is growing rapidly in the UK, and a number of brands from across Europe now have pro staff anglers fishing for them across the UK.

“The YPC (YouTube Predator Cup) has been around since 2018, and is now the largest lure fishing competition in Europe, but this year it moved to the UK. Ten anglers from across the top brands fished in a three-day event in, and around, an hour and a half from Birmingham for pike and perch to see who the first winner of the YPC UK Cup would be.

“Not only do I work for RTN, I also work part-time as the UK sales manager for Catch With Care (CWC), which is a company based in Sweden. I have been lucky enough to stand side by side with our pro staff, who are regarded as some of the best lure anglers in the world, so it’s a huge honour to represent the brand on the European stage.

“I spoke with some of our pro staff members, and they told me that it’s not about going out and winning the competition, it’s about being entertaining, and I hope that comes across on camera. The first episode came out on the 29th of October and the series runs from now until New Years Eve on Sundays at 6pm, with the last two episodes being the final four anglers in a one-day fish off.

“The YouTube channel that is running the series is ‘Pike and Perch’ – I hope you enjoy it.”

Good luck to Adrian for the competition!

SS Motors (Fuels) is proud to sponsor local rugby

SS Motors (Fuels), the Cambridgeshire-based fuel distributor, is proud to be sponsoring the local rugby club.

Steven Munns, Director SS Motors, said: “SS Motors (Fuels) Limited has become a kit sponsor for a newly-formed local colts rugby team. The team is a joint venture, bringing March and St. Ives Rugby Clubs together to create a combined colts team.

“In doing this, they will be giving an opportunity for 25-30 teenagers (aged 15-18) to play competitive rugby, something that they would not be able to do if they didn’t merge the two small clubs together.

“The plan is for this to be a long-term solution for the two clubs to keep the colts playing before transitioning to senior players, so we see this sponsorship opportunity as a long-lasting relationship as the team grows over the years.”

Good luck to the colts team for the rest of their season!

TEC Industrial is celebrating award success

One of Ireland’s leading suppliers and distributors of a wide range of industrial and hydraulic hoses, fittings, and adapters, TEC Industrial Ltd, has proudly announced its recent award success.

TEC Industrial won the ‘Best Small Business’ award at the South County Dublin Chamber Awards 2023.

Simon van Lonkhuyzen, Managing Director, said: “This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our incredible team, who consistently go above and beyond to deliver outstanding products and services to our valued clients.

“It’s also a reflection of the unwavering support we’ve received from our wonderful customers and partners. Many thanks to all the team in the South Dublin Chamber for organising the awards ceremony and Crowe for sponsoring our category.”

Congratulations from Fuel Oil News, we look forward to being ‘In Conversation’ with TEC Industrial next year!