Distributor diaries May 24 – the latest updates from our distributor community

Centre Tank Services celebrates instrumental colleague

Centre Tank Services (CTS) is celebrating another big work anniversary – Gurdeep Lakhanpal has been with the business for a decade!

Gurdeep Lakhanpal of CTS

In that time, Gurdeep has gone from the Technical Team to Sales Manager and is now Head of the Middle East Division of CTS in Saudi Arabia.

A fulfilling journey

Asked for some of the highlights from his time with the company, Gurdeep shares: “Reflecting on the past 10 years at CTS, I realise that every day has been more than just ‘work’ or a ‘job’. It’s been a fulfilling journey fuelled by passion and dedication to what I love doing each day.”

“In March 2014, my journey at CTS began, when I joined the Technical Team, under the guidance of Technical Director Rob Terry and colleague Trevor Banks, and quickly benefitted from their 20 years’ worth of technical knowledge.

“2018 brought internal changes, presenting an opportunity for me to step into the role of Sales Manager, where I was able to nurture relationships with both customers and suppliers.

“Now, a decade later, I find myself in Saudi Arabia, embarking on a new chapter with the CTS Group’s latest venture, CTS Middle East.”

Commenting on Gurdeep’s time with the company, Matthew Terry, CTS Managing Director, said: “Gurdeep’s move to Saudi Arabia finds us not only investing in a colleague and friend who has been instrumental throughout the 10 years he has worked here, but also expanding into a growing market where we have already seen some success.”

NWF award highlights team member for ‘going the extra mile’

Bill McClelland was awarded the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ award for NWF for March.

Lee Martin, Regional Manager said: “Nothing has been too much for Bill. This is a large team, with many moving parts, at the height of customer demand, to ensure we remain fanatical about service, which hasn’t phased Bill at all. A true asset to us and our customers.”

Bill McClelland, Assistant Depot Manager, Darch Oil said: “The transition into this role has been a far easier process for me due to the professionalism and teamwork of colleagues within Darch Oil. The ‘Going the Extra Mile’ award was a reflection of the hard work of the entire depot.”

Driving success for Morgan Webb

Morgan Webb, Depot Assistant for Barton Petroleum, the Northamptonshire-based fuel distributor, is proud to announce that he has recently passed his LGV test.

Morgan said: “On the 7th February 2024, I had never even sat in a lorry. Then, 44 days later, after completing all my tests, I can now drive one!

“I had my medical in January and did my driving assessment on the 7th February. Then I had my lorry theory test booked in and then the nerves really started kicking in. (I had bad memories of my car theory test which I had to take nine times!)

“But, with the help and knowledge of my Depot Manager, Charles, and the Depot Supervisor, Dale, I ended up getting 90/100 on my lorry theory test and 81/100 on the hazard perception. Then, in early March, I had my LGV Driver CPC where I scored 49/50.

“My driving lessons stared on the 13th March, with just 5 days training with the big test date on the 20th March which I passed and then I completed my LGV CPC module 4 practical test scoring 100%!

“Completing this was a massive achievement for me and I feel very proud. I just can’t wait to help the depot and get in the driving seat!”

Huge congratulations to Morgan from Fuel Oil News!

Roll up Roll up – the circus is in town!

Craggs Energy, the West Yorkshire-based distributor, proudly distributes fuel to a variety of customers – including the circus when it’s in town!

Craggs driver, Nathan Brown, said: “Working at Craggs Energy and driving one of the bigger trucks means I get to visit our larger commercial clients throughout Yorkshire and Lancashire but it’s not every day we get to keep a circus topped up with fuel! This was an exciting delivery for me!”

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