Maesteg Garage set to welcome rugby heroes

By Raspberry Jim,

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Rugby fans in Maesteg are getting a chance to meet Six Nations heroes including Gareth Davies and Ken Owens at a special event organised by Oil 4 Wales.

The national oil distributor is holding a meet the players event at its Maesteg 24/7 petrol garage on April 4 from 2pm.

During the day players including Rob Evans, Jonathan Davies, Dan Lydiate, Gareth Davies, and Ken Owens, who are ambassadors for the oil distributor, will be on hand to sign autographs and take photos with their fans.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy all the facilities at the garage, which underwent a major £200,000 refurbishment in 2017 thanks to Oil 4 Wales.

The relaunched garage includes a full deli and bakery serving home made cakes, pies and freshly baked breads, along with its modern and spacious new café serving a wide range of hot and cold food and drinks.

Oil 4 Wales, which supplies over 65,000 commercial and domestic customers across Wales, chose to invest in the garage last year in order to provide enhanced facilities for the local community.

Managing director Colin Owens said: “Come along and meet our Six Nations heroes and Oil 4 Wales ambassadors at this special event! We’re delighted to be welcoming them and supporting the local community. Don’t miss out!”

Maesteg Garage is based on Llwydarth Road, Maesteg, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Wales rugby star Gareth Davies appointed as Oil 4 Wales ambassador

By Raspberry Jim,

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Wales international rugby star Gareth Davies has been appointed as an ambassador to leading oil distributor Oil 4 Wales.

The Scarlets’ scrum half, who is preparing to take to the pitch in the latest Six Nations’ fixture against Italy this weekend, has been named as the Welsh company’s latest high-profile ambassador.

The Carmarthen-born player will be joining iconic Oil 4 Wales ambassadors including fellow Wales’ rugby players Dan Biggar, Dan Lydiate, and Ken Owens, along with BBC Hill Farmer Gareth Wyn Jones, and entertainer and comedian Max Boyce.

On his new role he said it was a privilege to be supporting the national company, which supplies 16 million litres of fuel to 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales.

The Wales’ player said: “I’m delighted to be working with Oil 4 Wales as it makes such a difference to families and communities right across the country.

“Colin and the team really strive to provide a fantastic service for their customers, and always go the extra mile to support local people. Their community-focussed ethos has been even more evident this week as they’ve fought to get vital oil supplies to people in extremely challenging weather conditions.

“After hearing about all the worthwhile initiatives my fellow rugby players had had the opportunity to get involved in as ambassadors for the brand, it was a privilege to be asked and to join this brilliant family-run business.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the team in the future and would like to thank them for the opportunity.”

Mr Davies will be working with the oil distributor, which has depots in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Newtown, Lampeter, Maesteg, Brecon and Milford Haven, to support its vision of working with, and for, communities across Wales.

On the latest player appointment Mr Owens said he was thrilled to be adding more rugby talent to the proud Welsh brand.

He said: “Oil 4 Wales is a Welsh company which is proud to work for the people of Wales. As a patriotic brand we are delighted to be working alongside some of our nation’s finest rugby players, and we are thrilled to welcome Gareth to the Oil 4 Wales family.

“Our ambassadors selflessly undertake fantastic work throughout communities, including sports training sessions in schools, meeting customers at special events, and promoting the importance of adequate heating in homes. Their work represents everything that we as a brand stand for, and we couldn’t be prouder than to have them representing us.

“We’d like to wish Gareth and all the other boys good luck for this weekend and hope they bring home a Welsh win!”

 

Daredevil Oil 4 Wales director jumps 12,000ft for charity

By Raspberry Jim,

A daredevil Oil 4 Wales employee has plunged over 12,000ft to raise vital funds for brave patients battling cancer.

Paul Owens, a director at the national oil distributor, has undertaken a skydive to raise funds for national research and awareness charity Cancer Research UK.

 The 37-year-old, who is based at Oil 4 Wales’s Cardiff office, signed up for the challenge in a “moment of madness” after choosing to raise more funds for charitable causes in 2018.

Mr Owens, a director at the firm which supplies 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales, jumped at the chance to take part when he received an email at work.

The Llantwit Major resident said: “Everyone said I must be mad to sign up for this! But it’s something I’ve always wanted to have a go at, so when we got the email I decided in a moment of madness to sign up.

 “I was quite excited and nervous before, but I just kept reminding myself it was for a great cause and that spurred me on.”

 On the day of the jump at Swansea Airport Mr Owens joined 10 other people to ascend to 12,000ft where they prepared to take part in a tandem skydive.

He said: “Sitting on the edge of the plane and looking out was both exhilarating and nerve-wracking, and is certainly a feeling I’ll never forget.

 “But it was an absolutely amazing experience and it’s something I’ll never forget. I’ve definitely ticked that off my bucket list and encourage everyone to give it a go.”

Mr Owens said what made the experience even better was raising over £500 for the charity, which helps to fund pioneering research into cancer diagnosis and treatment.

His employer Oil 4 Wales, which supplies 16,000,000 litres of fuel annually to some of Wales’ leading businesses, generously supported his fundraising efforts with a donation of £100.

The company, which prides itself on working for the community and with the community, has demonstrated its continued support for charitable and community causes throughout 2017. This has included donating fundraising prizes to local events, sponsoring community shows, and supporting school initiatives throughout Wales.

 Oil 4 Wales managing director Colin Owens said this reinforced the company’s commitment to supporting local communities across Wales.

He said: “We would like to congratulate Paul on his fantastic achievement and the great amount raise for such a worthwhile cause.

“This is just one example of Oil 4 Wales’s commitment to supporting local residents and communities across Wales, something which we as a proud Welsh business are proud to be able to do.”

 

Entertainer Max Boyce appointed as Oil 4 Wales ambassador

By Raspberry Jim,

Internationally-renowned entertainer Max Boyce MBE has been appointed as an ambassador to leading oil distributor Oil 4 Wales.

The comedian and performer, who is due to kick off a sold out tour in January, has been named as the Welsh company’s latest high-profile ambassador this month.

Mr Boyce, who is also the president of Glynneath Rugby Club, will be joining iconic Oil 4 Wales ambassadors including Wales’ rugby players Dan Biggar, Dan Lydiate, and Ken Owens, along with BBC Hill Farmer Gareth Wyn Jones.

On his new role he said he was thrilled to be representing the company, which supplies 16 million litres of fuel to 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales.

Mr Boyce said: “I’m only too pleased to become an ambassador for Oil 4 Wales and to be joining many legends from the world of Welsh rugby.

“I have been involved with Oil 4 Wales and with its founder Colin Owens for over 20 years, and when he rang me up and asked me would I consider being an ambassador, I wholeheartedly agreed.

“He has always been a great friend to Glynneath RFC, and understands and sympathises with the difficulties of running a local club with limited financial resources. He has been more than generous, and I have always found Colin and Oil 4 Wales dependable and trustworthy.”

Mr Boyce will be working with the oil distributor, which has depots in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Newtown, Lampeter, Maesteg, Brecon and Pembroke Dock, to support its vision of working with, and for, communities across Wales.

On the entertainer’s appointment Mr Owens said he was thrilled to have a renowned Welsh icon as part of the Oil 4 Wales team.

He said: “I have known Max for years and I am thrilled he is finally becoming a part of the Oil 4 Wales family.

“Everyone knows Max and his unmistakable wit, humour, and talent, so we are sure he will be a fantastic ambassador for the brand.

“As a true Welsh icon he represents everything we at Oil 4 Wales stand for, so we can’t wait to get started on working with him!”

 

Welsh rugby heroes take on Brecon’s budding stars

By Raspberry Jim,

Welsh rugby heroes take on Brecon’s budding stars

Brecon’s budding rugby stars have gone head to head with their Welsh sporting heroes thanks to the nation’s leading oil supplier.

Pupils from Gwernyfed High School took on Welsh international Dan Lydiate and former international Dafydd Jones at a recent training day organised by Oil 4 Wales.

The players, who are sporting ambassadors for the community-focussed oil brand, carried out drills and demonstrated some of their famous moves for a group of 25 boys from Year 7 and 8.

The training day was labelled “a huge success” with pupils and parents alike delighted to welcome the rugby stars to the school.

Oil 4 Wales managing director Colin Owens said: “As a family-run business, which works in communities across Wales, our main focus is giving back to our loyal customers who have supported us over the years.

“Our ethos has, and always will be, to work with the community and for the community putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

“As such, we were delighted to be able to bring both Dafydd and Dan to Gwernyfed High School, and give the pupils an experience they will never forget.

“The Year 7 and 8 boys were brilliant, and even gave the players a run for their money on the day! I certainly think there are a few future Welsh rugby stars there.”

This is just the latest in a string of community-focussed events hosted by Oil 4 Wales to reward its loyal customers across Wales.

At the recent launch of its Maesteg 24/7 petrol garage lucky customers got the chance to meet even more rugby stars, including Rob Evans, Ken Owens, and Jonathan Davies, and even got autographs and photos with their heroes.

The brand also put its customers evolving needs first with the recent launch of its online oil ordering service, which allows customers to purchase vital business, residential and agricultural supplies on the go.

This will enhance the service for its 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales who rely on the family-run brand for a range of fuel services.

£300,000 investment for local oil depot

By Raspberry Jim,

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An oil depot in Powys has invested £300,000 in its facilities making it easier for the local community to access its fuel services.

Independent oil distributor Oil 4 Wales has upgraded the depot’s facilities and rebranded it from Powys Petroleum merging it into the wider family-run business.

The depot is now fully bottom loading allowing the local farming community to pick up fuel on the pump.

Oil 4 Wales has also invested in its fleet in order to provide greater efficiency and reliability to its service for customers in the area.

Powys Petroleum was acquired by Oil 4 Wales in 2015 in order to grow its presence in Powys. It employs three office-based staff and four drivers and is one of seven depots owned and operated by Oil 4 Wales.

Colin Owens, managing director of Oil 4 Wales, said: “Since welcoming Powys Petroleum into the Oil 4 Wales family, we have invested in the depot and our fleet in order to serve the Powys community more efficiently.

“Having bedded in the company over the last year, the time felt right to rebrand and merge the trading name into Oil 4 Wales.

“We are confident that the improved facility will benefit the Powys community and look forward to continuing to provide an excellent and cost effective service.”

Since it was founded in 2010, Oil 4 Wales has been well supported by those keen to see the success of a truly independent Welsh oil brand.

It supplies 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales with a range of fuel services and hosts community events across the country alongside its brand ambassadors – rugby players Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Jonathan Davies, Dan Biggar, and Dan Lydiate and TV farmer Gareth Wyn Jones.

It is the only Welsh oil distributor to have its fuel accredited by the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) and is one of 18 Welsh companies included in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

Twenty seven new staff join Oil 4 Wales

By Raspberry Jim,

Twenty seven new staff join Oil 4 Wales 

Independent oil distributor Oil 4 Wales has recruited 27 new members of staff as it continues its growth strategy across Wales.

Drivers, boiler engineers, sales representatives and apprentices have joined the family-run business, which employs 80 staff.

The investment in new staff comes on the back of a record year, which saw the company’s turnover soar to £120m.

Established in 2010, Oil 4 Wales has grown considerably over the last seven years and now supplies 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales.

Its seven depots in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Newtown, Lampeter, Brecon and Pembroke Dock handle a total volume in excess of 160,000,000 litres of fuel per annum.

In excess of 16,000,000 litres of fuel are supplied to some of Wales’ leading businesses including Mansel Davies & Son, Edwards Coaches, Walters Group and Persimmon Homes.

On the company’s expansion, managing director Colin Owens, said: “We are committed to the communities of Wales through employing local staff, using local suppliers, providing a fair deal to our customers, supporting local causes and investing in the local community.

“Over the next five years, we are aiming to continue achieving growth of 20 to 30 per cent year on year whilst building up our reserves to ensure the company’s long-term future.

“As we look to continue to strengthen our brand and grow the business, the recruitment of new staff, particularly drivers, is ongoing.

“Our staff work extremely hard to ensure our customers never go without their oil, so if it wasn’t for them to company wouldn’t be where it is today.”

In addition to seven depots, Oil4Wales owns and operates three petrol filling stations, and supplies a further 27 across Wales through franchising agreements.

One of the petrol stations it owns through Maesteg 24/7 Express Ltd,  has just undergone a major £200,000 investment and refurbishment, including a total redesign of the shop and the development of a modern and spacious new café.

Colin continued: “We were delighted to relaunch our new-look Maesteg 24/7 petrol filling station with the support of our Welsh rugby ambassadors. I hope the significantly improved facility will benefit the people of Maesteg – a town which has not seen much investment in recent years.

“Our aim as a business is to support the communities in which we operate. We are constantly inundated with requests to support the community, and many times we are thrilled to be able to do so. However, we are a relatively young business and our balance sheet remains fragile, so we must focus on ensuring the long-term future of the business, while offering help wherever possible.”

Oil 4 Wales is one of 18 Welsh companies included in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain and is the only Welsh oil distributor to have its fuel accredited by the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) giving customers’ peace of mind that what it is supplying is the best in the market, having been tested for its cleanliness.

Maesteg garage set for major £200,000 refit

By Raspberry Jim,

 

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3D mock up of how the refitted garage will look

A Maesteg petrol garage, owned and operated by Oil 4 Wales, is set to undergo a major £200,000 refit to dramatically enhance its facilities, adding a new café and extending opening hours for customers.

The Maesteg 24/7 Express Store and local community shop, on Llwdarth Road, will see a raft of improvements as part of the development work, which is set to start from January.

This will include an overhaul of the garage shop along with the creation of a spacious new café serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks and a much wider menu range.

Café opening hours are also set to be extended with the newly refurbished site remaining open to serve customers until 10pm.

The work is being carried out by independent oil distribution company Oil 4 Wales, which acquired the site along with the Globe Garage in Porthcawl last year as part of its portfolio expansion plans.

Managing director of Oil 4 Wales Colin Owens said of the major Maesteg refit: “We are delighted to be creating improved facilities for the people of Maesteg.

“This development will provide our loyal customers with the enhanced services they deserve when they visit us to enjoy reliable and fair fuel prices at our pumps.

“We look forward to unveiling the new and improved shop and café in the early part of next year with a special opening event to include our rugby ambassadors Dan Lydiate, Dan Biggar and many more.

“While the work is ongoing, we would like to apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, however the garage will remain open throughout the development.”

Work at the Maesteg garage will be completed between mid-February and March with a full range of services available to customers from that date.

Oil 4 Wales was set up in 2010 by Colin Owens with the aim of creating a truly independent oil brand that focused on providing a good deal to the communities of Wales.

It now supplies over 65,000 customers in Wales with a range of fuel services to homes, businesses, commercial premises, agricultural and retail premises from its depots in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Felinfach, Milford Haven, Brecon and Powys.