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.