Crewe, 30 September 2019 – UK Fuels and The Co-op have signed an agreement that will see Co-op filling stations added to the UK Fuels network. This will allow UK Fuel card holders to use their cards to purchase fuel at 133 Co-op sites nationwide. The Co-op deal means that the UK Fuels network now totals over 2,950 sites with cards accepted at 75 percent of the UK’s independently owned filling stations.
The Co-op is increasing its presence in fuel filling stations and is currently looking at opportunities across the UK to acquire and redevelop both existing and new to industry filling station locations. Since 2015 the Co-op has invested over £40m into forecourt shop and fuel projects. The investment involves the replacement and renewal of the filling station infrastructure including tanks, pumps, canopies, together with the replacement and extension of the onsite Co-op stores.
For UK Fuels, the agreement with Co-op is one of the largest contracts signed in the independently-owned sector and comes on the back of a 24 percent growth in the UK Fuels network last year. Within the small to medium sized fleet sector, UK Fuels is the largest fuel card provider and also a supplier of branded fuel cards issued by the major fuel companies in the UK.
“The Co-op has ambitious plans to increase our forecourt business and we see the agreement with UK Fuels as a key development” says Eddie Jenkinson, National Fuels Manager, Co-op. “It will enable UK Fuels card holders to use the Co-op operated forecourts at 133 locations across the UK. This will boost the numbers of people filling up with fuel and it will enable us to showcase food for now and food to go offers in forecourt convenience shops to new customers.”
UK Fuels is part of Radius Payment Solutions, one of the UK’s fastest growing companies recently ranked 19th in the 2019 Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 list. The 1.2m fuel cards that Radius provides to fleet operators are used to buy more than 3bn litres of fuel annually. With many of the new Co-op filling stations on key arterial routes, the sites are ideal refuelling locations for busy traders and business fleet drivers who use UK Fuels’cards.
“Long respected as the group behind the local grocery store, the Co-op is perfectly placed to meet the needs of the growing demand for convenience stores at filling stations. Many of our customers shop at the Co-op and with this milestone agreement, UK Fuels’ card holders will be able to fill up and shop at the same time,” says James Higgins, Head of UK Networks, UK Fuels.
The Co-op, which is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives – best known for its grocery stores – is owned by millions of UK consumers and operates a total of 3,800 outlets.
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