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Chairman Tony Watson started his business in 1957, delivering fuel to Wiltshire homes from a railway shed in Swindon. Today his son, Tony, runs 38 depots and a fleet of 200 distinctive red tankers delivering oils and lubricants to domestic, industrial and agricultural customers across England. The company also provides fuel purchase cards to corporate fleet customers. A rebranding exercise in 2006 and a series of acquisitions helped to increase sales to £500.1m in 2009.

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Company details
CompanyWatson Petroleum
ActivityFuel distributor
Sales £m500.1
Operating profit £m9.4
Main shareholdersWatson family (100%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda