Roberts purchase PDJ & GPD

Roberts Garages acquired the Channel Islands Petroleum Distributors Jersey (PDJ) & Guernsey Distributors Petroleum (GPD) fuel business in November 2017. Another well-established Channel Island business that has been trading in Jersey and Guernsey since 1969 (almost 50 years).

Offering heating oil and other types of fuel to both its domestic and commercial customers, PDJ seemed a natural progression for Roberts as part of its expansion strategy for the Channel Islands. Indeed, PDJ already distributed fuel to the Esso forecourts on behalf of Roberts and purchased its own fuel stock from the Roberts Garages’ sister company, RGF Fuels who imports fuel into the island. Roberts believes this move can only benefit the consumer as the merging of these two organisations will bring about savings from streamlining processes that will be directly passed on to the customer as processes are streamlined and achieves economies of scale are achieved as the two businesses operate as one.

‘I am very much looking forward to managing such a diverse and interesting business as PDJ and aim to continue to not only meet but exceed the need of all our clients,’ commented Honey Whiteman, General Manager, PDJ. ‘Knowing I have a very motivated and capable team to support me in taking the business forward ensures our clients will continue to enjoy the exceptional levels of customer service and the competitive fuel prices that they have come to expect from PDJ.’

Recently promoted to Distribution Manager Dave Bradley is an integral part of the team. ‘It is about good team work and the efficient co-ordination of delivery vehicles, and trust in our experienced team of drivers. It is this combination which delivers PDJ’s successful approach and its close relationship with every one of its customers.’ Ian Blandin, Forecourt Service Manager, has many years’ experience, and is an expert in engineering and maintenance of pumps. There is no one in the Island that can offer the experience Ian has and this is why he attracts the business of most fuel related sites in the island. With 20 years in the business, Mick Jegou, Boiler Maintenance Manager, co-ordinates a team of 10 OFTEC qualified engineers who can deal with routine servicing to problem boilers. Mick explains, ‘It is most important to maintain a safe and efficient boiler which should be serviced once a year.’

The fact this experienced team can be booked on a ‘rolling year’ and provide a service to the total satisfaction of the customer, makes PDJ the best company to use for this important annual service. To mark this new phase in the company’s development, the business has recruited a new member of the team, Phil The Tank! Phil, will be used to help communicate PDJ’s unique approach to delivering service excellence. PDJ is Jersey’s premium link to the world’s largest fuel and lubricant supplier. PDJ is an unbranded Esso distributor and supplier of ExxonMobil products.