A Family Heritage

A Family Heritage

As a family grown business we know the importance of making sure your family stays warm.

50+ Years of Service

50+ Years of Service

We have been delivering for over 50 years, so you are in safe hands.

The Personal Touch

The Personal Touch

Our goal is to give every customer the quality of service you would expect from a family business.

Ford Fuels Heating Oil for Homes

Our History

Ford Fuels started life as G H Ford & Sons shortly before the Second World War. George Ford borrowed £25 to invest in a horse and cart to begin supplying milk and coal to the villages surrounding Timsbury, near Bath. Following the war and with the help of sons Jack and Alan, the business grew in size and specialised in bringing coal to the West Country from Wales and the Midlands using 12 tipper trucks until the late 1960’s. At the turn of the decade Jack and Alan started seeing the future of GH Ford & Son’s in oil, and in 1971 they invested in their first fuel tanker and started supply homes and farms in the Bath area.

Over the next 15 years the business continued to grow steadily and saw the introduction of the third generation as Adrian, Michael and Richard joined the family business. By the 1990’s it was clear that the depot in Timsbury had been outgrown and the business required larger premises which was eventually found at nearby Farrington Gurney. It was decided to move the whole operation to Farrington which still serves as the businesses head office today. The next 10 years served as a growth period for the Business as new fuel depots were opened in Stalbridge (Dorset) and Membury (Berkshire) as well as taking on 2 truck stops in near Frome and Bridgwater. Not only did the business expand geographically, but we also started supplying lubricants, Nationwide Fuel cards, as well as providing heating engineering services allowing the business to diversify into new markets.

The early 2000’s also saw the next generation of the family coming into the business with John, Teelah, David and Ryan becoming involved. This also coincided with a period of consolidation and organic growth to solidify the expansion of the past 10 years. As Ford Fuels moved into the second decade of the 21st century Richard and John were keen to expand the business once more which led to the Company opening a new depot in Bow, near Crediton, and expanding the fuels and lubricants delivery area to include the county of Devon.

This expansion was followed in 2013 when Ford Fuels made its first major acquisition in acquiring the fuel division of Countrywide Farmers Plc, adding a further 4 delivery depots and expanding the delivery area into Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Powys, Buckinghamshire and the South Midlands. In recent years Ford Fuels have also acquired Hobbs Bros Ltd, a family fuel business based in Gloucester, GLB Ltd, a heating services company based in Evesham, and the west country Fuel business from Thomas Silvey Ltd.

 

Ford Fuels Today

Ford Fuels today is a far different business to what George Ford started all those years ago, although the company does maintain the drive and customer focussed vision instilled in the business through the generations.

Today Ford Fuels employs over 180 people and operates 100+ vehicles delivering over 300 million litres of product per year.

Everyone Playing Their Part

Everyone Playing Their Part

Getting the Fleet Ready

Getting the Fleet Ready

Delivering For Over 50 Years

Delivering For Over 50 Years

Ford Fuels Heating Oil for Homes

News

Music – Acton Aid

Music – Acton Aid

A community fund raising event with some brilliant nationally acclaimed acts. Use the code  'FORD10%MUSIC' (it isn't case sensitive) for 10% OFF tickets...
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Stock Car Racing

Stock Car Racing

I always watched stock car racing when I was younger and when I was older I raced remote control stock cars. Then a few years ago, I decided it was now or never and got myself a 'proper’ stock car. I'm now starting...
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What is AdBlue?

What is AdBlue?

Asking yourself, what is AdBlue? AdBlue is a colourless liquid made up of high purity urea and deionised water, and vehicles with SCR technology will have a separate tank filled with it...
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Fuel Market Update

Fuel Market Update

We are currently experiencing a high level of enquiries, we want to reassure you we will respond to everyone as quickly as possible. Please accept our sincere apologies for any delays and rest assured we are doing...
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Fuel Market Update

Fuel Market Update

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to unprecedented volatility in the fuel markets, with Brent crude hitting $118 per barrel in trading this morning. Due to this price volatility, we are currently only able to provide...
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Charity Marathon

Charity Marathon

Weʼre raising £500 to to donate between the British Heart Foundation and Timsbury Cricket Club. ‘Team Ford Fuels’ consists of five employees selected form Ford Fuels’ multiple depots. The athlete profile of each...
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Weather Warning

Weather Warning

I’m sure you are aware that the Met Office have issued a red / amber weather warning across our delivery area for tomorrow morning (18th February 2022). Due to the high risk to our drivers in the red warning...
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Mendip Times: Ford Fuels at 50

Mendip Times: Ford Fuels at 50

Thank you to the Mendip Times for a lovely article about us which will appear in their December issue. In 2021 we celebrated our Golden Anniversary. Its been 50 years since our company was first founded and we...
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Bristol’s Top 100 Companies

Bristol’s Top 100 Companies

We are very proud to have appeared in the Business Leader Top 100 Bristol Owner-Managed Companies, and well done to everyone else who joined us. Business Leader has partnered with leading...
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Going Green! Renewable Fuels

Going Green! Renewable Fuels

Coming Soon! Ford Fuels are proud to be working within the industry to help bring renewable alternative fuels to the market. HVO is one such fuel, which can reduce emissions by up to 90%. Once trials are complete...
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Supporting Local Teams

Supporting Local Teams

Going Greener with HVO Renewable Fuels: We have chosen to partner with Chipping Norton Rugby Club by providing them with a fossil free alternative to regular gas oil. Our aim is to promote change, sustainability...
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New to Oil Tanks? 3 Handy Tips

New to Oil Tanks? 3 Handy Tips

3 Things to Consider if you're new to oil tanks: Congratulations! You’ve just bought your dream home in the country. If it comes with an oil tank that could mean that alongside planning, organising and...
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Keeping Costs Down in Winter

Keeping Costs Down in Winter

No one wants to be cold around this time of year, so we have put together a few tips to help you keep warm and save money. Use timers on your heating – 30 minutes before...
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Check the Health of Your Tank!

Check the Health of Your Tank!

Did you know that most domestic oil storage tanks have an expected life span of twenty years? An inspection of your tank now, could help avoid any loss of heating during the colder months...
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Frome Cheese Show 2021

Frome Cheese Show 2021

Saturday 11th September: West Woodlands Showground - Near Frome. A jam packed day full of entertainment that all of the family will enjoy, plus there will be lots and lots of cheese!
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Moreton in Marsh Show 2021

Moreton in Marsh Show 2021

Saturday 4th September: Moreton Show is one of the biggest one-day agricultural shows in the UK. The 165 acre site in the beautiful north Cotswolds is packed with things to see and do – and...
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Gillingham & Shaftesbury 2021

Gillingham & Shaftesbury 2021

Wednesday 18th - Thursday 19th August: Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show celebrates everything Great about the Great British Countryside being a great rural day out for families and the Show where...
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Mid Somerset Show 2021

Mid Somerset Show 2021

Sunday 15th August: Bringing you The Mid-Somerset Show, the only one day agricultural show in the South West with free entry for pedestrians. A fantastic family day out with something for everyone from...
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Mid Devon Show 2021

Mid Devon Show 2021

Saturday 24th July: Experience a true celebration of rural Mid Devon with an eclectic mix of breathtaking entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and farm life. Mid Devon Show is an award winning...
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Hobbs Bros.

Hobbs Bros.

We are delighted to announce that the Hobbs Bros depot has now been fully integrated into the Ford Fuels group and will trade under the Ford Fuels brand from 1st September 2019. Since the acquisition...
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Silvey Fuels

Silvey Fuels

We are delighted to announce that Silvey Fuels has been fully integrated into the Ford Fuels group and will trade under the Ford Fuels brand. Silveys has been supplying fuel to homes, farms...
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GLB Services

GLB Services

We are delighted to announce that GLB Services has now been fully integrated into the Ford Fuels group and will trade under the Ford Fuels brand from November 2018...
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