WCF Ltd ... featured in the press!

As an employee owned company, We are proud to have been featured in the press on a number of occasions! Our features include articles from Wigwam Holidays, Fuel Oil News, Grantham Journal and Daily Record. You can read the articles yourself by following the links below.

Supporting the Electric Cranks to cycle Hadrian’s Wall at Herding Hill Farm

The Electric Cranks are a group of heart and lung transplant patients at Wythenshawe Hospital, who use electric bikes to aid their recovery and wellbeing. The majority of riders are themselves 'e-humans' with Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) - mechanical heart pumps powered by large external batteries - fitted and connected via an abdominal driveline.

Find out how we supported the Electric Cranks to cycle Hadrian's Wall.

Award winners with Hoseasons at Longnor Wood

We are super proud to see Longnor Wood named as one of the region's best places to get away for a relaxing break in an awards scheme run by a UK accommodation operations. Longnor Wood is a peaceful, adults only camping & glamping site nestled in the heart of The Peak District.

Find out about our holiday park win in the Regional Tourism Awards from industry Partner, Hoseasons.

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WCF Chandlers Team

Double awards success at WCF Chandlers

At the end of 2022, WCF Chandlers, the Lincolnshire based distributor, celebrated a fantastic double win at a local business awards event. The annual Grantham Journal Business Awards were held in Allington on the 18th of November 2022. This event, which is always a sell-out, brings decision makers and business leaders from across the area together to celebrate business success.

Find out more about WCF Chandlers double awards success.

Food bank donation from Fuels North West

Throughout November and December, the North West has been full of festive cheer but one particular hotspot of seasonal goodwill was created by the amazing staff and customers from WCF Fuels North West.

Read more about how WCF Fuels North West contributed to a food bank donation.

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Launch of new app to improve employee engagement WCF

It became very clear that we needed something quicker and inclusive for all of our employee owners. Managing Director Jo Ritzema laid down a challenge to our Head of People and Culture Karen Kelso, saying: “I think we need something that is a cross between Facebook, WhatsApp and LinkedIn.” Karen likes a challenge and after a conversation with fellow employee-owned business Cambridge Weight Plan found the Actimo app powered by Kahoot. 

Entirely configurable to our own branding and specification, the app is intuitive and simple to use on a smartphone and required little or no training for our teams to get started. We have provided phones free of charge to people who did not have their own to ensure that everyone had the tools they needed to participate and be part of WCF’s online community.

Read more about the launch of the new app, benefiting WCF employees.

How the app is helping to engage all WCF employees.

Bringing in the next generation of young people in fuel oil distribution ASLF

Ken Cronin, chief executive at UKIFDA, acknowledges the challenges of attracting the next generation: “As a mature sector, fuel distribution can be overlooked by many young people, especially in a period of high employment.” 

Danny: “I joined NWF Fuels just before Christmas 2019. Prior to this I had worked as a senior event manager comparing commercial events up and down the country for 3 years whilst also completing a Criminology degree from Leeds Beckett University.”

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Launch of new driver academy at WCF Chandlers

WCF Chandlers, based in Grantham, is growing its driving team through a 13 month apprenticeship, which will give non-HGV drivers a chance to earn the required qualifications for a career within the tanker driving industry. The academy officially launched on Friday November 26 when new staff started at the business as part of the HGV driver academy.

Read on to find out about WCF Chandlers launch of HGV Driver Academy.

A Day in the Life – Jess Roberts, WCF Chandlers

I have a relatively structured day here at WCF Chandlers. I start my day at 8:30am where I first check my emails. I will then check for any scheduled calls with customers regarding credit, payments, etc and complete those. I then check for any orders that need to be cleared for delivery and perform any credit referencing and re-referencing throughout the day, while updating our systems to reflect all of this.

Find about more about Jess Robert's (WCF Chandlers) day in the life.

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Rachel Biggar

Support for RSABI in honour of Donald Biggar OBE WCF

Rachel Biggar ran 100km in the space of a month in aid of the RSABI as a tribute to father Donald, OBE WCF. Rachel Biggar pledged to run 100km in the space of a month in aid of the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI) as a tribute to Donald Biggar. Donald, from Chapelton Farm, Haugh of Urr, was one of the region’s best known farmers before his sudden death earlier this year. He was also a great supporter of RSABI.

Find out more about this wonderful story and the money raised.

Acquisition of Drummohr

Drummohr was acquired by WCF back in 2021, after being run by the same family for more than 30 years. Since the acquisition, there have been lots of changes across the camping & glamping site including refurbishments, new accommodation, a new playground, a brand new website and much more. Jo Ritzema, Managing Director at WCF first visited Drummohr as a camper herself, saying it benefited from the draw of Edinburgh and the “beautiful coastline and countryside” of East Lothian.

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Acquisition of Herding Hill Farm

Back in 2019, WCF acquired award winning camping site, Herding Hill Farm, located just 1 mile from the iconic Hadrian's Wall. 

"WCF’s managing director said, we hope to capitalise on the growth in staycations and the desire for “experiences” over possessions which has fuelled the recent interest in camping and glamping from all sectors of the economy. As well as continuing the excellent reputation built up by the former owners Steve and Anne Dunwell, we intend to utilise the marketing skills at our Brampton Head Office to generate brand awareness – driven by both the site and its fantastic position on Hadrian’s Wall."

Read about Herding Hill Farm acquiring new owners.

Northumberland's site named among UK's best for camping and glamping

 We have been awarded special accolades - AA Platinum Pennants - in both areas. And Phil Humphreys, who runs the site with wife Sue, could not be happier that all the staff's hard work has paid off. 

Find out more about how we have been named among UK's best for camping & glamping.

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Drummohr Camping and Glamping site just minutes from beach rated 5 stars by VisitScotland

Drummohr Camping and Glamping Site near Edinburgh is now one of only 33 five-star camping and caravan parks sites across Scotland and one of four five-star sites in East Lothian, with VisitScotland inspectors having praised the quality of the facilities and described the park and its grounds as ‘spotless.'

Find out more about our 5 Star rating from VisitScotland.