We’ve come a long way since 1967, when our founder, Hermon Hodge, was a young travelling salesman for a local animal feed company. Hermon realised there was a need for an alternative to the large, “faceless” oil companies that controlled the supply of tractor diesel and heating oil at that time.
Farms, firms and homes all needed a local, flexible fuel supplier who would look after their needs and offer value for money – and so Ribble Fuel Oils was born.
At first it was a two-man, or rather a one man and one woman, operation as Hermon and his wife Andrea took orders in the morning and delivered them in the afternoon. So successful was their hands-on approach that the business grew steadily as many more oil users realised the benefits of this first class service.
It was only a matter of time before we needed more room and so, in 1984, we moved into our purpose built depot on Walton Summit, at the heart of the motorway network. The past few years have also seen the opening of depots in Manchester, Southport, Liverpool and Halifax giving complete coverage of the North-West.
When the next generation of the Hodge family, sons David and Ian, joined the Company. They started out by sweeping the yard before working hard to learn every aspect of the job. So it’s no surprise that, through effort and determination, Ribble Fuel Oils has become one of the largest family-owned fuel companies in the North West, built purely on service and good value.
Ian left the business in 2011 to form Complete Tank Services Ltd, leaving David in sole charge as Managing Director.
Nowadays, when companies are getting bigger, more remote and less able to offer a personal service, we are proud that we are still a local family firm that puts our customers first.
After more than four decades of service to fuel oil users, it’s thanks to our loyal customers and all our dedicated staff, that we remain the foremost oil supplier in the area.
Hermon Hodge Ltd
Whilst Ribble Fuel Oils is the primary element of the Hermon Hodge Ltd group of businesses, over the years, Ribble Fuel Oils has also been very actively looking for local businesses within the oil sector to add to the family of brands. Acquisitions have included;
AF Fuels in 1997
CHF Fuels in 2001
Leighton Oils and OSS Fuels in 2005
Geo. Broughton & Co (Broughton Lubricants) in 2007
Ormskirk Oils in 2009
Preston Fuels in 2013.
The business goes from Strength to strength, growing year on year but always with an eye for detail and an eagerness to be a leader in fuel and lubricant distribution.