Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

03/02/14 - Rosie Cooper MP opens new global data centre for Skel


Fairbanks reaches milestone of 10,000 petrol service stations across 36 countries including BP, Tesco, Morrison’s and Shell


West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, officially opened the new offices in Skelmersdale of Fairbanks, the global leaders in fuel management services for the forecourt industry.


Her visit marked a successful 12 months for the company, which has also been awarded Business of the Year for Lancashire after doubling the size of its operation after successfully securing a new contract with Shell, the energy and petrochemical giant.


The new offices are located on the White Moss Business Park off Junction 4 of the M58 in Skelmersdale, opposite the existing building Fairbanks has occupied since 1998.


During her tour of the premises, Rosie met the Leadership Team and one of the Wetstock Consultants who demonstrated how Fairbanks’ specialist software detects leaks and problems on forecourts across the world. Sales, stock and alarm data from 10,000 forecourts is transmitted to the secure data centre every day for analysis.


 Rosie also met some of the 90 Wetstock Analysts who have all been recruited from the North West area, including many who studied at nearby Edge Hill University in Ormskirk.


Managing Directors Bob Conlin and Steve Jones greeted Rosie on her arrival. Bob and Steve built the business from a back bedroom into a global brand that serves 36 countries and has created jobs for over 150 people in the region.


Bob Conlin said “We were delighted to welcome Rosie to our offices and see first-hand how our business operates. It has been very important to us that the culture of the business is preserved as we grow and therefore our commitment to recruiting, training and developing the right people is vital. Our BIBA Business of the Year and Investors in People ‘Gold’ awards are testament to this commitment and is a great reward for all our people who have worked very hard to achieve this.”


Steve Jones added “Bob and I are very proud to have created careers for so many people in the area. But as we keep growing we will continue to look to the North West for more people to join our teams and we are planning to host more recruitment days during 2014. Anyone who is interested in working with us should regularly check for more information.”


West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

"It was a real pleasure to officially open the new Skelmersdale offices of Fairbanks Environmental Ltd.  I would like to thank Bob Conlin and Steve Jones for their kind invitation.


"From this hub in Skelmersdale, I watched as the staff monitored petrol stations around the world for some of the biggest national and international names in the industry.


"Fairbanks Environmental are a real West Lancashire success story. The company's growth in 2013 was phenomenal, securing large contracts around the globe.


“They are also the largest local employer of Edge Hill University graduates.


"We need more companies like Fairbanks in West Lancashire that are innovative, forward-looking and committed to investing in their staff and the local community.


"It’s not a surprise they are a multi-award winning company based on what I saw during my visit.  I wish the company and its staff continued success for 2014.”

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