On leaving BP where he started his career in the 1980’s, David moved back to Northumberland and purchased Powburn in 1994 which was the start of his impressive building of the Penny Petroleum empire. Currently, the Penny Petroleum portfolio encompasses 48 sites across the North of England and Scotland.
David’s skill as an inspirational leader and innovative thinker has led to many of the sites in the Penny Petroleum portfolio increasing shop turnover by huge amounts and in their wake increasing fuel sales. The team he has built over the past ten years mostly comes from staff first employed as forecourt assistants.
He trades with all the major fuel brands and has recently added the Spar brand to his portfolio of mainly Londis and Premier fascias.
Initiatives such as the company’s valeting concept and ‘Spend a Penny’ customer toilets have continued to be rolled out, and new additions such as the Revolution washing machines, Auld’s and Browns bakery’s, £1 stores and vape stations are all having a positive impact on sales. As well as developing sites the company is also developing its team and procedures and is currently rolling out biometrics with Shopworks.