Over six decades the JET brand has become synonymous with offering value for money, quality and service – a popular message with motorists, dealers, distributors and commercial customers. We've been on the journey together for over 60 years and look forward to travelling with you for many more.

Period 1954 Image
1954

JET Petroleum Ltd, a wholesale fuel supplier, is set up in Keadby, Yorkshire, by John Willy ‘Bill’ Roberts, supported by associates Robert Hanson and Mr Holdsworth, owners of a haulage firm.

"When JET opened for business the price of a litre of petrol to the motorist would have been equivalent to 4.9ppl"

Period 1959 Image
1959

Expansion of the business continues with the opening of Keadby Terminal which had previously been a margarine factory.

Tankers arrive on the Western Jetty at Immingham to discharge their cargoes into barges which then make the 30 mile journey to the 20,000 ton storage facility at Keadby.

Period 1961 Image
1961

JET is bought by Continental Oil, a large independent US oil company.

Initially, Continental Oil tries to promote its own brand image in the UK but such is the strength and popularity of JET, that the established name continues.

Period 1963 Image
1963

Self-service arrives at the petrol pump to cut the cost of overheads. “It will never catch on” is the response of the newspapers! Do it yourself petrol arrives on forecourts”

Period 1967 Image
1967

“Join the JET Set”

JET petrol stations all over the UK are asking motorists, “Have you joined the JET set yet?”. As part of a new promotion, badges and bumper stickers are being handed out to customers proclaiming “I’ve joined the JET set”.

Period 1969 Image
1969

Conoco open the Humber Refinery

In July, Conoco open the Humber Refinery in South Killingholme, North Lincolnshire, producing around 80,000 barrels per day.

Today, the Refinery is owned by Phillips 66 Limited and has a crude oil processing capacity of 221,000 barrels per day.

 

 

 

Period 1981 Image
1981

JET sets a precedent for the forecourt shops of today by launching Jiffy-branded convenience stores on its forecourts. Previously, forecourt shops had been very basic with car care products and lubricants being the main products for sale.

Period 1999 Image
1999

The re-building of JET 855. The rusting shell of JET 855 is found languishing in an Oxfordshire hedgerow.

Period 2014 Image
2014

JET celebrates its 60th Birthday!