Petrol forecourt owners celebrate after award win

Staff Andrea Pledge, Ellie Hardy, Susan Hazzard and Mary Ramsay celebrating 21 years in Cosham. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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A SERVICE station in Cosham has been named the best in the country.

The team at Jet’s Portsbridge Service Station was named ‘Forecourt of the Year’ at the petrol retailing industry’s national awards.

The forecourt, which reopened in April following a rebuild, beat hundreds of others from throughout the UK to be crowned the best at the ‘Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards’.

The site also won the top award for the best forecourt in the ‘London & the South East’ regional category and scooped a further award 
for ‘Best Forecourt Innovation’.

Mike Garner of the station said: ‘To say we are thrilled to have won these awards is an understatement.

The competition is really tough, so to stand out as the overall national winner is absolutely fantastic. We’re very proud of the work we’ve undertaken to build our new forecourt and convenience store.

‘We’ve taken the time to ask our customers what products they want to see in store and have invested heavily in the shop’s layout and facilities. It’s great to have this investment and hard work recognised by the industry.

‘Portsbridge is family owned and we have operated the business since it was established in 1968 by my late father. Redeveloping the site was a huge decision for us and we are so pleased with the very positive response of everybody who visits us.

‘At a local level, we’d really like to thank our customers for their ongoing loyalty and support as without them we certainly wouldn’t have achieved this fantastic success.’

The judging panel said Portsbridge was the clear overall winner ‘because of the courage and ingenuity of a relatively small company with a small outdated site to take the gamble’.

The panel added: ‘It has made the best use of every square inch of the plot to bring its customers a fantastic facility and outstanding customer service, and has turned Portsbridge into the hub of the community.’