Our History


Fuelling the nation since 1947

Since its birth in 1947, Crown Oil has built up a wealth of knowledge of the industry and has been a catalyst for fuelling change.

Times are changing for the oil industry and we’re proud to be on the leading edge of the green revolution. As a UK leading fuel supplier, we acknowledge that our operations influence the local, regional and global environment. That’s why we’ve put sustainability at the core of our business and are going above and beyond to find ways to reduce that impact.

We are committed to fuelling change to make a real lasting difference for our customers, our colleagues and our communities.

The origin of Crown Oil

In 1928, Crown Oil’s founder Harry Greensmith began selling household goods such as firelighters, candles and lamp oil (kerosene) door-to-door from his wooden cart. After World War 2, Harry expanded his product range to include the bulk supply of fuels, oils and lubricants. In 1947, his enterprise was named Silver Crown Oil Distributors.

Ten years later, Harry’s son David Greensmith joined the family business and acquired new premises in Heywood. The distribution of fuels and lubricants then became Crown Oil’s primary purpose, with red diesel making up the majority of the fuels sold.

In 2007, ownership was passed down once again onto the third generation of Greensmiths, as David’s son Matthew became the new company director. Today, Matthew continues to drive the business forward as one of the UK’s leading fuel and lubricants suppliers. This success has been shaped by our commitment to providing unrivalled service from order through to delivery and beyond.

Crown Oil’s sustainability history

Sustainability is at the heart of our business. Over the last few years, our efforts have rapidly increased to cover a wide range of areas, including supplying alternative alternative fuels, investing in our community and addressing our own emissions in every way we can.

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In 2020, the oil companies within the Crown Group became the first UK fuel suppliers to run our entire delivery fleet on HVO

Our Approach

The oil industry is changing and we’re proud to be on the leading edge of the green revolution. Discover how we’re doing it.
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Our Company

Crown Oil is the first UK fuel supply company to be certified carbon neutral and is on a mission to have net zero direct emissions.
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Our People

Our people are our greatest asset and are what is the driving force behind our company’s success. Discover the brains behind the business.
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