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Crown Oil

About Crown Oil

A family-owned & family-run business, specialising in supplying oils, alternative fuels, lubricants & environmental services for over 75 years

Crown Oil

Putting the Customer at the Heart of Everything We Do

As a local, family-run business, we understand just how important it is to have a fuel supplier that you can count on. From sustainable fuel solutions to emergency commercial fuel deliveries, we’re on hand day and night to keep your business fuelled and your home warm.

Unrivalled levels of service

Finding the best price for your fuel is easy. It’s our friendly service and first-class local knowledge that puts us leagues ahead of the competition.

Our philosophy is simple: to be large enough to fulfill nationwide deliveries whilst retaining the flexibility to arrange emergency deliveries on a same day / next day basis.

Local is where our heart Is

With our headquarters located in Bury, Greater Manchester, we’re passionate about working with local businesses to help make a difference in our local community.

From sponsoring events to donating alternative fuels to help reduce local emissions, we understand that it’s never been more important to support local and shop local.

Fast local deliveries

From our humble beginnings in 1947, selling lamp oil door to door in Heywood to our most recent acquisition of local business Star Oil, we continue to deliver the same reliable, friendly service first made famous almost a century ago.

Choose a local supplier you can rely on to fuel your business 7 days a week.

Industry leading experts

Tap into our bank of knowledge:

  • In-house technical support
  • Consulting on product specs
  • Real-time advice
  • Vast in-house combined experience
  • Team of problem solvers
  • Continued R&D into alternative fuels and lubricants

Our values

Our values underpin everything we do; they align to our mission, support our culture and are instilled throughout our organisation.


We’re honest, we’re ethical and we’re trustworthy, and always endeavour to do the right thing.


We’re transparent and accept full responsibility for our actions and our decisions.


We’re committed to ensuring the safety of our colleagues, our customers and our community.


We constantly strive to challenge the status quo to improve and break new ground.


We aim to set the highest standard in everything we do.

Our commitment to the environment

We have one simple goal: to have Net Zero Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2030. With over 75 years’ experience, we recognise that our operations directly influence the environment and continuously seek ways to reduce our own emissions and our customers’ too.

Crown Oil is the first UK fuel supplier to be certified carbon neutral since April 2022 with our GHG’s verified to ISO 14064. Our next goal? Net Zero direct emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 2030 or sooner.

We’re proud to be the first and only UK fuel supplier to run our entire fleet on HVO fuel. We hope this move showcases its ability to perform faultlessly as a diesel alternative and encourages other businesses to go green in their fleet too.

Supporting local charities

The Crown Group has always played a huge part in looking after local charities and we have done a great deal for our community over the years. We are passionate about supporting local causes and have donated to various ventures, including Heywood Foodbank, The Friends of Hopwood Park community café and the Boomerang Centre in Bury.

We are thrilled to have received a certificate of recognition for our continued work with Heywood in Bloom which included the ‘Wonder Wall’ outside of the Crown Oil Arena, a big part of the Rochdale in Bloom project

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The Crown Oil Group

The Crown Oil Group continues to expand to offer our customers better UK coverage, and more than just oil and lubricants.

To find out about each one of our brands, visit our dedicated Crown Oil Group Information Page.

Crown Oil’s History

Harry Greensmith began selling lamp oil door to door in Heywood, where he was popularly known as Harry Lamp Oil, thanks to his kind manner and reliable service.

After years spent growing his business and supporting his local community during WW2, he expanded his product range to include the bulk sale and distribution of fuels and lubricants.

We have since continued to grow, where we now specialise in providing efficient oil, alternative fuels and lubricant deliveries to both commercial and domestic customers, across the UK. Scroll down to the below timeline to follow our journey.

Harry Greensmith

Harry Greensmith begins selling lamp oil door to door to residents in Heywood. His kind manner and reliable service quickly gain traction with the locals, gaining the affectionate nickname 'Harry Lamp Oil'.

Paper Mill

After years spent growing his business and supporting his local community during WW2, Harry expands his product range to include the bulk sale and distribution of fuels and lubricants.


With his humble enterprise reaching great new heights as a bulk fuel supplier, Harry Greensmith gives it the name Silver Crown Oil Distributors.


Harry's only son, David Greensmith, takes over the family business to coincide with the acquisition of new business premises in the Heap Bridge area of Heywood.

Arial View of Crown Oil

The business is incorporated, complete with a final name change to Crown Oil Limited.


After a steady 13 years of business growth, new headquarters are completed in Bury. Nicknamed the 'Oil Centre', which remain Crown Oil's HQ to this day.


Company ownership is passed down once again onto the next generation of Greensmiths as David's son Matthew becomes the company director.

UK View

The Crown Oil Group obtains the assets of longstanding fuel supplier Cooke Fuels, after rescuing the treasured local business from administration and also Speedy Fuels, a fuel and lubricant supply company, based in the London area.

Crown Oil Environmental is established as a side-arm to satisfy our customers' growing demand for on-site fuel infrastructure support.

Cooke Fuels Crown Oil Environmental Speedy Fuels
Rochdale AFC

Always ready to support the local community, Crown Oil becomes the principal sponsor for local Division 2 football club Rochdale ACF.


After 3 years of proud sponsorship, Rochdale ACF's football ground, Spotland Stadium changes its name to Crown Oil Arena, which further cements the bond between the two local enterprises.

Beesley Fuels and Birlem Oil Aquisition

Another exciting year for The Group with the aquisition of two oil companies, Beesley Fuels and Birlem Oil, enables the business to further increase its footprint across the South East and Birmingham area.

Beesley Fuels Birlem Oil
Crown Oil invests in HVO fuel

Times are changing for the oil industry and Crown Oil is excited to be leading the way in providing fossil fuel alternatives. The business invests in HVO, the advanced renewable fuel that reduces GHG emissions by 90%.

Crown Oil acquires Manchester-based fuel company, Star Oil

Despite the Coronavirus and several lockdowns, Crown Oil continues to serve the nation with much-needed deliveries and acquires Manchester-based fuel company, Star Oil, strengthening its presence in the North West.

Star Oil
Crown Oil wins UKIFDA's Green Award for 2021 and supplies HVO fuel to first UK data centre.

An extremely exciting year for Crown Oil. The business makes a UK first as it switches its entire fleet over to HVO fuel, is crowned the winner of UKIFDA's Green Award for 2021 and supplies HVO to the first UK data centre.

Crown Oil wins UKIFDA's Green Award for 2021 and supplies HVO fuel to first UK data centre.

As part of its journey to becoming net zero carbon, Crown Oil is proud to announce that its own operations are certified carbon neutral as of April 2022.

Crown Oil wins UKIFDA's Green Award for 2021 and supplies HVO fuel to first UK data centre.

Taking its environmental efforts even further, Crown Oil will then have Net Zero direct emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 2030 or sooner.

tonnes of net CO2 reduced across our transport fleet from using HVO

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Our Journey to Net Zero Carbon


7 Reasons to Choose Crown Oil


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