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Two Nottingham businesses awarded top accolades at industry awards

Two Nottingham businesses awarded top accolades at industry awards

A pair of successful Nottingham business have been honoured at a nationwide industry awards.

Janagha Wafa, who owns Greens Service Station on Nottingham Road in Selston, and Nakendram Piratheepan, who owns Attenborough Service Station on Nottingham Road in Attenborough, were both recognised at the Gulf Roadside Services EXPO & Awards.

The national awards are organised by Certas Energy’s Roadside Services division, which supports more than 400 service station sites across the UK, many of which are small, independent businesses.

Jan, who lives in Nottingham and also runs a service station in Burnley, won the Special Recognition Award for his incredible work to turn two failing service stations around and making them into a thriving business. 

The father of six, said:

“It’s fantastic to be recognised – I am very proud. I never imagined as a young boy in Afghanistan that I would one day be standing on a stage receiving an award for my business. It meant so, so much to me.”

Jan, 54, came over the UK when he was just 17. He worked his way up to part own a service station in Birmingham, before buying his own service stations in Peterborough, then Nottingham and Burnley.

He added: “I wouldn’t have achieved it without a lot of support from everyone, from the Certas Team to our staff and customers.”

Attenborough Service Station was awarded the ‘Most Improved’ award at the event.

Owner Nakendram Piratheepan, known as Theepan, says it’s a fantastic accolade.

Theepan, 38, said:

“This award is down to the team of people who support me, from the staff at the service stations to the team at Gulf – my team is my success, there is no other way to say it.

“We have put a lot of effort into giving it a complete refit and making sure it gives people what they want.”

Theepan, who is the director of Stirling Petrolium Ltd, which has 23 sites across the country, added:

“It has been an exciting and very rewarding few years but definitely still work in progress. We have a fantastic team, all committed to the cause and eager to play a part in our expansion.”

The awards were presented at a special ceremony held at Carden Park in Chester on Thursday, March 21, which gave independent service station owners the opportunity to meet their contemporaries. It was also an opportunity to learn about future renewable energy solutions, such as the launch of EvoUltra, renewable diesel for retail sites, and Evolo, Certas’s new EV charging solution.

Richard Billington, Managing Director of Certas Roadside Services, said:

“These awards are our way of celebrating the small businesses which show great business acumen and innovation in a tough industry.

“Being a small business owner can be very challenging and you can often feel quite isolated, so this is our way of thanking the teams that make up a network of service stations that keep our country moving.”

The awards sponsors included CMS, Petroassist, Metro, PDI and SNAP.

Photo: Special Recognition - Jan Wafa takes to the stage with present Ben Hanlin

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