Summer holiday activities for kids

 July 19, 2013

Summer holiday activities for kids

With the summer holidays fast approaching, we know how difficult it can be to keep the kids happy and occupied. July has been an excellent month for sunshine and British tourism has been booming so now is an excellent time to make the most of the great outdoors.

We have put together a number of fun activities to keep the kids happy come rain or shine and you will be happy to know they won’t break the bank!

As well as our helpful activities for kids, we have created a board on Pinterestdedicated to providing you with inspiration during the summer months.

North Yorkshire resident wins free heating oil thanks to Rix Petroleum

 March 04, 2015

Sherburn resident Judith Sterriker has a spring in her step thanks to Rix Petroleum Ltd and Malton and Pickering Mercury.

Mrs Sterriker took delivery of 500 litres of heating oil, after winning a competition run in the local newspaper.

With the chill of winter still clinging on for a frosty spring, Mrs Sterriker said she was delighted to receive delivery of the prize this week, but hadn’t expected to win.

She said: “I occasionally enter competitions when I see them and so when I saw this one I thought I would give it a go, it looked interesting, but I didn’t suppose that I would win. So when I got the phone call to say I had I was so shocked. My family and friends were amazed when I told them too. I was very pleased.

Rix Petroleum Heating Oil winner

“The day after the fuel was delivered we had a lot of frost, so it came just at the right time. We certainly haven’t seen the back of winter yet and I think we’ll have the heating on for a few weeks yet, so it has really helped with our fuel bills.”

“The delivery driver was excellent,” she said. “He was friendly and the service was great so we will certainly think about using them next time we need heating oil.”

Duncan Lambert, director and general manager of Rix Petroleum Ltd, congratulated Mrs Sterriker on her win.

“It was a great pleasure to deliver to Mrs Sterriker and I’m delighted she was the lucky  winner. I hope it helps her and her family stay warm until the better weather is upon us.”

New to Heating Oil Here’s everything you’ll need to know

 November 18, 2015

If you have recently moved into a new house that uses Heating Oil, this article will hopefully answer some of the key things you will need to know. 

1. What is Heating Oil and how can it be used?

Heating Oil  (link opens Wikipedia page) is used to heat your boiler and is an alternative to electricity and gas. It is used by an estimated 1.5 million British households and is therefore the most popular alternative. It is typically the most convenient and low-cost solution for households off the national grid.

Heating Oil is predominantly used with a Heating Oil boiler, which heats the radiators in your home. It can also be used with an oil-fired range cooker, such as an Aga or Rayburn.

2. Why choose Rix Petroleum as my Heating Oil supplier?

Unlike many other suppliers in England, Wales and Scotland, Rix Petroleum is an independent, family-owned company with a rich heritage for developing loyal, trusted relationships with our customers. We make it our priority to provide a friendly, reliable, flexible and competitive service for all of our customers. Rix Petroleum has a number of depots located throughout the UK ensuring our staff have the local knowledge you need from your oil supplier.

3. Why should I choose Heating Oil?

Over 1.5 million homes in the UK use oil for their home heating because it is safe, clean, and efficient. In 2010, 4 million tonnes of Heating Oil were sold, of which 2.5 million tonnes was for domestic heating. New A-rated oil-fuelled boilers can produce up to 97% efficiency, making oil a more economical fuel than others.

4. Is Heating Oil referred to by other names?

Yes. Heating Oil is also known as kerosene, home Heating Oil, burning oil, 28-second burning oil. If you’re not sure what oil you need contact us today.

5. When should I buy Heating Oil?

Heating Oil is typically cheapest during the summer months, when demand is lowest. Buying at this time also ensures you’re prepared for any cold snaps.

However, we realise not everybody can fill their tank in the summer, so our advice would be to order it as early as possible before winter arrives. Prices and overall demand will still be lower, so you will avoid long waits to get your Heating Oil, which can sometimes happen if it snows or it’s during the Christmas period.

You can keep an eye on the price of fuel on a number of websites. The Rix Petroleum website can give you free, instant and up to date quotes, simply follow this link

6. How much Heating Oil do I need?

The average UK household consumes approximately 1,400 litres of Heating Oil per annum. However this will vary depending factors such as; how big your house is, how well insulated it is, how many people live in the house and how cold the weather has been.

The minimum order for Heating Oil is 500 litres. Most domestic tanks have a capacity of 1,000 to 2,500 litres — check the label if you aren’t sure of yours. Ordering more Heating Oil typically lowers the price per litre, check our instant quote page for the latest prices and to compare the cost of different quantities. 

Rix Petroleum’s new West Country depot opens December 2016

November 02, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new Rix Petroleum depot.


Due to open in December 2016, our Rix Petroleum West Country depot will supply areas around Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucester.



Our new depot will operate a fleet of modern tankers delivering quality fuels, including, Heating OilGas Oil and Diesel across the West Country to domestic, agricultural and commercial customers. Our experienced drivers have an excellent knowledge of the local area and of our new customer’s individual and varied delivery requirements will be a top priority.


Part of the J R Rix & Sons group of companies, Rix Petroleum West Country believe that a family’s heating supply is paramount and that the consistent supply to a farm or business is critical to their smooth operation. We source our products locally from both Avonmouth & Westerleigh oil terminals, buying fuels direct from numerous major oil companies which allows us varied supply options, ensuring we are truly independent. This in turn, means you receive a truly competitive, market leading price and of course, an excellent personal service each and every time you deal with Rix.


The team at Rix is on hand seven days a week with advice and to assist you, we don’t operate or believe in large call centres. Just contact us directly for a truly personable service built around your individual requirements.


For more information or to speak to the West Country team, call 0117 957 5045 or email Dave Webb

J R Rix Sons become an official Business Club Partner for Hull 2017

 June 24, 2016

We are delighted to announce that J R Rix & Sons have become an official Business Club Partner for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture.

We have been trading in the Humber region for more than 140 years so we are extremely excited to see the world-class arts, heritage and cultural events that will run throughout the whole of next year, and the legacy that will extend for years to come.

Tim Rix, managing director of JR Rix & Sons, described UK City of Culture 2017 as a platform for Hull to showcase itself on the global stage.

He said: “As a family and as a business, we have a long connection with Hull and one that we are immensely proud of. We have seen the city through good times and bad, but we have never stopped investing and striving to be part of the community.

“Hull is currently undergoing a renaissance like no other in its history. We have achieved things in the past four years that few would have believed possible, such as the Siemens’ blade factory, RB’s Centre for Scientific Excellence and the Energy Works waste-to-energy plant. These projects and others are bringing unprecedented economic activity to Hull and the wider region, along with jobs and prosperity.

“UK City of Culture status, along with the capital expenditure taking place in the public realm improvement works, will transform the look of the city and its national and global standing. It is something that JR Rix & Sons, with its passion for the city and wider region, simply had to be a part of.”

Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, said: “A very warm welcome to all at JR Rix & Sons, the latest organisation to join the Hull 2017 Business Club network.

“This prestigious club is a first-class opportunity for companies to play an important part in the UK City of Culture story. Through their support, members also benefit from their association with Hull 2017, opening up networking and other opportunities, including with our larger partners.

“Collectively, the Business Club is already making a significant contribution to the year, which will only increase as more companies come on board in the near future and I urge more to sign up.”

We will keep you updated with all the goings on around Hull 2017.

See Rix Petroleum and win Heating Oil at the Glendale Show this August Bank Holiday

 August 24, 2015

All visitors to the Rix Petroleum stand will have a chance of winning 500 litres of heating oil if they can guess how many litres of domestic heating oil we delivered in 2014. The answer closest to the correct answer will win.

Tim Claxton, depot manager at Rix Petroleum NE, said he was looking forward to an excellent show.

Rix Petroleum is a regular exhibitor at Glendale Show which this year takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31st.

Mr Claxton said: “Glendale Show is a really enjoyable day and we always look forward to it. It brings a lot of the Northumberland agricultural community together, as well as people from all walks of life who want to experience and learn about the countryside.

“This year we decided we wanted to do something a bit different so are giving visitors the opportunity to win a really fantastic prize, 500 litres of heating oil delivered as and when they require it. That should go a long way to keeping the lucky winner’s energy costs down this winter.”

For more details about the Glendale show, click here.

Rix Named Transport Logistics Family Business Of The Year

 June 16, 2015

We are delighted to have won the ‘Transport and Logistics’ category in the awards run by Family Business United – an organisation that supports family-owned firms in the UK.

The sector and regional categories were hotly contested this year, with family-owned businesses across the UK vying for the top spots. But it was J.R. Rix & Sons Ltd with our diverse range of businesses, from fuel distribution to crew support vessels, which proudly took home the award for ‘Transport & Logistics’ family business of the year.

Rix received the accolade during an awards ceremony held in the Mayfair Hotel in London on Thursday, June 11. We were also finalists and runners up in the ‘Yorkshire’ Family Business of the Year category.

Tim Rix and Paul Andrews at family business awards 2015

Tim Rix, managing director of J.R. Rix and Sons, said the win was a tremendous achievement for the company.

He said: “We are very proud to have won the Transport and Logistics Family Business of the Year award, particularly when we were running against so many other successful businesses from across the country.

“As a company we have always sought to keep ahead of developments in business practices, the markets we operate in and the developing markets where we see opportunities, as demonstrated by our successful diversification into crew transfer vessels for the offshore wind farm industry. It is fantastic to have our achievements recognised by the Family Business United awards.”

Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United, said: “The Rix submission was outstanding, not only in the way that it was put together but the way the values of the family shone through. A strong heritage is fantastic but does not secure a future and Rix is continuing to evolve, firmly focused on the growth and diversity within the business today.

“These awards were created to champion the family business sector in the UK and to recognise the contribution made by family firms to the UK economy and the communities in which they operate. Rix are worthy winners of the Transport & Logistics Family Business of the Year 2015 and will undoubtedly be great ambassadors for the family business sector going forward.”

Valentines Bake Off

 February 13, 2015

Love was in the air at Rix Petroleum head office with our Valentine’s Day themed cake sale. Staff got busy baking, decorating and eating the Valentines treats all in aid of Dove House Hospice.

Following on from the very successful “Coffee morning” we held last year for Macmillan cancer support, staff at Rix HQ put their baking skills to work again, this time for a Valentines themed bake off.

Staff who took part asked for a donation for their cakes which all went to Dove House Hospice.

Here’s a picture of the event and some of the delicious cakes!

Rix Petroleum Valentines bake off event

Thanks to everyone who visited us at LAMMA 2015

 January 28, 2015

This time last week, our team of Agricultural Fuel and Lubricant specialists were welcoming farmers from all over the country on to the Rix stand in hall 5 at LAMMA 2015.

On behalf of all the team, thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to visit us. 

Now we’re all unpacked after the show and back in the office, we’ll shortly be drawing the winner from free prize draw we ran at the event, to win a Greenchem AdBlue IBC pump. Good luck to everyone who entered.

If you asked for a follow up call or appointment, your local agricultural rep will be in touch with you shortly. In the meantime we wish you every success for the farming season ahead. 

Here are a few shots of our stand on day 1 of the show:

Rix petroleum staff at  LAMMA Show
Rix petroleum agricultural fuel stand at lamma show 2015
Rix petroleum fuel stand staff and customers at lamma 2015

See Rix Petroleum at LAMMA 2015

 December 15, 2014

Rix Petroleum will  be exhibiting once again at LAMMA 2015. In 2015 LAMMA takes place on the 21st and 22nd January and you will be able to see Rix on stand 513 in Hall 5. 

LAMMA is the UK’s largest farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services show. LAMMA is FREE to attend and parking is also free.

In January, the Rix stand will have staff from each of our depots represented, so if you’re a farmer or agricultural contractor, why not pop along and see how we could help you with your Fuel, Lubricant, AdBlue or fuel tank requirements?

Our team of exprts will be on hand to answer any questions you have, there will also be the chance to enter our LAMMA prize draw.

We hope to see you or your staff on the 21st / 22nd January at LAMMA 2015 at the East of England showground, Peterborough.

For further details about the show itself, you can visit the official LAMMA website here:

Here’s a picture of the Rix Petroleum stand at LAMMA 2014.