Certas Energy acquires the Hollies truckstop

By Categories: Commercial NewsPublished On: Thursday 18 November 2021

Certas Energy’s Roadside Services division has announced its acquisition of the Roadking (Hollies) Cannock truckstop.

The West Midlands site, which includes a transport café, HGV parking and coach services, will be the first truck stop operated by Certas Energy and is said to be strategically important to the development of the company’s Roadside Services offer.

The facility will be developed and will bring together Snap Account, fuel cards and retail expertise to offer a safer, easier and more seamless experience for HGV drivers and fleet managers, says the firm.

Fuel and lubricants distributor Certas already has a 24-hour HGV refuelling bunker on the site. The acquisition will also enhance the HGV parking network from Snap Account, the smart digital payment platform for fleets, drivers and service providers.

Snap Account’s network includes over 300 HGV parking and washing locations in UK and Europe, including the Hollies at Cannock. Its licence plate-based platform eliminates the need for HGV drivers to carry cash or cards, and consolidates transactions across all sites and services on one single itemised invoice.

Situated just off J12 on the M6, the Roadking Cannock site is said to be the oldest truckstop in the UK, and an institution within the transport industry.

Commenting on the acquisition, Richard Billington, managing director at Certas Energy Roadside Services, said: “The acquisition of Hollies Cannock allows us to bring all of our roadside services under a single banner.

“We are delighted to be able to expand our SNAP Account facilities, fuel card and retail facilities across this popular, long-standing site and look forward to working with all at the facilities.”

Nick Whatmore, director of Roadking, said: “I’m very proud to be part of a team that has built up and developed the famous complex, known to drivers young and old as The Hollies, into one of the best truck stops in the UK.

“We have been working with Certas Energy since 2016, with the addition of the dedicated bunker facilities, and have worked well on many mutual promotions.

“I see a big future for the business that will be both beneficial to customers and staff. Certas Energy have many high-quality resources that, combined with their focus to give quality products and services to HGV drivers, will continue to improve facilities at the oldest and best truck stop in the land.”