In 2013 our shareholders invested in a new fuelcard business, Diesel 24 and in a move that saw a return to the company’s roots, an oil distribution company Oilfast. The property portfolio was also added to with an investment in Laudale, a 13,000 acre estate in Scotland.
The group Head Office at Bowcliffe Hall Estate, Bramham, adjacent to the A1M is a prime location for our national business interests. It also provides an exclusive home from home environment for a range of tenants, who enjoy the the multi award winning conference and events facilities within the Estate. In 2013, a year long building and renovation project on the Bowcliffe Estate created the multi award winning Blackburn Wing, an innovative conference and events space, and the Bowcliffe Drivers’ Club, a private members club. The work also created four further office spaces from redundant buildings on the Estate.
2013 also witnessed the establishing of the Bayford Foundation a pioneering programme built around creating sales jobs in the energy industry which will result in long term career opportunities for people in the local area.
In 2014 Jonathan became an Ambassador for The Archbishop Of York Youth Trust, an organisation created to enable young people throughout the north of England to be the change they want to see.
In 2017, the Bayford Group acquired the licence to set up Gulf Gas & Power for the UK and the Netherlands, selling great value gas and electricity to homes and businesses. The Gulf name has been established for over 117 years and is synonymous with great service in a range of products and services from petrol stations to motorsports and now energy.
2017 also saw the purchase of The Yorke Arms, a Michelin starred restaurant with rooms located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. A sensitive refurbishment programme carried out in early 2018 saw the creation of 18 luxurious individually styled bedrooms and suites, each reflecting something great about Yorkshire’s heritage, whilst the restaurants, lounge and bar were also refurbished, each reflecting the muted colours of the spectacular scenery surrounding The Yorke Arms.