Aviva Backs Growth Plans For Oilshield

The Oilshield Team outside the Aviva St Helen’s Office, London  (left to right) Colin Duxberry (SIA), Jonathan Smith (Aviva), Stewart Ower (Compass Environmental), Dave Gardiner (Evergreen), Chris Browne (SIA), Matt Lamb (Aviva)

The Oilshield Team outside the Aviva St Helen’s Office, London (left to right) Colin Duxberry (SIA), Jonathan Smith (Aviva), Stewart Ower (Compass Environmental), Dave Gardiner (Evergreen), Chris Browne (SIA), Matt Lamb (Aviva)

Having recently reached the six-month milestone since launching Oilshield, our new whole business insurance offering for Fuel Oil Distributors, we caught up with our insurance partners at Aviva to celebrate the initial success of the product and to look ahead to plans for Oilshield’s future growth. Key personnel from Aviva were on hand to provide their thoughts on the journey so far.


Jonathan Smith, Head of UK Mid Market Underwriting, Aviva

Jonathan Smith, Aviva

Jonathan Smith, Aviva

“We’ve enjoyed working with experts in the Hazardous Goods sector to help create Oilshield, a whole business insurance offering that is proving to be very popular amongst Fuel Oil Distributors and associated trades. As a Triple-A Rated Insurer, the product represents exemplary levels of cover and quality service. At the heart of the scheme, is the delivery of pro-active Risk Management to work with and support scheme clients.

The initial response has been an excellent indicator that the Oilshield offering fits well with Aviva’s growth strategy. This represents a long-term commitment from Aviva to underwrite the Oilshield insurance scheme on an exclusive basis. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Evergreen and Compass to build strong relationships in this sector.”


Matt Lamb, Proposition & Portfolio Underwriter (SME Solutions)

Matt Lamb, Aviva

Matt Lamb, Aviva

“Aviva are delighted to be working with Evergreen Insurance Services and Compass Environmental to deliver this great product. We have been impressed with the high levels of professionalism and the sector’s positive attitude to risk. It was a pleasure to be able to present the Green Award at this year’s FPS EXPO and I am already looking forward to attending next year’s show!”


Stewart Ower, Managing Director of Compass Environmental Consultancy and Dave Gardiner of Evergreen said “Partnering with the UK’s largest insurance company, Aviva, to underwrite our Oilshield product brings strength and depth to our offering. Our knowledge of the Fuel Oil Distribution industry combined with our personable approach to working with our clients, backed by the underwriting power, expertise and stability of Aviva, is proving to be a winning combination.”


The future certainly looks bright for Oilshield - we’re looking forward to meeting with more fuel oil distributors across the UK. To book your appointment to discuss your insurance needs give us a call on 020 3907 1361, or visit our contact us page to request a quote.

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Oilshield Exhibits at the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) EXPO 2019


The Compass team travelled up to Liverpool Exhibition Centre earlier this month to launch Oilshield at the FPS EXPO with our Oilshield partners Evergreen Insurance Services and Aviva! The team were on hand to discuss all things Risk Management and to provide guidance on how to reduce the frequency and severity of spillage claims.  

It was great to catch up with some familiar faces and meet lots of new ones too! There was keen interest from oil distributors who welcomed the fresh approach of insuring all of their business risks under one policy with one insurer and one premium. 

Watson Fuels Reed Bed at their Ledbury Depot

Watson Fuels Reed Bed at their Ledbury Depot

Oilshield had the pleasure of sponsoring this year’s FPS Green Award – a new award that recognises green initiatives to improve environmental performance in the sector. Our winner Watson Fuels have demonstrated outstanding Environmental practice at their Ledbury Depot, pioneering the use of a reed bed and attenuation pond to ensure the purity of surface water leaving the site whilst at the same time creating valuable habitat. 

The Oilshield team present Bob Taylor, Managing Director at World Fuel Services - Land (UK), with the FPS Green Award, sponsored by Oilshield.

The Oilshield team present Bob Taylor, Managing Director at World Fuel Services - Land (UK), with the FPS Green Award, sponsored by Oilshield.

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Stewart Ower Recognised for Services to the UK Spill Industry

Stewart Ower (right) receiving his Honorary Life Membership from Mark Orr, Co-Chairman of UKSpill (middle). Tom Ower of Compass Environmental (left)

Our Managing Director, Stewart Ower, was presented with an Honorary Life Membership to the UKSpill Association yesterday evening at their Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner at the Waterman’s Guild Hall, London.

Stewart, who has spent over 25 years within the Environment Protection industry, has watched and supported the Association grow from its inception in 2004 and more recently served as its Chairman between 2015 and 2017. During his term as Chairman, Stewart helped to raise the profile of UKSpill and improve the standards of spill response within the sector.

Upon receiving his award, Stewart said “I am truly honoured to be awarded this accolade. As the trade association representing the UK Spill Industry, I am humbled to be recognised as an ambassador for the values and initiatives which continue to drive the standards set by the Association.”

UKSpill serves as a national trade body to represent companies, organisations and individuals working in the oil and chemical spill response industry in the UK and to build an internationally respected reputation. For more information about UKSpill, visit their website www.ukspill.org

Spill Training Course At Fire Service College A Huge Success – Book Your Space Now!

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Last month, Compass Environmental delivered their UKSpill Approved Advanced Environment Protection Techniques spill training course to specialist Fire Officers from across the UK at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh.

The day comprised of a morning session, studying the response to real life spillage incidents, followed by an afternoon practical session on the Fire Ground tackling a complex spill scenario. We are pleased to say that all 26 delegates successfully passed the course.

In partnership with the college, we are now opening up this course to wider industry. So, whether you are a professional spill response company, a business that has the potential to cause environmental pollution through spillages or an in-house trainer seeking expertise in this area, this course is for you! 

To date, 100% of our delegates would recommend our Spill Training courses to colleagues.”

Our next course at the Fire College will take place in March 2019. The cost of this will be £350 + VAT per person with a maximum of 8 delegates per course to ensure every attendee gets good hands on experience. There is accommodation available on site for an additional cost of £80 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.  

For more information and to book your place on our March 2019 course, click here.

Launch of Oilshield

In conjunction with Evergreen Insurance Services and Aviva, one of the UK’s largest insurers, we are delighted to announce the launch of Oilshield – a new insurance and risk management product for fuel oil distributors.


With limited choice in the market and distributors facing ever increasing commercial risks, we identified a real need for a fresh and innovative solution specifically targeted at the fuel oil distribution sector. That solution is Oilshield – a comprehensive insurance and risk management package that provides protection for your whole business, all under one policy.

Oilshield embeds risk management at the heart of every policy. Compass Environmental will be working with each client to identify and manage risk through the development and delivery of a bespoke risk management programme. In addition, Compass will be providing a 24/7 Spillage Claims Management Service. Our extensive experience in managing thousands of incidents will ensure the reputation of our clients and the environment are protected through the proactive management of spillage claims.

Compass Managing Director, Stewart Ower, said “It’s great to be partnering with Evergreen Insurance Services on this initiative. With Oilshield, I believe we have created a product which will have real appeal to oil distributors of all sizes. The simplicity of one policy to cover all business activities combined with a genuine management of risk makes for a successful partnership between all parties.”

To view full details of the Oilshield proposition, visit www.oilshield.co.uk

Compass Spill Training Course Adopted by Fire Service College

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Our Advanced Environment Protection Techniques Spill Training course has been embedded into the HazMat Advisor Course at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh.

The HazMat Advisor Courses train specialist officers within the Fire Service to deal with incidents where hazardous materials are involved. Often these incidents pose serious risk to the environment and so the College has recognised the need to include an Environment Protection Module in its training of these officers.

Ed Sullivan of the Fire Service College and Stewart Ower of Compass Environmental

Ed Sullivan of the Fire Service College and Stewart Ower of Compass Environmental

Our Managing Director, Stewart Ower, has been welcomed as an Associate Tutor at the College and will deliver the one day Environment Protection Module which incorporates both classroom and practical exercises on the fire ground, a world class training facility which permits the creation of very realistic incident scenarios.

Stewart commented, “It is a tremendous honour that our UKSpill approved training course has been recognised by the Fire Service College as being of a standard suitable for the inclusion in their training of these specialist officers. As first responders to many spillage incidents, the Fire Service has a vital role to play in protecting the environment from damage. Our training will enable officers to identify environmental risk and take appropriate, proportionate and effective action to mitigate pollution of the environment.”

Fire Service College Course Director, Ed Sullivan, said “We welcome Stewart’s expertise in this area and are actively exploring opportunities to include this environment protection input into other Fire Service College courses.”

In addition, Compass and the Fire Service College will be marketing our Advanced Environment Protection Techniques Spill Training course commercially so that delegates from wider industry can benefit from this unique training opportunity.

A Grand Day Out!

The team at Compass got hands on and covered in soot with a Blacksmithing experience yesterday at Anvil Forge!

Our day kicked off with the task of creating our own pokers, giving us a chance to practice the fundamentals of Blacksmithing and to play with fire!

Once our technique had been perfected, we then had the opportunity to hone our craftsmanship with our own personal projects. Instead of using this as a chance to make augers (a complete oversight on our part), the team used their new skills to create candle holders, hooks, garden accessories and Christmas decorations!


The last part of the day was spent building a team piece that will take pride of place in our headquarters. Whether it was bending metal with brute strength; wielding an angle grinder to put on the ‘delicate touches’ or smashing a hammer to create a subtle pattern, everyone played their part in piecing together our company logo.

Another job well done by Compass Environmental!