Fuelwise Company History
The Fuelwise Story
The Fuelwise story began in 1989 when Gerry Kelly identified a problem in the transport industry. While selling bulk fuel into tanks in haulage company yards he heard time and time again how owners had to trust drivers with cash to pay for fuel when the driver couldn’t return to the yard to refuel. The idea of fuel bunkering was birthed and he contacted several filling stations across the border that would not only allow companies refuel away from their bulk tanks but also take advantage of the savings of buying fuel in the Republic of Ireland. This was a first for the fuel business within Ireland, securing our position as Ireland’s most experienced provider of Fuel and Fleet Management Solutions.
Initially a driver would go to one of these filling stations and sign for the fuel. At the end of the month a report would be sent to our office where it would be manually broken down and separated into invoices for each individual customer. Now of course all this is done through the fuel card and you can see where your card has been used in the last 24 hours simply by logging into Velocity.
In 1998, after 9 years of continual growth, a deal was struck with UK Fuels to allow Fuelwise to use their network of sites in both Ireland and the UK giving Fuelwise customers access to the largest network of sites in Ireland and the UK. We opened our Galway office in 2003 employing 10 staff, this allows us to provide a better level of service to our clients in Republic of Ireland and this office is now a vital part to our growing business and helps us sustain our relationships with our clients in the Republic of Ireland. Our office in Coleraine has rapidly expanded to meet the demands of our clients in Northern Ireland. Your Fuelwise card is now accepted at over 370 sites across Northern Ireland giving you the largest network of sites of any fuel card supplier in the country.
Fuelwise have the advantage of having family roots within the structure of a corporate organisation. We are large enough to make sure we can pass on savings through bulk buying and investing in new technologies which keep us ahead of the market, yet small enough to care and adapt quickly to an ever-changing marketplace.
In 2014 we launched a first for the Irish market, a GPS Vehicle Tracking System which incorporates Fuel Card Integration, allowing you to sync the latest GPS tracking technology with your fuel card. Through on-going training, we give you the tools required to reduce your overall transport costs by up to 20%. In 2019 we followed this up with the launch of our second GPS Vehicle Tracking system which enables our customers to manage every aspect of their fleet using one system called Velocity, from the management of their fuel purchasing to tracking their vehicles.
Our aim is to constantly bring new products and innovative solutions to the market which will continue to keep Fuelwise at the forefront of the fuel and fleet management industry across Ireland and the UK. Fuelwise is well positioned for the future, with our clients foremost in mind we aim to offer you an exceptional level of service at all times and we continue to work hard.
As the Fuelwise story now spans over four decades we continue to work hard for our customers to provide them with exceptional levels of service and innovating products and solutions designed to make their lives earlier and to reduce their costs.
“I have been using Fuelwise fuel cards for many years and both the product and level of service is exceptional. To manage my business daily I use Velocity to monitor fuel spend and transactions and e-Route helps my drivers find any of the thousands of sites available with the Fuelwise fuel card. My Account Manager is always on hand to help and goes the extra mile to ensure everything is running smoothly”.
“Fuelwise is very customer focused and were able to provide what I needed for this project where others couldn’t. The e- Route app helps our engineers find Core sites instead of Non-Core sites which helps with efficiencies and cost savings. Velocity is well managed, and I can create plenty of reports and my Account Manager is always on hand to help. With GPS Tracking built into Velocity I can view distance travelled, speed etc. and driver contact details without having to open another system.”