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bp in the UK

bp has been based in the UK for over 100 years and we intend to be here for a long time to come. We continue to invest in our businesses so we can provide the energy the country needs

We invest significantly here, producing and marketing energy and energy-related products. Our operations touch every part of the UK.

As an international energy company with significant investments across the globe, we will be helping to deliver secure energy to the UK for years to come.

We also market fuel through over 1,200 service stations, where we serve over 7 million customers a week, and have major petrochemical facilities on the Humber.

We directly employ 15,780 people and spend £7.1 billion with UK companies, supporting over 90,100 jobs in total – that’s one in every 364 jobs in the UK. In total we contribute £9.7 billion to UK GDP, around 0.5% of UK GDP.

We remain one of the largest investors in the North Sea, helping to deliver the energy the country needs safely and reliably, while driving down emissions on our journey to net zero oil and gas operations.  We recently completed a historic £12 billion investment in the North Sea, deepening our commitment to key hubs and bringing two new major projects online west of Shetland: Clair Ridge and Quad 204.


Providing high-quality jobs

We employ 15,780 people in the UK, many of whom perform a range of highly skilled roles: from rig technicians and IT specialists to retail assistants and well intervention engineers. We are one of the UK’s leading graduate recruiters; we provide opportunities for interns, as well as taking on a number of apprentices at our chemicals facility in Hull, our lubricants business in Pangbourne and upstream facilities and terminals across the country.


Supporting the wider UK economy

Our operations in the UK and international markets help to support jobs in British companies. In 2019 we spent £7.1 billion with businesses here in the UK and a further £1.2 billion with British companies operating abroad. This operational spend, including capital expenditure, supported more than 90,100 jobs across all regions of the country and has helped to foster a UK-based supply chain with world-leading expertise in areas such as subsea technology and large-scale engineering project management.


Working with world leaders in R&D

Britain is home to some of the world’s leading academic institutions and we are proud to work with a range of British universities on leading-edge research, linked with our three major technology centres in Sunbury, Pangbourne and Hull.


Supporting our communities

Our bp Schools Link programme, connecting bp professionals with local schools, has been running for 50 years. 


Today, we are seeking to inspire more young people into STEM subjects through long-term investments such as our support for Project ENTHUSE with the National STEM Learning Centre.


We have supported UK arts and culture for over 50 years, helping to connect societies with world-class art, promoting ideas and inspiring creativity. Our investments are focused on support for leading institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, the British Museum and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). The RSC partnership concluded at the end of 2019. 


Since 2008 we have partnered with the British Paralympic Association. This relationship has helped send the best-prepared ParalympicsGB team of athletes to compete at five summer and winter Paralympic Games over the past decade.


bp is also a proud partner of the International Paralympic Committee, the governing body for the Paralympic Movement, until 2020.