Who we are

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

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BP in the UK

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

Today, we provide close to 10% of the UK’s domestic production and transport nearly 50% of UK production to shore. As an international oil 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 our 1,200 service stations, where we serve 5million customers a week, and have major petrochemical facilities on the Humber.

We directly employ over 16,000 people and spend £7.7 billion with UK companies supporting over 125,900 jobs – that’s one in every 267 jobs in the UK. In total we contribute £8.7 billion to UK GDP, more than the shipbuilding and cement industries combined.

Investing with confidence

We remain one of the largest investors in the North Sea helping to secure Britain’s energy security for years to come. In 2016, we invested around $1.8bn of capital and $1.6bn running our operations – this followed five years of record investment.

We also continue to develop our downstream businesses. We are investing £250 million in our UK forecourts to upgrade facilities and plan to invest £80m over the next four years at our facility in Hull.

Providing high quality jobs

We employ more than 18,000 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 as well as providing opportunities for interns, as well as taking on a number of apprentices at our chemicals facility in Hull, our lubricants business in Swindon and upstream facilities and terminals across the country.

“Working for BP in the North Sea has provided me with a firm foundation and has taught me a strong work ethic. Working in this environment hasn’t been easy; it has certainly presented many challenges. The potential for learning and development is vast and I see my future as being bright.” 
Matthew Whittaker, mechanical technician, ETAP

Supporting the wider UK economy

Our operations in the UK and international markets help to support jobs in British companies. In 2015 we spent £7.7 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 108,000 jobs across all regions of the country and have 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 research and development

Britain is home to some of the world’s leading academic institutions and we are proud to work with over 20 British universities on leading-edge research, linked with our three major technology centres in Sunbury, Pangbourne and Hull.

“What we do with the schools link programme is to humanise Science. It shows young people how they can take the science they learn at school and turn it into something real, something they use in their everyday life.”
Andy Booth, discipline lead, Upstream engineering centre

Supporting our communities

Our BP Schools Link programme, connecting BP professionals with local schools, has been running for over 45 years. 

Today, we are seeking to inspire more young people into STEM subjects through long term investments such as our £4.3 million Enterprising Science programme.

We have supported UK arts and culture for over 35 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 Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, the British Museum and the Royal Shakespeare Company. BP is a major corporate partner of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017 and will play a significant part in the 365 days of transformative culture planned for Hull this year.

Between 2008 - 2016 BP was a proud partner of the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association, building upon the success of the partnerships we formed as a supporter of London 2012 and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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

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