Petrol station operator creates 34 jobs in Leicester

The Stage in Wigston
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Hockenhull Garages (HGS Leicester), a group of petrol stations based in Leicester and Northamptonshire, has opened its fourth site in Wigston after securing a six-figure funding package from HSBC UK.

The opening has created 34 local jobs.

Established in 1970, the family-run business is led by father and son team, Peter and Joe Hockenhull. The duo used part of the funding to help purchase a derelict 20,000 sq ft car wash site on Leicester Road and transform it into a petrol station. The funding was also used to create a 50-seat artisan barista café on the site and a Freshly Chopped salad bar as well as an electric charging point.

The business has named its fourth Shell UK petrol station ‘The Stage’.

Peter Hockenhull, CEO of Hockenhull Garages said: “The Stage is not like a conventional service station. Its revolutionary design and ‘wow’ factor, coupled with its unique food and drink amenities, provides customers with a great retail experience. We’re really proud to introduce it to the local community.

“We pride ourselves on being a family business with a culture that promotes from within and delivers opportunities for those in nearby communities, so we’re delighted to have created 34 full and part-time local jobs. We would like to thank our relationship director at HSBC UK, Kate Beretta, who was extremely supportive throughout the entire process.”

Debbie Harper, head of corporate banking East Midlands at HSBC UK, said: “Hockenhull Garages (HGS Leicester Ltd) is a longstanding HSBC UK customer, having banked with us for over 14 years. The team, led by Peter and Joe, are constantly adapting, innovating and moving with the times. This approach to business has never been more apparent than with the launch of The Stage, a destination set to become a thriving hub for the community. We wish the team the best of luck as they embark on a new chapter.”

Hockenhull Garages operates four sites across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.