- Vendor Name: BP
- Headquarters: London, U.K.
- Year Established: 1909
- Number of Locations: Over 21,000
- Area Served: Worldwide
BP began in 1909 as a subsidiary of the Burmah Oil Company called the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. In 1923, Burmah paid future Prime Minister Winston Churchill to convince the British government to give APOC the rights to Persian oil resources. In 1935, Persia was referred to as Iran and APOC changed its name to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.
In 1954, the AIOC became the British Petroleum Company and began expanding beyond the Middle East, tapping into the Canadian market and the Alaskan market in 1959. In 1965, BP became the first company to discover oil in the North Sea.
In 1998, BP merged with Amoco and became BP Amoco. The company then took control of Arco and Burmah Castrol and in 2001, renamed itself to just BP with the motto “Beyond Petroleum.” Today the company offers its BP gas card and services around 80 countries throughout the world.