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22 February, 2017

Shell opens its first UK hydrogen refuelling station

Shell has launched its first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK at its Cobham service station on the M25.

The Home Office, fuel retailers and police have come together to tackle the £36m annual cost of fuel theft on the UK’s petrol forecourts.

Greenergy has signed agreements to supply a further three sites owned by Top 50 Indie Penny Petroleum, taking the number of Penny Petroleum sites supplied by Greenergy to seven. All of these sites are Esso-branded.

Topaz and McDonald’s are to create 230 new jobs through the creation of two new motorway service areas (MSAs) in Carlow and Fermoy in the Irish Republic.

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Location: This site is just off the M4, on Shepiston Lane, right near Heathrow Airport. Forecourt: Banners out the front of this spacious forecourt highlight the goodies inside including a Greggs and a Subway. One banner says 'Fuel your senses'.

When things aren't going with the Flow: What a labyrinth it can be when companies hive bits off here and there so that your supplier/service support becomes owned by another company. They will usually all claim business as usual but for those on the receiving end when it goes wrong it can be anything but.

Money Talk: Petrol versus pub

01 February, 2017

How's trading been so far this year for you? While it's too early for any figures, conversations with retailers in both the petrol and hospitality sectors (regular readers will know that at EKW we've had a foot in both camps for many years), suggest that the recent post-Christmas 'quiet period' has been quieter than any they can remember.

Day in the Life: Lee Papper

01 February, 2017

I founded TLM Group Technology in 2011, having worked in the forecourt industry for nearly 20 years for various companies including LSL, Gilbarco and Torex. I started my career as a trainee and worked my way up to service engineer. I wanted to start my own company because I felt that there was a gap in the market for a pump maintenance business that focused on high quality service and expertise.

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