Two members of staff were taken to hospital after being assaulted during an attempted robbery at the Esso Service Station in Mayfield Road, Cross in Hand, East Sussex.

Detectives are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a robbery at a Bournemouth petrol station – with CCTV images of the suspects being released.

A man has been charged in connection with the attempted theft of an ATM in Oxted, Surrey, on Saturday March 4.

Humberside Police are appealing for the victim of an unreported robbery on a forecourt in Grimsby on Sunday 26 February to come forward and contact them.

Maxol has announced the creation of 50 jobs with the completion of three new sites in Leinster in the Republic of Ireland.

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.

The parent company of Certas Energy, the Irish conglomerate DCC plc, has reached agreement to buy Esso’s retail petrol station network in Norway for NOK2.43bn (£235m).

James Pyott, founder of the Pyott Agency, which developed the global image for the Esso Synergy branding rolled out on 20,00 forecourts worldwide, sadly died last month.

Petrol Sign, a division of MS International plc, has signed a five-year supply agreement with Esso Europe.

Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a petrol filling station in Sunderland.

Applegreen plc has announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire a 50% share in the Joint Fuels Terminal in Dublin port from the Topaz Energy Group for a consideration of €15.7m which will be funded from existing resources.

Pictures of the aftermath of a collision between two cars on an Esso forecourt have been released on Twitter by Derbyshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit (@DerbyshireRPU). 

A man who blasted a teenager with a shotgun on a forecourt, leaving 50 lead pellets embedded in his body, has been jailed for six years.

Fast-growing Top 50 Indie Applegreen UK has won planning permission for its biggest development on the UK mainland.

Significant trends affecting the growth of supermarket forecourts and oil company branded sites have been highlighted in the latest market report Experian Catalist.


19 November, 2014


CBE are the market leader in Point of Sale (PoS) solutions in the UK & Ireland and one of the leading innovators in retail technology in Europe. CBE develop, supply and maintain systems for the forecourt, retail and hospitality sectors. CBE aim to stimulate greater levels of innovation and Research & Development (R & D) in order to understand and meet the evolving needs of customers and prospects to deliver value added solutions. CBE offer customers unbeatable after sales support and service to help them run their businesses more effectively and efficiently – “We Sell Because We Service”.

Christie & Co

Costa ExpressCosta Express is a quick, convenient way for forecourt and convenience locations to offer self-serve Costa coffee to customers on the move. We work with more than 1000 partners across the UK and are the leading provider of self-serve gourmet coffee bars to forecourts, convenience stores and motorway service areas.

Costa Express machines provide a range of Costa coffee and hot chocolate drinks using Costa's famous Mocha Italia coffee beans and fresh milk. There's no capital outlay, installation and maintenance are free and all coffee and consumables are provided (excluding milk).

For more information call 0845 450 5757 or visit

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks company with brands including Ciroc, Guinness, Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff. We are proud to be sponsoring this year’s Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indies Dinner in this fast growing sector for Beer, Wine and Spirits (BWS).
90% of UK households purchase alcohol each year yet only 1 in 100 shoppers currently purchase BWS in Forecourts. Increasing penetration to 2 in 100 would be worth an additional £157m to the Forecourt sector making the opportunity huge for us all.
Diageo sees partnership with Independent Forecourt Retailers as critical to unlocking this     growth; we look forward to working together to drive sales across the BWS category in Forecourts throughout 2017 and beyond.

Forum Insurance are really proud to be a sponsor at this years’ Top 50 Indies Dinner and would like to thank all the outstanding people in the industry who have been great to work with and have afforded us their precious time.

As one of the UK’s Leading independent Insurance Brokers for Petrol Station Forecourt Insurance we understand the naturally high risk profile of Forecourt Sites. With over 25 Years’ experience in this industry we have developed specialist knowledge and expertise to allow us to quote for, and service, our petrol station forecourt and retail clients to the highest standards.

We are able to provide bespoke cover with the UK’s leading insurers for Hazardous Risks. Whether our clients have 1 site or 300 they can rest assured they will receive an outstanding level of service and cover with a personal account manager to see to their needs.

For more information visit or contact us via the details below.


Fasttrak logoFast Trak specialises in pump top promotions. Supplying forecourts across the UK and Ireland. Our success is based on thorough market research and careful analysis of the convenience retail sector.

Fast Trak works with some of the biggest names in retail and working within The Drop Shipment schemes ensures that our independent customers are given the same high level of service too .

If you have an account with Londis , Costcutter , Bestway , Booker and P&H it’s very easy to open an account with us. We can usually open your account the same day to have your stock on site the following day and if you are a corporate wanting to know why we are so different to the DSL please don't hesitate to contact us.

GreenenergyGreenergy is the only company to supply fuel to independent dealerships under a choice of brands, including Esso, Nisa and our customers’ own brands.  Each fuel offer is carefully tailored to the specific requirements of individual businesses and their forecourts.

Customers tell us they choose Greenergy for the combination of our low cost fuel supply and hands-on proactive approach to meeting their needs.  It’s this ethos that has allowed Greenergy to become the UK’s largest and only national road fuel supplier, supplying from over 25 locations nationwide.  With our own fuel stored at nine of these terminals, we deliver unparalleled fuel supply resilience.

Flexigrid, our in-house haulage operation, gives us additional supply chain control.  The in-house driver force of over 300, and deliveries scheduled by our UK team, work to achieve over 99% of on time deliveries.

The combination of brand flexibility, customer-focused vales and supply chain control means Greenergy is uniquely placed to meet the needs of larger independent dealerships.

Harvest Energy

JET is the retail forecourt brand of Phillips 66 in the UK & Europe, with a well-established network of more than 330 independently-operated service stations throughout the UK.

Established in 1954, JET is proud of its heritage and its reputation for providing competitively priced fuel, excellent customer service, and a wide range of value-added forecourt services.

As a part of Phillips 66 – one of the world’s largest refiner – our expertise in retail fuels spans over 60 years and 10,000 outlets globally.

At JET we pride ourselves on being personable, friendly and approachable. We work hard on building long-term partnerships with our dealers: some have been with us for over 50 years.

With competitive pricing, commitment to our local communities and continued investment and innovation, there has never been a better time to take a closer look at JET.

To find out more, call 01926 404333, visit website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

JTiJTI manufactures well known cigarette brands in the UK such as Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Camel, Mayfair and Sterling.  We supply leading OTP (Other Tobacco Products), brands including Hamlet cigars, Amber Leaf, Old Holborn, Holborn Smooth Taste, Benson & Hedges and Sterling Rolling tobacco. In 2015 JTI added E Lites to its brand portfolio.

In the UK we employee over 1800 people to support the business. JTI’s UK trading Company is Gallaher Limited.


Wilcomatic Wash Systems

So the final tranche of Esso's company- owned network is now the focus of ambitious forecourt entrepreneurs as the official push to sell the southern block of 200 sites gets under way. Whether they're new to the industry or established fuel retailers hoping to expand their networks, they will all be subject to Esso's lengthy and rigorous processes, so there won't be a conclusion to the bidding any time soon.

Prime locations

06 March, 2014

Esso's On the Run format will soon be consigned to the archives as the final tranche of the oil major's company-owned sites are put on the market, and it charts a new path to growth if not market leadership in the retail fuel market.

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