Forecourt operators in the South East are being invited by the PRA to a Live and Local meeting at the Hilton Hotel, Dartford, on March 15.

The PRA has held talks with HM Treasury and HMRC about extending the life of Rural Fuel Duty Rebate Scheme at a meeting with HM Treasury and HMRC last week (February 28).

Chancellor Philip Hammond has rebuffed calls for a reduction in fuel duty in his Budget, and has stuck to the freeze that he announced last autumn.

The PRA has urged the Chancellor to cut fuel duty by 3ppl in next week’s Budget on 8 March.

Our industry has once again moved into a whole new era, with Tesco taking ownership of Booker and its forecourt brands and the demonisation of diesel as a road fuel.

The PRA has urged the government to extend any concessions on business rates to the forecourt sector after suggestions that measures to support small businesses, especially those involved in hospitality, will be included in the March Budget.

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.

The PRA will be holding a “Live and Local” meeting in Northern Ireland next month, at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on March 9.

A Jet dealer in Dundee fears he could be forced to close down by plans to more than triple his business rates.

Prices at the pumps have hit an 18-month high and the PRA is warning they will rise further as the effects of higher wholesale prices kick in.

Pump prices could rise to 120ppl following the OPEC meeting in Vienna and news that production will be cut by 1.2 million barrels a day. City analysts estimate the decision will see Brent Crude heading towards US$55/barrel.

The PRA has welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to invest in road infrastructure and not to raise duty on fuel in his Autumn Statement today.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson believes his call for a cut in fuel duty is gaining traction after a meeting with Treasury officials.

Indie 5000 Dinner 2015

10 March, 2015

Indie 5000 20152015 Indie 5000  Dinner – June 2 – Hilton Birmingham Metropole


Forecourt Trader held a new networking event on June 2, 2015, to complement the well-established annual Forecourt Forum, organised by the ACS and the PRA, which was held in the same venue the following day.


This new event was branded Indie 5000, as a nod to the successful format established by the Top 50 Indies dinner, but this dinner was aimed at recognising and extending the networking opportunity to those retailers with a handful of sites or fewer, who make up the majority of the independent fuel retailing network.


The Indie 5000 Dinner as expected proved to be a great night out, and gave retailers the opportunity to network with other like-minded colleagues. Key industry suppliers, senior executives from both the ACS and PRA were also in attendance.


The evening consisted of a three-course meal, an entertaining and informative speaker line-up; which many attended as an ideal prelude to the following day’s Forecourt Forum, of which comprised of a variety of insightful industry presentations.


Don’t want to miss out on next year’s dinner – make sure you register your interest below:

To register your interest for 2016 please contact Helen Law:

Email: Helen.law@wrbm.com
Tel: +44 (0)1293 846587

For sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 event, contact:

James Bush
Tel: +44 (0)1293 610337
E-mail: james.bush@wrbm.com

2015 Sponsors:

FastTrak Londis
Phillips 66 Tchibo
WashTec

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