Supermarkets slash pump prices

14 December, 2009

Asda and Tesco have both cut prices at the pumps by up to 3p a litre in the run up to Christmas. Asda was the first to announce the price cuts for unleaded petrol and diesel over the weekend. It was soon followed by Tesco. The supermarkets said they were passing on

The AA today said there was "some relief but little Christmas cheer" in the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report. The organisation welcomed the fact that the fuel duty increase due in April 2010 had not been brought forward as well as incentives for electric cars.

The AA has warned the Chancellor not to pull any 'tricks out of his box' to hammer the motorist in a pre-Christmas stunt. The organisation pointed out that since the last pre-budget report fuel

Harvest Energy has signed its fifth site with independent retailer Sectorsure. The site, on the Seven Sisters Road in London, will be fully branded to Harvest Energy by Christmas.

Jet updates oil range

08 December, 2009

Jet has reconfigured and revamped its engine oils as the JetMax range which is designed to easily clarify performance and applications to help drivers choose the right product.

Raj Hindocha of the Hindocha Group will officially open the group's fourth forecourt site on December 11. The Perry Barr Service Station, a Texaco forecourt with a Spar store,

Palmer and Harvey has launched its new transactional website. The online site, offering 24-hour ordering, is designed to provide greater flexibility to customers and add real value to their businesses.

New BOSS scheme in West Fife

08 December, 2009

Criminals who fill up and drive off from fuel stations are the target of a new scheme launched by police and industry partners in West Fife.

Petrol pump advertising specialists Alvern Media is set to become an even bigger player in outdoor advertising sector following its acquisition by T4 Media.

Head to Head: BP and MRH

30 November, 2009

In a first for Forecourt Trader, we set the cameras on our interviewee Neale Smither BP's new UK supply and marketing manager. In another first, Graham Peacock, chief executive of the UK's biggest independent dealer group - MRH - asks the questions.

A taxing issue

27 November, 2009

Where to start when there are such serious issues facing the forecourt sector, as the twists and turns of life as a petrol retailer continue to max-out everyone's nerves this year.

Brian Madderson has urged retailers to help the industry challenge the Valuations Office Agency (VOA) over its 2010 Business Rates assessments. The

Highway stars

27 November, 2009

Manager Edward Prosser has been busy making changes at the Harry Tuffins site which was the overall winner in the Main Route category in Shropshire in the past year. One of the main changes is the newly-built glass atrium at the front of the store which now houses hot food, food-to-go, coffee and a range of plants. Edward, manager since the site opened at the beginning of 2007, says the latest addition has proved a success with the site's wide range of customers.

Shell UK and Waitrose are to run a joint trial of a selection of the supermarket's products in three forecourt shops in the Birmingham area. The Waitrose convenience products will be offered alongside Shell's current shop range to enhance the offer to customers. The trial begins this week with the launch of the Waitrose offer in a Shell forecourt on Wednesday. The range will include sandwiches, wraps and snacks, as well as a small selection of grocery items, ranging from bread and pasta to ready meals and toiletries. Depending on the outcome of the trial the two companies will decide whether to extend the offer to a larger number of Shell sites.

Val wins sales assistant award

20 November, 2009

Valerie Dowling of Mace Approach, a BP service station in Andover, Hampshire, is the winner of the Forecourt Category of the Sales Assistant of the Year Awards 2009, run by Forecourt Trader's sister publication Convenience Store.

Indigo Retail Holdings Limited has acquired TQIPS Limited, part of the Petroleum and Convenience Division of Torex Retail Holdings Limited. TQIPS is described as the market-leading supplier of project management, construction and forecourt services in the UK.

Alert over E5 fuel problems

27 November, 2009

Rumblings of serious problems with E5 are being echoed around the retail network following a spate of incidents where vehicles are breaking down

Forecourts across Cumbria reported that they were extremely busy during the recent devastating floods.

Shell has launched a trial selling Waitrose products in three of its forecourt stores in the Birmingham area.

Topaz, Ireland's largest fuels and convenience retailer, was recognised for its "new format, which responds to

Two men have been jailed for a total of seven years after a terrified woman cashier was forced to lock herself in a

sales assistant of the year

27 November, 2009

Valerie Dowling (left) of Mace Approach, a BP service station in Andover, Hampshire, is the winner of the Forecourt Category of the Sales Assistant of the Year Awards 2009, run by Forecourt Trader's sister publication Convenience Store.

Bridging the 100 year Gulf

27 November, 2009

Hilary Brock Ltd filling station in Olney, Buckinghamshire, has signed to Gulf after almost a century as a non-branded site. The old-style fuel stop, located on the Victorian high street, has been at the heart of the town since 1921 and serves customers with two traditional swing arm twin pumps. Owned and operated by brothers Norton and Patrick Brock, the site pumps 1.2mlpa and also has a Ford dealership.

in brief

27 November, 2009

Indigo buys TQIPS

Do you think the expected hike in business rates will put some retailers out of business?

Under pressure

27 November, 2009

Brian Madderson has vowed to make the fight over business rates the top priority under his new leadership of RMI Petrol, (formerly known as the Petrol Retailers'

GENERAL APPEARANCE: This site was easily located in the middle of the market town of Buckingham by the familiar Gulf logo.

New Year, new VAT rate

27 November, 2009

Watch out: standard VAT rate back to 17.5% from January 1 2010

Help and advice from jac roper

27 November, 2009

He's on a roll

Watch it on the web

27 November, 2009


Dragons' Den's Peter Jones has launched a prepay cashcard called On-X Go prepaid MasterCard via his mobile distribution company Data Select. The company has teamed up with prepaid programme manager M-Cube for the project. George

Online car wash

27 November, 2009

PDQ Manufacturing has launched its latest touch-free car wash live on the internet. The US company hosted LaserWash Live online where viewers could see the equipment and ask questions about the new system via a chat room.

Protect your fags

27 November, 2009

National crime prevention initiative Raid-control has expanded its robbery deterrent package to include tobacco products within cigarette gantries. According to the organisation, some criminals have been targeting the tobacco gantries within c-stores and demanding that the person behind the counter hands over cigarettes.

Getting in the swing

27 November, 2009

Signwaves' pavement sign 'the Swinger' is being changed to make it more user friendly. All poster versions of the sign are now fitted with top-opening poster pockets, which replace the existing bottom-opening oness. The company said this will make it much easier to get to the posters.

Raising the bar

27 November, 2009

GS1 UK, a not-for-profit supply chain standards and solutions organisation, has launched a new online resource to raise awareness of the new GS1 DataBar bar code due to be introduced as a global standard in 2014.

This Christmas may be the second that shoppers have faced during this recession but research from Mintel suggests retail sales are still growing in both volume and value terms.

Fogle in winter walks

27 November, 2009

Snack bar brand Nature Valley is sponsoring the Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks 2009/2010.

Love Kettle Chips

27 November, 2009

Kettle Chips has teamed up with LoveFilm, the online DVD rental service and entertainment website, for its latest promotion.

Have a sweet Easter

27 November, 2009

The major confectionery companies have all released their new products for Easter 2010.

Soccerade boost

27 November, 2009

Natural sports drink brand Soccerade is to benefit from a multi-million pound national marketing programme to drive home its natural and caffeine-free credentials to independent retailers. The brand, launched in the UK earlier this year and backed by footballer Christiano Ronaldo is aimed at all sports enthusiasts.

Get your skates on

27 November, 2009

Macleans has been named official fully integrated sponsor for the fifth series of ITV1's Dancing On Ice, which is due on screens in early 2010.

Ginsters' festive food

27 November, 2009

Ginsters has launched a range of limited-edition Christmas-themed sandwiches aimed at festive snacking.

Holidays are coming

27 November, 2009

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) says it is getting ready for its biggest Christmas ever with seasonal campaigns for Coke and Schweppes.

In the soup

27 November, 2009

New Covent Garden has added three flavours to its 'Fresh for Winter' range. The 600g soups are tomato & fennel, coronation chicken and Bengal lancers (rrp £1.99 in outers of six).

The spice is right

27 November, 2009

BP has introduced a winter spice muffin for the festive season at its Wild Bean Cafés. Containing sultanas, cherries, mixed peel and currants, the muffin has a rrp of £1.39.

Essential Christmas

27 November, 2009

JTI has released a Hamlet Essentials Pack for Christmas containing five packs of Hamlet fine cigars, five of Hamlet Miniatures and of Hamlet Smooth Miniatures.


27 November, 2009

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New Year detox

27 November, 2009

Evian is launching its annual New Year detox campaign for the ninth year. Evian Renew will be supported by a £3m spend including TV advertising with roller-skating babies.

Swan off with some free RYO

27 November, 2009

Swan is giving readers the chance to win outers of Swan Green papers, Swan Combi packs and Swan 5+1 Free Multipacks.

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