ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has expressed disappointment over the Chancellor's lack of action regarding Business Rates relief revealed in yesterday's Budget. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: "He should have gone further to make the rate relief automatic for all those entitled and to increase the thresholds to ensure that
RMI Petrol has warned that the Budget announcement was a case of "smoke and mirrors again". Commenting on
The Fleet industry website, FleetDirectory.co.uk, has criticised the Chancellor for failing to scrap the 1 ppl
The AA has vowed to look closely at the phased introduction of further fuel duty increases, warnng the Treasury it should rethink its proposals if prices keep
MP Philip Dunne urged retailers to keep on fighting against the “unfair” hikes they face in Business Rates while speaking at the Top Indies dinner in
A 17% rise in European wholesale petrol prices since late January is threatening to push UK average pump prices above the July 2008 record,
Shell has joined Barclaycard Freedom, the new reward scheme launched this week in the UK. More than eight million Barclaycard cardholders are now able to earn Reward Money for
Petrol retailers, oil company executives and suppliers to the service station industry will be out in force at the International Forecourt and Fuel Equipment Show which opens this Sunday at the NEC in Birmingham. There is much to see and do, including keeping up with new product launches and equipment developments, meeting suppliers, and seeking out free advice, as well as the key benefit of networking with like-minded colleagues.
Euro Garages has opened a 'drive-thru' Starbucks coffee store at one of its forecourts in Wales. The Blackburn-based independent retailer
BP has signed a four-year deal with DHL Supply Chain to manage the UK warehousing and distribution of dry goods and chilled produce for its UK Convenience Retail business.
Morrisons has reported record profits despite seeing a fall in fuel sales. The Yorkshire-based supermarket group reported profits before tax of £858 million for the year
Alastair Darling is expected to deliver the last Budget of this Parliament later
Spar (UK) Limited has launched a new consumer website aimed at enhancing
Sewell Group, which owns Hull-based independent retailer Sewell Retail, has
Chevron has announced it is looking for a buyer for its Pembroke refinery
BP Oil UK Limited has been fined £200 after admitting selling petrol to a
One in three motorists in the UK (one in five in Europe) are reducing their car journeys in order to slash their fuel
MP Philip Dunne has led a House of Commons debate on the potential devastating effect of the new Business Rates on petrol stations. Speaking in
Well, despite what seems to be an ongoing stream of insurmountable grief whether it's fuel pricing, the weather, business rates or some other impending legislative gloom it seems that underneath it all, you're really quite positive about the petrol retailing business.
The Top 50 Indies sector has seen plenty of activity in the past year even though many retailers have opted to upgrade their existing networks rather than splash the cash on new acquisitions.
Total is paying for a mobile police station that has been set up on one of its forecourts to combat anti-social
It's not often that a new product category comes along that's ideal for your trading sector but that's exactly what's happened with energy shots. They're the little brother to energy drinks smaller and easier to consume and ideal for placing next to the till. For consumers they offer instant energy and, for retailers, instant profits.
If you're lucky enough to have an off licence in your forecourt store, you need to make the most of it. That means stocking the big brands that your customers will immediately recognise the ones that are advertised. You may not be able to compete with the grocery mults on 'pile it high, sell it cheap' beer promotions but you can offer the names that your customers know, and it will be convenient for them to pick up a nicely chilled four-pack from your store.
One thing's for certain this summer: nobody knows what the weather will bring. But whether it's a heatwave or a wash-out, forecourts are perfectly placed to profit from the unpredictability of the great British summer. And that includes having products for those impromptu barbecues.
Murco Petroleum is expanding its Scottish network with four more sites,
RMI Petrol is urging retailers to continue piling pressure on their MPs as the April 1 business rates deadline looms.
Jet has announced the winners of its annual Aim Hi awards, which recognise commitment to offering friendly, efficient and safe service in the local
During the floods that hit Cumbria last November, staff at Fairfield Garage in Cockermouth went out of their way to
Many shoppers are confused about what to expect from forecourt stores and, as a result, it's costing the industry footfall
This year's Association of Convenience Stores' Summit will take place at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole at the NEC on Wednesday, May 5.
Texaco, Shell, Total and BP have emerged as the brands most favoured by independent dealers across the
In light of the strong feelings against VOA revaluations for forecourts, are you planning to appeal your business rates bill?
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Princethorpe is situated south of Coventry on the A423 Banbury Road. It is a small hamlet with a few houses and a pub. The Pace service station is easily identified by the pole clearly displaying the new-design Pace logo.
VAT returns to go online within next few weeks
Is the future miles away?
It's all change at Pace Fuelcare. In the past year it has changed both its name it was previously known as Pace Petroleum and its head office, which has moved from Staines in Middlesex to new premises in Egham, Surrey.
Many of the biggest names in the business will be gathered at the Birmingham NEC from March 21-24 for this year's International Forecourt & Fuel Equipment Show. Exhibitors include Car Wash UK, Convenience Distribution Group, Dresser Wayne, Experian Catalist, Garage Watch, GB Oils, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Gulf, Harvest Energy, Indigo Retail Technology, King Tanktechnic, LP Gas, Pace, Petrotechnik and Wilcomatic.
The Simon Smith Group has been trialling a system by Greengate Energy aimed at cutting energy bills at its Monmouth site. The 3M Plan works by measuring energy consumption and setting realistic parameters for each energy-consuming device on site. This is controlled via Greengate's wireless energy management system.
BP has renewed its contract with WashTec to maintain its complete fleet of rollover washes on its company-owned sites. Commenting on behalf of BP, UK maintenance manager Mark Rogers said: "Over the course of the next three years we look forward to working with WashTec on our service approach to minimise the calls to site, improve machine reliability, and ultimately contribute towards increased sales in our car wash estate."
European Wash Systems, the UK partner of Ceccato, has launched a new website.
Wilcomatic has been awarded the maintenance of all Euro Garages' WashTec, Christ and Ceccato car washes.
Kärcher Vehicle Wash, the car wash equipment division of Kärcher UK, has launched a new online chemical store.
Leading baker Warburtons has launched a portfolio of premium snacks as it targets a new market sector. Scheduled for launch on March 15, the range will consist of two snacking products ChippidyDooDaa pitta chips and Snackadoodle wholegrain snacks. The baked Pitta Chips are for snacking and dipping, and come in four flavours and two pack sizes.
Nearly a year after Cadbury Dairy Milk (CDM)became Fairtrade certified in the UK and Ireland, the company has announced that Cadbury Dairy Millk Buttons will now carry the Fairtrade logo. CDM is also celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight (ending March 7) with the release of its first album 'Big Swap Songs' which includes an exclusive track by chart-topping artist Paolo Nutini, as well as five other UK chart hits, all covered by Ghanaian group, The Big Ghana band. The release has been created as a free 'thank you' to anyone who swaps to Fairtrade products as a result of Fairtrade fortnight.
McVitie's is returning to TV screens nationwide to drive consumer awareness of the further 50% reduction in saturated fat that came into effect across the McVitie's Digestives, HobNobs and Rich Tea standard biscuits in December. The six-week £1.3m campaign runs across a mixture of terrestrial and Sky channels. Sarah Heynen, marketing director, sweet biscuits at UBUK, says: "McVitie's is the nation's favourite biscuit brand, worth more than £231m, and is expected to become even more popular now the saturated fat has been reduced by a further 50% across the McVitie's portfolio without compromising on taste. A big flash on-pack communicates the reduction."
Powerade has launched its 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign with a new TV commercial featuring England star Wayne Rooney, highlighting the role the isotonic sports drink will play as the on-pitch hydration partner for every team at this summer's tournament. It will be the only drink hydrating all 736 players from 32 countries before, during and after all 64 games. The new commercial sees a shirt-less Wayne Rooney fuelled by water, in a one-on-one skills and endurance duel.
Phileas Fogg is the subject of a first-quarter £2m marketing campaign which includes new pack designs and a new TV advertisement which expands on the 2009 theme of highlighting the authenticity of the Phileas Fogg ingredients and how they are sourced. The new pack design will use more colour to help consumers distinguish between different flavours in the range. Helen Warren-Piper, marketing director of bagged snacks at UBUK, says: "Since its relaunch last year, Phileas Fogg has had a significant impact on growing the premium bagged snacks segment, which is up 7% year-on-year."