Retail Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the retail sector, has called for tax reform and a better resourced Garda and Revenue response to illegal diesel laundering.

New shopper research from IGD shows the number of shoppers claiming to go to discount stores like Lidl and Aldi has increased over the past year, and is set to increase further.

UKPIA welcomes the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s recommendations on oil refining and compulsory oil stocks.

Air1, Yara International’s AdBlue brand across Europe, announces a price increase for its AdBlue, effective from November 1, 2011.

At a meeting of small businesses with Nick Clegg this morning, ACS Chief Executive James Lowman called on the Deputy Prime Minister to extend the moratorium on new employment legislation to more businesses, and to reduce burdens from local government and enforcement practices.

Independent forecourt retailers in parts of the UK are being encouraged to reduce their costs by signing up to a free solarPV electricity scheme which uses their canopies and shop roofs.

Harvest Energy has secured a five year motor fuel supply and branding agreement with WJ King (Garages) Ltd, which has eight forecourts stretching across South East London and North West Kent.

The Government was today warned about the serious consequences of their proposed Duty increases by Brian Madderson, RMI Petrol chairman. In his letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, he detailed concerns for the independent petrol retailing industry ahead of the Autumn Statement. Although the previous Government’s 'escalator' will be replaced by a 'fair fuel stabiliser', the precise mechanics of this new scheme have yet to be announced.

A new fuel brand has appeared on a Lancashire petrol forecourt, and is likely to appear on another 10 sites next year.

A decline in petrol and diesel sales coupled with the desire to reduce costs is forcing Europe’s fuel retailers to convert service stations to unmanned sites, finds Verdict, part of the Datamonitor group. By 2013, one in ten service stations across Europe won’t have any staff at the forecourt leaving motorists to pay for their fuel using automated payment technology. 

Greggs has agreed a trial with motorway service provider Moto to open bakery shops in motorway service locations.

Latest research by food and grocery analyst IGD reveals that sales in online grocery retailing are set to hit £11.2bn in 2016, almost twice the estimated value for 2011 of £5.9bn. At the end of this year, the online grocery market will account for 3.8% of total grocery spend in the UK and is projected to increase to 6.0% by 2016.

Ian and Sue Cruickshank, owners of the recently rebranded Ponton Main Service Station on the A1, Great North Road, at Grantham, have reported an 80 per cent increase in fuel sales since the site received its Harvest Energy livery.

RMI Petrol is planning a return to Northern Ireland in Spring 2012 following its first regional forum in the region for at least 15 years.

Brian Madderson is continuing the RMI Petrol’s quest to better inform motorists about crude oil and fuel prices following an article in the business section of the Evening Standard yesterday.

HIM research & consulting has appointed former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James as associate consultant with immediate effect.

Parts of Britain are in danger of becoming ‘fuel deserts’ as the number of petrol stations hits a new low, new research from Palmer & Harvey has warned.


06 October, 2011

Write your name, address and phone number on a postcard or sealed envelope stating what you want – Lucozade, Walker's Nonsuch, Maynards, Vimto – and we'll do the rest, including delivery. Send it to us at Forecourt Trader, William Reed Business Media, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RT by October 31, 2011.

Retail bosses at DCC have sought to reassure Total dealers about its intentions, following last month's announcement of its agreement to buy Total's oil distribution assets from Rontec Gerald Ronson's Snax 24-led consortium.

RMI Petrol has submitted a list of concerns about the government's planned pilot of a 5ppl fuel duty rebate for the Scottish islands to the Treasury following feedback from retailers at its regional meeting in Inverness last month.

Euro Garages became the latest winner of the Forecourt Trader of the Year awards when its Beehive Service Station site in Blackburn, Lancashire, emerged as the best forecourt in the UK, following a tough judging process.

Signings for Jet collective

06 October, 2011

More than half of a group of 27 Jet dealers in the south west who got together in the wake of ConocoPhillips' announcement to withdraw from the region, have now signed, or committed to, new suppliers, according to Barrie Richards of St Blazey Service Station.

ACS chairman role

06 October, 2011

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James has been appointed chairman of the Association of Convenience Stores. He will chair the organisation from November 2011 to November 2013.

Fuel price e-petition

06 October, 2011

An e-petition calling for cheaper petrol and diesel has garnered more than 92,000 signatures so far just 8,000 short of the number required for it to be debated in the House of Commons. As such it is the third most popular e-petition after those calling for 'Convicted London rioters should lose all benefits' and 'Full disclosure of all government documents relating to 1989 Hillsborough disaster'. It closes on August 5, 2012.

in brief

06 October, 2011

NFRN campaign

Shell has opened the first of two redeveloped sites with Little Waitrose c-stores in a trial of a new joint format.

A West Yorkshire independent retailer claims to have almost eliminated drive-offs by naming and shaming suspects on posters outside his forecourt.

James Lowman

06 October, 2011

There's probably no government policy that affects a retailer's bottom line more than the National Minimum Wage. Planning, policing, alcohol licensing and tobacco regulation can all have a profound impact on the business, but when it comes to pure financial impact, retailers tell us that the decision on the minimum wage rate is the one that has most bearing on their profitability.

Retailers who have signed up to the new Health Lottery game, which launched at the end of September, have the chance to win cash prizes every day in October.

Texaco wins Co-op award

06 October, 2011

The Texaco brand has beaten nine other suppliers to scoop the Best Branded Supplier in the Non-foods, Fuel and Drinks category of the recent Co-operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG) Charity Supplier Awards Dinner.

What's going on?

06 October, 2011

Last month many Total dealers were shocked to learn that contract completions permitting their supply arrangements will soon come under the control of a company many had never heard of.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Located on the A268 in the village of Peasmarsh (some three miles north of Rye) is a Jempson's Superstore and Jempson's Express Petrol Station. Jempson's claims its Peasmarsh Superstore is Britain's largest independent food store.

Almost every economic analysis published during the past few months has warned that the UK, the Eurozone, and probably the rest of the Western world, are on the brink of financial meltdown. Small-to-medium UK businesses in particular are being hit from all sides including: problems obtaining bank funding; poor payment terms from much-larger corporate customers; very little sign of any real reductions in red tape; absence of demand for all but essential products and services from consumers... the list goes on.

Rural run-in

06 October, 2011

Treasury chief executive Danny Alexander's planned pilot of a 5ppl duty rebate for the Scottish Islands has been approved in principle by the European Commission but rural retailers in Scotland have branded the scheme "a joke".

Family affair

06 October, 2011

Forecourt retailing is in Tariq Majid's blood. From the tender age of six he was helping out at his father Abdul's site in Lower Basildon, Berkshire. Now, 30 years later, Tariq runs 12 sites with his dad and brother Farooq.

All systems are go

06 October, 2011

As forecourts continue to feel the pinch from escalating fuel prices and intensifying competition, it's never been more important for retailers to retain margins, minimise waste and optimise sales opportunities.

Jingle tills

06 October, 2011

Love it or loathe it, Christmas is not that far away. In fact it's probably little more than 80-odd days away. You might think the grocery mults have got Christmas sewn up and stitched you up in the process but your customers will expect at least a smattering of seasonal packs. Plus many of them will rely on you if they've forgotten the cranberry sauce or cream to go with the Christmas pudding.

Awards Winners 2011

06 October, 2011

Forecourt trader of the year 2011

glittering celebration

06 October, 2011

Mohsin and Zuber Issa, founders and directors of Lancashire-based Euro Garages, were crowned Forecourt Trader of the Year 2011, at a glittering Hollywood-themed awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane last month.

Tank maintenance company Eurotank Environmental has unveiled a new system to defend against the growing number of fuel thefts direct from forecourt storage tanks.

Codax signs Irish deal

06 October, 2011

PSD Codax is helping homes across Ireland dispose of domestic waste at specially equipped petrol stations. Environmental Compaction Systems (ECS) is integrating self-service payment technology, developed by PSD Codax, with its pay-as-you-use waste disposal units.

Eco hand dryer

06 October, 2011

Savortex has launched what is said to be the first eco smart hand dryer that recovers energy in use and allows the user to control the temperature just by moving their hands.

Social media launch

06 October, 2011

Touch-free car wash supplier PDQ Manufacturing has announced the launch of a social media programme with active sites on YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Give accidents the slip

06 October, 2011

Retailers can prepare for the increased risk of slips, trips and falls in the winter, thanks to a new initiative from washroom services and floorcare provider Initial Washrooms Solutions (IWS).

Charging ahead

06 October, 2011

Saxon has added premium battery charger brand CTEK to its range. The company offers 18 lines including smart chargers and cigarette lighter connectors.

Fabulous Fingers

06 October, 2011

Burton's Foods is launching Cadbury Fabulous Fingers. They combine a thick, outer layer of Cadbury milk chocolate with an inner layer of white chocolate and a crunchy biscuit finger.

Miniature movers

06 October, 2011

Green & Black's Christmas range includes the Tasting Collection an assortment of 12 miniature bars. It has a world map detailing the origin of the bars' organic ingredients.

Big lunch push

06 October, 2011

Warburtons has launched a £2.4m 'lunch push' which includes sponsorship of ITV1's There's No Taste Like Home, fronted by celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo.

shop talk

06 October, 2011

Are you scared about missing out on sales this Halloween? You shouldn't be because even if you haven't room for a full-blown spooky display, you'll probably have space for a few creepy lines.

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