Criminals who fill up with fuel and drive off without paying are the target of a new scheme launched by police and industry partners.

Businesses in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies have reported solid trading over the Christmas period, despite bad weather, the depressed economy and pressure from the supermarkets.

Significant numbers of people who drive for work are risking devastating crashes by texting, speeding and grooming at the wheel, according to research by Brake and Direct Line released today.

A thief who stole a garage's CCTV camera was recognised by police from its final moments of recording.

Topaz, the largest fuel and convenience retailer in the Irish Republic, has bought five petrol stations which were set to close, securing the future of 82 staff.

The Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has been slammed for publishing “dangerously misleading” comments on the security of UK fuel supplies.

A nationwide roadshow to introduce Phillips 66 to its trade customers after the split of ConocoPhillips has been attended by more than 200 distributors and dealers.

AA finds fewer potholes

19 December, 2012

A local authority campaign to clear up potholes has improved UK roads, according to a ‘Streetwatch’ survey by the AA, but they still found an average of 6.25 per mile.

Motorists urged to check tyres

19 December, 2012

Drivers are being urged to check their tyres as they prepare for the festive period, one of the busiest times of year on the roads, and for potentially hazardous winter weather conditions.

Sykes sells forecourt business

18 December, 2012

One of the highest profile figures in the forecourt industry has sold his business.

Intake buys two sites

18 December, 2012

Up-and-coming forecourt operator Intake Developments has acquired two new sites, taking its total of forecourts to eight, as well as one standalone convenience store.

M5 service station approved

18 December, 2012

The development of a £40m service station on the M5 motorway at Brookthorpe in Gloucestershire has moved a step closer following approval of revised plans for the scheme.

Retailers are less optimistic about their prospects for the year ahead than at any time this year, according to a new survey by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Cars host love and war

17 December, 2012

Drivers are using their cars for far more than just getting from A to B, according to Confused.com’s motoring secrets survey.

Indies 'do' lead down prices

17 December, 2012

Contrary to reports, independent fuel retailers have helped to lead fuel prices down with several reporting that they had dropped prices below local supermarket competition, according to Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA).

Car wash at Forecourt Show

17 December, 2012

Restrictions for off-trade

17 December, 2012

If proposals outlined in the consultation on delivering government's policies to cut alcohol fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour are enacted, forecourt stores licensed to sell alcohol and those seeking new licences or variations to existing licences will be impacted, licensing solicitor Robert Botkai has warned.

Happiness link to shops

17 December, 2012

A new report exploring the links between how happy people are with where they live and the shops and services in their area has been published.

in brief

17 December, 2012

Sales assistant winner

Growth in convenience retail and fast food sales boosted revenue at Top 50 Indie Euro Garages, according to its latest annual trading update.

Profits rise for Symonds

17 December, 2012

Forecourt Trader of the Year winner, Symonds Forecourts, has reported a very solid performance in its latest accounts. Turnover has increased to £35m a year-on-year increase of 19%.

New site

17 December, 2012

Independent forecourt group Fraser's Retail has opened a new-to-industry site in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and quickly changed the fuel-buying habits of local motorists after selling 120,000 litres of fuel in the first week.

Forecourt shops are the home of snacking for the UK's peckish drivers, new research from Palmer and Harvey has revealed. Compared with regular c-stores, petrol stations sell two-and-a-half times as many sandwiches, one-and-a-half times as many savoury slices, 13% more confectionery and nearly double the number of energy drinks.

Devon curries finding favour

17 December, 2012

North Devon forecourt owner Naeem Ahmad (pictured above) has seen a surge in sales and attention from the local and national press after he added home-made curries to his range. Naeem who has run the Oasis Service Station at Braunton for four-and-a-half years, says sales have grown to 250-300 units a week since their introduction in September and both footfall and fuel sales have increased.

Autumn meltdown

17 December, 2012

There's been a great deal of activity in the run-up to this month's Autumn Statement as various organisations plead their cases, with cancellation of January's fuel duty rise at the top of the agenda.

Top 50 Indie George Hammond has installed WashTec Security Systems' full CCTV-based monitoring system at its forecourt in Queenborough, Kent.

Coal bunker rollout

17 December, 2012

Retail Services has completed the first stage of a roll-out of its 'innovative' coal bunkers, as part of a deal to supply 150 forecourts nationwide.

Petroman Environmental has won the Association of Petroleum and Explosive Administration's (APEA) 2012 Environmental Protection & Improvement Award for its vapour management recovery system.

CNG with pay-at-pump

17 December, 2012

Forecourt fuelling solutions provider Wayne has installed its first CNG (compressed natural gas) dispenser with an integrated payment system.

Shell Fradley in Staffordshire and Shell Birchington in Kent have become the latest two forecourts to introduce Autogas LPG. And with the fuel duty debate raging, Autogas is championing more affordable motoring by reminding drivers and businesses how much money they could save by converting to LPG.

Alpeco installation

17 December, 2012

Alpeco has supplied and installed a new bottom-loading skid at County Oils' depot in Sutton Weaver near Runcorn, Cheshire.

Loyalty action plan

17 December, 2012

Mobile marketing agency Sponge has released a 10-point action plan outlining how retailers need to evolve their loyalty programmes to connect with smartphone-enabled shoppers.

Supreme sites

17 December, 2012

scotland: up to 2.5mlpa

Nestlé Confectionery says it is once again helping convenience retailers make the most of the incremental sales and profit opportunities available for Easter.

Juicy wine duo

17 December, 2012

Percy Fox & Co is extending its Blossom Hill Classics range with the introduction of two new flavours: fresh & juicy white; and smooth & spicy red. According to Nielsen data, Blossom Hill's Classic soft & fruity red and crisp & fruity whites are the UK's number-one selling branded red and white wines in the off trade.

New flavour combo

17 December, 2012

General Mills has added Sweet & Nutty to its Nature Valley range. Available in two flavours peanut and almond the new bars are made from a combination of crunchy nuts and toasted oats. The brand is engaging with consumers via Facebook by inviting them to take the 'Sweet & Nutty taste test' at www.sweetandnutty.co.uk.

Veno's revisits TV

17 December, 2012

Veno's is back on TV this winter with the return of the 'She knows, he knows' ad featuring the talking parrot, which was first aired last year.

New promo kicks off

17 December, 2012

Limited edition cans of Kick Energy drink feature a promotional tie-in with Ubisoft's Far Cry 3 video game. The activity gives consumers a chance to win a tropical island adventure in Thailand. Using QR code technology, consumers who scan the code on the can with their smartphone are taken directly to the competition's website where they also have the chance to win Xbox 360 consoles and Far Cry 3 video games.

Naturally filling

17 December, 2012

OSO Natural Fuel has secured a listing for its raspberry, strawberry and mango & passionfruit Swiss Bircher-style fruit muesli pots in an initial 200 Shell sites nationwide. OSO founder Paul Hayes said: "I came up with the idea when travelling in Australia. The Aussies' active and sporty lifestyle and unique energy inspired me to create a product for active people who want to make healthy choices to fuel their busy lives."

Convenient breakfasts

17 December, 2012

New 'fully assembled' breakfast muffins from Country Choice are said to be the ideal solution for retailers who want to offer breakfast lines but are short of preparation space. Two varieties are available bacon and sausage. They are delivered frozen, ready-assembled and individually wrapped in film that can go in the oven.

Unexpected biscuit

17 December, 2012

Bahlsen is celebrating its partnership with a new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with a new product range and promotion.

A flavour to savour

17 December, 2012

Pipers Crisps has launched its first-ever meat flavour chorizo. All the company's flavours are sourced from carefully selected artisan producers. The chorizo comes from Yorkshire where specialist farmer and butcher, Chris Wildman, rears rare-breed pigs to make Kirkby Malham Chorizo.

Thicker and creamier

17 December, 2012

Müller has unveiled new pack designs, recipes and flavour mixes for multipacks on its Corner yogurts. It says the new recipe has resulted in creamier-tasting, thicker yogurt.

Shine appeal

17 December, 2012

P&G is launching Aussie Miracle Shine designed to appeal to consumers wanting full, shiny hair. Products include shampoo, conditioner and three-minute miracle deep treatment.

Lovely lines

17 December, 2012

Swizzels Matlow has launched its Love Hearts Valentine's Day collection, which includes a limited edition heart-shaped tin and an 'I Love You' tube of sweets.

Yazoo targets mums

17 December, 2012

Yazoo flavoured milk is currently targeting mums with advertising in popular women's magazines including Closer, Heat and Take a Break. There is also poster advertising nationwide.

Owners of caravans are celebrating after a recent poll shows that they are no longer the most hated people on the road, according to new research by specialist insurance company caravaninsurance.com.

Many families are considering selling a car in order to pay for Christmas and New Year bills, recent poll figures have shown.

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