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New scheme launched to drive down crime in Conwy

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

Top 50 report solid Xmas trading

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.

At-work drivers take deadly risks on roads

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.

CCTV camera captures its own thief

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

Irish operator buys five sites

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.

Madderson slams 'dangerously misleading' DECC

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

Phillips 66 roadshow introduces brand

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

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

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

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

Intake buys two sites

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

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 more pessimistic about future

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

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

Doom alert if fuel duty rise not cut

Indies 'do' lead down prices

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).

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Restrictions for off-trade

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

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

Sales assistant winner

Fast food helps drive profits at Euro Garages

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

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

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.

Petrol stations are home of snacking

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

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

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.

WashTec strengthens security at Queenborough

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

Coal bunker rollout

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 vapour recovery system wins award

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

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

Autogas champions LPG as its network grows

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

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

Loyalty action plan

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.

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scotland: up to 2.5mlpa

Consumers seek novelty value at Easter time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Caravan owners rejoice as poll knocks them off 'most hated road user' top spot

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.

Families sell cars to pay for Christmas

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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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 September 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East120.75128.55119.84
East Midlands120.29128.81119.63
London120.7558.57130.05119.82
North East120.2059.90129.98119.40
North West120.52128.62119.81
Northern Ireland119.2369.90126.85119.03
Scotland120.60128.18119.75
South East121.03130.63120.24
South West120.75129.31119.96
Wales120.35127.44119.57
West Midlands120.4262.90130.69119.84
Yorkshire & Humber120.1971.90128.67119.59

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