Eight supermarkets have agreed to a set of Office of Fair Trading principles to address concerns over special offers and promotions for food and drink.

ACS has called on the Chancellor to focus on the cost of business rates and banking in his Autumn Financial Statement on December 5.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association will be heading to Kegworth in Derbyshire for the last regional forum of 2012.

If the new alcohol proposals announced this week are enacted, they will impact on forecourt stores licensed to sell alcohol and those seeking new licences or variations to existing licences, according to Robert Botkai, head of property and licensing at Winckworth Sherwood solicitors.

Forecourt shops are the home of snacking for the UK’s peckish drivers, new research from Palmer and Harvey has revealed.

Ahead of next week's Autumn statement, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), on behalf of its 5,500 small, independent retailer members today called on Minister for Business and Enterprise Michael Fallon MP, to restore economic fortunes to small forecourt shop owners by scrapping “onerous and ill-considered” regulation.

Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts has introduced a forecourt attendant at its site in Wells, Somerset, to improve its service to motorists.

Proposals to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol will prevent supermarkets’ deep discounting but could also fuel the growing illegal trade in duty-avoided beers and wines, says the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD).

Ministers are being urged by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) to reconsider proposed changes to alcohol licensing and pricing rules that it believes will have a disproportionate burden on small shops.

New research has revealed that seven out of ten shoppers (70%) believe that neighbourhood retailers and newsagents should be offered some degree of protection or special treatment from local councils and/or the Government to support them.

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 today.

Convenience stores and village shops are open in the areas of the country affected by high winds and flooding overnight, according to the  ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores), which has canvassed members and is reporting no significant problems with store closures or deliveries.

ACS has responded to the Government’s announcement ahead of the publication of the Energy Bill next week, urging energy regulator Ofgem to act swiftly to introduce protections for local shops.

Forecourt Trader of the Year winner Symonds Forecourts has reported a very solid performance in its latest accounts.

Growth in convenience retail and fast food sales boosted revenues at Euro Garages, one of the UK’s largest independent forecourt retailers, according to its latest annual trading update.

An Abergele petrol station is being given a new lease of life after forging a relationship with Spar. Threeways Garage, in Faenol Avenue, is set to convert its convenience store from Lifestyle to Spar at the end of the month.

A package of tough measures to crack down on drink drivers has been unveiled today by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.

Action on fuel duty should be the top priority for the Chancellor George Osborne, according to the Forum of Private Business.

A North Devon forecourt owner has seen a surge in sales – and attention from the local and national press – after he added home-made curries to his range.

Fuel campaigners gathered at the House of Commons today (November 21), to tell MPs about the negative impact of January's planned fuel duty increase.

Hard-up English motorists are desperate to save money on fuel – but don’t even know how much it costs, a new survey has found.

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Energy Secretary’s announcement today, calling on the Government to include local shops in plans to give customers fairer tariffs.

Motorists and hauliers will benefit from increased capacity on England's motorways by spring 2015 thanks to the acceleration of three upgrades, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today (November 20).

WashTec Security Systems – powered by Big Brother, a Dutch CCTV Specialist – has recently installed a full

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

The fuel retailing industry has been accused of ‘short-changing’ motorists by failing to reflect the recent fall in wholesale fuel prices at the pump – despite the threat of an Office of Fair Trading investigation.

Symbol group operators are expected to account for half of UK convenience store sales by 2020, according to the latest research published today by IGD.

BP has announced its agreement with the US government to resolve all federal criminal charges and all claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the company resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident, oil spill, and response.

Tesco has launched a new fuel promotion which enables motorists to earn up to 50ppl discount when they buy five selected products or deals.

A new forecourt alert service called Pinpoint has been launched to take the stress out of refuelling for disabled motorists.

The key to a successful independent forecourt network is embracing innovation and operational improvements, according to the Kay Group’s managing director Richard Cox.

Three directors from independent forecourt group AUK Investments have helped raise £7,000 for charity in a 150-mile Coast to Coast cycle race.

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.

UK motorists will waste nearly £50 million of fuel this winter by leaving their cars to idle with the engine running in order to defrost them, a new study of regular drivers by Direct Line Car Insurance has discovered.

With the fuel duty debate once again hitting the headlines, Autogas Limited is championing more affordable motoring by reminding struggling drivers and businesses how much money they could save simply by switching to autogas LPG.

Labour’s motion to delay the Government’s proposed 3ppl fuel duty rise from January to April was defeated by 284 votes to 234 following a debate in the House of Commons last night (Monday 12).

Kingsley Elliff from Suffolk-based AW & D Hammond was the winner of the Forecourt Sector in the Sales Assistant of the Year competition run by Forecourt Trader’s sister publication Convenience Store.

ACS chief executive James Lowman has today given evidence to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill Committee, urging the Government to give more details on the impact of delaying business rates revaluation by two years.

The Freight Transport Association has hailed yesterday's Parliamentary debate as confirmation that fuel duty has now become a mainstream political issue, and welcomes the suggestion that the Chancellor George Osborne may be about to cancel the increase in fuel duty planned for New Year's Day.

As Labour force a debate in the House of Commons today over the deferred 3.02ppl duty rise on January 1, 2013, in an attempt to cancel or at least delay the increase until the spring, it seems that the Coalition and the media have conveniently overlooked the impact of VAT, asserts Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association.

The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the news that the Scottish National Party are to vote against the 3ppl fuel duty increase planned for January 2013.

A delay to the proposed 3ppl fuel duty rise in January will be the subject of a House of Commons debate prompted by the Labour party on Monday (November 12).

The legal challenge by Imperial Tobacco against the Scottish Government’s legislation to ban unstaffed tobacco vending machines and tobacco displays at point-of-sale will be heard in court from Monday.

Gatwick Airport is the top destination requested on the AA Route Planner which is celebrating its centenary year with its 1.5 billionth online route.

Motorway service areas (MSAs) owned or supplied by major oil companies continue to extort their customers by pricing fuel much higher than at their standard company-owned sites, according to Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA).

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents launched its 2013 public affairs agenda in the Churchill Room of the House of Commons this week, as parliamentarians listened carefully to the key areas of concern for independent newsagents and convenience store retailers

Environmentally friendly tyres are the fastest way to achieve a ‘green return' - the point at which the upfront financial and environmental costs of green vehicle technologies are recouped, and savings begin, according to a new report by the Technical University of Munich. The report, commissioned by Lanxess, a leading producer of high-performance synthetic rubbers, comes at the same time as a new EU law comes into force, requiring anyone selling a new tyre to provide a label demonstrating its fuel efficiency, safety and noise rating.

Asda is cutting 2p a litre off diesel and unleaded from tomorrow morning (November 8), with Sainsbury's, Tesco and Morrisons confirming they would match the cut.

Three-quarters (74%) of UK consumers use the Internet for household grocery shopping activity, according to a study released by consumer insight specialist Nielsen.

ACS has called on the Chancellor to focus on the cost of business rates and banking in his Autumn Financial Statement on December 5.

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