The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has asked MPs to call on the goverment to take action to address the increasing problems presented by business rates policy at national and local level.

There’s a 70% chance of getting the 3ppl rise in fuel duty planned for January deferred, according to motoring journalist and FairFuelUK spokesman Quentin Willson.

The Government’s recent decision to defer Revaluation of Business Rates from 2015 to 2017 effectively kills off any hopes of cost reductions harboured by struggling owners of rural filling stations, says Brian Madderson, Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) chairman.

Energy regulator Ofgem has announced its intention to extend protections afforded to ‘micro businesses’ to thousands of additional small businesses, signalling a victory for a key part of the Association of Convenience Store’s ‘Switch to a Fair Energy Market’ campaign.

Chartman signs with Esso

26 October, 2012

Top 50 Indie Chartman Group has signed a new five-year supply deal with Esso for three previously BP-branded sites.

FairFuelUK has been invited to take part in face-to-face talks at the Treasury on Monday (October 29) to discuss the impact of fuel duty on the UK economy, following discussions between the campaign group and chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the economy returned to growth in the third quarter of 2012, but local shops did not benefit from economic growth according to a survey by the Association of Convenience Stores.

A proposal for a new law imposing a 5p levy on chewing gum sales was defeated in the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday.

Asda is cutting the price of unleaded petrol at its forecourts nationwide by up to 2ppl from tomorrow (Thursday October 25).

Sainsbury’s is reducing the price of petrol across its forecourt estate by up to 2ppl from tomorrow (Thursday October 25).

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has asked Welsh Assembly Members to oppose a proposed levy on chewing gum, which is being debated today. The proposal, introduced by Darren Millar AM, would require retailers to add the 5p levy to the price of chewing gum sold in store, and to pay the funds to the Welsh Government for it to be used to combat problems with chewing gum waste.

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has signed a new shop supply agreement with Costcutter Supermarkets Group.

Commercial fuel oil storage is now subject to greater scrutiny with the introduction of a fuel certification scheme by the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers.

Air capture technology, which scrubs carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air, has the potential to become a ‘game-changer’ in the battle against climate change, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers claims British engineers are at the forefront of making it a reality.

Ninety four per cent of UK motorists are unaware of the benefits offered by synthetic engine oils, according to research from Mobil 1, which is running a competition on its website in which one lucky UK motorist will free fuel for a year from Esso.

Spar is trialling a fresh new era in store design, with the launch of what it describes as an innovative and modern flagship store that paves the way in convenience excellence.

Ministers have announced their intention to delay the 2015 Rates Revaluation by two years to 2017, causing concern for forecourts who saw dramatic increases in their rates bill in 2010.

The British Property Federation (BPF) has criticised the postponement of the revaluation of business rates until 2017, labeling the decision a further blow to the country’s struggling high streets.   

Top 50 Indie and truck stop operator Exelby Services has been given the official go-ahead for a new £5million state-of-the-art site at Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire. Local authority planning approval was granted back in August 2010 but – following the upgrade of the A1 to motorway status – the plans were included in the lengthy planning inquiry into the location for a new motorway service area between Wetherby and Scotch Corner.

The government announcement that rates bills will continue to be based on 2008 property values until 2017 will create a ‘toxic cocktail’ that threatens to drive more businesses to the wall, argues CVS, the business rates specialist which represents more than 25,000 businesses across the UK.

Mace and Cadbury are running a Halloween competition, challenging Mace retailers to create a spectacular Halloween display in-store.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association is heading to the New Forest in Hampshire for its next regional forum on Tuesday November 6.

It's deadline day today for retailers to put their opinions forward to the Office of Fair Trading following its call for information on the fuel retailing industry.

A second reading of Robert Halfon’s Private Members Bill demanding fuel tax transparency is scheduled for November 30.

Staff at Spar-branded Queens Garage in the village of Indian Queens, Cornwall, have raised £1,530 for Cancer Research following a special fundraising day.

Number-one indie MRH Retail has ordered 29 N’joywash machines from Istobal following a recent trial of the jet wash machines.

ACS has welcomed government plans to ban above-cost card surcharges, but has warned about the burden on retailers if introduced early. 

Twenty five per cent of UK businesses employing over 1,000 staff have identified reducing fuel expenditure in an effort to cut costs, as their number one fleet priority, according to results of research by vehicle leasing and fleet management specialist ALD Automotive, conducted in conjunction with YouGov.

The online food and grocery market is set to be worth £11.1bn by 2017, almost double its current value of £5.6bn, according to the latest research published by IGD at its Trading in a digital world conference. 

Reacting to today’s announcement of the Retail Price Index for September 2012, ACS has called on the government to take action to lift the burden on retailers.

Retailers have until this Thursday (October 18) to express their concerns to the Office of Fair Trading in its call for information on the fuel retailing industry.

Topaz has launched a major new advertising campaign which focuses on the quality of the company’s coffee offering.

Complex charges are putting businesses at a loss when it comes to choosing the right merchant service provider, and in many cases, companies are paying far higher rates than necessary by opting for their existing bank, according to the Card Processing Advisory Service (CPRAS).

An Autogas LPG refuelling facility has now opened at the newly rebranded Shell garage in Bourne End near Hemel Hempstead.

Staff and customers at Winford Road Garage near Bristol have celebrated the business’ 45th anniversary with a day of fun.

Every MP returning to Westminster today will, for the first time, be given comprehensive information about the economic and social value of local shops specific to their constituency.

The Road Haulage Association has expressed its support for the move by Robert Halfon, Tory MP for Harlow, who will tomorrow table a Private Members Bill to make fuel pricing more transparent.

New research published by ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) sheds new light on the economic and social contribution local shops make to communities up and down the country.

Following the successful launch of its direct supplier directory, Costcutter Supermarkets Group has unveiled a new dedicated website giving retailers instant access to regional suppliers from across the United Kingdom.

OPW Fueling Components EMEA, a global business unit of OPW Fueling Components Group, has established a technical university dedicated to its Avance by OPW family of fuelling nozzles, breakaways and hoses.

No smoking sign laws relaxed

12 October, 2012

Retailers are being reminded about the new relaxed requirements for 'No Smoking' signs in England. Robert Botkai, partner at Winckworth Sherwood, said: "The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007 have been revoked and replaced with the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012."

A 'perfect storm’ that threatens the future of the UK oil refining industry, is the conclusion of a new publication of the same name by UKPIA, the trade association representing the main oil refining companies in the UK.

The National Skills Academy for Retail (NSA for Retail) is trailblazing an innovative new training programme which is aimed at giving young people across England an opportunity to kick-start a career in retail.

Inefficient driving costs English motorists almost £7bn in wasted fuel every year, according to new research from the Energy Saving Trust which has today launched a three-month campaign – 'Fuel your passion' – to inspire drivers to save money behind the wheel and cut the amount of carbon dioxide their vehicle emits.

Many businesses and other organisations still need to review their waste management policies and create additional procedures in order to comply with The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

As tyre safety month gets into full swing, roadside checks conducted by Cumbria Constabulary last weekend (October 6/6) have highlighted the dangerous condition of tyres that some drivers continue to drive on.

If the number of food and grocery promotions continues to rise, shoppers will be increasingly confused, according to the latest research published today (October 9) by IGD at their convention.

Greenergy has announced that Tony Durrant, finance director of Premier Oil plc, will be appointed to the Board as non-executive director from October 11. He will chair the Greenergy Audit and Risk Committee.

Murco Petroleum has recently awarded a two-year nationwide contract to Capital Cooling to provide preventative maintenance, servicing and repairs for refrigeration and air conditioning on all of its 230 company owned stations.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) has expressed its support of the government’s recommendation to delay the introduction of an E10 grade of petrol.

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