Palmer and Harvey has released a comprehensive guidance pack to help retailers cash in on frozen food sales during the winter.

Energy Saving Trust is urging fleet managers to consider using fuel cards in a bid to reduce their motoring spend – while reassuring firms this does not automatically mean providing free private fuel to drivers.

Shell UK is focusing on developing food and coffee on the go offers in a bid to fuel growth on its forecourts.

GB Oils has acquired the trading assets of Top 50 Indie Calanike Retailing, the 19-strong filling station network with sites in Scotland and Northern England.

Top 50 Indie Euro Garages is to continue its long-standing partnership with BP after renewing its fuel agreement across 62 sites.

The Simon Smith Group has created 20 new jobs after completing the renovation of its Daventry site using a £1 million loan from Lloyds TSB Commercial.

Asda cuts pump prices

25 September, 2012

Asda has again slashed the price of fuel across its forecourt estate – this time by up to 3ppl.

Autogas Limited has opened the very first LPG refuelling facilities anywhere on the M25 at Shell Cobham, the UK’s largest petrol station that opened for business last week.

Fuel dispenser manufacturer Wayne is helping fuel retailers save money with automatic temperature compensation (ATC) technology.

Northumberland-based independent forecourt retailer Khizer Khan is expanding his business and taking on a second petrol station, supported by Santander Corporate Banking.

Murco Petroleum has announced that The Premier Group has been awarded a pump maintenance contract for its 231 company-owned stations throughout the UK.

Esso has secured fuel supply deals with the UK’s two largest dealer groups in a move that the company says will boost the total number of Esso-branded retail sites by around 20% to more than 1,100 service stations.

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) sees the introduction of a UK business bank as a positive step towards restoring financial stability within small and medium sized businesses, according to Sue Robinson, RMI director.

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James is to exit petrol station operation as his company James Graven & Sons leases its final two forecourts to BP.

Retailers have until October 17 to respond to an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) questionnaire issued today as part of its assessment of the UK petrol and diesel fuel sector to identify whether or not there are competition problems that it can tackle.

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) and forecourt retailers have reacted in dismay to a BBC1 Watchdog programme on wholesale fuel prices featuring AA president Edmund King.

Cloud computing must remain at the centre of business strategies to combat the challenges associated with rising costs, according to computing firm Qubic.

Budgens of Wells, owned by Top 50 Indie, Symonds Forecourts, was revealed as this year’s Forecourt Trader of the Year at a glittering occasion at the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane last night.

Andy Smith, group forecourt manager of Westmorland, is the winner of the Forecourt Trader/Petroman competition for the installation of a full Petroman vapour saving system.

Palmer and Harvey has teamed up with Britvic and Walkers to offer its symbol retailers a meal deal offer to increase average basket spend and drive customer loyalty.

All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group chair Priti Patel MP has called on the government to take action to promote fair energy contracts for local shops.

A team of cyclists from Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts has raised more than £40,000 for cancer charities by riding 870 miles in eight days.

Garages, tyre dealers and other road safety professionals can now start their preparations for October’s tyre safety month by ordering their campaign materials from TyreSafe.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) has written to Prime Minister David Cameron to highlight the colossal increase in the cost of a tanker load of petrol and offering to meet to discuss how the government can help to resolve the issues affecting independent retailers.

The Office of Fair Trading’s review of the fuel market and the legal requirements of deliveries will be among topics for discussion at the Petrol Retailers’ Association’s next regional forum in Inverness.

MPK Garages Ltd, the UK’s seventh largest independent forecourt operator, has confirmed that eight free-of-tie filling stations, recently purchased from Rontec Investments LLP, will be supplied by GB Oils under the Total brand.

Eighty two per cent of convenience retailers support a freeze in the national minimum wage rate with two thirds of local shops negatively impacted by increased employment costs, according to new findings from the ACS Minimum Wage Survey.

Costcutter Supermarkets Group is to roll out digital window display units across all four of its fascias.

FairFuelUK has welcomed the outcome of yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons, which was called to address allegations that the oil markets are being ‘rigged’ and that some wholesalers and retailers are failing to pass on falls in the cost of crude oil.

Energy minister John Hayes is to write to the Financial Services Authority about the many concerns – including evidence of the rigging of international oil prices – raised in yesterday’s House of Commons debate on fuel prices.

Esso has changed the formulation of its petrol and diesel fuels with an enhanced additive package that can help provide improved engine responsiveness and clean vital engine parts when compared to standard fuels.

Cobham Service Area on the M25 in Surrey has opened today, knocking Shell Beaconsfield on the M40 in Buckinghamshire off the top spot as the UK’s largest filling station.

Robert Halfon MP has today lead a debate in the House of Commons on the effects of the oil market on the price of petrol and diesel. He called for the OFT and the Financial Services Authority to launch a full investigation into oil companies that are active in the UK. He also called on the Government to consider the emergency steps being taken in other G20 countries to reduce fuel prices.

While the recent AA report that some pumps in the UK are giving away 4.4% more petrol than shown on the dial may be overstating the case – and based on a few extreme examples – there is an underlying problem here that has been in the industry for years, according to Phil Prow, sales and marketing director of Vianet Fuel Solutions (VFS).

Palmer and Harvey, the UK’s largest wholesaler, today announced the opening of its 14th distribution centre. The £6.5m multi-temperature distribution centre at Hemel Hempstead – the third serving the south east region – is opening due to increased demand from the convenience sector. It is described as the company’s most technologically advanced and the most environmentally friendly.

The Government have withdrawn plans that would have removed the right to compensation for many retailers and their staff that suffer minor injuries in incidents of violent crime.

Drivers are using their mobile phones in cars for more than talking, according to new research from the AA. Some drivers are texting, emailing, tweeting, updating Facebook or taking photographs on the move.

A group of 16 independent service station and coach operators showed just how competitive they could get at the inaugural Wilcomatic Car Wash Go Karting Tournament. Operators came from as far afield as Scotland, Leicester, Yorkshire, Derby, the West Midlands, to join battle at the Three Sisters Race Track, Wigan, Lancashire.

Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG), is renewing its Primary Authority Partnership with the London Fire Brigade.

A revolutionary new retail technology has been unveiled in the UK this month with retailers signing up for the  launch of eReceipts.

A review of the independent sector, fuel margins and delivery procedures are a few of the topics that will be covered at the next RMI Petrol Retailers Association regional meeting, which is at Bury St Edmunds on September 19.

New car sales figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today show month-on-month sales were up 0.1% compared to April last year, while the market increased by 3.3% year to date.

FairFuelUK has welcomed news that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be gathering information on the pricing of petrol and diesel in the UK.

With by-elections looming, now is the time for prospective members of Parliament, regardless of party, to firmly pledge their support to the FairFuelUK campaign, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has said.

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has appointed Darcy Willson-Rymer, the former managing director of Starbucks UK & Ireland, as its new chief executive, replacing Nick Ivel who leaves after 14 years with the business.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has today issued a call for information on the UK petrol and diesel sector in response to continued public concern over pump prices.

Harvest Energy has been rated as one of Britain’s top 10 most progressive biofuels and biochemical companies by NNFCC, the leading international consultancy that advises on the conversion of biomass to bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based products.

The Forum of Private Business has welcomed an inquiry by the Office of Fair Trading into fuel pricing. The OFT said this week it would conduct a six-week long investigation into how oil companies set prices, and also at how filling stations, particularly those owned by the supermarkets, set their prices.

Follow France, says PRA

04 September, 2012

The Petrol Retailers' Association and campaign group FairFuelUK have called on the government to follow France in cutting petrol and diesel prices to drive the UK economy into growth.

An AA dip-check of a handful of petrol stations found some pumps giving up to 4.4% more fuel than shown on the pump effectively a 6ppl gift to drivers.

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