Police in Darlington have joined forces with the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) and independent retailers to introduce Forecourt Watch in the County Durham town.

Motorists will be able to take advantage of a number of sports and fitness experiences, thanks to a new fuel and shop promotion from Jet.

Convenience store sales are set to soar by nearly a third to £44bn in the next five years, according to the latest research published today by IGD. The research forecasts a 29% increase from the current value of £34bn, with the average annual growth rate for the convenience sector set to be 5.1% between now and 2017.

The Energy Saving Trust has arrived in Northumberland to help businesses shave up to 15 per cent off their fuel bills as rising fuel costs become a major headache for drivers across the North East.

The Energy Saving Trust has helped taxi and private hire drivers to drive more efficiently through Smarter Driving training, giving them the skills to save up to £500 per year on fuel.

Greenergy, the UK’s leading supplier of petrol and diesel, has purchased assets at the former Petroplus facility in Teesside from the joint administrators of Petroplus Refining Teesside Ltd, PwC. 

The first meeting of the reconvened UK Downstream Oil Distribution Forum (UKDODF) has been held in London today as part of proposals agreed between Unite the union and haulage company employers in April.

Tesco has launched an unprecedented promotion that offers motorists a saving of up to 50ppl on the forecourt.

Retailers are already seeing a slump in shop sales following the supermarkets’ extended opening hours on Sundays for eight weeks during the Olympics.

The popularity of petrol station loyalty card schemes has been revealed in a new poll commissioned by plastic card manufacturer Plastic Card Services to mark 30 years of UK loyalty card schemes.

Any dealer joining the Gulf network will now receive free RMI Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) membership as part of its support package. The arrangement is effective immediately and represents another determined effort by Gulf and GB Oils to strengthen the hand of the independent petrol retailer, says Ramsay MacDonald, Director of Retail, GB Oils (pictured on the right, with Brian Madderson, chairman, RMI Petrol Retailers' Association).

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has condemned comments from Energy Secretary Ed Davey and called for regulatory intervention to stop local shops and other small businesses being taken advantage of by energy companies.

The owners of Kent’s newest petrol station made sure they turned heads when a genuine Texas State Trooper cop car turned up to the official opening in Dover today (Monday, July 23).

Leading wholesaler Palmer and Harvey has published The Forecourt Report 2012, ‘understanding today and preparing for tomorrow’. The report predicts the future evolution of forecourts in the UK, in the short, medium and long term. 

Retailers are being urged to take part in research that will form the basis of a challenge against the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and the 2015 Rates Re-Valuation.

The ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances surrounding drivers’ first accidents has been revealed in a new report, launched by Nigel Mansell today at the Silverstone Classic.

The Association of Convenience Stores has broadly welcomed the publication of the Health Committee’s report into the government’s Alcohol Strategy. MPs have called on the government to scrap plans to bring in a ban on multi-buy promotions and a sunset clause that would allow for the removal of minimum pricing rules if they prove ineffective.

Coryton oil refinery workers and their families will be demonstrating outside the Vopak terminal in Purfleet from 10am this Saturday (July 21), demanding a public inquiry into the sale of the refinery with the loss of 850 jobs.

Twenty thousand supporters of the FairFuelUK campaign have joined in the call for two major investigations into the price of petrol and diesel as pump rises have started to rise again.

The rise in the number of vehicles and the shortage of parking spaces means millions of front gardens have been paved over to make room for cars.

BP has launched its vision for ‘Fuelling the Future’ at its Hammersmith site in London to coincide with its role as official oil and gas partner of London 2012. It is providing fuels and lubricants for the official Olympic fleet of over 5,000 vehicles, some of which will fill up with advanced biofuel blends at a special pump to the rear of the main forecourt, where a series of displays and presentations will showcase the company's ongoing development of fuels to meet the global demand for lower carbon energy.

Londis has set up four new store-opening teams around Britain to help new retailers to settle in and place their first order using webshop, the group’s new on-line ordering facility.

Jet has agreed a new partnership deal with the Post Office to introduce a cash management service for its dealers.

Fitfty three Shell petrol stations in London and Edinburgh have been targeted by Greenpeace in a protest against the company's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

Reports that oil prices may have been another victim of price manipulation come as little surprise to the Road Haulage Association.

A forecourt cashier fought off a robber who threatened to stab him during a raid.

Fuel thief put on curfew

13 July, 2012

A Welsh fuel thief has had his ban from entering every petrol station forecourt in the UK lifted – and has instead been put under curfew, is being made to do community service and has been disqualified from driving for a year.

Contactless payments are gathering pace, with the number of contactless POS terminals in the UK predicted to rise by 50% to 150,000 this year, claims Dr. Chandra Patni, CEO of global card payments service company YESpay.

Fuels and lubricants distributor GB OIls, owner of Pace Fuelcare, has established a new operating region in London to serve the needs of commercial and domestic customers, and has appointed Alex Ward to lead the business as regional manager.

Transport for London (TfL) is using a range of social media and digital channels to provide real-time travel information ahead of and during the London 2012 Games.

With the school summer holidays fast approaching, TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, is urging motorists to check their tyres before they set off on their travels.

Moto Hospitality Limited is claiming to be the first motorway services operator to offer AdBlue available from the pump at 20 of its HGV forecourts across the UK.

The OFT has today accepted undertakings from Shell UK Limited to sell six retail fuel sites and six auto-LPG sites to address the OFT's competition concerns arising from Shell's completed acquisition of 253 petrol stations from Rontec Investments LLP.

Clamping clampdown

12 July, 2012

Wheel clamping without lawful authority will be banned in England and Wales from 1 October 2012, with anyone breaking the law facing criminal charges and a fine.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has finalised the acquisition of the shares of ACIS Benzinkuttechnika Kft., based in Budapest, Hungary, and ACIS Petrolservice Srl., based in Vlahita, Romania, including their operations in Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Bulgaria. As new members of the Gilbarco Veeder-Root family, the ACIS companies will change their branding to Gilbarco ACIS.

The number of motorists driving with defective tyres remains at a very dangerous and worrying level, warns TyreSafe, following figures recently released by the Ministry of Justice.

Nisa has announced the recruitment of the Sugro Retail Group, the Cheshire-based retail symbol operator. The move will see Nisa work closely with Sugro Retail Group to develop a consolidated retail symbol strategy which will see the groups Nearbuy Stores portfolio using Nisa’s member benefits.

Ten independent operators have signed up with Harvest Energy, strengthening its brand presence across the UK. The new sites which are currently, or soon to be, displaying the distinctive white, blue and green Harvest Energy livery are, (from north to south):

Amid the furore surrounding the LIBOR-fixing scandal, new Forum of Private Business research shows that many cash-starved small businesses are still looking to the banks to provide growth capital and restore confidence.

New research shows the majority of businesses in central London and around Games venues (59%) are considering ways to reduce deliveries during the London 2012 Games, while Transport for London TfL continues to work closely with more than 24,000 companies to help them plan.

Wholesaler Palmer and Harvey, says its pocket-sized barcode scanner launched last December 2011 to make its online ordering offer even easier for independent retailers, has proved very popoular with more than 3,400 customers now using it.

A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) Minimum Income Standard for the UK, has found that cuts to public transport and rising fares mean families are being forced to rely on cars for the first time.

Local shops across the UK are being asked to provide evidence to understand the impact of the national minimum wage and other employment costs.

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has today launched a campaign to share its views on the potential consequences of enforcing standardised cigarette packs in the UK.

Poorer folk may not have so much to spend on cars but they keep them cleaner than better-off drivers, an AA Populus survey of car washing habits reveal.

The current state of the crude oil and refining industry in the Northern Atlantic Basin has led to excess European gasoline production playing a vital role, saving the US East Coast from shortages, says GlobalData’s expert analyst Jeffrey Kerr.

The NFRN has welcomed the news that retailers have longer to respond to the government’s consultation on plain packaging and has congratulated the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops’ Group, Priti Patel MP, for getting the deadline extended to August 10.

The wettest UK June on record has had such an impact on food retailing that, despite the very strong sales around the Jubilee weekend (June 2-5), the quarter ending June 23 was the worst early summer period for year-on-year sales growth since 2005, according to the latest UK retailer performance figures released by global information and insights company Nielsen.

Staff at the Carsley Group's BP North Muskham site on the A1 in Nottinghamshire realised they had suffered a very near miss/freak incident yesterday morning. The full story only emerged when they were trying to get to the bottom of why there was a huge hole blasted through the BP logo at the top of the site's price poll.

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