Government plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products will make it easier for criminals to produce and sell illegal cigarettes, according to a new poll of serving police officers.

Dorset-based Peregrine Retail has completed on the purchase of a third forecourt – Blackhorse Garage, just off Bristol ring road.

A petrol station that has been closed for 10 years in Kent is to be given a new lease of life next month.

Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts’ BP Budgens site in Wells, Somerset has been named Best Forecourt and Best New Store Of The Year at the Budgens Store of the Year Awards.

RMI Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) will bring the key issues for forecourt retailers alive at their second joint Forecourt Seminar next week.

Despite 63% of motorists limiting their car usage in the face of rising fuel prices, nearly 65% still fill up the tank when they go to the petrol station, according to new research from British Car Auctions (BCA).

The Energy Saving Trust is urging companies to consider subsidised Smarter Driving training as it launches a nine-month-long roadshow programme to help businesses save 20ppl on fuel.

Morrisons has made its fourth national cut in fuel prices since the Eurozone crisis started as oil prices continue to decline.

The first Loco-branded forecourt store has been opened in Leeds by Top 50 Indie The Brookfield Group, achieving an uplift of 10% store sales since its conversion to this new symbol group.

Royal Vopak, Greenergy, and Shell UK Limited have confirmed that they plan to develop and invest in a state-of-the-art import and distribution terminal to be managed by Vopak at the former Coryton refinery site.

News that the Chancellor George Osborne has deferred the planned August increase in fuel duty is welcome news for consumers and forecourt operators alike, says retail business adviser Christie & Co.

The Chancellor has today confirmed that the Government will delay the fuel duty rise scheduled for August 1 until January 1, 2013.

FairFuel UK has described the government’s decision to postpone the August 3ppl hike in fuel duty as “democracy at its best”.

The administrators of Coryton refinery have agreed to sell off the majority of the assets to a joint venture comprising Royal Vopak, Greenergy and Shell UK.

Independent retailer Mike Dransfield has blamed bankers and the endemic bonus culture in the banking world for contributing to the collapse of his family-run business. Administrators from KPMG were appointed to Shropshire-based Nesscliffe Services on June 15, 2012.

The RMI Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) has positively welcomed the Government’s decision to not go ahead with the 3ppl fuel duty increase in August.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed plans by HMRC to introduce compulsory registration of alcohol wholesalers and duty stamps for beer as new measures to help tackle alcohol duty fraud.

Wet-stock management provider Fairbanks has entered into an agreement with Euro Garages to provide the Top 50 Indie with a real-time wetstock management service.

Opponents of plain packaging of tobacco today launched a campaign video designed to highlight the influence of unelected civil servants in Whitehall.

Independent South Wales-based retailer Dragon Service Stations has launched its own loyalty scheme in a bid to fight competition from the multiples.

FairFuel UK has made a fresh appeal on the Treasury to quantify the economic and social cost to the UK of the 3ppl hike in fuel duty planned for August.

Sainsbury’s acquisition of 18 former Total-branded petrol stations from Rontec has been cleared by the Office of Fair Trading.

Fuel pump provider Wayne has launched the Wayne Helix fuel dispenser line, a global family of pumps that are said to place an emphasis on intelligent design, security, and advanced technology.

From next month businesses will be able to apply to the Office of Fair Trading for the removal of land use restrictions which limit competition against any of the UK's seven largest grocery retailers.

RMI Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) has said it strongly supports the Prime Minister’s concern over the duty rise of 3.02ppl planned for August 1, which with the addition of VAT at 20%, will increase prices at the pump by 4ppl.

RMI Petrol is to be known once again as the Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) by popular demand. The name was changed more than two years ago to better reflect the Association's status as part of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI).

Ram raiders used a stolen flatbed truck to break into a Sussex petrol station and rip out a cash machine from inside early yesterday morning (Monday June 18).

Around 180 staff at Coryton refinery will be made redundant next week, increasing the likelihood of the Essex facility being transformed into a storage terminal.

More than a third of motorists choose to fill up in forecourts with outdoor payment facilities, according to new research from customer intelligence company Market Force.

The Pensioners Campaign UK has voted overwhelmingly to support FairFuel UK’s fight for lower petrol and diesel prices, as the cost of filling up a car hits pensioners harder than many sectors of the population.

Ministers should get in their government limousines, and go and face the Coryton workers and tell them why there is no state aid available to tide the plant over, Unite the union has said.

A former Russian energy minister has emerged as the sole bidder for the Coryton oil refinery in Essex, which supplies about 20% of fuel for London and the South East.

The convenience retail sector continues to demonstrate its resilience against the economic tide, according to Christie & Co’s Business Outlook Summer 2012 publication, its first-ever interim report.

Nearly 1,000 workers have been ‘kicked in the teeth’ by the government’s decision not to apply for state aid from the European Commission, Unite the union has said.

Around 180 fuel industry delegates are gathering for next week's 2012 PetroForum in the Algarve to participate in an eclectic mix of topical forums.

There could be a possible buyer for the troubled Coryton oil refinery in Essex, according to the Unite union.

Forecourt-specific planograms and rolling weekly promotions were just some of Spar wholesaler Blakemore’s sales-boosting plans revealed at its annual conference yesterday (June 12).

A missive expressing deep and growing concern about the failure by the Government to properly talk with the fuel retailing industry has been sent to the Prime Minister David Cameron by RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson.

Foxlydiate Service Station near Redditch had been closed for almost 15 months when business partners David Hill and Jackie Braziel eyed an opportunity. The experienced petrol retailers tidied up the premises, introduced Mace to the shop, Pace on the forecourt and 24 months on, the site is pumping 1.8ml and shop takings are up to around £1500 a day and still growing.

RMI Petrol has promised to gather further evidence of current practices which are distorting competition in the fuel retailing sector to help change the Office of Fair Trading’s opinion about the need for an inquiry.

Transport secretary Justine Greening has been urged to talk to industry representatives before issuing a proposal for a voluntary code of conduct as threatened via press interviews last month.

Shell is bringing customer service to the pumps with the return of forecourt attendants at nearly 300 sites across the UK.

China is cutting petrol and diesel prices to help stimulate consumer demand – and the UK government should do the same, fuel price campaigning group FairFuel UK has said.

There were protests outside Coryton oil refinery this morning amid warnings that its closure could see over £100m drained from the economy.

The risk that stripping cigarette packets of their distinctive branding and logos will fuel a surge in tobacco smuggling and other forms of crime have been ignored by the Department of Health, according to a new independent study.

Westmorland’s Tebay South motorway services area in Cumbria has become the UK’s first operation to be awarded a five-star rating in national tourist board VisitEngland’s Motorway Service Area Star Ratings scheme.

Costcutter is placing a greater focus on the forecourt sector as the symbol group wholesaler seeks to reassure members amid the ongoing negotiations over its future distribution arrangements.

New car sales figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today show month-on-month sales were up 7.9% compared to May last year.

EKW Group proposed the creation of an Office for Petrol Distribution and Retail Industries (OfPet) to regulate the sector in a similar way to Ofcom, Ofwat and Ofgem for other vital industries. Do you think this is a good idea?

A war of words broke out last month between the government and RMIP chairman Brian Madderson, as Transport Secretary Justine Greening revealed an ultimatum to the oil industry on retail fuel prices through a national newspaper.

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