Owners at Scottish fuel distributor Gleaner Oils have confirmed there has been considerable interest from potential buyers after it was put up for sale last month.

Local shops are urging their MPs to vote down proposals to liberalise Sunday Trading rules across England and Wales.

Leading retail technology provider Torex Retail Holdings is to be acquired by Micros Systems, which provides enterprise applications for the hospitality and retail industries in more than 180 countries, and on all seven continents.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced its provisional decision that it does not plan to launch a market study into UK road fuel retailing at this time.

Local shops have called on Lords to reject moves to suspend Sunday Trading restrictions as figures released by the government fail to make a convincing case for the economic benefits.

Armed robbers knocked a forecourt worker unconscious with a hammer in an attack at the Silverdale BP site in Wilford, near Nottingham, on Wednesday morning. 

Costa Express and Shell UK have announced a long-term partnership to install Costa Express self-serve coffee bars in more than 550 Shell forecourts in the UK.

Harry Tuffins managing director Paul Delves said he had “mixed emotions” about leaving the business next Monday following the sale of the Top 50 Indie group to Midcounties Co-op.

Tanker drivers have been recommended to reject proposals tabled following eight days of talks at Acas, in a consultative ballot.

The immediate threat of industrial action by the Unite tanker drivers has been averted, as a final set of proposals was put forward in a bid to end the dispute last night.

Isle of Man retailer S&S Motors was named Forecourt Retailer of the Year at Palmer and Harvey’s annual Pro-retail awards last night.

Brulines Fuel Solutions is changing it name to Vianet Fuel Solutions (VFS), in line with its parent company Brulines Group, which has been renamed Vianet Group.

A new opinion poll carried out by YouGov showed strong support in Scotland for the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products. When shown an image of a plain pack, twice as many smokers supported a move to sell tobacco products in plain, standardised packaging with the product name in standard lettering as the number of those who were opposed. The Scottish Government, in conjunction with the UK Department of Health are currently consulting on plain packaging after Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley’s official announcement on April 16.
The Poll was based on survey of 1,055 adults in Scotland and the results were

Smart app from Keyfuels

24 April, 2012

Leading fuel card and fuel management solutions provider Keyfuels has enhanced the service it provides its customers by creating a Site Locator application for smart phones that directs users to their nearest Keyfuels filling station.

ATM provider PayPoint, which operates over 2,500 ATMs nationwide, has identified significant differences in the way customers in Scotland use a cash machine.

Operators of convenience stores need to cash in on the fact that 93% of shopping trips in the convenience channel are for the ‘something for tonight’ mission, according to new research by Diageo GB.

Independent retailers are urged to apply for the chance to win eight exclusive scholarships at the prestigious Oxford Summer School Academy level worth more than £2,000 each.

Unite will return to talks at Acas on Monday April 23 as well as re-ballot more than 530 tanker drivers working for Hoyer Petrolog in a dispute over minimum standards.

Wincanton has said the proposals offered to Unite represent the limit of what it can agree and believes all balloted tanker drivers should be given the chance to have their say.

News that Unite tanker drivers had rejected proposals which would avert a strike sparked an uplift in fuel volumes yesterday, according to RMI Petrol.

A 30-year-old Liverpool man has been given a suspended jail sentence after he admitted a nine-month spree of drive-offs from forecourts.

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a Jet forecourt in Longton, Staffordshire on Wednesday morning.

Communities and shoppers respond better to independent retailers than to major multiples, but only if they harness their advantages, according to new research from ACS and Said Business School at the University of Oxford.

Independent oil distribution company Oil 4 Wales has ended its first year on a high with the signing of two new retail garages.

Barclaycard has today launched Barclaycard PayTag, a new way for people to pay with their mobile phone. Millions of Barclaycard customers will be offered the chance to make payments with any mobile phone by simply sticking a Barclaycard PayTag to the back of their handset.

Pro-retail 2012 will showcase new technologies, the latest trends in retail and what the future holds for the industry, when it opens next Tuesday and Wednesday at the International Centre, Telford in Shropshire. Evening entertainment will feature Tony Hadley, Go West, ABC and comedian Ed Byrne.

Sign company Xmo Strata, which specialises in the re-branding and maintenance of signage on petrol forecourts, is adopting a sophisticated approach to root cause analysis as the next stage in its health and safety strategy.

Fuel tanker drivers will meet this afternoon to discuss proposals drawn up after six days of talks aimed at averting industrial action over terms and working conditions.

Tanker drivers employed by national fuel distribution companies have today (Wednesday 18 April) overwhelmingly rejected proposals tabled following six days of talks at Acas.

A balaclava-clad man who robbed a petrol station in Farnborough, Hampshire before crashing into a roundabout in a getaway car has been handed a prison term of 40 months.

Planned changes to alcohol licensing rules could discriminate against small businesses and undermine growing partnerships, ACS Public Affairs Director, Shane Brennan, has warned the Local Government Association.

The Department of Health has today published its consultation on plain packaging for tobacco products in the UK.

A new 'Think and Drive' plan to transform the creative thinking of Britain's drivers' has been launched by the AA to coincide with the start of World Creativity & Innovation Week (April 15- 21, 2012).

Hopes of an end to the threat of a tanker driver strike were raised following a statement from the conciliation service Acas announcing that a set of proposals had been reached.

What do motorists get up to in the car when alone behind the wheel? One third of drivers sing in the car, while 23 per cent just get lost in their thoughts, according to an AA/Populus poll of 21,408 drivers.

A significant increase in levels of staff theft and an alarming rise in the number of robberies in convenience stores over the past year has been revealed by the 2011 ACS Crime Survey.

The government has confirmed its consultation on the plain packaging of tobacco products will begin on Monday (April 16). In an interview with the Times, Health Secretary Andrew Lansely said the Government would pave the way for cigarette packets to be stripped of all branding.

ConocoPhillips has confirmed that there is currently no planned maintenance underway at its Humber oil refinery in the north east of England, and operations are running as normal.

Fuel volumes over the bank holiday weekend were significantly down against the previous Easter, according to figures released by RMI Petrol today.

Talks aimed at finding a solution to the fuel tanker drivers dispute are continuing today, holding off threats of industrial action as Unite’s deadline for announcing a strike draws closer.

Nisa has signed up 26 more forecourt stores in the past financial year, contributing to its best-ever recruitment figures.

Rontec Investments is planning to sell 18 petrol stations to Sainsbury’s, which would bring the supermarket operator’s network of forecourts to 284. A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “The decision by Rontec to sell these sites has provided an excellent opportunity for Sainsbury’s to add to its fuel business and further extend its convenience estate.”

“The first test for the Government’s Energy Resilience plan has been an embarrassing failure with potentially serious consequences for the economy,” said Brian Madderson, RMI Petrol chairman.

Crime on Britain’s forecourts cost fuel retailers £23.4 million in 2011, up from £22.5 million in 2010, according to figures revealed in the annual forecourt crime survey carried out by BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate.

Leading technology provider to the retail, convenience and fuel markets, is expanding its Convenience & Fuel Solutions (CFS) division is into new 10,000sq ft offices which will be officially opened on April 12.

Driving profit and legal requirements for delivery procedures will be among the topics discussed at RMI Petrol’s next regional meeting in Durham this month.

St Kew Service Station in Cornwall is already boasting positive results following its recent switch to the Gulf brand after eight years with Jet.

Talks aimed at resolving the fuel tanker drivers dispute and keep threats of strike action at bay have continued for a second day.

RMIP chairman Brian Madderson was snapped outside No 10 Downing Street this week on his way to a meeting with Susan Acland-Hood, senior policy advisor to the Prime Minister.

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