The PRA’s next Regional Forum is being held in Belfast on Thursday 21 March.

New drink-drive campaign

01 March, 2013

A £50,000 pint of beer was unveiled in London today as part of the Government's latest Think! campaign highlighting the consequences of a drink-drive conviction.

Energy Saving Trust (EST) is looking to boost the take-up of electric vehicles with the announcement it will be offering 100 organisations in England a free analysis of their fleets to see if and how electric vehicles will work for them.

Discounted fuel is being made available to members of the Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association through a new joint fuel card from The Fuelcard Company.

The National Federation Retail Newsagents (NFRN) has welcomed the news that accounting requirements for micro-businesses are to simplified as part of the government’s latest blitz on red tape.

The PRA has won a significant victory in its campaign for the Government to overhaul of the National Emergency Plan – Fuels (NEP–F) scheme.

Roadchef has awarded a contract worth £60m over five year to Blakemore Wholesale.

Unite tanker drivers at Scotland’s only oil refinery in Grangemouth have called off industrial action after settling their dispute with BP.

The AA says its patrols will be on heightened alert as new cars with the latest 13 number plates begin to roll off the UK’s forecourts after midnight on Thursday, to ensure it is not unlucky 13 for new owners.

Intruders who siphoned off thousands of pounds worth of diesel from a petrol filling site were caught in the act by police after sudden loss alarms tipped off staff.

Morrisons has added to its portfolio of sites to be converted to its M convenience store format with the purchase of six HMV stores from the company’s administrators, Deloitte.

Exxon Mobil has introduced Tesco Clubcard points on fuel at the Esso sites it runs jointly with the supermarket group, and is looking to roll out the loyalty scheme to its wider service station network, including dealer owned sites.

Best Forecourt Loo 2013

Best Forecourt Loo 2013Never mind how slick your convenience offering is, do you know that toilets are the number one irritant to customers when it comes specifically to the forecourt shop, according to Palmer and Harvey/Him! research?

To try and turn this rather unsavoury view into something more positive, Forecourt Trader, in conjunction with hygiene and cleaning systems supplier RS Sales, has launched an online campaign to find the best – and the worst – of the nation’s forecourt loos.

We’re asking you to send in your nominations – with relevant photography of course – so that we can put your facilities online to face a public vote. You will need to encourage your customers to ‘like’ your loo. The site with the most ‘likes’ – subject to complying with competition criteria – will be named as ‘Best Forecourt Loo 2013’. The worst offenders will also be exposed for all to see. The results will be announced at the Forecourt Show on Monday April 15, at the NEC, Birmingham.
The winner will receive a year’s supply of loo rolls and an Amazon Kindle Fire.

Send your nomination in to or ‘Like’ our Facebook page and send us a message with your entry attached. We'll do the rest.
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The initiative by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that will see supermarkets stick to helping shoppers with lower grocery pricing instead of subsidising fuel offers is music to the ears of all our small, often family-owned and run, petrol filling stations, according to Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association.

Petrol forecourt operator EuroGarages has taken on the leases of five former Little Chefs for conversion to coffee shops under a licensing arrangement with Starbucks. The lettings were brokered by specialist property adviser Christie & Co.

The Department for Transport has announced a temporary, and limited, emergency relaxation of rules governing tanker drivers in reaction to the industrial action at Grangemouth refinery in Scotland.

RHA calls for action on duty

25 February, 2013

The UK’s road transport operators are calling on the Chancellor to address the issue of high duty levels on fuel in next month’s Budget as prices approach an all-time high.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged the government’s energy regulator Ofgem to apply the same priority to delivering a fairer energy market for small businesses as it does households, as it announces sweeping changes to domestic energy contracts.

With pump prices set to continue rising, the Chancellor must take swift action in the Budget on March 20 to cancel the proposed duty rise in September and cut this damaging tax which restricts economic recovery and adds to inflation, according to Brian Madderson, chairman of the  Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA).

Leading motorway service area operator Roadchef has been awarded with a gold certificate from Thirsty Planet, the British bottled spring water company, after raising over £5,000 towards the installation of 10 water pumps in Malawi, Africa.

The strike threat by tanker drivers at Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland is seriously concerning the petrol retailing industry, as echoes of the chaos caused by a similar situation last March emerge.

Unite tanker drivers at Grangemouth have told BP ‘to do the right thing’ over cuts to pay and pensions and are preparing for a long battle as 72 hours of strike action started at 4am this morning (Friday, February 22).

Petrol prices in the UK have shot up 5ppl over the past month, according to the latest AA fuel price report. It blames speculation in the fuel and currency markets as being the main drivers of what it describes as the third price surge in less than a year.

Used car prices fall

20 February, 2013

The average price of used cars sold at auctions fell by more than 10% in January compared with the previous month, according to the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA).

The massive impact supermarkets have had on the petrol market in the decade between 2001 and 2011 is highlighted by a new report, The Way We Pay, published by the Payments Council.

The government has announced a £37m funding package to encourage take-up of plug-in vehicles.

Tanker drivers at Grangemouth oil refinery, in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, are threatening to strike at the end of the week in a dispute over pensions and pay.

George Hammond is investing £1.5m in a full knock down re-build (KDRB) of its Thanet Way Services in Kent that is scheduled to open in April.

Morrisons has bought 49 Blockbuster stores from the company’s administrators, Deloitte, as it begins an accelerated expansion of its Morrisons M local convenience estate. The deal follows shortly after Morrisons’ acquisition of seven Jessops stores.

The PRA’s next Regional Forum is being held in Oxfordshire on February 26.

A 20% tax on sugary soft drinks has been recommended by a major doctor’s organisation as a way of combatting the UK’s epidemic of obesity.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association is urging the Chancellor of the Exchequer to reverse fuel duty and tax rises in the next Budget because otherwise soaring fuel prices will stifle the economy.

Staff theft up

15 February, 2013

Retailers have been urged to remain vigilant after a rise in staff theft over the last year.

A prisoner who was jailed for carrying out two armed robberies on a petrol station in Jedburgh, Scotland, in 2009 has received a further four-month sentence.

Gun brandished during robbery

15 February, 2013

A gun has been brandished during a robbery at a BP service station on the A14 near Newmarket early this morning.

Leading fuel supplier Greenergy has added the Esso and Nisa brands to its offer for independent dealers. The new development means the company's offer combines fuel supply with a choice of oil major and convenience brands, as well as a range of support services.

Applegreen, Ireland’s leading independent forecourt retailer and Top 50 Indie, has announced a new partnership with sandwich chain Subway.

Pro-retail dates announced

13 February, 2013

Palmer and Harvey has announced the dates for its Pro-retail 2013 trade show.

AA reveals romance in cars

13 February, 2013

Seventy per cent of AA members admit to having had a romantic encounter in a car, according to a survey of 22,827 drivers.

Opponents of plain packs for tobacco have launched an online advertising campaign urging people to lobby their member of parliament about the issue.

Forecourts are an increasingly popular destination for Valentine’s Day gifts, according to new research released today by delivered wholesaler Palmer and Harvey.

One of the products in the horsemeat scandal was widely available to retailers in the forecourt sector and they have been urged to be vigilant and to keep checking for any other recalls.

Petrol theft from forecourts across Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, has halved in the past year after a crime prevention drive by the local police force.

Cambridgeshire police have released CCTV images of a lorry they want to trace in connection with the theft of thousands of pounds worth of diesel.

Meat cleaver raid trial moved

08 February, 2013

The trial of a man accused of holding up a North Devon garage with a meat cleaver has been moved from Barnstaple to Exeter.

Simon Herbert has been appointed to lead Esso’s Retail business in the UK and Ireland, replacing Dr. Karen Dickens, who has moved into a new role as Global Fuels Programme executive, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Marketing Company.

Isle of Wight Fuels Ltd has been named as the Winner of the 'Fair Price Award' in the 2012 Community Oil Buying Awards.

One in ten older drivers think the speed limit for cars on UK motorways is 80mph, according to research from the AA Charitable Trust.

Topaz, Ireland's largest fuels and convenience retailer, is to invest €3 million in a new interactive loyalty game for customers called PLAY or PARK.

Over one and a half million hydrogen powered vehicles could be on UK roads by 2030 according to a joint Government-industry study published this week.

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