Toyota has joined the London Hydrogen Partnership, which is working to attract and roll-out hydrogen fuel projects in the capital.

The Rural Shops Alliance has called for the Government to make it illegal for adults to buy tobacco for underage smokers – so-called proxy purchasing is illegal in Scotland but not the rest of the British Isles.

Maxol has awarded a contract worth £1m to Belfast company, Totalis Solutions, to provide signage for the reimaging of its service station network in Northern Ireland.

Consumers are buying less fuel at the pump, despite there being more cars on the road, according to the latest Retail Marketing Survey from the Energy Institute.

Police are appealing for witnesses after armed robbers struck at two Snax 24 sites in apparently unrelated incidents.

Asda has cut the price of diesel by up to 2p a litre. From Tuesday March 26 it says customers will pay no more than 139.7p per litre of diesel at any of the supermarket's 213 forecourts nationwide.

Subway has announced the opening of its first store in partnership with Ireland’s leading independent forecourt retailer, Applegreen. The store will open in one of Applegreen’s leading service station locations, Gorey, County Wexford, in the Republic of Ireland, with another site due to open in the UK next month.

Jet is offering its dealers the chance to participate in a new promotion to attract customers in advance of the school holidays. By spending £20 or more in a single transaction between March 20 and April 30 at participating Jet forecourts, customers can receive two 2-for-1 entry vouchers (while stocks last) for the UK’s top attractions. They can also enter Jet's free prize draw for the chance to win a family break. Spend must include a fuel purchase in full or part.

Today sees the opening of the newly extended and refitted forecourt store of Kent-based Spar retailer David Charman.

Atos, an international IT services company, has extended its fuelGenie contract with Morrisons until 2019. Morrisons will also become part of Atos’s wider network of merchants who accept payment by business account cards administered by Atos.

Topaz, Ireland's biggest fuels and convenience retailer has been recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland for the sixth year in a row.

Energy regulator Ofgem has confirmed that it will push ahead with plans to make the energy market fairer for business customers.

The fuel industry, campaigners and motorists have praised the Chancellor’s decision to scrap the fuel duty increase due in September.

An Aston Martin DBS has been wrecked by an out-of-control pink Corsa at the Kingshill Esso garage in Swindon.

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has refuted a Citizens Advice report suggesting that independent used car dealers and garages are the top cause of consumer complaints.

New guidance on CCTV

20 March, 2013

A new Home Office guide on CCTV in small shops has been launched at an ACS Crime Prevention Forum.

Topaz, which claims to be the Irish Republic’s largest fuels and convenience retailer, has announced the first winner of an ‘experience of a lifetime’ in its new Play or Park loyalty game.

Work has started on the development of a £40m service station on the M5 motorway between junctions 11a and 12 at Brookthorpe in Gloucestershire.

Prices up at auctions

20 March, 2013

The prices of both used cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) sold at auction have increased, according to the latest monthly reports from the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA).

Wet-stock management specialist Fairbanks has been awarded gold status for Investors in People (IIP). The company employs approximately 150 members of staff, most of them based at its headquarters in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

Palmer and Harvey has announced it will be moving away from direct management of symbol group convenience retailing with the 800 Mace, Your Store and Supershop stores joining the 1,600 Costcutter and Kwiksave stores in the Costcutter Supermarket Group on 7th April.

The PRA is calling on Government to not only cancel the planned duty rise for fuel on 1 September, but to announce a 2 pence per litre duty cut in next week’s Budget.

Shell has acknowledged the preconception that garage food is below expected standards in a new campaign to promote their forecourt food brand Deli2Go.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed news that MPs are launching an inquiry into the UK retail sector.

AA members have reported a plague of potholes with road conditions worse than at the start of 2012, and one third suffering pothole damage to their vehicles in the past two years.

Small firms have little enthusiasm for the Local Government Finance Act, with many doubtful the redistribution of money from supplementary business rates will benefit them.

Police have arrested two men in connection with an armed robbery at a filling station near Cambridge.

Police are investigating after a large quantity of diesel was stolen from a container at an Asda regional distribution centre.

Sainsbury’s has sparked a supermarket price war on fuel after an announcement it was cutting its prices was rapidly followed by Asda and Tesco also announcing cuts.

A partnership deal between Costcutter and Palmer and Harvey, which was first reported last week, is expected to be confirmed later today.

A knifeman has rampaged across a forecourt in Manchester attacking vehicles and threatening customers.

An advertising campaign about an overhaul of the PAYE system that has major implications for employers has been launched by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Part-exchange car prices have reached an all-time high, according to the monthly market analysis by automotive services company Manheim.

The AA has welcomed plans by the Government to introduce a new offence of driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle with a specified controlled drug in the body.

An application by Tesco to open a petrol filling station in Looe, Cornwall, has been defeated after a local campaign supported by MRH, the top company in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies.

Costcutter and Palmer & Harvey have both declined to comment on reports in The Grocer that they have agreed a new partnership deal.

Asda bans naked customer

08 March, 2013

A driver has been banned from an Asda supermarket after filling up his car at the petrol station while naked, according to a report on SWNS.com.

A minister has praised guidance published by the Association of Convenience Store on how to display men’s lifestyle magazines.

The prime minister has denied that a decision has already been taken on plain packaging for tobacco products, according to the smokers’ lobby group Forest.

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

With pump prices rising ever higher, pressure is building on the Chancellor to act on duty in the Budget on March 20.

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

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.

Top 50 at a glance 2013MRH has not only retained the top spot in the Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indies, but also added more new sites than any of its competitors even after Euro Garages acquired 45 sites in January.

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

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.

If the OFT cannot find evidence of anti-competitive behaviour in the fuel market at a national level, is it fit for purpose?

Euro Garages has taken on the leases of five former Little Chefs for conversion to coffee shops under a licensing arrangement with Starbucks.

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

An 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, petrol filling stations, according to Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association. "These retailers are facing extinction by the aggressive price discounting from the 'big four' UK supermarkets," he said.

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