The official opening of the first Simply Fresh symbol store on a forecourt, saw an extra 200-300 people come along and join in the fun last weekend.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association has expressed concern over the rise in illicit fuel detections and has called on Government to take action.

An initiative to fight diesel theft is increasingly being taken up by haulage firms in Derbyshire.

Fall in bank lending

30 May, 2013

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said new data published today has shown another clear decline in bank lending for the first quarter of the year.

Northumbria Police are appealing for information after an assault at a petrol station in Blyth, Northumberland.

A new joint venture by major multinational companies is setting up a cross-European network of charging points for electric vehicles.

A petrol station in York was forced to close by competition from supermarkets, documents related to a planning application have revealed.

Hampshire Police have appealed for help in tracing a suspect after he threatened a forecourt cashier with a knife and stole several hundred pounds.

The UK’s first open access Bio-LNG filling station for hauliers, built by Gasrec, has been opened by Transport Minister Norman Baker.

A gang of axe-wielding robbers who hospitalised two people and stole thousands of pounds from a petrol station in Essex have been jailed for a total of more than 40 years.

A woman customer has been attacked by two men after they attempted to rob a Jet petrol station in Strathclyde, Scotland.

Shell has crowned former World Cup winning rugby star Matt Dawson ‘Shell FuelSave Celebrity Driver of the Year’ after he recorded an astounding 94.86km on just one litre of fuel, in the Shell Eco-marathon.

Forecourt supermarket Nisa Islandbawn has become the first retailer in Northern Ireland to be eligible to benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The RHI is designed to offer long-term financial incentives to businesses across Northern Ireland to encourage them to install renewable energy technologies to heat their properties.

The PRA has offered to submit evidence to the European Commission on alleged anti-competitive pricing tactics in the UK fuel market. The move follows last week's raids on three oil companies and oil market data specialist Platts, by EU Commission agents investigating allegations of oil-price fixing.

A man has been charged following a robbery at the Shell petrol station in South Normanton, Derbyshire.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and arson with intent to endanger life, following an incident at a Lancashire petrol station.

Welcome Break is joining forces with Regus, the global workspace company, to open drop-in business centres at its motorway service areas.

Delivered wholesaler Palmer and Harvey has launched an iPhone application to make ordering easier for its customers. The ‘Easy Order’ app is for use by retailers who have pre-registered for online ordering, and  has been designed to include and enhance much of the functionality of the barcode scanner launched in 2011.

Hyundai received the Technology Award for the ix35 Fuel Cell at this year's Fleet World Honours which took place this afternoon at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in London.

Northumbria Police are appealing for help to trace a car involved in four incidents in three days where people made off with hundreds of pounds worth of diesel from petrol stations without paying.

The investigations into wholesale and retail fuel prices could be a turning point into what drives the price of fuel on forecourts, and the start of greater transparency, predicts the AA, as it released its latest fuel price report.

Leading forecourt equipment manufacturers have voted to switch their allegiance from Automechanika to UNITI expo, a new European trade fair for the retail petroleum and fuel handling markets.

The Subway brand has announced the opening of its first UK store in partnership with Ireland’s leading independent forecourt retailer, Applegreen. The store has opened in one of Applegreen’s leading service station locations in Uckfield, East Sussex.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) has questioned Downing Street’s plans to force Motorway Service Areas to display the cost of fuel on road signs.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association has welcomed the move by the European Commission to investigate alleged oil price fixing by the major operators.

Three oil companies and the oil market information company Platts were raided yesterday by investigators for the European Commission looking into allegations of price fixing.

The European Commission released a statement on Tuesday confirming its “officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies active in and providing services to the crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels sectors”.

An Early Day Motion demanding tough prison sentences and windfall taxes on any oil companies convicted of oil price fixing has been tabled in Parliament by Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

Dealers have welcomed the decision by the European Commission to launch its investigation into oil price fixing.

BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, has announced a major success on behalf of fuel retailers by securing agreement from the DVLA to enable service stations to request and access registered vehicle keeper details from its database.

A serious threat to the survival of UK oil refining - which has implications for the economy nationally and regionally, and potential impacts upon energy security of supply - has been highlighted in a new report sponsored by UKPIA. 

The Simply Fresh symbol brand has opened its first store on a forecourt, in the rural village of Weare in Somerset.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) has again voiced its concerns about the unpredictability of the wholesale petrol market.

Tesco has become the latest example of supermarkets using fuel as a loss leader, offering deep discounts on petrol and diesel to attract shoppers to their stores or websites.

Thieves have stolen a cash machine from a petrol station forecourt in Huddersfield.

Knife raider jailed

08 May, 2013

A robber who held up a petrol station at knifepoint and stole £25, has been sentenced to three years, four months in prison.

A man who ploughed into a pensioner on a Tesco Express petrol forecourt and then drove off has been jailed.

The PRA’s next Regional Forum is being held in Worcester on Tuesday 14th May.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to the Queen’s Speech, pledging to continue working closely with Government on legislation that will affect local shops in the coming year.

Duty fraud crooks are costing the average convenience store £40,000 a year in lost tobacco sales, according to market survey agency MS Intelligence.

A warning about the serious consequences of dealing in counterfeit tobacco has been issued by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), following the jailing of a 36-year-old man for tax fraud after the discovery of a tobacco counterfeiting 'factory' in his Renfrew flat.

Crime on Britain's forecourts cost fuel retailers £25.7m in 2012, up from £22.2m in 2010, according to figures revealed in the annual forecourt crime survey carried out by BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate.

Applegreen is set to nearly double in size in the UK by the end of the summer, according to UK managing director Michael O'Loughlin.

Harvest Energy has launched a collaboration with Spar which offers independent dealers a new branded forecourt concept, and they are already negotiating deals on three potential sites.

Costcutter's boss said he was confident its deal to take over Palmer and Harvey's symbol groups will be approved, after the Office of Fair Trading said it was considering the deal.

Symonds Forecourt's Wells store won the Best Forecourt Loo 2013 Award, which was announced at the exclusive Forecourt Trader Lunch at the Forecourt Show at the NEC.

Card payments shock

02 May, 2013

Many retailers suffered an unpleasant surprise last month when back charges on their BP/Shell transactions were suddenly taken from their accounts following the ending of Rontec's polling contract with GB Oils on March 31 (see Service Centre, May 2013 issue, link below).

Motoring organisations have welcomed a comment by the Prime Minister suggesting the coalition government could scrap any further fuel duty increases.

in brief

02 May, 2013

Gun pointed at cashier

Forecourt stores have won more than half the retail categories at the annual awards for Nisa members and suppliers.

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