Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted armed robbery at a petrol station in Bradford.

A lorry carrying around 26,000 litres of fuel, suspected of having been smuggled into Scotland from Poland, has been seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Exxon Mobil is rolling out the Tesco Clubcard loyalty scheme to its wider network following its introduction on the sites run jointly with the supermarket group in February.

Sainsbury’s has announced that from today until Wednesday 4h September, customers who spend £60 or more in store will receive a coupon entitling them to 10p off each litre of fuel when they fill up at one of the retailer’s 285 forecourts.

The PRA has warned that fuel prices are set to rise as tension in the Middle East continues to ratchet up.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of over £1,000 worth of fuel from four petrol stations across Suffolk.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of over £1,000 worth of fuel from four petrol stations across Suffolk.

Nearly a quarter of convenience store owners would like to reintroduce services such as home delivery of groceries, according to a survey of 1,100 retailers.

A Suffolk forecourt has become the 40,000th installation of the sandwich franchise Subway, which will soon celebrate its 48th year in business.  The milestone site is an Applegreen petrol station in Ipswich, Suffolk.

A small minority of motorists use automated car washes, with a much higher proportion using hand car wash services, according to the latest research from British Car Auctions (BCA).

Despite a pledge by the publishers association, the PPA, that publishers of ‘Lads’ Mags’ would make modesty boards freely available to retailers, an investigation this week by the newsagents group NFRN suggests the industry reponse is patchy at best.

Applegreen adds 18 sites

23 August, 2013

Applegreen has nearly doubled the size of its UK operation increasing its sites from 22 to 40, and is already looking for its next 10 acquisitions, according to Michael O’Loughlin, managing director of Applegreen's brand owner Petrogas UK.

The owners of Motor Fuels Group (MFG) have teamed up again to buy a portfolio of 54 petrol filling stations in a deal worth more than £50m.

A 51-year-old man had been arrested and interviewed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officers after the discovery of a fuel laundering plant in County Down, Northern Ireland, yesterday.

Palmer and Harvey and Costcutter have expressed their delight at today’s approval by the Office of Fair Trading of the transfer of the 800 Mace, Supershop and Your Store brands to Costcutter Supermarkets Group, announced on March 13.

Shell Henfield has reopened its doors today following a lengthy closure in a derelict state, which upset the local community.

Robbers attack cashier

21 August, 2013

A 21-year-old cashier at a Lincolnshire petrol station suffered head injuries after two robbers attacked him.

Cigarettes were stolen from a Norfolk petrol filling station yesterday after thieves smashed through a glass door.

It is estimated that about 7,500 litres of diesel was lost into the surrounding environment following a fuel tanker crash last Friday in south-west Wales.

Police in Scotland are putting a renewed effort into clamping down on drive-off crime by working with fuel retailers in south east Glasgow.

Fuel prices throughout the UK are on the rise again, the PRA has warned, as global political and economic pressures take their toll on the cost of crude oil.

The Subway brand has opened its third store in conjunction with Spar convenience store group Blakemore Retail, as part of an ongoing partnership between the two organisations.

BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, has entered a partnership with leading fuel card services provider Allstar to help reduce fraud on UK forecourts.

The surge in UK petrol pump prices, which has added an average 3p per litre (ppl) to the cost since June, shows signs of faltering according to the latest AA Fuel Price Report.

A Manchester man, who gave himself up after seven years on the run from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has been jailed for four years for his involvement in a £2.5m fuel laundering scam.

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information after the theft of a large amount of fuel from a service station, near Grantham.

Nisa has announced the launch of one of the first Nisa-branded forecourts following its partnership deal with Greenergy.

Road safety groups have welcomed the introduction of new fixed penalty fines for careless driving offences and increases in fines for other offences such as speeding and mobile phone use.

A motorway service station has won permission to erect a wind turbine to generate electricity despite objections from nearby residents.

Forty thousand litres of diesel have been stolen from an automatic filling station in Sweden, according to The Local, an English language website covering the country.

A Texaco petrol tanker has been ruptured in a collision with a crane in Pembrokeshire, in south-west Wales.

The PRA is urging retailers to get involved in a campaign to curb excessive fees charged for processing debit and credit card transactions.

MRH Retail, which is number one in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies, has joined the Payment Watch debt recovery scheme run by the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS).

Government proposals to extend its fuel discount scheme to more isolated rural areas have been described as “too little too late” by the Rural Shops Alliance (RSA), which represents 7,500 rural retailers.

The Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has called on the Irish government to take immediate action in order to combat illegal fuel which has generated millions of Euros for criminals.

Two of the biggest symbol groups in the forecourt sector have introduced changes to their ranges.

BP has joined Natwest and RBS’s new loyalty programme, Cashback Plus, as one of the launch partners.

Motorists in Britain are collectively spending £516m a month more on fuel compared with a year ago, according to new research from Sainsbury’s Bank car insurance. This equates to, on average, £14.64 more per motorist per month on fuel compared with a year ago.

A drug dealer hid a package of drugs on the shelves of a petrol station shop in a bid to avoid being caught in possession of them, a court has been told.

A man has been given a suspended prison sentence after threatening a customer on a forecourt with a pool cue and demanding he hand over the keys to his vehicle.

Spar to advertise on TV

09 August, 2013

Spar UK will be back on shoppers’ TV screens for the first time in four years, as part of a £5m national multi-media campaign, kicking off in early October.

The latest light commercial vehicle sales figures were down 0.6% in July but are still up 6.5% for the year-to-date. Van sales dipped 2.6% last month but remained 9.3% ahead year-to-date.

Retailers have been urged to take action over proposed new restrictions on the sales of tobacco.

The average value of used cars sold at auction increased from £4,828 to £4,862 in July and the total volume of sales rose 6% from 83,637 units to 88,697 units, according to the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA).

The Subway brand has reached the milestone of 4,000 stores operating in Europe with the opening of the latest outlet in the Gara de Nord railway station in Bucharest, Romania.

LPG supplier Autogas has opened its first refuelling facility in Grimsby at the newly rebuilt Shell petrol station on Moody Lane.

January’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report on the road fuel market has been seriously undermined by new market share figures for supermarkets released by the Government.

A helicopter was involved in a police chase in Telford, Shropshire, linked to a crackdown on petrol thefts in the town.

GB Oils is aiming to strengthen its dealer support package with the roll-out of the HTEC GemPAY card payment terminal.

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