A car being pursued by police after a drugs raid crashed on a forecourt in Greater Manchester, narrowly missing the petrol pumps.

Top 50 Indie and West Country forecourt operator Chartman is celebrating after the local council rejected plans to build a Tesco supermarket and petrol filling station in the Cornish town of Bude (population 9,900).

HMRC raids illicit fuel plant

01 November, 2013

A laundering plant capable of producing more than 16.4million litres of illicit fuel a year and potentially evading around £10.6m in taxes and duty was dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) after a raid on Wednesday night.

Students in Cardiff are being warned not to get involved in cigarette smuggling after parcels containing non-duty paid foreign brands were seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Cigarette smuggler jailed

01 November, 2013

A man from Bridgend in South Wales, who smuggled 485,000 cigarettes and hundreds of counterfeit watches into the UK, has been jailed. The duty loss on the cigarettes is estimated at £125,000.

The big four supermarkets have all cut their fuel prices from today.

Businesses will be able to make Impact Statements when they are victims of crime, as part of new measures announced by the government in the revised Victims Code.

A site engineer about to valet a forecourt in Staffordshire had a narrow escape after he discovered high voltage overhead cables less than three feet from a price sign.

The union official whose dispute with the chemicals giant Ineos escalated to the stage where it threatened the future of the Grangemouth oil refinery has resigned from his job with the company.

Warning over future of LPG

30 October, 2013

LPG fuel could disappear from many UK forecourts unless the government makes a long-term commitment to support it, a leading supplier has warned.

Tesco has signed a deal which will provide digital advertising and customer messaging across its entire estate of 450 petrol stations in the UK.

Energy minister Michael Fallon was the keynote speaker at a forum today set up by the PRA to assess how the decline in independent forecourt operators can be arrested.

Owner of the Grangemouth refinery Ineos, is expected to make a decision later today about the future of the Scottish plant.

The government is in talks with the oil industry to ensure the security of fuel supplies after a safety problem affecting about 12% of the British tanker fleet was discovered.

The Grangemouth petrochemical plant in Scotland is to stay open after a new deal was struck with the workers’ union, Unite.

Enterprise minister Matthew Hancock will take part in a live chat on Twitter next week to discuss plans for Small Business Saturday and answer questions from small business owners.

The second Simply Fresh store on a forecourt, and the 45th overall, has been launched at Grafton, Bolton.

PRA to hold forum in Swansea

25 October, 2013

The PRA’s next Regional Forum is being held in Swansea, on Wednesday 6 November.

Prison sentences have been handed down to two men who attempted to smuggle more than eight million cigarettes into the UK from the Republic of Ireland.

The Greater London Authority, Welsh Government, and Transport Scotland have all joined the UK H2Mobility  project.

A laundering plant capable of producing more than 9.1 million litres of illicit fuel a year and potentially evading around £5.9m in taxes and duty has been dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Five people have been arrested in connection to the shooting of a taxi driver on a Liverpool forecourt on Saturday 19 October.

Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a cash-in-transit robbery at a petrol station in Stafford on Saturday 19 October.

The owner of the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland says it wants to restart production at the facility, but it is calling in liquidators to the petrochemicals business that it shares its site with.

Forecourts supplying fuel from the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland are managing to maintain availability despite the current shutdown at the site, according to the PRA.

The Government is going ahead with a trial of motorway signs showing the price of fuel at service areas in a bid to generate competition and reduce prices.

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has slammed the government for freezing MOT test prices without properly consulting the industry.

The government has announced a raft of measures intended to help motorists to cut the cost of running a car. They include a crackdown on whiplash fraud, a freeze on MOT test prices and a scheme designed to reduce the cost of fuel at motorway service stations,

Top 50 Indie George Hammond has decided to install the Petroman Vapour Management Control system in all its new developments after trials at three sites demonstrated how much money it was saving.

East Preston on the West Sussex coast features a first for the forecourt sector – estate agents citing a view of petrol pumps as a major selling point for a luxury apartment.

The UK government has submitted an application to the European Commission (EC) to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme to 10 new towns.

The latest new motorcycle and scooter figures show sales were up 8% compared with September 2012. Under 50cc scooter sales were down 12.7% last month, while over 50cc motorcycle sales increased by 11.4%.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond is trying to broker a “truce” in the dispute that has led to the Ineos petrol refinery at Grangemouth in Scotland being shut down.

Independent petrol retailers have been praised by the AA for their contribution towards the biggest monthly fall in petrol prices in five years.

The owners of the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland say the site will remain shut down despite the Unite union’s decision to call off a 48-hour strike planned to start on Sunday.

Top 50 Indie Sewell Group has announced a new partnership deal to provide support for a local community group.

A man has been remanded into custody, charged with robbery, after an incident at a service station in Northwood, Hertfordshire last week.

A police helicopter was scrambled to help search for an armed robber after an attack on a forecourt in Norfolk.

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed the introduction of the National Insurance Contributions Bill to Parliament, which could save local shops up to £2,000 a year.

The Petrol Retailers’ Association is continuing to urge affected retailers to increase fuel stocks following news that the Grangemouth oil refinery will remain shut.

Grangemouth management will continue conciliatory talks at ACAS this afternoon with the Unite union in an attempt to avert a 48-hour strike which threatens the future of the Scottish refinery.

The convenience retail sector could be hit with an increase in business rates totalling nearly £26m next April, following today’s announcement by the Office of National Statistics of a Retail Price Index of 3.2% for September 2013.

The PRA has welcomed government plans for a new regulator for the payments sector, which will have the the power to amend and regulate the fees set by card companies

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed a renewed focus from MPs on tackling tobacco smuggling.

East Surrey CID have launched an appeal for information following the theft of a large quantity of diesel fuel from a petrol station.

Ram raiders punched a large hole into the side of a forecourt shop in Suffolk during the early hours of the morning on October 4.

Ninety per cent of convenience store owners believe that the 2014 National Minimum Wage rate should be frozen at its current level.

Unite, the union involved in the dispute at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland, has accused the site’s owner, Ineos, of behaving recklessly, claiming it refused to accept a formal request to use the services of the conciliation service ACAS.

The Petrol Retailer’ Association (PRA) today expressed concern at the release of HMRC’s Tax Gap report for tobacco, showing that the UK Treasury is losing billions of pounds a year to the illicit market.

Unite has served notice of strike action to Ineos this afternoon (Friday October 11). It claims the company refused further efforts to resolve a dispute over the treatment of a trade union representative and the use of agency workers.

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