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PRA calls for clarity on definition of 'large retailers', following Queen's speech

The PRA has raised concerns directed at the government’s announcement during yesterday's Queen's speech, that large retailers and motorway service areas (MSA) will be required to install electric charging points, in order to drive the development of electric cars.

Investment by convenience sector rising, says ACS

The latest figures from the Association of Convenience Stores have shown an increase in investment over the last quarter, but concerns about the impact of rising employment costs.

Chartman celebrates opening at Winterbourne Abbas

The Chartman Group’s latest acquisition, Winterbourne Abbas Services in Dorset, celebrated with locals and visitors at an opening event last weekend.

Peregrine Retail applies for planning consent on new-build site

Peregrine Retail has lodged a planning application for a site at Frome in Somerset as it aims to double its estate of Shell-branded forecourts twinned with Budgens stores with five new-build developments over the next two years.

Sewell on the go donates water to local half marathon

Top 50 Indie and Forecourt Trader of the Year Sewell on the go has donated thousands of pounds worth of bottled water to ensure runners remain hydrated during the Humber Bridge Half Marathon.

HMRC arrests six in suspected £440m fraud

Five men and a woman have been arrested in the West Midlands and the South of England as part of a joint investigation by UK and French authorities into a suspected £440m alcohol fraud and money laundering.

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Government pledges to press on with electric car support

The Government will press on with measures to drive the development of electric cars during the next session of Parliament, after the election scuppered a previous Bill, according to the Queen’s speech.

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Euro Garages buys pub site in Birmingham for redevelopment

Top 50 Indie Euro Garages has bought a pub in Birmingham in a deal brokered by specialist business property adviser Christie & Co.

Donnellys of Rathkenny director Connor Donnelly (left) and Danske Bank's Philip Smyth

New service station opens after investment in Ballymena

A new petrol station and convenience store has opened outside Ballymena, in Northern Ireland, creating 16 jobs. The six figure investment was part supported by Danske Bank.

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Staff member hurt during robbery in Bristol

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses after a member of staff was hurt during a robbery at a service station in Hotwells, in Bristol.

£9,000 in cash stolen from Northumberland service station

Northumbria Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Blyth on Monday, June 12.

Applegreen promotes internal candidate to finance chief

Applegreen has announced the promotion of Niall Dolan to chief financial officer effective from July 1.

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Kay Group opens site with first Gregg's drive-thru

Top 50 Indie The Kay Group has opened its 14th Texaco-branded service station.

Euro Garages submits plans to build European HQ in Blackburn

Euro Garages has submitted plans to build a new European headquarters in its home town of Blackburn.

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Dorset service station sale expected to attract major interest

A high volume service station and convenience store that has just come to the market is expected to attract a wide range of interest, according to its agents.

Waitress Sophie Schluter with Brian Donaldson (centre) at the new Maxol Lucan station with Brian Lee

Maxol opens first Asian cuisine restaurant

Irish forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol, has opened its first Asian cuisine restaurant Kanoodle, along with its fourth Freshly Chopped, the heathy fast food franchise, at the newly refurbished service station at Lucan Road.

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Gang tapping into pipelines stole fuel worth over £1m, court told

A gang stole more than £1m of fuel from the network of underground pipes linking refineries and terminals across the UK, a court has been told.

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Tesco fined £8m for petrol leak from service station

Tesco has been fined £8m after a massive leak of petrol from one of its service stations.

Euro Garages parent in deal to buy 1,176 Italian sites

Euro Garages’ parent company, Intervias Group, has reached an agreement with Esso Italiana – an ExxonMobil company – for the purchase of 1,176 Esso-branded service stations, located in several Italian regions.

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Big four supermarkets cut up to 2ppl off fuel prices

The big four supermarkets have all announced cuts of up to 2ppl in the price of unleaded petrol and diesel.

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BOSS Forecourt Crime Index hits highest-ever reading

An index measuring the level of crime on forecourts has hit its highest ever reading, according to BOSS (British Oil Security Syndicate).

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Staff praised after car crash demolishes pump

The quick reactions of staff members at a Welsh service station have been praised after a car crashed into one of its pumps.

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Armed gang sought after raid on Esso site in Suffolk

Suffolk Police are appealing for information following a robbery by a gang armed with hammers and knives at Gainsborough Service Station in Sudbury.

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UKPIA appoints new director general

Oil industry body UKPIA (UK Petroleum Industry Association) has announced that director general Chris Hunt will be retiring in November after 20 years in the post, and that it has recruited a successor.

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Maxol introduces customer feedback system

Irish forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol has partnered with TruRating in the Irish Republic to launch a new way for customers to provide feedback at the time of their visit.

Two men prosecuted for multiple drive-offs in Coventry

Two men have been prosecuted for stealing fuel from petrol stations in Coventry by driving off without paying.

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Tobacco smugglers sentenced for evading excise duty

Three men, who were caught supplying or receiving almost half a million smuggled cigarettes in Surrey, have been sentenced for evading more than £115,000 in excise duty.

MRH chief executive Karen Dickens at a Co-op site

MRH on the brink of five potential acquisitions

MRH (GB) has five potential acquisitions on the go that could close this side of the summer, according to the company's chief executive Karen Dickens. She said scale was really important because of the best deals that can be had from a shop, fuels or foodservice perspective.


RAC urges pump price reduction

The RAC is calling on fuel retailers to cut the price of fuel after a sudden drop in the price of oil has brought wholesale costs down.

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Symonds Forecourts acquires ninth site

Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts has acquired its ninth forecourt site and is finalising planning approval on a tenth that will be a new to industry site.

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Jet recruits five new sites to its network of retailers

Jet has recruited five new sites to its network spanning north-west England, South Yorkshire, East Midlands and Lanark in Scotland’s Central Belt.

Gulf-branded Hawkhead Road Garage, at Paisley

Scottish retailer moves second site to Gulf brand

The latest forecourt to commit to the Gulf brand is Hawkhead Road Garage, at Paisley in Scotland.

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Cashier taken to hospital after hammer attack

A forecourt cashier had to be taken to hospital after armed raiders hit him with a hammer during a robbery at Stroud in Gloucestershire.

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Maxol opens its first Subway outlet with second planned

Irish forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol has officially opened its first Subway outlet.

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CCTV image released of suspect in Dorset robbery

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a robbery at a service station in Corfe Mullen – with a CCTV image of the suspect being released.

Retailer John Stevenson (left) with Labour candidate Paul Johnson

Election candidates visit Stockton forecourt

Independent forecourt retailer John Stevenson has hosted visits to his Nisa store from his prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) in advance of the General Election.

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Essar's Stanlow refinery makes donation to local charity

Wirral-based charity Sundowns recently received a donation of £3,000 from Essar at Stanlow, in recognition of the refinery reaching one million hours without a recordable injury.

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Valero rolls out relaunch of Supreme fuel

Valero is rolling out the relaunch of its Supreme fuel across the rest of the UK, after its success in the North West earlier this year.

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Pump prices follow wholesale prices down

The average price of petrol fell by nearly 2ppl in May while diesel tumbled by 2.5ppl after retailers passed on savings in the wholesale price of fuel, data from the latest RAC Fuel Watch report shows.

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Sales of new diesel cars plunge by 20%

Sales of new diesel cars have plummeted, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Raiders steal cash machine from Scottish petrol station

Police Scotland have launched an appeal for witnesses after raiders stole a cash machine from a Borders petrol station.

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IGD predicts 18% growth for c-store sector by 2022

The convenience channel will grow by almost 18% between now and 2022, to £47.1bn, according to figures unveiled at IGD’s Convenience Retailing Summit.

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Terrorist suspect arrested on forecourt

A Texaco petrol station in Manchester found itself on the front line in the fight against terrorism when armed police swooped on a customer and briefly closed down the site.

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High-profile campaign to track down violent robbers

Police in Sussex have launched a high-profile campaign to track down two violent criminals, one of whom was armed with a Samurai sword, who attacked forecourt staff during a robbery.

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Union ballots for industrial action at Stanlow refinery

Staff at Essar UK’s Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port are being balloted for industrial action in a row over pensions.

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Camelot revamps National Lottery support

The newsagents federation (NFRN) has welcomed news that Camelot is reinstating a free retail hotline for retailers to use for day-to-day help and advice from Tuesday (June 5).

Northern Powergrid's Patrick Erwin with Nissan's Leaf electric car

Nissan partners power company in electric vehicle development

Nissan and electricity distribution company Northern Powergrid have announced that they have signed an agreement that will see them co-operate over the next six years on a series of innovation projects to explore how electric vehicles (EVs), batteries, and smart technologies can support energy networks.

Peter Blakemore (centre) with his wife Ita McAuley and past winners of the award

International recognition for Blakemore chief's Spar role

Peter Blakemore, managing director of AF Blakemore and Son, has been presented with a prestigious award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to Spar International.

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Three men jailed over illegal tobacco factory

Three men have been jailed for a total of 16 years for a £17m tax fraud after an illegal tobacco factory was discovered.

Durham police release CCTV image after robbery

A CCTV image has been released of a man police would like to speak to in connection with a robbery at a petrol station in County Durham.

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Weekly Fuel Prices 19 June 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands116.1958.90125.25115.27
North East115.3759.90124.99114.79
North West116.39124.26115.33
Northern Ireland115.4264.90122.90115.05
South East117.1163.90126.62116.05
South West116.69125.72115.56
West Midlands116.5457.40124.97115.63
Yorkshire & Humber116.1154.90123.66115.16

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In light of the recent terror attacks and potential added threat to safety, have you issued additional security advice to staff?