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PRA gets 'Live & Local'

PRA director Brian Madderson is hoping for a good turnout of retailers at the forthcominng ‘Live & Local’ forums being held during the next two weeks.

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Police release CCTV film in bid to catch forecourt gunman

Police have released CCTV footage of a robbery at a forecourt shop in which a woman cashier was handed a note that read, “I’ve got a gun”.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Minister's intervention over rate relief welcomed by ACS

A local government minister’s intervention to speed up the process of rebilling businesses that are waiting for rate relief has been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

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Car makers facing huge fines over emissions claims PA Consulting

Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Citroen including Opel/Vauxhall and Hyundai-Kia will all miss their 2021 CO₂ emissions targets, leaving them facing fines into the billions, according to PA Consulting Group.

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Detectives release CCTV images in witness appeal

Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a North Yorkshire forecourt shop have released CCTV images with the hope that new witnesses may come forward.  

Appeal for witnesses to robbery at Grantham forecourt shop

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward to help with an investigation into a robbery at a forecourt shop in Grantham.

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Government offers funding to cut emissions from freight

Companies are being urged to compete for up to £15m of funding to develop technology to reduce harmful emissions from freight.

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Asda sparks round of price cuts on supermarket fuel

Asda has sparked a round of supermarket fuel price cuts, announcing up to 2ppl off unleaded petrol and 1ppl on diesel from Saturday 23 September, bringing prices down to a new national price cap of 115.7ppl on unleaded petrol and 116.7ppl on diesel at all 308 filling stations.

Karen Dickens, chief executive of MRH
Karen Dickens, chief executive of MRH
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MRH adds five sites with purchase of Peregrine Retail

MRH has acquired Peregrine Retail Limited - which operates five sites in the South West of England - as part of its strategic objective to expand its presence across the UK.

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Applegreen applies to build English motorway site

Forecourt Trader of the Year Applegreen, which won the award for its M1 Lisburn motorway services in Northern Ireland last week, has applied for planning permission for its first motorway services in England.

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BP/M&S site opens in Torrington

Ten new jobs have been created with the opening of the new BP service station with M&S Simply Food on New Road, Torrington, Devon.

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Roadchef warns future of Magor services at risk

Roadchef claims plans for a relief road for the M4 in South Wales could jeopardise the future of its Magor motorway service area and damage road safety.

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Arsonists set fire to Tesco forecourt in Hertfordshire

An incident of arson at a Hertfordshire forecourt is being investigated by police officers and they are appealing for information and witnesses.

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ACS warning over proposed EU tobacco regulations

Concerns about the complexity of proposals to track the progress of legitimate tobacco products through the supply chain have been raised by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

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Suspected handgun used in robbery at Shell site in Bradford

Following a robbery with a suspected handgun at a forecourt shop in Bradford, detectives have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in relation to the incident.

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Sainsbury's forecourt closed after car crashes into shop wall

A Sainsbury’s petrol station in Frome had to be closed after a car collided with the shop wall, causing structural damage.

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Sector still waiting for an answer on E10

The wait to find out whether E10 petrol will be introduced looks set to continue after the latest Government announcement on the issue failed to indicate a way forward.

Ramsay MacDonald with Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards presenter Myleene Klass
Ramsay MacDonald with Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards presenter Myleene Klass
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MacDonald praises staff contribution to forecourts

Ramsay MacDonald, retail director, Certas Energy, used his address to the assembled 850 guests at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, for the 2017 Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards, to praise the outstanding contributions by petrol retailers and their staff in raising forecourt standards.

Anti-slavery campaign highlights car washes

A campaign by the Scottish Government against human trafficking and modern slavery is highlighting that many unscrupulous hand car wash operations are involved.

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Essar extends target for 400 branded outlets to five years

Essar UK has put back the target for expansion of its retail network to 400 outlets to five years, shortly after revealing plans to open its first company owned forecourt site.

UK Fuels CEO Bill Holmes
UK Fuels CEO Bill Holmes
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UK Fuels expands network to over 2,250 UK sites

UK Fuels, the fuel card provider and part of Radius Payment Solutions, has expanded its UK Fuels network to over 2,250 UK sites.

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Government accused of ignoring the issue of mileage fraud

The Government has been accused of ignoring the issue of mileage fraud – where criminals alter the mileage on cars’ odometers - after it gave a non-committal response to the latest consultation on the issue.

Forecourt Trader of the Year winners
From left: Merril Boulton, John Diviney, Joe Barrett and Myleene Klass
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Applegreen is Forecourt Trader of the Year

Applegreen M1 Southbound in Northern Ireland was hailed as Forecourt Trader of the Year at last night’s prestigious annual awards at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Top award for Hockmeyer Motors at Blakemore event

Hockmeyer Motors Spar Sleaford has been crowned best Spar store in the Meridian & Welsh Guild.

MFG CEO Jeremy Clarke

MFG buys three companies and adds 17 sites

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is expanding its network to 422 stations with the completed acquisition of four stations each from FW Kerridge and Burns & Co, and an exchange of contracts with fellow Top 50 Indie Manor Service Stations for nine stations, with completion scheduled to take place in early October.

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Applegreen increases estate by 32 in six months

Applegreen has added 32 sites during the six months ended 30 June 2017, taking it to a total of 275 across its operations in Ireland, the UK and US.

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Drunk who set himself on fire not charged

A drunk man who stripped and set himself on fire on a filling station forecourt was released without charge after being arrested by West Yorkshire Police officers.

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Major fuel thief jailed after high speed car chase

A fuel thief who attempted to evade arrest by driving at high speeds through Tunbridge Wells in Kent has been jailed.

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Motorway service station raiders escape with five figure sum

Police at Cambuslang in Scotland are continuing enquiries after a break-in at the Bothwell Services on the M74.

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Bank of England about to issue new £10 note

The new £10 note featuring the author Jane Austen will be issued on Thursday 14 September 2017.

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Certas Energy acquires English sites

Certas Energy has bought forecourt sites in England for the first time in a deal that will see 13mlpa of retail volume moving to Gulf from Texaco, starting in the next two months.

Supreme promotion on Texaco forecourt

Valero rolls out relaunch of Supreme fuel

Following the relaunch of Supreme fuel across the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands this year, Valero will be running its “Save 10p per litre on Supreme Fuel” promotion across the remaining areas of its network.

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Hurricane's impact pushes pump prices up

The price of fuel at the pump increased for the second month in a row in August with both petrol and diesel rising by more than 2ppl, according to the latest RAC Fuel Watch report.

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Couple buy third forecourt site in Christie & Co deal

Christie Finance has helped a returning client with funding to acquire their third petrol station.

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One in four considering buying electric car

Nearly one in four UK adults (23%) is considering buying an electric car within the next five years, according to new research by Sainsbury’s Bank Loans.

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Metropolitan Police Service trials hydrogen-powered scooters

The Metropolitan Police Service has launched a trial to test hydrogen-powered scooters, utilising fuel cell technology developed by Intelligent Energy.

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Shisha tobacco smuggler jailed for 42 months

A man smuggled more than 4,000kg of shisha tobacco products into the UK and then tried to flee the country, has been jailed for 42 months.

Shell Budgens Farnborough
Shell Budgens Farnborough
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Shell UK rolls out Budgens partnership to 20 sites

Shell UK is rolling out a partnership with Budgens to 20 sites, following its success on four pilot sites.

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The network of Essar-branded sites is expanding
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Company owned site to join Essar network

The UK network of Essar branded filling stations has grown to 36 and the company has planning permission for the first company owned site, which it plans to open later this year.

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The Scottish government aims to increase the number of charging points
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Scotland aims to phase out petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said action will be taken to phase out the need for petrol and diesel cars and vans in Scotland by 2032.

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The Ford Fiesta is the UK's top selling new car
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Plummeting diesel sales depress UK new car market

Plummeting diesel sales pushed the UK new car market to its fifth consecutive month of decline in August, as the fall-out of the emissions scandal continued to dog sales.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Number of jobs in UK convenience store sector falls

The number of jobs in the UK convenience store sector has fallen for the second consecutive year, as retailers are forced to adapt to cost increases in their businesses, according to the ACS.

MRH buys fellow Top 50 Indie Chartman Group

MRH has today (September 4) exchanged contracts to acquire Top 50 Indies dealer Chartman Retail, with completion taking place on Wednesday, September 6, as part of its strategic drive to increase its offering across the South West.

Former Applegreen MD O'Loughlin joins MFG

Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael O’Loughlin as its new managing director, acquisitions & business development.

MRH opens first Hursts Grab & Go

MRH has opened its first Hursts Grab & Go site. The new format was officially opened on August 31 at Thetford West Service station on the A11.

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New Synergy Supreme+ Unleaded launched

Esso is launching a new and improved formulation of its premium unleaded fuel, Synergy Supreme+ Unleaded (97 octane).

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Unleaded petrol prices to surge above diesel

The PRA is warning unleaded petrol prices could be hiked as a result of the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Texan coast around Houston, with the RAC predicting they could move well above diesel prices.

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Co-op enters into exclusive talks with Nisa

An analyst has said a potential takeover of Nisa by the Co-op is a much better fit than a previously mooted deal with Sainsbury’s.

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Electric vehicles getting greener due to renewable energy

Electric vehicles are getting greener due to the recent switch from coal to renewables, and now create half the CO2 of the cleanest conventional and hybrid cars on the road, according to a new report.

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Knifeman strikes at Asda petrol station in north Manchester

A staff member was threatened with a knife during a robbery at an Asda petrol station in north Manchester.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 September 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East120.75128.55119.84
East Midlands120.29128.81119.63
London120.7558.57130.05119.82
North East120.2059.90129.98119.40
North West120.52128.62119.81
Northern Ireland119.2369.90126.85119.03
Scotland120.60128.18119.75
South East121.03130.63120.24
South West120.75129.31119.96
Wales120.35127.44119.57
West Midlands120.4262.90130.69119.84
Yorkshire & Humber120.1971.90128.67119.59

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