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MRH chief executive Karen Dickens

MRH expands in Channels Islands with two acquisitions

MRH has expanded its presence in the Channel Islands with the acquisition of two businesses.

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Lorry crashes into Top 50 Indie site after head-on collision

A site owned by a Top 50 Indie had a lucky escape when an HGV crashed into its forecourt, just missing the pumps, after a head-on collision with another lorry.

Bryn Gelli Service Station, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

Christie & Co completes sale of site in South Wales

Specialist forecourt property advisors Christie & Co have successfully completed the sale of Bryn Gelli Service Station, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

Sainsbury's Parkham filling station, Brixham

Rontec manages redevelopment of forecourt sites for Sainsbury's

A new Sainsbury’s service station in Brixham, Devon, on which Rontec acted as development manager, is now open for business.

NFRN cheif executive Paul Baxter

NFRN welcomes decision by Payzone to rethink contract

The newsagents federation NFRN has welcomed a decision by Payzone to reconsider key points in a new contract it was trying to introduce with its retailer customers.

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Gulf filling station provides fuel for cars competing in rally

Central Garage, the Gulf filling station in London Road, Newport, Essex, provided fuel for a wide range of vehicles competing for the Layer Marney Cup.

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Robbers threaten forecourt staff member with a hammer

Staffordshire Police officers investigating a robbery that occurred at a petrol station at Burntwood in the early hours of Saturday morning (12 August) are appealing for witnesses.

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Gang attempts to steal ATM from motorway service area

Leicestershire Police detectives are investigating after thieves tried to steal an ATM in Castle Donington.

Andy David, chief convenience officer, Central Convenience Stores,

Former BP director takes helm at P&H retail arm

Palmer and Harvey has announced changes to the senior leadership of its forecourt and convenience store chain WS Retail, which trades as Central Convenience Stores.

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Strong demand for secondhand diesels cars

Demand for second-hand diesel cars has remained stable, but a decrease in petrol car sales led to an overall fall in UK used car transactions, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Men arrested over devices placed on forecourt ATMs

Merseyside Police detectives have arrested three men after a theft from an ATM in Crosby and further offences in the West Midlands area.

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Security van robbed while it is on Asda forecourt

Three robbers stole cash from a G4S security van on Monday August 14 after attacking it with a hammer while it was parked at a Leeds petrol station.

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Police issue CCTV pictures after attack on forecourt

Leicestershire Police officers investigating a serious assault on a petrol station forecourt have released CCTV images of a man they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

Essar charity day

Essar marks Stanlow acquisition anniversary with charity donation

The sixth anniversary of the acquisition of Stanlow Refinery by Essar Oil UK has been recognised with a £7,500 donation from the company to the Ellesmere Port-based charity Cheshire Young Carers.

Applegreen site

Applegreen opens its 10th Chopstix restaurant

Applegreen officially opened its 10th Chopstix quickservice restaurant on Monday August 14.

Shell's Pernis refinery

Restart begins at massive Shell refinery after fire

Attempts are being made to restart the largest oil refinery in Europe, which was shut down after a fire at the end of July.

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Mazda announces petrol engine breakthrough

Mazda has announced a breakthrough in petrol engine technology just days after entering a joint venture with Toyota to develop electric vehicles.

Honda motorbike

Motorcycle sales continue on a downward trend

Demand for motorcycles continued its downward trend in July – marking seven consecutive months of decline in the market, according to the latest statistics from the Motor Cycle Industry Association.

Car dealers welcome Treasury review of card fees

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK, has welcomed indications that HM Treasury will review the issue of debit card charges, and how they are affecting their industry.

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Supermarkets take egg products off shelves

Several supermarket groups active in the forecourt sector have had to withdraw products containing egg ingredients, after a banned insecticide, Fipronil, was found to have been used on chickens at a European supplier.

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HMRC wins confiscation order for fraudsters assets

A Blackburn petrol station owner, who was jailed for selling hundreds of thousands of litres of illegal diesel to motorists, has been ordered to repay £133,660 in stolen taxes.

all the winners of the 2016 Forecourt Trader Awards

Forecourt Trader Awards finalists revealed

The finalists have been announced for the 2017 Forecourt Trader Awards.

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Euro Garages company lodges planning application

A development company set up by Euro Garages bosses Zuber and Moshin Issa, Monte Blackburn Ltd, has applied for planning permission for a petrol station, coffee shop and restaurant on a site north of Wakefield, in West Yorkshire.

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Member of public grapples with armed raiders

Nottinghamshire detectives are appealing for witnesses and information to help their investigation into an armed robbery at a petrol station in Warsop.

NFRN CEO Paul Baxter

Payzone pulls back from imposing new contracts

Payzone has backed down from imposing new contracts on retailers after the legality of the move was questioned.

ACS CEO James Lowman

ACS repeats call for carrier bag charge to apply to all stores

The Association of Convenience Store (ACS) has again called on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to include all stores in England in the 5p carrier bag charge.

charging electric car

Makers told to protect internet-connected cars against hackers

A new generation of internet-connected cars will have to be better protected from hackers, under tough new guidance the government has just issued.

Acquisition adds to BP / M&S Simply Food sites in South West

BP has acquired a forecourt in Devon with the intention of redeveloping it into one of its growing estate of BP M&S Simply Food sites.

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Fuel prices edge up for first time in three months

July saw the first increase in the average price of petrol and diesel for three months following a late surge in the cost of oil, according to the RAC.

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BP in talks over installing electric chargers

BP is the latest oil company looking at installing electric car charging points on its forecourts.

From left: Sewell Alex Bilton (manager at Cottingham Sewell on the go, Robert McMillan (Volunteer for Humberside Police who promotes the scheme), Patrick Sewell (Managing Director of Sewell on the go) and Sergeant Mike

Sewell on the go offers vulnerable people safety

People who feel lost, confused or frightened can now seek help from Sewell on the go staff after the business gave its backing to a new scheme supporting vulnerable members of the community.

Maxol rolls out Freshly Chopped to more sites in Northern Ireland

Irish forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol is investing £1m to roll out Freshly Chopped, the healthy fast food franchise, across more of its service stations in Northern Ireland, following its launch at Maxol A26 Tannaghmore in May.

Ford Fiesta

Declining diesel sales depress new car market

Diesel car sales in July plummeted by 20.1% compared with the same month last year, helping to depress overall sales in the UK new car market by 9.3% for the month, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

ACS chief executive James Lowman

Post offices and c-stores top survey of favourite shops

Post Offices and convenience stores are the nation’s favourite high street shops and services for the third year running, according to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

Few companies changing water supplier after deregulation

Less than 1% of businesses have switched their water supplier since the market was deregulated on April 1, according to consultancy Utilitywise.

Bob Etchingham Chief Executive Officer Applegreen

Applegreen buys seven sites from Carsley Group

Applegreen has reached agreement to acquire a network of seven sites from its fellow Top 50 Indie Carsley Group, consisting of six service areas and one petrol filling station in the UK. The service area sites are predominantly located on the major arterial route of the A1 (M).

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EC approves deal for 1,176 Italian sites by Euro Garages’ parent

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of 1,176 Italian fuel stations by Euro Garages’ parent company Intervias Group.

McColl's Tamworth forecourt

Morrisons revives Safeway brand in agreement to supply McColl's

McColl's Retail Group has reached a deal for Wm Morrison Supermarkets to supply its entire estate, which includes seven forecourts among its 1,300 convenience stores, and 350 newsagents.

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Men armed with crowbar rob Worcestershire forecourt

West Mercia police officers are appealing for witnesses to a robbery at a petrol station in Great Witley, Worcestershire.

Welcome Break's South Mimms motorway service area

High prices at motorway service stations criticised

Motorway service stations have been accused of profiteering after a survey of prices at 21 sites by insurance company Admiral.

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Government allocates £75m for highways maintenance

Councils in England have been awarded funding to refurbish bridges, improve junctions and boost flood defences as part of a multi-million pound government investment announced by transport minister Jesse Norman.

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RAC pothole survey finds UK roads are deteriorating

The quality of the UK’s roads is worsening, according to data from the RAC’s Pothole Index, which shows there has been a 31% increase in pothole-related faults attended by its patrols in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the same period last year.

MRH chief executive Karen Dickens

MRH adds a further two sites with South Yorkshire acquisition

The UK’s largest independent service station operator MRH has added a further two sites to its estate with the acquisition of Mitha Forecourts, based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The redeveloped MRH Hatton Cross site

MRH rolls out pilots for new formats to three more sites

MRH has opened three further sites as part of its trial of a number of new service station store formats and customer offers across the UK.

Chartman Winning Post

Chartman wins planning approval for HGV forecourt

West Country Top 50 Indie Chartman Group has won planning permission for a new HGV forecourt at its flagship Winning Post site on the A38 at Haldon Hill site (above), in Devon.

hydrogen refuelling at Shell Cobham

Call for funding equality for hydrogen and electric

The Government will not meet its target of 65 operational hydrogen refuelling stations by 2020 unless funding is increased, one of the main companies involved in the sector has warned.

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Welding equipment used in attack on forecourt ATM

A criminal used welding equipment in an attempt to break into a forecourt cash machine and then fled when it caught fire yards from the pumps.

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Mastermind of pipeline breaches found guilty

An Essex man who orchestrated the theft of hundreds of thousands of litres of fuel from an underground pipeline in Kent has been found guilty following a trial.

ACS chief executive James Lowman

MPs call for tighter restrictions than in Air Quality Plan

A cross party group of MPs and Lords have called on the Government to adopt stronger proposals on air quality than the ones it outlined earlier this week.

Tobacco seized by HMRC

Derby-based tobacco smugglers jailed after HMRC raid

The leaders of a cigarette smuggling gang, who evaded almost £1.2m in taxes, have been jailed after they were caught with more than three million illegal cigarettes.

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Weekly Fuel Prices 14 August 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East117.78126.20116.58
East Midlands117.17126.70116.22
London117.7259.90127.04116.54
North East116.9560.90129.14116.15
North West117.36126.64116.53
Northern Ireland116.19122.90115.51
Scotland117.41124.99116.52
South East118.0359.90127.89116.96
South West117.7463.40125.47116.65
Wales117.10127.21116.19
West Midlands117.39126.42116.62
Yorkshire & Humber117.0267.40127.01116.21

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