A Kent forecourt owner has just completed a £1.3m investment in his business, despite plans by BP to build a service station and drive-thru McDonald’s 50m from his site.

Central England Co-operative has reopened its refurbished petrol filling station at Haddon Road, Bakewell, in Derbyshire, after a £235,000 makeover of its convenience store.

Oakley Service Station in County Durham has run a fuel giveaway promotion to celebrate its 50th anniversary in business and its 20th anniversary as a Jet-branded forecourt.

Two members of staff were taken to hospital after being assaulted during an attempted robbery at the Esso Service Station in Mayfield Road, Cross in Hand, East Sussex.

Investment in the convenience sector has fallen over the last quarter as retailers prepare for the impact of the business rates revaluation and upcoming increases to employment costs, according to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a robbery at a petrol station in Thetford, Norfolk.

Imperial Tobacco has terminated sales support for six retailers and ended their involvement with its trade partner programme Ignite following illegal tobacco-related convictions.

Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery at a petrol station in Tamworth.

Top 50 Indie Euro Garages has opened another new to industry site which includes a Sainsbury’s Local store as part of its partnership with the supermarket group.

Top 50 Indie MRH has commenced a knock-down rebuild (KDRB) of its BP petrol filling station at Forder Valley Road in Plymouth, which includes an expanded convenience store on the site.

A developer has applied for planning permission for a service station on the A41 near Newport in South Wales.

Certas Energy has retained Manchester-based creative agency Lda, to work in partnership with it as the strategic and development lead across all Certas Energy’s digital platforms, both public and non public facing.

A joint initiative by the British and Irish authorities to tackle fuel laundering has helped to detect a major operation in the Irish Republic.

Essar’s Stanlow refinery has donated £3,000 to Archers Brook SEMH Residential School Charitable Trust in Ellesmere Port, after reaching a safety milestone.

Tesco stole a march on its major supermarket rivals this morning by announcing it is to cut the cost of petrol and diesel by 2ppl at all of its petrol stations this afternoon.

UK petrol consumption in January fell to its lowest level on record, new government figures show.

A card skimming device has been found on a pay at pump machine on a supermarket forecourt in Fife, and police are warning members of the public to be wary of such devices in the Dunfermline area.

Trade associations representing independent retailers have taken up opposing views on proposals for a deposit refund scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles in Scotland.

UKIP’s transport spokeswoman Jill Seymour has accused the Government of refusing to act against the growing demonisation of diesel drivers.

Production of diesel-powered black cabs is to be phased out as a new factory producing electric vehicles comes on stream.

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has acquired a site from former Top 50 Indie High Noon Stores, which ceased trading in January this year.

The fuel price cuts claimed by supermarkets earlier this week have been patchy, and in many cases below the 2ppl headline figure, according to the AA, which says non-supermarket retailers are undercutting superstores in some locations.

A new £23m fund to accelerate the take-up of hydrogen vehicles and roll-out more cutting-edge infrastructure has been announced by the government.

Motorway service operator Welcome Break will be opening a temporary building at its Fleet Services site on the M3 (southbound) on Thursday March 23.

A forecourt, which has been refurbished as part of a £750,000 revamp of Lincolnshire Co-op’s Winning Post Food Store and Filling Station, has been reopened.

Detectives are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a robbery at a Bournemouth petrol station – with CCTV images of the suspects being released.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping staff and customers safe in local shops with the renewal of its partnership with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.

A petrol station assistant and a customer were attacked during a robbery at a Staffordshire petrol station on March 13.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has given evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking, detailing the issues faced by convenience retailers when dealing with banks.

Top 50 Indie Applegreen UK has agreed to take a lease on a new-to-industry petrol station and convenience store that is due to be developed in Ludlow.

Top 50 Indie Applegreen has reported an almost 16% rise in gross profit to €145.8m for the year ended 31 December 2016, as revenues rose 9% to almost €1.18bn.

The four major supermarkets all announced price cuts of 2ppl on unleaded petrol and diesel effective from Tuesday March 14.

Euro Garages has opened its first drive-thru KFC restaurant, and says it is aiming for 30-plus by 2020.

Certas Energy has launched the Stone Willy food-to-go concept at its Carronvale Service Station in Larbert, Falkirk, with a view to rolling it out to its Gulf dealers.

Maxol has reopened of its Glendermott Road, Derry / Londonderry station as a new Auto24 site which offers a 24-hour fully automated service station providing the city’s motorists with pay-at-the-pump convenience.

Two men carrying a large rock and metal pole have robbed a petrol station in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Drivers from Northern Ireland crossing the border to the Republic of Ireland for cheaper fuel are costing the Exchequer just over £200m a year, according to a study commissioned by the Irish tax authority.

Government and the UK automotive industry held a meeting on March 14 to discuss plans to position Britain as a world leader in electric and connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

Crimes against convenience retailers are estimated to have cost £232m last year, according to the Association of Convenience Stores’ Crime Report 2017.

A van has been crashed into the front of a petrol station in Salford, Greater Manchester, before being set on fire during a ram raid.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on the government to clarify its position on business rates appeals, after it published its response to a consultation on business rate reforms.

Traffic hotspots across England have been identified by transport secretary Chris Grayling to receive millions of pounds for junction upgrades, roundabout improvements and better traffic signalling.

The motorcycle industry has seen a significant slowdown in sales, according to latest figures covering February from the Motor Cycle Industry Association.

Residents of Winterbourne Abbas in Dorset, together with local commuters and passing drivers have been celebrating the re-opening of the village forecourt and shop by Top 50 indie Chartman Retail.

Top 50 Indie Rontec is extending its partnership with Morrisons with plans for a further 40 convenience stores across its sites, but Morrisons’ trial with a second Top 50 Indie, MFG, has been terminated.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has rebuffed calls for a reduction in fuel duty in his Budget, and has stuck to the freeze that he announced last autumn.

Top 50 Indie Applegreen has acquired Circle Garage on Kingstanding Road in Birmingham.

The PRA has held talks with HM Treasury and HMRC about extending the life of Rural Fuel Duty Rebate Scheme at a meeting with HM Treasury and HMRC last week (February 28).

Following the completion of its multi-million pound expansion, Valero’s Avonmouth fuel terminal is now delivering all fuel grades to customers in the South West.

Imperial Tobacco and trade industry body the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) have responded to the continuing illicit tobacco trade with a new, wholesale-focused instalment in the Suspect it? Report it! campaign.

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