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National living wage hitting smaller businesses

Smaller businesses have been disproportionately affected by the national living wage in the past year, compared with their larger counterparts, according to an assessment by the Low Pay Commission.

Uber to invest in rapid chargers in London

Taxi firm Uber has announced plans to invest in a network of rapid chargers in London after a pilot scheme involving electric vehicles (EVs).

Retailers urged to check alcohol suppliers

From April 1 retailers that purchase alcohol from a UK wholesaler will need to ensure they have been approved by HMRC.

Axe-wielding raiders break in to forecourt shop

Police are investigating after a gang of axe-wielding masked raiders smashed their way into a Cambridgeshire petrol station and stole 4,000 of cigarettes

BP Plus Fuel Card extended to Esso sites

BPs reciprocal fuel card acceptance agreement with Esso is now live, offering BP Plus Fuel Card customers the opportunity to fill up at Esso-branded sites throughout the UK.

Architect's drawing of Applegreen's motorway service plans

Applegreen reveals third English motorway plan

Top 50 Indie Applegreen has revealed plans for a third motorway service area (MSA) in mainland Britain, at junction 33 of the M1 between Sheffield and Rotherham.

Police hunt for failed robber in Tamworth

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

Imperial terminates support for six tobacco fraudsters

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

Knife man threatens cashier during robbery

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

Investment by c-store retailers falling

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).

Two staff taken to hospital after attack

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.

Oakley Service Station celebrates 50th anniversary

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.

Co-op filling station reopens after makeover

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.

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Kent forecourt completes 1.3m redevelopment

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 McDonalds 50m from his site.

Tesco petrol station

Tesco cuts 2ppl from petrol and diesel prices

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.

Essar refinery donates 3,000 to local school

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

New marker helps to detect fuel laundering

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

Certas Energy revamps digital platforms

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

Application to build service station near Newport

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

MRH starts KDRB of Plymouth site

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.

Euro Garages opens new to industry site at Chorley

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

London Taxi Company invests in electric vehicles

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

UKIP attacks the demonisation of diesel drivers

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

Trade associations split over plastic bottle recycling

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

Card-skimming device found on Tesco pump

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.

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Petrol consumption slumps to a record low

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

MFG CEO Jeremy Clarke

MFG acquires High Noon Stores forecourt site

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.

Sainsbury's petrol filling station

AA slams supermarkets price cuts charade

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.

Banks urged to give retailers better service

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.

Robbers attack assistant and customer

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

ACS renews partnership with Crimestoppers

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.

Hammer and knife wielding assailants injure assistant

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

Lincoln forecourt reopens with pharmacy after revamp

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

Temporary motorway services to open on M3

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

Government announces new hydrogen funding

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.

Summit discusses future of UK auto industry

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.

"Fuel tourism" in Ireland costing UK 200m

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.

Robbers threaten cashier with metal pole

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

Maxol reopens site as pay-at-pump Auto24

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 citys motorists with pay-at-the-pump convenience.

Certas Energy launches food-to-go concept

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.

Euro Garages opens its first KFC drive-thru

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

Supermarkets cut fuel prices by 2ppl

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

Bob Etchingham Chief Executive Officer Applegreen

Applegreen raises gross profit 16% to 145.8m

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.

Applegreen UK managing director John Diviney

Applegreen secures lease to new to industry site

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.

Motorcycle sales slow down

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

110m investment in traffic hotspots announced

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.

ACS slams muddled business rates response

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.

Burning ram raid van left lodged in forecourt shop

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.

Cost of c-store crime in 2016 estimated at 232m

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

Rontec chairman and ceo Gerald Ronson

Rontec to add 40 more Morrisons stores at its sites

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.

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Weekly Fuel Prices 17 April 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands119.95131.24118.34
North East119.40130.73117.21
North West120.01128.97118.13
Northern Ireland119.1063.50117.39
South East121.0958.50129.83119.18
South West120.38128.30118.45
West Midlands120.3661.57130.37118.53
Yorkshire & Humber119.72129.97118.08

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