Irish family owned forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol has announced its 2017 plans for Moreish, the company’s fresh food offering, based on growing trends in the food industry and consumer feedback.

Avon and Somerset police have released images of a man they want to identify in connection with a series of incidents including a racially aggravated assault of a petrol station assistant.

Certas Energy, working in partnership with Peel Ports Group, has opened a new state-of-the-art HGV refuelling site at the Port of Liverpool.

Morrisons petrol stations in London, the South East and East Anglia could run dry within days if a threatened strike by delivery drivers goes ahead, according to their union.

The government has given a curt dismissal to a petition calling for an “independent pump-watch body to monitor and regulate vehicle fuel pricing”.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a report from the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, which calls on the Government to delay the implementation of mandatory digital tax reporting.

Imperial Tobacco has teamed up with the newsagents association NFRN to help educate independent retailers and UK smokers about the growing trade in illegal tobacco.

Northumbria Police has released CCTV footage in an appeal following a robbery at a service station in Newcastle.

A global initiative to drive use of hydrogen has been agreed at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Euro Garages has declined to comment on reports in The Sun that it is in advanced talks to buy the Little Chef chain of roadside restaurants.

Spar wholesaler and retailer James Hall & Co has extended its agreement with Valero to continue selling Texaco fuel across all its Texaco-branded sites, with a new site in Threshfield, Yorkshire, due to open in early 2017. This will bring the total number of sites that are Texaco-branded to 11.

Business advisers to the stricken Top 50 Indie High Noon Stores are trying to find buyers for the company’s assets, but have said reports that the company has gone into administration are not strictly accurate.

Multi-million pound plans to improve journeys for drivers on some of the East of England’s busiest roads will be launched over the next three months, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

Vans will go electric and lorries will run on hydrogen dual-fuel under a £20m government programme to cut emissions and improve air quality, transport minister John Hayes has announced.

Asda has been granted planning permission for a petrol filling station (PFS) at its supermarket in the centre of Gloucester after it said it hoped to bring low priced fuel to residents of the city.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has advised retailers to follow the Department for Transport’s Snow Code when moving snow and ice outside their stores.

An Asda worker has been jailed after she stole more than £450,000 from the company’s petrol kiosks over a four-year period.

Lincolnshire Co-op is carrying out a £750,000 redevelopment of its Winning Post filling station in Lincoln, which will involve the addition of a pharmacy.

Sales of petrol stations hit a post-recession record last year, as retail property prices bounced back to 2007 levels – buoyed by an increase of 8.8% on 2015 - according to Steve Rodell, head of retail at Christie & Co, which claims to have sold more petrol stations than ever before.

Harcus Sinclair UK, a law firm specialising in large group litigation, has applied for a group litigation order in claims against VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda arising out of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. A total of 1.2 million cars in the UK are believed to have been affected.

Driverless cars could significantly reduce delays according to a new study by the Department for Transport (DfT).

AF Blakemore, the family owned food retail, forecourt, wholesale and distribution business, which celebrates its centenary in 2017, recorded annual sales of £1.31bn with pre-tax profits up from £7.59m to £7.60m for the 2015/16 financial year. Net Assets have also grown by 7.6% to £80.8m.

Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a petrol filling station in Sunderland.

A fatal crash on a Tesco forecourt on Monday January 9 is being investigated by officers from Police Scotland.

UK automotive executives expect battery electric vehicles will dominate the automotive marketplace by 2025 and predict diesel technology will be phased out, according to KPMG’s Global Automotive Executive Survey 2017.

The leaders of an organised crime gang, which operated a filling station as part of a £2.6m fuel scam, have been jailed.

Top 50 Indie The Kay Group has introduced a new partnership with WH Smith at the opening of its second new to industry site in the past 12 months at Crewe Gateway.

Top 50 Indie High Noon Stores has gone into administration.

Detectives investigating a robbery at a petrol station in Detling, Kent, are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The UK new car market notched up another record year in 2016, with annual registrations climbing for the fifth successive year to almost 2.7 million, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Robbers fled with the contents of a safe after a raid at a Morrisons petrol station in Belle Vale, Liverpool, on Tuesday January 3.

Applegreen plc has announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire a 50% share in the Joint Fuels Terminal in Dublin port from the Topaz Energy Group for a consideration of €15.7m which will be funded from existing resources.

Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has assisted with the sale of Wheddon Cross petrol filling station in Minehead, Somerset, in an off-market deal.

Hoyer Petrolog has announced that it has extended its agreement with Top 50 Indie Rontec to supply more than 200 of the company’s forecourts across the UK through to September 2021.

Prices at the pumps have hit an 18-month high and the PRA is warning they will rise further as the effects of higher wholesale prices kick in.

MRH buys Spring Petroleum

05 January, 2017

MRH, number one in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies, has bought Spring Petroleum which was ranked 11th in the list.

Two new Asda filling stations in South Wales have opened after being completed by the construction division of The Premier Group, a national specialist in construction and maintenance work.

Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi are reported to be planning to share electric vehicle (EV) architecture in a move aimed at reducing the development costs of future EV models.

The Department for Transport is planning action over provision of lorry parking facilities, and setting minimum standards for them, according to transport minister John Hayes.

Pictures of the aftermath of a collision between two cars on an Esso forecourt have been released on Twitter by Derbyshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit (@DerbyshireRPU). 

Three men have been remanded in jail after being charged with hacking into Valero’s oil pipeline running under Pembrokeshire, and stealing thousands of litres of fuel.

Euro Garages has won planning approval to build four new food outlets at its service station at the Barrow Brook Business Village off the A59 on the outskirts of Clitheroe, in Lancashire.

Sales of diesel could plummet from 50% of fuel for cars to just 10% by 2025, according to a report by banking and financial services group UBS.

Shell has today opened a company-owned service station on a new to industry site in Essex.

Petrotec buys Wayne UK

21 December, 2016

Petrotec Group has been revealed as the buyer of Wayne Fueling Systems’ UK distribution business, a deal that was forced on the company by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

A forecourt in High Barnet made the news this week after refusing to let a woman with a serious bowel disease use their toilet.

Police are appealing for information about an attack on an ATM at the Co-op service station on Chesterfield Road in Duckmanton, Derbyshire, which happened in the early hours of December 14.

A gang of five men, who met at roadside cafes and used free public Wi-Fi to try and hide their £10 million cigarette smuggling ring, have been jailed for 16-and-a-half years.

PLANS to extend a service station have been approved to provide a boost to the rural economy, according to a report in the Dorset Echo.

Fire destroys Fleet Services

15 December, 2016

Fire has destroyed part of Fleet Services on the M3 Southbound. Hampshire Fire and Rescue was called out last night (Wednesday December 14) at approximately 10.30pm to a severe fire in the restaurant area of the services. More than 100 firefighters from Hampshire and Surrey fought to stop the fire spreading through the building.

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