The British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) has welcomed support from Scotlandís Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) in tackling incidents of forecourt crime that cost fuel retailers an average of £3,000 per site every year.

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution has announced a new two-year contract to supply 320 BP forecourt sites across the UK.†The contract follows a successful six-year relationship between the family-owned wholesale distributor and the major oil company.

A prolific fuel thief has had his 36-week sentence upheld on appeal at Plymouth Crown Court.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at the weekend at the Esso forecourt on Reading Road, Henley.

Dover has completed its previously announced acquisition of Wayne Fueling Systems Ltd (Wayne). It will be integrated with Tokheim, which was acquired earlier this year.

The UK grocery market is set to experience 1.2% growth over the Christmas period, with shoppers spending £20.6bn, according to forecast figures from IGD.

A man with a knife got away with approximately £400 after robbing the Esso service station on Cowley Bridge Road in Exeter.

Irish forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol, has launched the Maxol and AWARE Christmas candle, which is now available at all participating Maxol sites in Northern Ireland.

Certas Energy has reached agreement with Bestway Wholesale to be a preferred retail partner across its independent, Gulf and Pace-branded sites.

A lorry driver caught smuggling 2.9 million cigarettes into the UK, hidden under a load of half-baked mouldy baguettes, has been jailed for four years and three months after being extradited from Romania by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Surge in motorbike sales

09 December, 2016

Motorcycle sales grew strongly in November, with 7,644 units registered, compared with 6,821 in November 2015.

Electric vehicles could make up 15% to 35% of total new vehicle sales globally in 2040, according to US research company IHS Markit.

British scientists are claiming a breakthrough that could put electric cars on a par with their petrol and diesel equivalents both for range and refuelling times.

A proposal for a new motorway service area (MSA) at junction 6 of the M3 at Basingstoke needs to be fully assessed by the council, according to environmental charity CPRE Hampshire.

A man and woman have been charged in connection with an alleged robbery at a petrol station in Barnsley, during which a cashier was hit by a car being driven off.

Maxol revealed it has spent Ä30m on forecourt development this year as McMullan Bros, the family owned company which owns the Irish forecourt group, reported pre-tax profits of Ä11.1m for 2015, on revenue of Ä569.8m.

Car sales reach new milestone

07 December, 2016

The UK car industry continued to its record-breaking run of sales figures with 184,101 new cars registered in November, with the market increasing by 2.9%, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has reiterated its calls to Government to cancel plans to introduce a tax on soft drinks in response to the publication of the Finance Bill, raising concerns that the proposals will affect small businesses disproportionately.

A man who blasted a teenager with a shotgun on a forecourt, leaving 50 lead pellets embedded in his body, has been jailed for six years.

Drivers using motorway services stations, particularly those along the M4 in Berkshire, are being warned that thieves could be using technology to prevent people locking their vehicles and then stealing from them.

BP has extended its supply agreement with Fraser Groupís six sites for another five years.

A cashier hit by a car when a driver stole £120 worth of fuel has told the BBC she will not be deterred from challenging thieves.

The price of unleaded petrol and diesel at the pumps fell for the first time in four months in November, according to the latest data from RAC Fuel Watch.

Police foiled an alleged armed robbery at a Sheffield petrol station after calling in for a drink.

Details of a deal, which may head off an investigation into the merger of two major petrol pump suppliers, have been disclosed by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

ATM blown up on forecourt

02 December, 2016

Northamptonshire Police is appealing for information after thieves blew up a cash machine on a forecourt in Wellingborough Road, Rushden.

Gleaner Oils profits up 13%

02 December, 2016

Gleaner Oils, the Elgin-based fuel and oil distribution business and fuel station owner, has reported profit after tax of £404,000 for the year to the end of June, up 13% compared with the previous 12 months (£357,000).†

A Shell motorway service station in South Wales has been sold to Sir Robert McAlpine Enterprises, advised by Savills, for £4m.

Gulf Retail, the principal sponsor of the 2016 Forecourt Trader Awards and corporate supporter of the Petrol Retailers Association, has confirmed its participation in the 2017 Forecourt Show.

A multi-agency operation to tackle potential offences of slavery and human trafficking was carried out at a car wash on Molesey Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, on Wednesday, 23 November.

Philip Morris (PMI) has launched IQOS in the UK with the opening of a store in central London.

Sage, the integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems company, is partnering with Personal Group Holdings plc, a leading provider of employee services, benefits and employee-related insurance products in the UK, to launch a new employee-engagement product designed for the SME market.†

Jet dealer AW&D Hammond in Halesworth welcomed pupils from its local primary school onto its forecourt to mark Road Safety Week (November 21-25), a national initiative run by the road safety charity, Brake. More than 80†pupils aged from five to seven, who attend the Edgar Sewter primary school - which is directly opposite the Hammond forecourt - enjoyed a session of interactive safety-related games and activities.†

Costa Express has renewed its UK contract with Shell for a further five years.†The signing of the contract marks five years since the partnership began in 2011, and the fifth anniversary since Whitbread acquired Coffee Nation and rebranded its machines to Costa Express.†

The Low Pay Commission have published new analysis on the impact of the National Living Wage on businesses since its introduction in April 2016, recognising the impact that the wage rate has already had on the convenience sector.

Pump prices could rise to 120ppl following the OPEC meeting in Vienna and news that production will be cut by 1.2 million barrels a day. City analysts estimate the decision will see Brent Crude heading towards US$55/barrel.

Police are looking for witnesses to an armed robbery which took place at Hatt Service Station and Post Office in Saltash on Saturday night (November 26).

Police have released CCTV footage of two people they want to speak to in connection with a forecourt robbery in Peacehaven on Monday evening (November 28). The footage can be seen at

Plans to redevelop a Shell forecourt at Pool-in-Wharfedale near Leeds have been put on hold after opposition from locals.

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced £375m in additional support between 2017 and 2021 to accelerate the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the Autumn Statement.

Tobacco company Philip Morris (PML) has revealed that between December 2015 and September 2016 it excluded 43 retailers, with a further 7 exclusions pending, from its trade programs and field sales force call base in cases where stores have been found to engage in the sale of illicit tobacco products.†

The British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS), the independent trade organisation campaigning to reduce forecourt crime, has recruited Gary Worrow as development adviser.

Make a date in your diary for 24-26 April 2017, because thatís when The Forecourt Show will take place at the NEC Birmingham, alongside National Convenience Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show, showcasing more than 600 exhibitors and brands.

A Spar forecourt store at Maiden Newton in Dorset has won the Best Forecourt 2016 award at the third staging of the Appleby Westward Retail Awards.

A major food and drink retailer in the North West, Booths, is to add a new build Texaco-branded forecourt to its shop in Ormskirk, Lancashire, early in 2017.

Fast-growing Top 50 Indie Applegreen UK has won planning permission for its biggest development on the UK mainland.

Morrisons is planning to pilot a convenience food offer in ten petrol station shops owned and managed by Top 50 Indie Rontec.

Fire fighters imposed an exclusion zone around a Co-op forecourt in Hampshire for the second time after a suspected LPG leak on Monday November 21.

IGD is predicting the burgeoning food-to-go market will be worth £21.7bn by 2021, up from £16.1bn this year, offering significant opportunities for growth.

Man stabbed at Tesco forecourt

23 November, 2016

The Essex Police service is appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed and sprayed with what is believed to have been CS gas on a forecourt in Ongar.

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