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Morrisons wins consent for Bradford hand car wash

Plans for a hand new car wash at a Morrisons supermarket have been approved by Bradford Council.

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Certas Energy sites raise funds for guide dogs

Certas Energy has raised £3,000 for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association from the sale of plastic bags across its 25 forecourts in Scotland.

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MRH opens first trial site with Co-op

The first of the MRH/Co-op trial sites opened yesterday – in High Road, Eastcote, west of Greater London.

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Cash machine theft acccused sent to Crown Court

Two men have appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged with the attempted theft from a cash machine at a Simonstone petrol station in Lancashire.

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CNG Fuels joins gas suppliers' trade association

CNG Fuels, the UK’s leading operator of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling infrastructure and provider of compressed biomethane (Bio-CNG), has joined the Natural Gas Vehicle Network (NGV N), the trade association that represents participants from across the Natural Gas industry supply chain.

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Brookfield Group supports local cancer charity

Top 50 Indie The Brookfield Group is sponsoring a team of cyclists aiming to raise funds for a local cancer charity.

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Cashier threatened with knife during robbery

Detectives investigating a robbery at a petrol station in Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, are appealing for witnesses and information.

Retailers concerned over new tobacco rules

New research commissioned by delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey shows that retailers have major concerns about the impact of new tobacco rules on their business and customers.

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Mass adoption of electric vehicles "much closer"

Mass ownership of electric cars could occur much earlier than previously thought, according to a report by UBS.

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MRH is one of the drivers of growth in the c-store sector
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Top dealers driving growth in convenience store sector

The number of convenience stores on forecourts has declined slightly over the past year, but leading dealer groups are driving growth in the c-store sector, according to the latest data from IGD Retail Analysis and William Reed Business Media.

Gas-to-liquid fuel could be answer to diesel woes

A fuel that has been around for many years could provide an immediate and easy solution to the increasing demonisation of diesel engines, according to speakers at this week’s conference in London on Clean Air, organised by Certas Energy.

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One in eight London shops selling illegal tobacco says JTI

An undercover operation by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has found that one in eight London retailers are selling illegal tobacco products under the counter.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS welcomes election promises on business rates

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed commitments from all the major political parties in England and Wales to reform the business rates system.

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North Wales Police thwart thieves in break-in

North Wales Police are seeking the public’s assistance following a burglary at Pontblyddyn, Service Station, in Flintshire, at approximately 2am on Thursday May 18.

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CCTV pics released of drive-off man

Northamptonshire Police have released CCTV images of a man who was driving a car involved in four drive-offs.

Craig Nugent, head of dealer sales, Certas
Craig Nugent, head of dealer sales, Certas
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Certas Energy appoints new head of dealer sales

Certas Energy has appointed Craig Nugent as head of dealer sales, a new position created to strengthen the company’s drive for retail growth.

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Topaz re-introduces promotion for third year

Irish fuel and convenience retailer Topaz has partnered with two of Ireland’s leading sportspeople, Kevin McManamon and Bríd Stack, to launch its Cash for Clubs 2017 promotion and encourage people across Ireland to go the extra mile for their local community.

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Top 50 Indie HKS doubles its sites within M25

Top 50 Indie HKS Retail (HKS), which is headquartered in Leicester, has announced the opening of two further sites in the London area, continuing its programme of expansion.

P&H managing director Martyn Ward
P&H managing director Martyn Ward
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Own-brands favoured due to food price worries

Almost half of consumers have said they will cut back on eating out and switch to supermarket own-brands to save cash, according to new research commissioned by delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey.

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Business as usual leads to 'a good year' for Booker

The focus on ‘business as usual’ despite the looming proposed merger with Tesco has led to a 14% rise in operating profit for Booker of £176.1m for the year ending March 24, according to its chief executive Charles Wilson.

MRH chief executive Karen Dickens
MRH chief executive Karen Dickens
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MRH pilots c-store franchise with Co-op

Top 50 Indie MRH has signed an agreement with the Co-op to pilot a new franchise convenience store at seven MRH sites across the UK.

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Car wash owners may wish to reduce water costs
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English firms urged to shop around for water

A utilities consultancy claims businesses in England could collectively save up to £200m on their water bills, following the deregulation of the English water market, giving business owners the chance to renegotiate their existing water contracts or look to a new supplier.

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Man arrested in connection with Dorset burglary

Dorset Police have arrested a man in connection with a reported burglary at a Bridport petrol station.

Welcome Break chief executive Rod McKie
Welcome Break chief executive Rod McKie
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Pizza Express to debut at motorway service area

Pizza Express is set to make its debut at a motorway service area in partnership with Welcome Break Group.

Rocky and Alison Leach's Chellow Heights Service Station, Bradford
Rocky and Alison Leach's award winning Chellow Heights Service Station in Bradford
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Spar claims top spot as largest forecourt retailer

Spar says it is now the largest forecourt retailer in the UK by site numbers, following significant growth coming from multi-site retail partners in 2016, with 1,200 Spar shops on forecourts.

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DCC reports strong growth in annual results

DCC, parent company of Certas Energy, has reported strong growth in profits and sales for the year ended 31 March 2017.

Roadchef's Norton Canes motorway service area
Roadchef's Norton Canes motorway service area
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Roadchef enhances disabled facilities

Motorway service area operator Roadchef has opened a new toilet facility for disabled customers at its Norton Canes site on the M6 Toll road.

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Prison officer fined for supplying counterfeit tobacco

Imperial Tobacco has assisted Devon and Cornwall Police in securing the conviction of a prison officer who was attempting to smuggle counterfeit tobacco into HMP Dartmoor.

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Prolific thieves convicted for stealing from forecourt shops

Two prolific shoplifters who targeted forecourt shop in St Albans and Borehamwood have both been sentenced to eight weeks in prison.

Norman Graham, regional manager, Maxol Oils (left), and licensee Eugene McAuley
Norman Graham, regional manager, Maxol Oils (left), and licensee Eugene McAuley
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Maxol rewards team for high standard of service

Eugene McAuley and his staff at the Maxol Service Station at Draperstown, County Londonderry in Northern Ireland, were recently recognised by Maxol for achieving Excellence in Customer Experience.

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London Transport tenders for hydrogen buses

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a tender for the bulk procurement of hydrogen fuel cell buses.

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Taxi LPG conversions plan to tackle air pollution

Retrofitting black cabs to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is being considered as a key solution for confronting the UK’s air quality crisis, as part of the Government’s draft air quality plan which was published last week.

Colin Darroch, head of container terminal operations, Peel Ports Group (left), and Andrew Goodwin, national bunker manager, Certas Energy
Colin Darroch, head of container terminal operations, Peel Ports Group (left), and Andrew Goodwin, national bunker manager, Certas Energy
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Certas rolls out cleaner diesel at Port of Liverpool

A state-of-the-art 24-hour HGV fuel station at the Port of Liverpool will become the first port in the UK to offer Shell GTL Fuel – which is claimed to be a cleaner alternative to conventional diesel fuel.

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New vehicles on UK roads hit record high

The number of all new vehicles taking to UK roads, including lorries and buses, has hit a record high, spurred on by April’s change to Vehicle Excise Duty for new cars, according to AA analysis.

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Charges after queuing police spot suspicious activity

Two men have been charged with making off without payment, after police officers refuelling their patrol car spotted suspicious activity at the petrol station.

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Motorcycle sales down 16% in April

April marked a 16% decline in motorcycle sales with only 10,365 bikes registered – compared to 12,343 bikes put on the road in the same period last year, according to the latest Motor Cycle Industry Association figures for motorcycle registrations.

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Robbers leave explosives attached to cash machine

A “suspicious device” found attached to a cash machine on a forecourt in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, is believed to have been put there by robbers trying to blow it up.

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Shell and BMW design new hydrogen dispenser

Shell and a BMW Group subsidiary, Designworks, have collaborated in the launch of a new hydrogen dispenser that is radically different to pumps for other road fuels.

Welsh rugby stars at reopening of Maesteg filling station

Oil 4 Wales invests £200k in Maesteg revamp

Fuel supplier and forecourt owner Oil 4 Wales has reopened its service station at Maesteg in South Wales after a £200,000 redevelopment.

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Brokers predict sales of diesel cars will decline

Nearly a third of brokers expect sales of diesel cars to decrease this year following media scares, according to a survey by Paragon Car Finance.

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Kay Group's Crewe site
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Kay Group secures fourth new-to-industry site

Top 50 Indie The Kay Group has secured planning permission for its fourth new-to-industry site in 12 months.

New car sales slump 20% following 'quiet' April

New passenger car registrations fell by nearly 20% in April, with a total of 152,076 units registered, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Trading (SMMT).

Supermarkets unleash a flurry of fuel price cuts

All the major supermarkets have announced price cuts at the pump, just as the RAC has released its latest report claiming that the drop in the price of oil and jump in the value of sterling should give retailers a chance to pass on savings.

Scary result of Chartman team-building exercise

Motorists visiting the Winning Post Service Station on Exeter’s Haldon Hill are currently being entertained by a collective of scarecrows produced by each of the south west’s Chartman-owned stores.

Gloucester site added to Euro Garages portfolio

Euro Garages has acquired another forecourt in the south west - Churcham Garage, Gloucester.

Maxol opens largest-ever forecourt development

Maxol has opened the doors to its largest ever development in Northern Ireland at Tannaghmore, County Antrim.

Certas Energy appoints new finance director

Steve Little has joined Certas Energy as its new finance director with a brief to develop improvements across the business and add value to its domestic and commercial customers.

ACS calls on Ofgem to include local shops in proposals to limit back-billing

ACS has called on energy regulator Ofgem to ensure that local shops and other small businesses are included in proposals to limit back-billing of electricity and gas. Currently, suppliers have signed up to voluntary agreements to only back-bill domestic consumers for a maximum of 12 months. Ofgem is looking at whether to introduce licence obligations for suppliers, due to the regulator stating that: “We are not confident that the principle is being applied consistently across the market and are concerned that not all suppliers have appropriate back-billing arrangements in place.”

Shoplifting on the rise, says ONS

An 8% rise in recorded shoplifting incidents has been revealed in the latest figures released by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the year ending December 2016 in England and Wales.

Top honours for Hoyer fuel delivery drivers

Three Hoyer drivers have taken top honours in the Hoyer Petrolog Driver Of The Year Awards, 2017. The overall winner was Sion Williams (ShellFleet, Stanlow), runner up was David Young (EssoFleet, Grangemouth); while Stephen Pick (Shell Fleet, Kingsbury) came third.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 September 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East120.75128.55119.84
East Midlands120.29128.81119.63
London120.7558.57130.05119.82
North East120.2059.90129.98119.40
North West120.52128.62119.81
Northern Ireland119.2369.90126.85119.03
Scotland120.60128.18119.75
South East121.03130.63120.24
South West120.75129.31119.96
Wales120.35127.44119.57
West Midlands120.4262.90130.69119.84
Yorkshire & Humber120.1971.90128.67119.59

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