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One week to go for old fivers as legal tender

The Bank of England has issued a reminder that it will be withdrawing legal tender status of the paper £5 note, featuring Elizabeth Fry, next Friday, May 5 2017. It is encouraging anyone who still has paper £5 notes to spend them during the forthcoming week. At the start of April there were still around 160 million notes left in circulation.

End of the road for Seven Ways Service Station

Seven Ways Service Station, a BWOC site in Bristol, is closing down this week due to economic reasons, after failing to find a buyer.

Sentinel roll-out boosts Jet's quality fuels offering

The premium fuels market is growing across the UK and certainly for the Jet brand, according to Graham Clout, retail sales manager at Phillips 66, speaking at this week’s Forecourt Show.

St Blazey signs new five-year deal with Gulf

Barrie Richards, proprietor of St Blazey Service Station, Cornwall has selected Gulf as his fuel brand for a further five years. 

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NFDA calls for more electric charging points

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) is warning government and the automotive industry they will need to maintain their active encouragement for consumers to buy electric vehicles (EVs).

Additional police drafted in after armed robbery in Hull

Extra police officers were drafted into East Hull after armed robbers raided a service station and a cyclist was also attacked.

Intruders spray cashier with unknown substance

Hampshire Police are appealing after intruders sprayed an unknown substance into the face of a 25-year-old female cashier at the Courtesy filling station in Romsey Road, Cadnam.

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James Lowman
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ACS chief sets out its priorities for election at Summit17

The Association of Convenience Stores has set out its priorities for government ahead of the election on June 8 and called on the sector to get involved to promote the work being done by convenience store owners and their staff in communities.

A CTC van outside Chartman's Winning Post Service Station
A CTC van outside Chartman's Winning Post Service Station
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Top 50 Indie Chartman shortlisted for Grocer Gold award

Top 50 Indie Chartman has been shortlisted as the Retail Chain of the Year 2017 in the prestigious Grocer Gold awards, run by Forecourt trader’s sister publication The Grocer.

Mark Frostick of Rapleys
Mark Frostick
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Rapleys predicts more closed forecourt sites will reopen

Property consultancy Rapleys LLP is predicting more former forecourt sites will be reopened after it secured the sale of a site that had been closed several years ago.

Aerial shot of truckstop at Goole
Aerial shot of the truckstop at Goole
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Jos Richardson and Son completes £4m redevelopment

East Yorkshire-based Jos Richardson and Son will mark 125 years in business with the official opening of its new service station and truck stop development at Goole on May 5.

Greenergy lorries at Thames Oilport

Greenergy opens Thames Oilport for road-loading of diesel

Greenergy has begun road-loading of diesel and heating oil at Thames Oilport, giving it a supply location in the South East of England.

Smuggled Turner tobacco
Smuggled Turner tobacco
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Smuggler sentenced to three years in jail

A lorry driver caught smuggling around 900 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, a small quantity of cocaine and amphetamine, CS Gas and eight dangerous knives into the UK has been jailed for three years, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

SMMT chief executive Mike hawes
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes
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Motorists back three-year MOT says SMMT

British motorists have put their support firmly behind keeping the first MOT test for cars at three years, according to the results of new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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One month to plain packaging warns ACS

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has reminded retailers there is just one month to go until the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive come into force.

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Electric car demand could overload grid

The UK’s energy system isn’t prepared for the growing number of consumers choosing to buy small scale energy technologies such as electric vehicles (EVs), according to a new report by think tank Green Alliance.

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Topaz introduces new fuel brand

Irish forecourt operator Topaz is investing €6m in the roll-out of a new fuel brand, Miles, across its network, according to a report in The Irish Times.

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Co-op to invest £850,000 in site

Lincolnshire Co-op has revealed plans for an £850,000 redevelopment of its Gibbet Nook Filling Station, on the junction of the A153 and B1192 near Coningsby.

Combe Martin Petrol Station
Combe Martin Petrol Station
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C-store chain buys 16th forecourt

Central Convenience Stores has acquired its 16th forecourt with the purchase of Combe Martin Petrol Station in north Devon.

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Shell is the biggest forecourt owner in the UK
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Forecourt property values hit record high

Forecourt property values are at a record high, according to a new report by property advisors Barber Wadlow.

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Cloning device found on Asda pump

Police in Hull have warned drivers to check their bank accounts after a suspected card cloning device was found at a pay at pump machine on an Asda forecourt.

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Prime MInister Theresa May revealed plans for the election on Tuesday April 18
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ACS gears up for general election

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has outlined issues it would like to see addressed in political parties’ manifestoes, after Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to hold a General Election on June 8.

CCTV of attempted robbery

Police release CCTV of attempted robbery

CCTV images have been released by police officers investigating an attempted robbery at a 24-hour filling station in Lancashire.

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Cashpoint attacked at Top Indie's site

Police are investigating after part of a cashpoint machine was stolen from the Esso garage, owned by Top 50 Indie MRH, at The Street in Great Barton, Suffolk.

White Horse Service Station in Middle Wallop, Hampshire
White Horse Service Station in Middle Wallop, Hampshire
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Hampshire forecourt adopts new Murco image

White Horse Service Station in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, has become the latest Murco dealer station to adopt its new image. The new image was provided as part of a re-signing package.

Hoyer extends delivery deal with Shell

Hoyer Petrolog has retained significant business with Shell delivering retail fuels in the UK. The new contract extends Hoyer’s relationship with Shell in the UK through to June 2020.

Route of Lower Thames Crossing announced

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced the preferred route for a new Lower Thames Crossing.

Government awards £109m in grants for next generation vehicles

Government funding of £109.7m has been awarded to help develop the next generation of driverless and low-carbon vehicles, as part of the Industrial Strategy and the government’s Plan for Britain.

Plans to charge cars based on actual vehicle emissions

A company aiming to develop technology to enable local authorities to charge drivers based on actual vehicle emissions has been awarded a £1m grant.

Roadchef sets up apprenticeship scheme

Motorway service area operator Roadchef has engaged in a new partnership with private hospitality training provider Lifetime Training to deliver bespoke apprenticeship programmes to its employees.

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Henderson Group achieves record sales

One of Northern Ireland’s largest forecourt operators, The Henderson Group, has announced record levels of sales, investment and jobs growth in the year ending December 31, 2016.

Criminals convicted for breaking into oil pipeline

The first conviction in Wales for hot tapping – where criminals break into oil pipelines – has been made following an incident in Pembrokeshire where 2,000 litres of diesel were stolen.

Top 50 Indie signs five sites to Essar brand

Top 50 Indie Javid Iqbal has signed up five of his sites to the Essar brand.

Kevin Eastwood
Kevin Eastwood
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BOSS launches forecourt crime index

BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, has launched a new forecourt crime index to help retailers benchmark their performance against quantified national averages.

Esso Card acceptance extended to BP branded sites

Esso Card fuel card customers can now use their Esso Card at BP branded sites throughout the UK.

Flames at MRH Esso site

Blaze guts shop on MRH forecourt

A forecourt shop has been gutted by a major fire on a site owned by Top 50 Indie MRH.

Bids invited for £490m road improvement fund

The Department for Transport has told counties across England they can bid for a share of £490m to improve their roads.

Police investigate racial abuse allegation

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman reported being sworn at and racially abused at the Tesco Express petrol station on Soundwell Road, Kingswood.

Retail groups condemn deposit return plan

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) have called for plans to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) to be scrapped after conducting research into the impact of a scheme with both consumers and retailers.

Forecourt gunman escapes with cash

Northumbria Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Shell garage in The Broadway, in Grindon.

Burnt out Co-op site rebuilt

Central England Co-operative is planning to open the doors to its rebuilt petrol filling station and food store, in Halifax Road, Birchencliffe, Huddersfield, at 10am on Friday April 21.

Jet hails new approach to promotion as a success

Jet has hailed its recent advertising campaign as a resounding success. The fuel brand opted to take a different approach to promoting its latest “Skint?” nationwide prize draw, using a combination of bus, Facebook and online advertising, as well as Waze, a traffic and navigation app.

FarefuelUK attacks penalties on diesel owners

FairFuelUK has launched a stinging attack on the government’s strategy of increasing charges on diesel cars as a way of lowering emissions.

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The number of Tesco forecourts has fallen
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EI report confirms halt to decline in forecourt numbers

The Energy Institute (EI) has backed up Experian Catalist’s findings last year that the decline in UK forecourt numbers has ended.

ACS criticises calls for alcohol restrictions

The Association of Convenience Stores has responded to the publication of a House of Lords Committee Review into the Licensing Act, raising concerns about recommendations made on alcohol promotions and licensing fees.

DCC chief executive to stand down

Tommy Breen, the chief executive of Certas Energy’s parent company DCC, has announced that he will be standing down after more than 30 years with the company, following its annual general meeting on July 14.

Essar UK fined £1.65m after explosion

Essar Oil UK has been fined £1.65m following an explosion at its Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Car sales break monthly record

The UK’s new car market grew by 8.4% in March, making it the biggest month since records began, according to SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) figures.

Police checking whether break-ins are linked

Police are investigating whether break-ins at petrol stations in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, as well as a Co-op store, early on April 4 are linked.

P&H and Costcutter close The Buyco

Palmer and Harvey and Costcutter Supermarkets Group have announced plans to close The BuyCo, the independent negotiating company set up as a joint venture between both businesses.

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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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