The awards are a measure of the high operating standards and entrepreneurial skills demonstrated by petrol retailers nationwide, who set the standards to which others aspire. They don't have to be the biggest but they are judged to be the best. Does your site stand head and shoulders above the rest? In keeping with this year's 'Best of British' theme, it's time to measure your talents against all other forecourts up and down the land. Will you be joining the royal line-up of winners by taking the crown in 2016? You'll never know if you don't enter!
The 2016 awards
Regardless of ownership or operational status, the main retailer categories will be grouped by two main criteria region and fuel volume.
Retailers can compete for the high-status title of being the Best Forecourt Retailer in one of six regions: 1. Scotland
2. Northern Ireland
3. Northern England
5. West Country & Wales
6. London & the South East
There will be two volume categories up to 4mpla and over 4mpla.
There will be two winners in each region representing the two volume categories.
There will also be an award for the Best Motorway Services Outlet.
The overall Forecourt Trader of the Year winner will be chosen from the winners of the above categories.
Why you should enter
The chance to win the most prestigious retailer award in the forecourt sector.
The opportunity to enjoy a great night out at the awards dinner at the Park Lane Hilton in London on Thursday, September 15, 2016.
A great event at which to network with friends, colleagues and like-minded retailers as well as oil-company executives, suppliers and other key business contacts.
Enjoy the prestige of being part of the industry event of the year.
As a winner you are able to use the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards logo in-store and on marketing material to help impress your customers.
Winners in all categories also benefit from coverage and publicity within Forecourt Trader magazine and on our awards website: www.forecourttraderawards.co.uk.
In addition to the main site awards, all retailers can submit entries for the following specialist categories. Newly incorporated into this year's competition is the award for Best Forecourt Loo:
Best Car Care & Lubricants Outlet
Best Community Engagement
Best Customer Service
Best Design & Development
Best Food-to-Go Outlet
Best Forecourt Loo
Best Forecourt Innovation
Best Hot Beverages Outlet
Best Site Manager
Best Soft Drinks Outlet
Best Valeting FacilitiesHow to enter
Online: go to the awards website www.forecourttraderawards.co.uk. Follow the instructions to submit your entry.
By post: you can download an entry pack at www.forecourttraderawards.co.uk.
Send your completed entry form and photos to: Rebecca George, Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2016 William Reed Business Media, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RT.
For further information call Rebecca George on 01293 610422 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you get your entries in by the deadline: Friday May 13, 2016.
Winning tipsWatch out for tips on how to be a winner in next month's issue essential reading for those aiming for the top.
Our big thanks go to this year's sponsors, without whom the awards would not be possible, particularly principal sponsor, Certas Energy. Welcome also to new sponsor Fast Trak, sponsoring Best Forecourt Loo; and HTEC, sponsoring community engagement.
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