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    Investing in growth

    2017-01-09T00:00:00Z

    Many dealers continued adding to their estates in 2016, driving up demand, and therefore the value of sites fuelling continued optimism and investment in the fuel retailing sector. Clive Sheppard, director of Top 50 Indie Chartman: "2017 promises to be our most exciting year yet. Ongoing investment by the ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2017-01-09T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all I hope trading was bouyant over the festive season. But while I had intended to continue in positive fashion, I am sorry to hear that it wasn’t a very good start to the New Year for Top 50 Indie, High Noon Stores, which went ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: executive director BOSS

    2017-01-09T00:00:00Z

    Police forces across the country are under pressure and forecourt retailers have a responsibility to help the police to use their limited resources effectively. We know that it’s important for forecourt retailers to do more than just report a crime. Unfortunately, some retailers report issues that are not crimes ...

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    James Lowman: ACS chief executive

    2017-01-09T00:00:00Z

    As we build up to the new financial year starting in April when businesses in England and Wales will start paying rates based on the latest revaluation, there’s been a lot in the papers about business rates. While a lot of the media coverage talks about the pounds and pence ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    I must say that I’m feeling a little bit smug and that’s because all of my Christmas shopping is virtually done. I start early to avoid the crowds and the rush. I don’t mind a bit of atmosphere in shops but don’t like to see people fighting over the ...

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    Risks of reform

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    A House of Lords Select Committee is currently interviewing witnesses as it considers making proposals to reform the licensing laws. Any recommendations will not be binding on the Government, but are likely to be persuasive, and could impact on petrol retailers. The Select Committee is considering a range of issues. ...

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    David Charman: chairman CWA

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    When I look back over the past 20 years trading as a convenience petrol retailer, the change has been enormous. At the start when the oil company logo was above the door, we were viewed with the suspicion that everything we sold would somehow be smeared with oil or smell ...

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    Brian Madderson: chairman PRA

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    For several months, the PRA has been lobbying ministers to introduce a fuel duty cut with 3ppl recommended for both grades. The Chancellor invited PRA earlier this month to meet senior officials at HM Treasury and HM Revenue Customs to present their case. A fuel duty cut ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    It’s not so long ago that you would have recoiled to think that supermarkets and independent retailers could work together on any kind of project, the former having kicked the ’proverbials’ out of the latters’ livelihoods for many years. Now we have two Top 50 groups Rontec and MFG (see ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-11-04T00:00:00Z

    The time when we used to say to each other ’There are only so many shopping days until Christmas’ are rather redundant as shopping is more or less a 24/7 activity thanks to the internet. There’s no doubt that the internet, as well as all of the discounters, are taking ...

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    Chris Hunt: UKPIA director general

    2016-11-04T00:00:00Z

    As we move toward Autumn, Brexit and its implications are becoming a reality, at least in terms of the ’pre-fight build-up’. Our Prime Minister, Theresa May, has insisted "Brexit means Brexit" and "the decision of the British public will be respected". It is only over the short time since ...

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    Peter Harding: business development director HTEC

    2016-11-04T00:00:00Z

    This past couple of months have seen a new iPhone (the 7), new IOS 10 and not much else. IOS 10 is said to provide much better connection (untested by me) for home connectable appliances there is even a home app button on the main screen. With regards to ...

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    Merril Boulton: What a shocker

    2016-11-04T00:00:00Z

    Well that was a bit of a shocker the government consulting on plans to force larger service stations, supermarket forecourts and motorway service areas to provide hydrogen refuelling facilities and charging points for electric vehicles (see News Extra on page 10). The measures are included in a consultation document for ...

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    Drive to boost hydrogen sites

    2016-11-04T00:00:00Z

    The government is consulting on plans to force larger service stations, supermarket forecourts and motorway service areas (MSAs) to provide hydrogen refuelling facilities and charging points for electric vehicles. The measures are included in a consultation document for the Modern Transport Bill, which is due to be laid in ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-10-10T00:00:00Z

    I have a confession I love Nutella. I have to avoid buying it because I can eat so much of it. A while back I bought the teensiest of jars the glass one with the white lid and sat and ate it all with a teaspoon. Then, feeling more than ...

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    Rates rollercoaster

    2016-10-10T00:00:00Z

    As this issue of Forecourt Trader went to press the Government had just published the headline figures on the results of its revaluation of business rates, and forecourt owners were waiting to see how their bills in April 2017 were likely to be affected. It reported that rateable values in ...

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    Merril Boulton: Wow what a night!

    2016-10-10T00:00:00Z

    Wow what a night! Many congratulations to Patrick Sewell and his team at Sewell on the go South Cave for becoming our latest Forecourt Trader of the Year winner. It’s a second time around for him he last won in 2009. There was generally a very high standard of ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: BOSS executive director

    2016-10-10T00:00:00Z

    Technology plays a big part in our campaign to reduce forecourt crime by speeding up communications and the processing of large amounts of information. More efficient ways of working are absolutely necessary when you consider that approximately 900,000 times a year drivers either drive-off from a forecourt without paying for ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-09-08T00:00:00Z

    I hope you’ve had a good summer and your fair share of the gorgeous weather. I was down on the Kent coast the other evening and popped into a convenience store for a cold drink. The drinks were cold so that was good but what caught my eye ...

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    Feeding growth

    2016-09-08T00:00:00Z

    Food-to-go in the UK offers significant opportunities for growth, according to the latest figures from IGD, which has unveiled new research into the market for the very first time. Driven by changing shopper lifestyles, IGD is anticipating the market to be worth £16.1bn in 2016, up by 6.8% from 2015. ...