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    Positive outlook

    2016-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Last year saw a major landmark for the dealer sector in the UK as it powered ahead to represent nearly 70% of all UK forecourts. The decision by the major oil companies to continue selling off many of their retail assets has enabled a few of the larger independent groups ...

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    Merril Boulton: Ignorance is key for Fair Fuel campaign

    2016-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all. Made me smile to see the supermarkets getting a slating over their pricing strategies for a change, instead of always the traditional fuel retailing fraternity. As we kicked off 2016, the RAC’s first report of the year slammed the big four supermarkets’ fuel ...

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    Kevin Eastwood - Executive director BOSS

    2016-01-12T00:00:00Z

    The police and other law enforcement bodies face continuing pressure to prioritise resources in the face of austerity measures. BOSS has been working hard to maintain and build on existing relationships to ensure maximum benefit for members, recognising that it’s important to do more than just report a crime. This ...

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    James Lowman - ACS chief executive

    2016-01-12T00:00:00Z

    In the summer of 2015, ACS launched one of its biggest ever campaigns in opposition to changes to Sunday Trading regulations announced by the Chancellor in his July Budget. We lobbied hard to ensure that the issue was front-of-mind for MPs, and as a result of the campaigning work, a ...

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    Rising through the ranks

    2015-11-30T00:00:00Z

    In what has already been a hectic year for businesses in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies, another twist has just been added by HKS more than doubling in size to just under 60 sites in just three months. The growth spurt began when HKS acquired seven sites from the sell-off ...

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    Brian Madderson - chairman RMIP

    2015-11-30T00:00:00Z

    This has been a turbulent and exciting year for petrol retailers with the independent sector powering ahead to represent nearly 70% of all UK forecourts. The decision by the remaining oil majors to continue divesting their retail assets has enabled a few of the larger independent groups to grow quickly ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-11-04T00:00:00Z

    he news that Christmas will be cheaper for consumers this year means only one thing to retailers fierce competition. A survey for VoucherCodes.co.uk, done by YouGov, found that average household spending on food, presents and decorations would be £796.05 this year. It sounds a lot but it’s actually 3% down ...

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    Peter Harding - retail consultant

    2015-11-04T00:00:00Z

    The latest Apple event came and went launching the new Iphone 6s, new Apple TV new ios 9 and OSx El Capitan and, of course, the Ipad Pro. Having done some work with CBE on the mobile solution, I was keen to see what the Ipad Pro brought to the ...

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    World class

    2015-11-04T00:00:00Z

    Euro Garages’ rapid growth in the UK since its formation in 2001 has already propelled it into third spot in the Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indies, and now it is aiming to become a leading player on a bigger stage. after a private equity firm agreed to invest in the ...

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    Chris Hunt - UKPIA director general

    2015-11-04T00:00:00Z

    Petroleum products are an essential energy resource and they will continue to be for years to come. Our sector produces these vital products and confidence in the safety of our operations is paramount. Our industry does involve potential risks that are greater than those in many other sectors and for ...

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    DCC completes €464m Butagaz purchase

    2015-11-04T00:00:00Z

    Irish conglomerate DCC plc, the parent company of Certas Energy, has completed the purchase of Butagaz SAS, a liquefied petroleum gas business in France, from Shell for €464m (£338m). When the deal was announced in May DCC said the transaction would be its largest ever acquisition and was a ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-09-28T00:00:00Z

    Having spent over two weeks recently with a really annoying cough and cold, I’ve had first-hand contact with the cold and flu remedies category. During my illness I consumed, in no particular order: vitamin C, vitamin D3, Day Nurse, Night Nurse, paracetamol, Sudafed, Covonia lozenges, Jakeman’s throat sweets and liquorice ...

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    Pumping up the future

    2015-09-28T00:00:00Z

    With Shell signing a deal for hydrogen refuelling stations (HFSs) at three of its sites, and Toyota launching its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the UK, a new kind of fuel is finally gaining a little traction in this country. Oliver Bishop, general manager of hydrogen, ...

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    Kevin Eastwood - Executive director BOSS

    2015-09-28T00:00:00Z

    At a recent meeting with the Attorney General, the country’s senior law officer, BOSS was praised for the work it does in tackling forecourt crime. It was also welcoming to hear from Home Office Minister for Policing, Mike Penning MP, that he’s grateful for the positive way that BOSS is ...

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    James Lowman - ACS chief executive

    2015-09-28T00:00:00Z

    At the start of September, we launched our fourth annual Local Shop Report and it was great to see so many of you in Manchester to be among the first to get the information. One of the chapters looks at employment in our sector, and this year we reached ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    How pro-active are you at providing what your shoppers want? I ask because I spoke to a convenience store retailer recently who told me he had just started stocking low-salt and low-sugar lines. But the interesting bit was that he was not responding to demand, he was trying to create ...

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    Deferred justice

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Brobot Petroleum, a Top 50 Indie which operates 23 filling stations in the Midlands, has successfully appealed via the First Tier Tax Tribunal against HM Revenue Customs (HMRC) imposition of unreasonable conditions to obtain an excise duty Deferment Account Number: Oil Products. The case was prepared and ...

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    David Charman - chairman CWA

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    As the summer months continue with the better weather, the excellent car wash sales of 2015 have continued. I was reminded recently by a personal event that there has been a dramatic increase in some of the costs incurred by our business, such as water and refuse. Water is, ...

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    Brian Madderson - chairman PRA

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    I wrote after the election to Mike Penning MP, newly appointed minister for policing, crime, criminal justice and victims at the Home Office about possible changes to police policy on forecourt crime. He replied (also offering a personal discussion): "First, I can assure you that there has been no ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-08-06T00:00:00Z

    I’ve always been a bit fascinated by the Graze craze. You know, those boxes of delicious but healthy snacks that get sent direct to consumers’ homes or desks. I’ve often been tempted to fill out a coupon for a free trial but haven’t ever got to round to it, ...