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    Merril Boulton: Big growth for the big boys

    2015-04-07T00:00:00Z

    Interesting times, as Esso concludes the sell-off of its final tranche of sites and pilots a new fuel livery; and MFG unveils a new strategy - on the one hand signing off on the biggest fuel supply deal of recent years; and also commits to the Murco brand in a ...

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    James Lowman: ACS Chief executive

    2015-04-07T00:00:00Z

    The Chancellor has delivered his final Budget of the parliament ahead of the election in May. One of the headlines grabbing a lot of attention was the announcement of 1p off a pint, reductions in other alcohol duties and a freeze in wine duty. This is good news for an ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-03-06T00:00:00Z

    I always used to be impressed by US forecourts they always seemed so cutting edge, so ahead of the curve but on a recent trip to Florida the ones I visited were a bit disappointing. One was downright awful. Mr West and I only stopped because we needed a map ...

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    David Charman - chairman CWA

    2015-03-06T00:00:00Z

    Spring 2015 may turn out to be a huge turning point in the car wash industry. The weather has been kind, resulting in the best start to trade for maybe five years. Could it be also that the new found wealth afforded to the motorist, with the falling fuel prices, ...

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    Brian Madderson: chairman PRA

    2015-03-06T00:00:00Z

    The extraordinarily steep decline in Brent Crude from $115 per barrel last June to $45 per barrel by mid-January was predicted by very few (if any) analysts, traders or oil companies, tempting the same scribes to pen their best guesses for 2015. The recent Bloomberg headline which read "analysts are ...

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    Stormy seas ahead?

    2015-03-06T00:00:00Z

    After one of the most volatile quarters on record for fuel prices, International Petroleum Week in the middle of last month was perfectly timed to bring some clarity to the turmoil, and give dealers some guidance on what may happen to prices in the months ahead. One of the most ...

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    Merril Boulton: Burgeoning Top 50

    2015-03-06T00:00:00Z

    It’s been another busy month as we completed the research on the latest Top 50 Indies listing, which shows a burgeoning group which has grown at the rate of more than 300 sites in the past year (see report on page 20). And of course more growth will come with ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-02-02T00:00:00Z

    Valentine’s Day (February 14) falls on a Saturday this year, which is always good news for restaurants but I think it’s good news for you too. That’s because even though surveys say people are spending more on eating out in restaurants, many consumers just haven’t got their confidence back yet ...

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    Peter Harding - Retail technology consultant

    2015-02-02T00:00:00Z

    It’s the first month of the New Year and time to consider what can we expect to see happen in the world of technology over the next 12 months? Following a fairly quiet 2014, Micros is continuing to promote its Prism 2 system, while CBE continues to grow its ...

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    Absolutely fuming

    2015-02-02T00:00:00Z

    The LPG industry was out in force last month trying to wake up the powers that be in the UK to the economic and environmental benefits of LPG. Firstly a lobby group called on Government to promote the use of LPG at an event at the Houses of Parliament. Later ...

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    Shop Talk with Tracy West

    2015-01-19T00:00:00Z

    Happy new year to you all let’s hope it’s a good one for you and your business. And, if you look at new research from Barclaycard, it seems things are already looking up as 2014 was the year when we all started spending again. The biggest increases in spending ...

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    Merril Boulton: Good year - good start

    2015-01-19T00:00:00Z

    A happy and prosperous New Year to you all, and as we kick off 2015, it’s not looking at all bad for the independent dealer sector is it? The big story during the past few months has been the ongoing fall in fuel prices, which currently shows no sign ...

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    Kevin Eastwood - BOSS executive director

    2015-01-19T00:00:00Z

    About 900,000 times each year motorists drive away from service stations either without paying or having drawn fuel then claiming that they have no means to pay. These problems cost each forecourt retailer an average of £3,000 every year. The success of BOSS Payment Watch lies with its tried ...

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    James Lowman: ACS chief executive

    2015-01-19T00:00:00Z

    Announcing business rates reform was the easy bit. Now the Chancellor has to work out what changes to this £26bn tax revenue stream will be fairer, pro-growth, fiscally responsible and popular. There are two key decisions to make. Firstly, what level of contribution does the Chancellor want business rates ...

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    Shop Talk with Tracy West

    2014-12-03T00:00:00Z

    Christmas is fast approaching and as I write this, I’m thinking about all the things I’ve still got to do. These include wrapping presents then wrapping them again in brown paper and sending them off to far flung places before those pesky ’last posting dates’. December is, of course, the ...

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    David Charman - Chairman CWA

    2014-12-03T00:00:00Z

    The end of 2014 is fast approaching and a major subject on people’s minds is UKIP and immigration. ’Take us out of Europe’, they cry and send back the illegal immigrants to their country of origin. This influx of keen, young labour has been coming for decades of course, ...

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    Brian Madderson - Chairman PRA

    2014-12-03T00:00:00Z

    This year could mark a watershed for the beleaguered independent sector with several structural changes swiftly impacting prospects. The oil companies continue their orderly retreat from direct retailing (Murco, Esso, Shell) and we have been monitoring these disposals carefully. We predict that the independent sector could increase to more than ...

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    Merril Boulton: Criminally intense

    2014-12-03T00:00:00Z

    Crime is certainly alive and well in the forecourt retailing sector and a scroll through the latest news on our website in the past few months is confirmation of that. From a serial cross-dressing fuel thief, to exploding cashpoints and attacks on sales assistants, there seems to be no ...

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    A sensible approach

    2014-12-03T00:00:00Z

    New guidance has been published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) to support retailers in preventing fuel theft and advising them on how to respond when it does occur. It has been developed as part of the Home Office’s Crime Prevention Panel, and could be seen as a major ...

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    Shop Talk with Tracy West

    2014-11-19T00:00:00Z

    Christmas and the shopping frenzy that surrounds it is fast approaching. I know it’s still only November, but as we have a festive edition of Product News I thought I’d add my festive tuppence ha’penny’s worth. Christmas is an interesting time as you get some families that like to ...