All Analysis articles – Page 2

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    We should be ’celling’ the future

    2019-08-06T00:00:00Z

    A future where battery- powered and hybrid vehicles are superseded by vehicles running on hydrogen fuel cells was predicted by Jon Hunt, manager, alternative fuels, at Toyota. Speaking at a conference organised by the Westminster Energy, Environment Transport Forum, he explained why the company that produced ...

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    Emission impossible

    2019-07-09T00:00:00Z

    Government indecision over the introduction of E10 a blend of fuel with up to 10% ethanol content compared with the current limit of 5% in E5 is nothing new. It was just after the London Olympics in 2012 when the then Transport Minister Norman Baker wrote to industry ...

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    C-store growth rate set to soar

    2019-06-07T00:00:00Z

    New market analysis by HIM, revealed by insight director Gareth Nash, predicts that the growth rate in the convenience sector in 2019 will accelerate, with overall turnover up 3.5% to £41.7bn, compared with a growth rate of 2.7% last year. He said the growth rate had been slowing slightly over ...

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    Fuelling the future

    2019-05-17T00:00:00Z

    The UK is lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of automotive hydrogen development, with countries such as China, Korea and Japan pushing ahead at a rapid rate, according to Charles Purkess, business development manager at ITM Power. He was part of the ’Fuelling the Future: On the ...

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    Last throw of the dice

    2019-04-08T00:00:00Z

    When the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its damning provisional findings on the proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda on February 20, many commentators thought the deal was dead. The CMA said it was concerned the deal would lead to a substantial lessening of competition at both a ...

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    A year of upheaval

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    This year has seen massive upheaval in the Top 50 Indies listing, compared with 2018 when not only were the Top 10 companies all the same companies as the previous year, but they were all in the same order too. Not least among the changes is that, for the first ...

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    Evading the issue

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    When a Parliamentary Committee of MPs announced last year that it was launching an inquiry into the hand car wash sector it appeared that a long campaign was finally paying off. For years the PRA and its sister organisation, the Car Wash Association (CWA), have been highlighting the explosion in ...

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    Competition for growth still intense

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    We’ve just had a year of seismic events with the second largest operator, MFG, buying its larger rival MRH, and Sainsbury’s agreeing a deal with Asda that would make it the UK’s number one road fuel retailer. And while one deal has cleared all its regulatory hurdles, and the other ...

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    Turning the tide

    2018-12-19T00:00:00Z

    For many years the government has turned a deaf ear whenever the PRA and the Car Wash Association (CWA) have highlighted the scourge of illegal hand car washes springing up in towns and cities across the UK, but finally it has been presented with evidence it can’t ignore. The Commons ...

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    The police have got it wrong

    2018-11-12T00:00:00Z

    As police services across the UK have cut the number of frontline officers in response to funding pressures, chief constables and politicians have been looking for ways to ease the burden on the remaining crime fighters. One way that has been repeatedly suggested is downgrading the importance attached to forecourt ...

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    Turning the tide

    2018-10-08T00:00:00Z

    The sell-offs of large tranches of their forecourt estates by some of the biggest oil companies has changed the structure of the UK market for most of this century. No one would argue that MRH, MFG, Euro Garages and Rontec would not have been the dominant groups in the Top ...

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    Deals that dominate the market

    2018-09-17T00:00:00Z

    After its predecessor, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), gave the road fuels market a clean bill of health in early 2013, the Competition Markets Authority (CMA) has ignored calls for a fresh inquiry and left the sector well alone. But two major deals mean it is now ...

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    A rocky road ahead

    2018-08-03T00:00:00Z

    The Road to Zero strategy is nothing short of the government’s blueprint to phase out two of the bed rocks of the forecourt sector petrol and diesel. While the ’zero’ it refers to is emissions from road vehicles, its method for achieving this is prohibiting the sale of all new ...

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    Targeting the cowboys

    2018-07-06T00:00:00Z

    Years of campaigning by the PRA and Car Wash Association paid off last month when their chairman, Brian Madderson, was invited to give evidence to MPs on the damage unregulated hand car washes are wreaking on the legitimate trade, and the environment. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has ...

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    Conundrums for retail managers

    2018-07-06T00:00:00Z

    Facing change and challenges are major aspects of the job of a retail manager in the fuels marketing and forecourt retailing sector. Looking at the market now compared with where it was five years ago, there has been significant change and upheaval. There are, however, some things that never change ...

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    Fuel for thought

    2018-06-07T00:00:00Z

    None of the pontificating politicians in Westminster, who are currently debating forcing forecourts to install electric charging points, appear to have given any thought to the practical issues involved. Had they attended the launch of the fourth edition of the Blue Book they would now be having second thoughts. ...

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    Turning the tide

    2018-05-23T00:00:00Z

    With the National Crime Agency investigating links with organised crime and drug smuggling, and raids almost on a daily basis looking for slaves among their work forces, illicit hand car wash operators were probably wondering when MPs would wake up to the problems they pose. What few were expecting, however, ...

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    UK Hand Car Wash Market - Key Fact

    2018-05-23T00:00:00Z

    Size 10,000 hand car washes (7,000 mechanical washes), around 60% of total 110 million washes per year (45 million mechanical washes), 70% of total 80% share of total car wash income (including valeting) £200m potential annual loss to HMRC in unpaid taxes Trade Effluent Over ...

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    Fuel for thought

    2018-04-12T00:00:00Z

    Shell added some perspective to the ’electric’ onslaught last month with the opening of a new hydrogen refuelling station at Shell Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. It happened in the same week as the Department for Transport confirmed a multi-million pound funding boost to increase the uptake of hydrogen. Days later ...

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    Opportunity knocks?

    2018-03-20T00:00:00Z

    With the two biggest members of Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies snapping up more and more of the other groups in the listing, it was only a matter of time before they began to consider the biggest deal of all, but its timing still took many people by surprise. It ...