All Analysis articles – Page 3

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    Electric avenues

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Many forecourts owners have been looking at the various options for installing electric charging facilities, with many deciding it is too early to commit, but a Bill currently going through Parliament may force their hand. As it currently stands, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will give the Transport Secretary ...

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    Motoring at full speed

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    I f anyone thought that the rate of acquisitions by the biggest dealers during 2017 could not possibly be maintained in the New Year, then the first week of 2018 appears to have dispelled that notion. Having just snapped up 14 sites with the acquisition of the Golden Cross ...

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    Mind the gap

    2017-12-13T00:00:00Z

    While Palmer and Harvey’s difficulties were common knowledge they’d put out a notice about takeover talks to secure the company’s future the instant termination of all deliveries when it went into administration meant forecourt owners had to scramble to keep their shops supplied. MRH, the UK’s biggest independent ...

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    Charging the industry

    2017-11-13T00:00:00Z

    Motorway services and large petrol retailers will be forced to install charge points and hydrogen refuelling points for electric cars, under plans confirmed in the House of Commons by transport minister John Hayes. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will give the government powers to make it compulsory for "public ...

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    Spending spree

    2017-10-06T00:00:00Z

    By the standards of recent years the number of acquisitions by the Top 50 Indies has been quite modest since the 2017 listing was published in March. But that all changed in September, with a flurry of deals. However, with all the major sell-offs by oil companies completed, it is ...

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    Action on slavery

    2017-09-15T00:00:00Z

    As many forecourt owners with car wash facilities know to their cost, unscrupulous hand car washes (HCWs), with no regard for labour laws or environmental regulations, can steal many of their customers away by undercutting legitimate businesses. Initially, the authorities seemed reluctant to tackle this scourge, but after intense lobbying ...

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    Taking the long view

    2017-08-03T00:00:00Z

    The government’s long-awaited plan to tackle air pollution was always going to be controversial, after the High Court had dismissed earlier proposals as not good enough, and set a deadline of July 31 for it to come up with something better. But the media storm whipped up by its UK ...

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    Who foots the Bill?

    2017-07-10T00:00:00Z

    The government’s vision for the future of the road travel, which was outlined in the Queen’s Speech, contained both reassurance and potential threats for the forecourt sector. The good news is that the government is clearly confident about the future of the forecourt sector, as it features in a pivotal ...

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    Safety first

    2017-06-09T00:00:00Z

    The terrorist attacks at the Manchester Arena and on London Bridge mean security is top of the agenda for many companies, and an incident in Manchester demonstrates why the forecourt sector needs to be vigilant. A Texaco petrol station in the city found itself on the front line in the ...

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    Back to the future

    2017-06-09T00:00:00Z

    This time last year we were coming to the end of a major restructuring of the industry, as private equity funding was driving the big dealer groups to acquire a large number of sites being sold off by the oil companies. This activity has slowed down over the past year ...

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    Clearing the air

    2017-05-15T00:00:00Z

    After hordes of headlines suggesting owners of diesel cars were about to be clobbered with huge pollution charges, there were fears that the surge in demand for diesel would suddenly shudder into reverse, but new proposals from the government have eased some of the anxiety at least temporarily. The ...

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    Diesel dilemma

    2017-04-10T00:00:00Z

    Diesel has grown to dominate the road fuels market in the UK, driven by government tax incentives for car drivers. In 2001, with the government seeking to reduce CO2 emissions, the greater efficiency of diesel engines compared with petrol made it the obvious choice, and tax rates were adjusted accordingly. ...

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    Building growth

    2017-03-01T00:00:00Z

    The seemingly inexorable rise in the number of sites run by the Top 50 Indies continued last year, but the increase of 99 to 2,222 is much lower than the 300-plus increases of the two previous years. However, the primary reason for the slower growth is that the mass sell-off ...

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    Tapping into key trends

    2017-02-01T00:00:00Z

    The internet has now been widely available for so long that many consumers have grown up with it, and as it continues to develop and affect more areas of everyone’s lives it is helping to shape trends in shopper behaviour in the convenience sector. HIM Research Consulting has ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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. ...

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    The fight goes on

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    HM Revenue Customs (HMRC) has successfully appealed to the Upper Tribunal Chamber (UTC) against the decision in the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) that HMRC’s decision to refuse Brobot Petroleum an excise duty Deferment Account Number was unreasonable. However, Alan Powell, who represented Brobot at the FTT appeal, said ...