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    Service Centre: Jac Roper on fuel theft, ATM fixed in record time; and a lottery ‘glitch’


    My family owns a forecourt in Northants (Billing Service Station) and we have had issues with drive-offs in the past which we report to the police

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    Money Talk: Covid-19 - has it seen off cash on the forecourt?


    Coming into June, and the first stringent phase of lockdown is lifting and being replaced by – confusion. During the initial panic the instructions were reasonably clear: stay at home other than for very limited exceptions

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    The laws – they are (always) a-changin’!


    The Business and Planning Bill was expected to be considered in Parliament on Monday June 29 2020 with a view to it becoming law the next day. I am now told that it will be considered in the House of Lords on July 6 and it then needs to go back to the Commons. So we are looking at mid-end of July at the earliest.

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    Money Talk: Don’t expect to be back to ‘normal’ any time soon


    Another month brings another set of ‘relaxed’ rules telling us how we’re all now supposed to interact in public, along with the very welcome news that the hospitality sector – or at least whatever is left of it – is allowed to open after three months of shutdown.

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    Transport secretary reveals plans for hydrogen bus only town


    The government is preparing to plans for a hydrogen bus only town, the transport secretary Grant Shapps has revealed.

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    Fuel Prices - Retail Weekly

    Experian Catalist maintains a database with information on every forecourt in the UK Ireland and can provide Local Trade Area demographics and competition reports for any site in the country. In the UK we supply daily fuel price information to the oil industry, other retailers, ...

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  • Article

    Changing habits in lockdown


    They say that eating habits have changed during the Coronavirus lockdown and it seems that’s true when it comes to our taste in sandwiches. According to a poll of 2,000 adults undertaken by bread brand Warburtons, last year’s favourite sandwich cheese has been replaced by bacon. It seems whether they’re ...

  • Article

    Important distinction between 'law' and 'guidance'


    Our ‘Legal Doctor’ Robert Botkai discusses guidance versus law

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    Unscrupulous operators ignore guidance


    Media attention has increasingly focused on unregulated re-openings of hand car washes (HCWs) after several weeks of COVID-19 lockdown. Car wash customer expectations have changed during the pandemic possibly for good. HCWs will now be expected to demonstrate that customers’ safety is taken seriously by visibly complying with government guidelines. ...

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    A terrible toll - but can coronavirus damage be repaired?


    Oil prices staged a minor recovery in May as major global economies tentatively emerge from lockdown. Oil demand has fallen by more than 20 mn b/d in the last three months, and the industry continues to face a murky future. Oil producing heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Russia have over-delivered ...

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    Retailer initiatives make the difference


    When the lockdown commenced in March, fuel volumes across the UK literally went over the cliff with reports from PRA members advising of 80-90% reductions in some rural areas. The average reduction was 60-65%, which was enough to produce financial shock waves for many companies. The swift action by ...

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    Another strange month


    Another strange month has passed in this weird environment that we are all trying to come to terms with as we try to return to some kind of normal. Forecourts up and down the land have been doing an amazing job it seems as they have adjusted to the unprecedented ...

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    UKIFDA joins scheme to offset carbon impact


    The UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) has joined a carbon compensation scheme and teamed up with Portland Fuel in a bid to offset its carbon impact.