All Columnists articles – Page 15

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    Brian Madderson - chairman PRA

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Farewell coalition and hello majority. Voters chose a Conservative Government producing a raft of new appointments and decisions critical for our industry sector. With the Summer Budget due on July 8,the PRA will be lobbying for a 2ppl duty reduction to be largely funded by the estimated windfall gain ...

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    Merril Boulton: Age of the indie

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Lots of positive news for the fuel retailing sector this month starting with our latest annual Fuel Market Review, compiled in conjunction with Experian Catalist (page 28). It shows that the number of dealer sites has grown for the second year in a row, there are more vehicles on the ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    People say that there’s no such thing as a free lunch but with Walker’s crisps that’s not true. That’s because consumers buying packets of the crisps have a one in six chance of winning a free lunch. Walkers owner PepsiCo says this will enable retailers to ’add some crunch’ to ...

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    Peter Harding - Retail technology consultant

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Can you remember where you were and what you were doing on Friday April 10, 2015? I can. I had made an appointment to view and potentially order my new Apple watch. Having got to the relevant point in the appointment system, the nice young lady asked me which watch ...

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    Chris Hunt - UKPIA director general

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    s we went to press, a safety scheme for road fuel tankers was launched. UKPIA inaugurated a thoroughly revised Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS) on April 30. The scheme aims to ensure that road fuel tankers are safe and meet a number of additional checks and standards. The SLPS was ...

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    Merrril Boulton: Indies in overdrive

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Yet another month of intense activity in the sector, and I don’t just mean all the trade exhibitions that were held last month including our own very successful Forecourt Show at the NEC. The head offices of MFG and Euro Garages must have been and will continue to be operating ...

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    Tracy West -:Shop Talk

    2015-04-07T00:00:00Z

    By now, you should all be covered up. And by that I mean your cigarettes and baccy, all cosy and snug behind doors or shutters because on April 6, that’s the law! And it’s quite a complicated law with sub-sections on when you can open doors/shutters, who can look, ...

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    Kevin Eastwood - BOSS executive director

    2015-04-07T00:00:00Z

    On May 7 the country goes to the polls to elect a new government. One of the first questions I will be asking the new Home Secretary is "What is the justice system going to do to respond better to drive-offs and ’no means of payment’ (NMoP) incidents?" The ...

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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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    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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    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 ...