All COVID-19 articles

  • Rishi Sunak
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    PRA welcomes Chancellor's measures to stimulate the economy

    2020-07-08T14:09:00Z

    The PRA has welcomed a package of measures to stimulate the economy announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Summer Economic Update.

  • Pandemic could impact EV growth
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    Pandemic could impact EV growth

    2020-05-29T00:00:00Z

    The current pandemic could have severely set back the move towards electric vehicles, according to PRA chairman Brian Madderson. “Albeit the market was very small, we’ve been wondering, will the current situation have set it back still further?” he said. Madderson believes there are two elements which could ...

  • BSI launches safe working guidance for businesses
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    BSI launches safe working guidance for businesses

    2020-05-29T00:00:00Z

    New safe working guidelines to help businesses manage a safe return to work and reoccupation of their facilities have been published by BSI, in its role as the UK’s National Standards Body. The guidelines are intended to become a consensus of good practice and BSI encourages the business community ...

  • NFDA welcomes decision to allow car showrooms to reopen
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    NFDA welcomes decision to allow car showrooms to reopen

    2020-05-27T00:00:00Z

    The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has welcomed confirmation by the prime minister that car showrooms will be among the first non-essential retail premises allowed to open from June 1. Last week the NFDA wrote to the prime minister highlighting the sector’s preparedness following the publication of guidance by ...

  • Rules agreed for age-restricted sales to mask wearers
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    Rules agreed for age-restricted sales to mask wearers

    2020-05-27T00:00:00Z

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has worked with trading standards to provide clarity for local shops about the sale of age-restricted products in relation to customers wearing face masks or face coverings. When serving customers wearing face masks or face coverings who wish to purchase an age-restricted product ...

  • MPs urge Chancellor to act over threat to ATM provision
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    MPs urge Chancellor to act over threat to ATM provision

    2020-05-27T00:00:00Z

    A cross-party group of 37 MPs has written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to bring forward action to protect access to cash, and warning the UK’s ATM network, which was already fragile due to cuts to the interchange fee, is in imminent danger of collapse due to the ...

  • PRA urges government action as forecourt crime up nearly 40%
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    PRA urges government action as forecourt crime up nearly 40%

    2020-05-27T00:00:00Z

    The PRA is pushing the government to help stem the soaring crime rates on forecourts during the pandemic as thieves use face masks to prevent identification. Amid reports of a 37% increase in the number of drive-offs and no means to pay for fuel - with many perpetrators wearing ...

  • Garage overcomes break-in to keep supporting community
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    Garage overcomes break-in to keep supporting community

    2020-05-22T00:00:00Z

    Damage caused by burglars who smashed their way into a forecourt shop with a sledgehammer has not deflected the team at a Suffolk service station from supporting their local community during the lockdown. Potters of Framlingham, a rural Jet garage, had already seen fuel volumes fall by 75%, but ...

  • TLM adds call and collect feature to retailer’s evoPOS system
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    TLM adds call and collect feature to retailer’s evoPOS system

    2020-05-22T00:00:00Z

    TLM has upgraded a forecourt retailer’s EPOS to enable it offer a a call and collect solution for customers who are self isolating. Broken Spur is a convenience and fuel service station on the West Sussex/Surrey border, owned by Top 50 Indie Refuel Go. The store ...

  • ACS survey reveals impact of lockdown on sector
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    ACS survey reveals impact of lockdown on sector

    2020-05-20T00:00:00Z

    The challenges faced by retailers and colleagues since the lockdown, and the changes that they have made in store to keep their communities going are revealed in findings from a survey by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). The ACS Covid-19 Impact Survey shows that while two thirds of ...

  • New information hub provides overview of motorway services
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    New information hub provides overview of motorway services

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    A new online hub providing an overview of motorway service areas (MSAs) across England has been launched to help HGV drivers and other people making essential journeys during the lockdown. The site , which is provided by Highways England, shows whether the MSAs are open and what facilities they are ...

  • Euro Garages starts reopening Starbucks and Subway outlets
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    Euro Garages starts reopening Starbucks and Subway outlets

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    Euro Garages has extended the gradual reopening of some of its food-to-go outlets to Starbucks and Subway, after starting the process with KFC two weeks ago. Ilyas Munshi, group commercial director, said the company was starting with drive-thru and delivered services, with a takeaway service to follow. He said the ...

  • PRA calls for clampdown on ’non-compliant’ hand car washing
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    PRA calls for clampdown on ’non-compliant’ hand car washing

    2020-05-14T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has called on the government for an urgent clamp-down on the re-opening of “endemically non-compliant” hand car washes (HCW) following the lockdown. Earlier this month chairman Brian Madderson wrote to Secretary of State Alok Sharma about the “reliability of this sector to adhere to the clear guidance ...

  • Moto starts to reopen Burger King restaurants for takeaway service
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    Moto starts to reopen Burger King restaurants for takeaway service

    2020-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Motorway service area operator Moto is to re-open 27 of its Burger King restaurants for take-away service only. Eight sites opened on Thursday (14 May), initially just for HGV drivers, to give Moto an opportunity to ensure safe working practices for restaurant teams and customers. A further 17 restaurants are ...

  • MFG displays “Thank You NHS” banner at all of its sites
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    MFG displays “Thank You NHS” banner at all of its sites

    2020-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is visibly showing its support for the NHS, carers and all essential workers by displaying a big “Thank You” banner at all of its 900-plus forecourts throughout the UK. William Bannister, MFG’s chief executive officer, said: “MFG is very proud of the role our stations are ...

  • Applegreen reveals it is trading above its expectations
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    Applegreen reveals it is trading above its expectations

    2020-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Applegreen plc has revealed that all its sites have remained open during the Covid-19 lockdown, and current trading levels are ahead of its expectations for the second quarter. It added that the recent easing of movement restrictions in each of its markets has resulted in increased traffic volumes. ...

  • 58.9% fall in spending on fuel in April recorded by Barclaycard
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    58.9% fall in spending on fuel in April recorded by Barclaycard

    2020-05-13T00:00:00Z

    A 58.9% reduction in spending on fuel in April has been recorded by Barclaycard, which claims to handle nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions. The slump in fuel transactions was the main factor in an overall 7.5% decline in spending on essential items. Supermarkets, ...

  • Moto gives away 4,000 meals to HGV drivers parking overnight
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    Moto gives away 4,000 meals to HGV drivers parking overnight

    2020-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Motorway service area operator Moto has given away more than 4,000 meals to HGV drivers during the coronavirus lockdown. The scheme, for HGV drivers parking overnight, was launched two weeks ago and is now averaging more than 250 meals a day from the 24 sites taking part. Drivers ...

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    Adjusting to lockdown

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Everything has been shaping up nicely at Hill’s Retail, which not long ago reached its 10-year landmark. The Redditch-based business was set up by directors David Hill and Jackie Braziel, and has recently extended its relationship with Gulf as it continues to future-proof its operations, with all three of its ...

  • Car use continues to rise despite lockdown, RAC data shows
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    Car use continues to rise despite lockdown, RAC data shows

    2020-05-08T00:00:00Z

    Car use is continuing to rise despite the lockdown, according to RAC data which shows a steady increase in breakdowns and average miles driven each day. More than a third of drivers say they are using their vehicles more for food shopping as well as trips to DIY stores ...