FT - Awards 2020 set 1

With just one day to go, there’s a big buzz across the fuel retailing industry as everyone looks forward to the Forecourt Trader Awards tomorrow - and a bit of much-needed relief from the current crisis.

The Forecourt Trader Awards will be continuing the long-established annual tradition of recognising the most notable of retailers - but this year in a ‘virtual’ event taking place tomorrow - Thursday, January 14 at 6.30pm. It will be hosted by celebrity TV presenter, magician, writer and actor Stephen Mulhern. There is no need to register to attend, viewers simply join at forecourttrader.co.uk.

More than 50 finalists will be standing by for the online ceremony to see if their forecourt businesses have emerged as victors in their particular category. But even reaching the finalist stage is a major achievement, according to Forecourt Trader editor Merril Boulton.

”All finalists have already achieved great things by being in the mix for an award tomorrow, especially during this most challenging of years. When the judging team were out on the road during October, we were very impressed by the amazing efforts retailers had gone to in making their sites safe, welcoming and well-stocked throughout these unprecedented times.” 

Elaine Houston, manager at Abbiecraig Services in Freuchie, Fife, is hoping for a good outcome in the awards as her site is finalist in three categories: Best Site in Scotland (over 4mpla); Best Forecourt Loo; and Best Soft Drinks. She said: “We’re all excited about being a finalist so will be watching the Awards. Things like winning Awards make a big difference to our staff.”

Adrian Mellon is manager at Spar Fortfield in Carrickfergus, Co Down, which is a finalist in the Best Site in Northern Ireland (up to 4mlpa) and Best Customer Service categories. He said there is a big buzz across the business about the upcoming Awards: “The staff put a lot of hard work and effort into the business and winning an Award would recognise that. We’ll be watching the Awards from home and hoping we win as it would be a big boost for staff morale.”