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Garners win the big prize at spectacular awards

19 September, 2014

Forecourt Trader winners. From left: Mike Garner; Tim Garner; store manager Lisa Kemp; and financial director Dave Auger.

Mike and Tim Garner of the Garner Group are this year’s winners of the most prestigious prize in the fuel retailing industry - the Forecourt Trader Awards.

Their new forecourt development in Portsbridge, which has recently been transformed from a low-volume traditional garage business into a state-of-the-art Jet-branded forecourt operation with a 2,200 sq ft Nisa store, took top honours at last night’s spectacular awards ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.

With a Brazilian World Cup theme, the evening was hosted by top footballing pundits Ray Stubbs and Mark Lawrenson, and was a sell-out with record numbers attending.

Forecourt Trader editor, and chairman of the judges, Merril Boulton, said: “The level of competition was extremely high this year, so well done to all the finalists.

“We chose Portsbridge because in a dynamic market burgeoning with new developments and potential winners, the operation at Cosham stands out from the crowd through the courage and ingenuity of a relatively small company with a small outdated site to take the gamble, and make such a statement about its future. It has made the best use of every square inch of the plot to bring its customers a fantastic facility and outstanding customer service, and has turned Portsbridge into the hub of the community. Their win is well deserved.”

Other highlights from the evening included Michael O’Loughlin, managing director of Petrogas UK, being announced as this year’s Palmer & Harvey Retailer Champion. He was chosen by the readers of Forecourt Trader following a public vote. He led the Petrogas expansion into the UK market as managing director of Petrogas UK, and his keen eye for trends and customer needs has made Petrogas a success story in the UK market.

The full list of winners was as follows:

SPECIALIST PRODUCT CATEGORIES

BEST SITE WITH A LICENCE TO SELL ALCOHOL

David Penny

Penny Petroleum

Grandstand Services

Fairmoor

Morpeth

Northumberland

BEST CAR CARE AND LUBRICANTS OUTLET

Nick Baker

NJB Services

Askern Service Station

Selby Road

Askern

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Jonathan Mitchell

Henderson Retail

Carrick Milestone

Carrickfergus

BEST DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

David Court

Wyboston Service Station

A1 Southbound

Wyboston

Bedfordshire

BEST FOOD TO GO

Ilyas Munshi

Euro Garages Beehive

Beehive Trading Park

Blackburn

BEST FORECOURT INNOVATION

Mike Garner

Portsbridge Service Station

Portsmouth Road

Cosham

BEST HOT BEVERAGES OUTLET

Tracey Richards

Guys Cliffe BP Simply Food

Coventry Road

Warwick

BEST SITE MANAGER

Richard Williams

Brobot Petroleum Ltd

A38 Southbound

Egginton

BEST SOFT DRINKS OUTLET

Nick Baker

NJB Services

Askern Service Station

Selby Road

Askern

BEST TOBACCO OUTLET

Nick Baker

NJB Services

Askern Service Station

Selby Road

Askern

BEST USE OF RETAIL TECHNOLOGY

David Menhams

HKS Whitwick

Leicestershire

BEST VALETING FACILITIES

Nick Fraser

Fraser Group

Budgens of Marlborough

Marlborough

Wiltshire

REGIONAL CATEGORIES

SCOTLAND

UP TO 2.5MLPA

David Penny

Penny Petroleum

Auld Brig Filling Station

Clackmannanshire

2.5MLPA PLUS

Kanagasingam Kamalaseelan

Murco Avon

Linlithgow

West Lothian

NORTHERN IRELAND

UP TO 2.5MLPA

Ciaran Mulkerns

Mulkerns Eurospar

Newton Cloughouge

Newry, County Armagh

2.5MLPA PLUS

Danielle Hamilton

Henderson Retail Knock Road

Belfast

MIDLANDS

UP TO 2.5MLPA

Paul & Pinda Cheema

Malcolm's Costcutter Texaco

Tile Hill

Coventry

2.5MLPA PLUS

Ilyas Munshi

Euro Garages Markham Vale

J29A M1, Meltham Lane

Chesterfield

NORTHERN ENGLAND

UP TO 2.5MLPA

Shan Sandanrajah

Woodham Services

Newton Aycliffe

County Durham

2.5MLPA PLUS

Ilyas Munshi

Euro Garages Beehive

Blackburn

Lancashire

WEST COUNTRY & WALES

UP TO 2.5MLPA

Joe Brough

Dingle Hill Service Station

Colwyn Bay

Conwy

2.5MLPA PLUS

Clive Sheppard

Chartman

The Winning Post Service Station

Exeter, Devon

LONDON & SOUTH EAST

UP TO 2.5MLPA

Mike Garner

Portsbridge Service Station

Cosham

Portsmouth

2.5MLPA PLUS

David Charman

Parkfoot Garage Ltd

West Malling

Kent

FORECOURT TRADER OF THE YEAR:

Tim & Mike Garner

Portsbridge Service Station

Cosham

Portsmouth





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London137.0265.40139.68129.22
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Northern Ireland135.0969.90137.92128.64
Scotland137.07136.04128.45
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Wales136.47135.40128.21
West Midlands136.02140.93128.76
Yorkshire & Humber135.86140.71128.57

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