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Thieves use JCB to rip ATM out of garage forecourt

Detectives are investigating after thieves ripped a cash machine out of a wall at a forecourt in Chalfont St Peter, in Buckinghamshire.

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Esso to swap Tesco Clubcard for Nectar as BP sets up new offer

A major shake-up in the loyalty programmes operated by Esso and BP has been announced with Esso moving from Tesco Clubcard to Nectar and BP dropping Nectar in favour of a new offer.

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WEX Europe Services expands Esso Card network

Fuel card provider WEX Europe Services is expanding its Esso Card acceptance network in the UK to include more than 110 additional forecourts by the end of 2018.

Mohsin Issa, founder and co-CEO of the EG Group
Mohsin Issa, founder and co-CEO of the EG Group
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EG Group completes takeover of German Esso network

Euro Garages parent company EG Group has completed the takeover of the German Esso service station network from ExxonMobil.

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ExxonMobil considers major upgrade of Fawley refinery

ExxonMobil has revealed it is considering significant upgrades at its Esso Fawley refinery near Southampton, to help meet demand in the UK market for high quality fuels.

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BP fuel card deal extended to Esso Tesco Alliance sites

BP’s reciprocal fuel card acceptance agreement with Esso has now expanded to include Esso Tesco Alliance sites.

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Three north-east sites complete major developments

Major development work has been completed this summer on three dealer-owned sites in the North East of England.

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Booker Retail Partners was created when Londis and Budgens joined forces with Booker Group. BRP provides independent retailers and national chains with two award winning retail brands and a professional delivery service to suit the needs of their business. Servicing both Budgens and Londis retailers, deliveries are up to 6 days a week, in an agreed time slot, from one of four distribution centres to maximise freshness, quality and availability. As well as outstanding service levels, retailers can benefit from strong and recognised own-brands such as Discover the Choice, Farm Fresh, Euro Shopper and Happy Shopper. BRP are proud to serve 2000 forecourt retailers across and the UK and privileged to serve such prestigious accounts as Shell, MRH and MFG.


BP has been based in the UK for over 100 years and we intend to be here for a long time to come!

Our total network consists of over 1,300 sites where we invest in the best sites in the best locations.

Almost two thirds of our site network is owned and operated by our dealer partners. They benefit from leading Ultimate premium fuel grades, best in industry forecourt signage and a flexible deal that suits their unique needs.


Christie & Co is a specialist business property adviser, providing brokerage, valuation and consultancy advice to our sectors for over 80 years. We have a reputation for delivering innovative and valued insight and bringing together our extensive network of contacts and relationships to achieve our clients’ goals.

Our petrol filling station and convenience retail team provides advice UK wide across the forecourt ownership cycle. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, develop or refinance a business, our experts bring decades of experience to the selling process, and when providing professional advice.

If you'd like to speak to us about your opportunities, please contact us on 020 7227 0759 or visit christie.com for more information.


Costa Express – the perfect blend for your businessCosta Express are pioneers in the coffee-on-the-go category, proudly leading the way with over 7,000 self-serve machines globally. We know that over 80% of coffee drinkers prefer Costa coffee to other brands, and research shows that once our machines are installed, coffee is one of the main reasons customers will visit a store.

We offer three difference self-service solutions. Each delivers barista quality coffee, with the same Mocha Italia freshly ground beans and fresh milk in every single cup. These technologically advanced machines feature leading edge touch screens, as well as next generation telemetry, making maintenance markedly straightforward.

We already partner with over 150 partners across the globe, including national supermarket chains, global hotel and service station brands, as well as independent convenience stores and corporate offices.

If you’d like to find out what Costa Express could do for your business, please visit www.costaexpressbusiness.co.uk


Essar Oil UK owns and operates the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, one of the most advanced refineries in Europe and situated close to the major cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Stanlow plays a strategic role in the national economy, producing over 16% of the UK's road transport fuels, with an annual production of over 4.4 billion litres of diesel, 3 billion litres of petrol and 2 billion litres of jet fuel. With ongoing significant investment in improving efficiency and operational performance, Essar is able to ensure the reliable supply of these quality products.

This security of supply, together with transparency and flexibility form the core of Essar’s dealer offering. Alongside this, Essar has created a unique and bold visual design for its retail presence, with the distinctive branding accepted by consumers as both clean and fresh and further strengthening the value proposition.



Forum Insurance are really proud to be a sponsor at this years’ Top 50 Indies Dinner and would like to thank all the outstanding people in the industry who have been great to work with and have afforded us their precious time.

As one of the UK’s Leading independent Insurance Brokers for Petrol Station Forecourt Insurance we understand the naturally high risk profile of Forecourt Sites. With over 25 Years’ experience in this industry we have developed specialist knowledge and expertise to allow us to quote for, and service, our petrol station forecourt and retail clients to the highest standards.

We are able to provide bespoke cover with the UK’s leading insurers for Hazardous Risks. Whether our clients have 1 site or 300 they can rest assured they will receive an outstanding level of service and cover with a personal account manager to see to their needs.

For more information visit www.foruminsurance.com/high-risk/petrol-forecourts/ or contact us via the details below.


As the UK’s largest and only national fuel provider, Greenergy is uniquely placed to meet the needs of larger independent dealerships, supplying under the Esso brand and under dealers’ own brands.

With fuel import facilities across the country and more than 25 supply locations, we provide customers with competitive pricing combined with unparalleled supply security. We continue to expand Greenergy Flexigrid, our in-house haulage operation, taking on nearly 100 drivers in the last year to meet the needs of our growing customer base. With end-to-end control of our supply chain, we are able to ensure consistently reliable deliveries to every site.

We work hard to earn the loyalty of our customers by responding flexibly to accommodate their different business requirements. We are pleased in the last year to have resigned 50 dealerships and won new business to take the number of UK dealer-owned sites we supply to more than 470, with a further 50 Inver-branded sites across Ireland.


At Harvest Energy we are proud of our reputation for delivering a low cost, high value proposition to all our dealers. As one of the largest independent suppliers and blenders of motor fuels, we are dedicated to retaining and growing that reputation by continuing to deliver high quality fuels, turn-key support services and world class customer standards within a culture of stress-free practices.


All service stations are under pressure to compete, differentiate and improve themselves in today’s tough economic markets whilst answering the needs of our ever critical and aware customers. Building and maintaining a loyal customer base has never been so difficult nor so business critical, which is why Harvest Energy is committed to helping you deliver better customer experiences and ultimately better business results. Becoming a Harvest Energy dealer means you gain so much more than fuel.

As the retail forecourt brand of Phillips 66, JET is backed by an exemplary UK supply infrastructure, ensuring the best security of supply in the UK. JET’s dealer proposition is tough to beat: honest and transparent supply deals, competitive prices, flexible brand partnerships and some of the highest quality retail fuels available today, including SENTINELTM Diesel, our most technologically advanced high-performance premium diesel.

JET aspires to have the best independent forecourts in the country. We’re proud of our heritage and our reputation for providing competitively-priced fuel, excellent customer service and a wide range of value-added forecourt services. Our aim has always been to promote a great experience for consumers and our dealers alike.

With competitive pricing, commitment to our local communities, continued investment and innovation, there’s never been a better time to take a closer look at JET.

To find out more, call 0207 822 4966, visit website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Leading international tobacco manufacturer, JTI owns an impressive portfolio of well-known cigarette and OTP (Other Tobacco Products) brands in the UK, including Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Mayfair, Sterling, Hamlet Cigars, Amber Leaf, Old Holborn, and Sterling Rolling Tobacco.

JTI has also expanded into the growing vaping market with its innovative Logic range of devices; Logic CURV, Logic PRO and Logic LQD, plus a range of Logic e-liquids and accessories.

JTI’s extensive salesforce supports tobacco and e-cigarette retailers with category management advice and brand information. Available 24/7, the JTI Advance website – www.jtiadvance.co.uk - and mobile app also provides retailers with online training modules, educational videos and easy-to-read information packs.

In the UK alone, JTI employs over 900 people to support the business. JTI’s UK trading company is Gallaher Limited. www.jti.com


WashTec is the leading producer of vehicle washing equipment worldwide. With more than 1.600 employees we set international standards for car wash systems, commercial vehicle wash systems, conveyor tunnels and self-service jet wash equipment. We distribute our products in more than 60 countries.

With the experience gained over more than 50 years, WashTec develops innovative solutions for the high-quality, cost-effective cleaning of vehicles. Laying claim to what is by far the largest installed machine basis in Europe, along with a complete product portfolio and its own area-wide service network. To make sure that we retain our position as market leaders, we have focussed our company consistently on the requirements of the future.


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Esso's On the Run format will soon be consigned to the archives as the final tranche of the oil major's company-owned sites are put on the market, and it charts a new path to growth if not market leadership in the retail fuel market.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 10 December 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East132.41131.92122.99
East Midlands131.66133.08122.31
London132.2955.90132.67122.45
North East131.02133.24120.36
North West131.66130.27121.42
Northern Ireland129.6972.90134.65121.32
Scotland131.73131.43121.43
South East132.6863.90133.14123.11
South West132.1667.90131.56122.81
Wales131.24132.97121.42
West Midlands131.34133.10121.95
Yorkshire & Humber131.2469.90131.77121.51

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