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Texaco's Guy Vigar
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Texaco joins FSB in radio phone-ins

Texaco joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses last month to warn the nation that the local service station is under threat and many communities face losing the last shop in their area.
Simon Davis, head of energy sales at Harvest Energy, says launching into the independent sector is a natural extension of the business
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Combine harvester

Harvest Energy has become the latest name to add to the shopping list of fuel suppliers for independent retailers. Formerly known as Futura Petroleum, the company has been in the UK for 12 years and is a big supplier to most of the major multiples, having already built up a 4% share of the motor fuels market, according to the company's head of sales, Simon Davis, who is leading the launch into the independent sector.
Kenny Webster set up Calanike in 1998
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Taking the high road

Top 50 indies retailer Kenny Webster recently confirmed his company's status as the biggest independent retailer in Scotland following a £3.5m deal to acquire eight former Fuelforce sites it had previously been operating.

All systems go

By having the right epos solution in place, you can increase your profits by at least 3% a year. So says Jamie Shipstone, sales and marketing director for YP Electronics. He explains: "By responding to accurate trading records, you will be able to control stock more professionally, save valuable management time, and offer your customers exactly the right range of goods at the right time. Valuable margin is maintained at the point of sale and orders can be compiled in seconds. Retailers can identify shrinkage, pinpoint best sellers, reduce out-of-stocks and analyse promotions, making informed decisions on what they know rather than what they think they know."

Christmas stockings

Another year has whizzed by and Christmas will soon be upon us. For forecourt retailers the festive season is an opportunity to end on a high with some bumper sales.

Sparkling opportunity

It's been almost a year since the mad rush to convert to the new licensing system. But while all the fuss may have made some retailers wonder if the category was worth the hassle, alcohol remains a big opportunity for forecourts.
Santokh Bath fears he will be priced out of business through supermarket price wars
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Indies struggle in price-war crossfire

Independent petrol station bosses in one East Midlands county say they're in danger of going under as the supermarket giants battle it out for the cheapest fuel.

Shifnal becomes fuel desert

Garagewatch boss Mark Bradshaw has slammed local planning authorities which allowed the only petrol station in the town where he's based, to be bulldozed for housing.
Three "high quality" sites have signed to Gulf
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Gulf brand returns to woo Merseyside

Gulf is re-staking its claim on Merseyside with the signing of three significant dealerships previously supplied by Shell and BP.

Drive-offs down says new survey

Drive-off rates have dropped significantly, according to exclusive early results from the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) annual Retail Crime Survey, due to be published in full on October 11.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 4 November 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East130.9367.90138.13126.75
East Midlands130.73139.73126.64
London130.73139.60127.04
North East129.5562.90137.10125.31
North West129.9963.90138.40126.48
Northern Ireland128.05133.57124.33
Scotland130.6059.30137.24126.23
South East131.4566.90139.66127.42
South West130.7674.90137.94126.68
Wales129.84136.06125.42
West Midlands130.4059.90137.63126.57
Yorkshire & Humber130.02139.47126.29

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