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Sainsbury's brings convenience format to motorways
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Sainsbury's moves onto motorways

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has opened its first motorway convenience store as part of a six-month trial with Welcome Break.

In brief

Green Spirit Fuels is to receive finance from HSBC to build an £85m bioethanol plant at Henstridge in Somerset. The plant, to be run by subsidiary Wessex Biofuels, will produce some 105,000 tonnes of bioethanol and is expected to come into production by Spring 2008.
Retailers must be careful to ensure they do not discriminate against employees on the basis of age
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Age concern

Unless you've had a very long holiday on a desert island, you will all know about a major tranche of age discrimination legislation which comes into force this month. It will mean, for example that, advertising for a 'mature' person to do a job or someone with a specific amount of work experience is now against the law. The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations, which came into effect on October 1, make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees, trainees or job seekers because of their age. In addition all workers, regardless of age, now have the same rights in terms of training and promotion. There are also new rules regarding retirement.

Shop Doctor: SNAX24/BP, Willbridge, Bristol

For some time I'd wanted to visit a Snax 24 and while driving from Bath to Bristol on the A431 recently, I was able to make a 'stealthcheck' at a site in Willsbridge.

Database: Forecourt wages have risen by 2.6% in 12 months

Our annual look at what this industry is paying its hourly-paid staff reveals that overall forecourt pay rates have increased by 2.6% in the year to September 2006. The UK national average now stands at £5.27 an hour, compared to £5.14 last year.

Service Centre with Jac Roper

Why should you have to chase your supplier for commission owed? It can't be because they are strapped for cash. Surely not in the case of ATM provider TRM, a global corporation able to afford Pricewaterhouse Coopers as accountants.

HTEC targets drive-offs

HTEC is looking for retailers to trial its latest ANPR solution to tackle drive-offs. The new system gives operators remote access to an existing database of offenders, using any epos system - not just HTEC's.Cameras monitor the forecourt and record vehicle registration numbers as drivers pull up at the pump.

Car wash converter

Eco Technical Services is offering a range of solutions to convert car washes to full or partial water recycling.

Snap this one up

Sony has a special deal on its compact SnapLab digital photofinishing printer.

Personal shop plan

A shop planning programme has boosted sales of car care products, according to supplier Maccess.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 25 May 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands111.76123.12106.54
North East110.34125.25104.79
North West111.33119.82106.56
Northern Ireland108.52111.40102.55
South East113.2059.90124.27108.35
South West111.83124.12106.47
West Midlands112.13125.12106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.6957.70121.80105.92

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