Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community
January
Retailers say a higher age limit will make life easier
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New Year coming of age on tobacco

Forecourt retailers have broadly welcomed the government's New Year's Day announcement that the legal age for buying tobacco products will be raised from 16 to 18 from October 1, 2007, saying the higher age limit will be easier to enforce.
Sailesh Sejpal (Sej), pictured above left with Sharad Raja (Raj), says they've learnt a lot from BP and vice versa
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Perfect partners

The Motor Fuels Group has recently become the focus of attention following its year-long, two-site trial of BP's Connect and Wild Bean franchise - and more especially because with these sites now running successfully, the company is ready to sign up two more.

Leak practice

Forecourt owners need to be more proactive in their approach to their tanks and pipework to prevent problems from happening, according to Steve Watts, UK sales director at Torex Retail. "We can all be guilty of waiting for an event to happen before doing anything about it, but cleaning up after a leak can be a very expensive business," he says.

Action stations

the forecourt property market is buzzing with activity at the moment, with competition for sites fiercer than ever and prices spiralling to match. In fact, John Coulling, associate director of motor trade and roadside at Lambert Smith Hampton, describes the market as "on fire" compared to two years ago.

Burning issues

Tobacco retailers were already facing a raft of new legislation before the New Year's Day announcement concerning the raising of the minimum legal age for buying tobacco products from 16 to 18 from October 1.

An 'Air razing' offer

CarPlan has launched a new range of attention-grabbing novelty air fresheners, called Air Razors.
Gulf Retail is returning to IFFE to show off its successful dealer package
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IFFE 2007 scores oil company hat trick

Three oil companies will be exhibiting at IFFE 2007 - Gulf Retail is returning to the show while Murco and Pace Petroleum are both new exhibitors.

Tesco on the rise as site slide continues

Tesco has consolidated its position as the second largest fuel retailer in the UK, as site numbers have continued to fall, according to the latest figures published by Catalist.

Sims off to Compass

Former BP UK retail director, Graham Sims, has been appointed managing director, business and industry, at the catering company, Compass Group UK & Ireland. Compass was keen to recruit him for his "substantial retail skills".
BPTV is being trialled on three sites
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BP's pump TV a hit on dealer trial site

At-the-pump TV is proving popular with customers at the first dealer site to trial a new service being piloted by BP. Screens have been up and running for a month at the BP Meteor Service Station in Alfreton, Derbyshire - part of the Hockenhull group - as part of a three-site pilot of the BPTV format, which also involves two company-owned Connect sites in Milton Keynes.
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