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September

Fuel prices - August 28th, 2007

in brief

The Maxol Group has announced that it is replacing its regular unleaded petrol with its new E5 fuel - a blend of 95% petrol and 5% locally- produced ethanol - at all its 150 sites in Ireland.

Results of this month's online poll:

As parts of the country mop up after the floods, do you believe you are adequately covered for damage to property and loss of business following such a disaster?

PRA pushes for grants scheme

The government is being urged to take action and inject public funds into struggling forecourts. The Petrol Retail Association (PRA) is calling on Westminster to consider a grant scheme similar to one already operating in Scotland. The plea comes in light of the latest figures from forecourt network specialist Catalist, which shows that by the end of 2007, there will be just 9,300 forecourts left in the UK

Total helps actors to go a Long Way Down

The 'Long Way Round' was obviously not enough for actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, as the pair have just completed the 'Long Way Down'.

Linda joins the team

Meet Linda Harrison - our new features editor who joins from the Daily Star.

Shell takes control of Swayfields sites

Shell UK has agreed terms to create a long-term relationship with the Swayfields Group under which it will take operational control of a package of filling stations across the UK. It will take new long-term leases on all Swayfields Group existing and new development motorway service area filling stations.

Sudden sympathy

Suddenly there seems to be a lot of sympathy for the plight of the poor old service station. Site numbers have been tumbling for years, so it's ironic that when the rate of closure seems actually to be slowing, there's quite a lot of media fuss about it.

Lynn & Vigar go in Texaco restructure

Chevron's vice president of marketing in Europe, and keynote speaker at the last Top Indies dinner, John Lynn, and general manager of retail sales, Guy Vigar, are moving on to new roles following a restructure at Chevron Ltd.

ACS slams 'dodgy' comments

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has written to the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, about her comments blaming 'dodgy off licences' for under-age drinking problems.
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As the smaller/family owned independent forecourt businesses continue to be acquired by the big operators, do you think now could be the right time for you to sell up?