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September

TOUTS CROWNED FORECOURT TRADER OF THE YEAR

Philip and Lesley Tout of Budgens Nailsea in Bristol were the Forecourt Trader of the Year winners last night at a glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. The evening was hosted by Shaun Williamson of Eastenders fame, and featured a James Bond theme with a lookalike Jaws, gold-painted girls and a 'Casino Royale' complementing a great line-up of entertainment. It was attended by nearly 700 guests from the petrol retailing industry.

Panic over - BP agrees deal with Arval

BP will continue to accept Arval fuel cards at its petrol stations. The oil company had previously stated it was terminating its contract with Arval at the end of next month due to escalating costs. It had told dealers they were free to continue accepting Arval business but would have to foot the bill themselves and deal with Arval directly.

GNE Group to sell Petrol Express

 

A change is on the cards

As BP prepares to sever all ties with Arval, the issue of card payments has been hitting the headlines. BP wrote to its dealers last month saying it was ending its agreement with the fuel card company due to soaring costs. And while many retailers seemed to agree that Arval had been too greedy, they remain worried about losing this part of their business.

Silver lining?

If there is such a thing as a silver lining in these dark clouds of a gloomy August then perhaps it could be BP's stand against Arval over card charges.

Shining example

After a house, a car is probably most people's most expensive purchase, which is why they're so keen to take care of them. But are you providing your customers with what they need?

Santa's little helpers

After looking at the grocery multiples' 'silly prices' on Christmas confectionery last year you might have thought it's 'game over' and decided to give up on the category all together.However, Nestlé UK trade communications manager, Graham Walker, wants you to think again. "Forecourts can win at Christmas because of their convenience and their role as a top-up shop. It's mayhem Christmas week in the multiples so many people will want to avoid them. Instead they'll pick up their last few bits and pieces from their local c-store," he says.

Great Scot for Murco

Murco Petroleum has moved into the Scottish market for the first time by buying seven sites from group dealer Brownwight & Wall. The Jet-branded sites are all west of Edinburgh in the West Lothian and Falkirk areas and Murco said it is on the lookout for "further network growth opportunities throughout the UK".

Chevron sells its distributor business

Chevron Limited has announced it is selling its UK equity distributor

Jail for cashier in credit card scam

A 33-year-old Sri-Lankan forecourt cashier has been jailed for his part in a £175,000 worldwide bank-card scam.
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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?