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Xmo Strata wins National Business Award

Sign installation and maintenance company Xmo Strata, which numbers several of the leading oil companies amongst its customers, has added to its already groaning trophy cabinet. The firm (which is based in Kent but operates across the UK) won the Health, Work and Well-being Award for small business in the South of England in the National Business Awards Regional Programme.

ASDA drops fuel to 99.9p a litre

Asda has dropped the price of both petrol and diesel to 99.9p per litre at all its 176 forecourts. The supermarket chain made the move today, with its commerical director David Miles saying there was "no justification" for fuel to be on sale at above the £1 a litre mark. In a statement the company said: "UK motorists have become

Retailers warned over shoplifting surge

Independent retailers have reported an increase in the level of shoplifting due to the recession. Many have also seen worrying rises in break-ins and credit-card fraud. According to online insurance comparator simplybusiness.co.uk, almost half of retailers (47%) said they had experienced an increase in shoplifting

ACS urges caution over national ID card

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged the government to be cautious over claims that a national ID card would make a “significant difference” to preventing underage sales. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Retailers face a tough job preventing underage sales; this is

Aldi launches first petrol stations

Aldi has launched its first petrol stations offering cut price fuel. IGD Retail Analysis reported that the three trial sites in Austria had initially been selling diesel at 52 cents a litre. The petrol stations, located in the store car parks of the discount supermarket in the Salzburg area, were said to me unmanned, self-service facilities.

Leading from the front – a great read

Well, it was certainly a day to remember when I met the great man Gerald Ronson - who is known as much for his hairdryer treatment (he doesn't suffer fools) as he is for his legendary entrepreneurial prowess. Luckily for me he was perfectly charming, and it was fascinating listening to him chat about his passion for petrol retailing, and his great early days in the business, when he stuck two fingers up at the major oil companies and transformed petrol stations forever.

M&S puts brake on indie franchise trial

Marks & Spencer has called a halt to its pilot of a Simply Food franchise at Jonathan James' site in Ely, Cambridgeshire. BP announced it had picked Witchford Road Service Station, of James Graven & Son, for the trial at its Dealer Convention in Oman in November.

Book your seats now

It's that time again - the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2009 are well under way. This year's '70s-themed award ceremony takes place at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on September 24. Tickets cost £210 each or £1,900 for a table of 10. Call 01293 846587 or email helen.law@william-reed.co.uk

Shaping up for business

While stylish branding and fascias can attract a customer to a store in the first place, it's actually what goes on behind the scenes that can dictate whether that customer comes back. Pricing, promotions, efficiency of supply and delivery are all key elements that will keep a store performing at its peak. Which is why Phil Smith has been heavily occupied since taking up his role as managing director of Musgrave Retail Partners GB 18 months ago.

Better safe than sorry

The credit crunch means everybody's cutting costs - poring over their accounts to see where savings can be made. Maintenance and service contracts could jump out as areas where money could be saved, however saving a few hundred pounds on a contract could cost you far more if something goes wrong.

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