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Sewell Retail crowned Forecourt Trader of the Year 2009

Sewell Retail was named the Forecourt Trader of the Year winner last night at a glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. The evening was hosted by veteran DJ Tony Blackburn and had a retro 70s theme, complete with an Abba tribute

Oakford is new BOSS chairman

Peter Oakford of Chevron (best known for its Texaco brand) is the new chairman of BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, taking over the role from Total’s Peter Mellins who now becomes the vice-chairman. Oakford is manager of sales for the Texaco brand in the UK and brings to his new role as

Spar sales up 8.1%

Spar has reported overall sales up 8.1%, with like-for-like sales up 5.2%, in the three months (Q1) to July. Jerry Marwood, Spar UK MD, said the latest figures were very positive compared to most industry benchmarks, with a continued optimistic outlook for the months ahead.

Hammond MD retires, and takes on PRA role

Brian Madderson, managing director of Kent-based Top 50 Indie George Hammond, is to retire at the end of October and take on a new role as non-executive chairman of the Petrol Retailers' Association on November 1. George Hammond plc entered into petrol

New eco-friendly services planned for M5

Plans have been submitted for a new eco-friendly service station on the M5 in Gloucestershire. The site, which would be located between junctions 11a and 12 on the motorway, both north and soutbound, would be part-operated by a charity. The Gloucestershire Gateway

Westminster urged to follow Scotland's lead

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has urged the Department of Health to follow the Scottish Parliament’s lead by addressing the issue of proxy purchase of tobacco. The Health and Sports Committee has recommended that measures to

Spar seals £200 million deal with Maxol

Spar has announced a £200 million deal with Maxol in Northern Ireland. The five year deal involves 29 Maxol convenience stores being branded as Spar outlets and means that all of Maxol's company-owned service stations in NI will now operate under the Spar

Morrisons' petrol director moves to Brulines

The man heading up Morrisons' forecourt division, Phil Maud, is moving to Brulines – which owns wet-stock management specialist Edensure – as managing director of the group's petrol

Get involved

If you disagree with the proposed ban on the display of tobacco then there is still time to object. But don't delay. The Association of Convenience Stores has a very good website providing the background to the main issues and a draft letter you can copy and send to your MP before the October 12 deadline.

Winter of discontent looms as prices soar

The AA has described the govenment's plan to go ahead with this month's 2p fuel duty hike as "baffling" and "nonsensical", saying it has sympathy for retailers in the face of soaring prices.

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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?