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October

Business as usual at BP's Thresher sites

BP said today it was business as usual at its Thresher-supplied sites, despite the drinks company's owner First Quench Retailing Ltd calling in administrators last week. A BP spokesman said he

Tories promise to cut red tape

A "bonfire of all the paperwork" has been promised by Tory MP Anne McIntosh should the Conservative Party prevail at the next election. In a debate at the Heart of the Community seminar

Industry slams tobacco display ban vote

Industry experts have slammed MPs after they voted in favour of the tobacco display ban. The move came as the Health Bill worked its way through the House of Commons yesterday. In addition, MPs voted to ban the sale of tobacco from vending machines – as a new clause this will have to go back to the Lords to be voted on.

ACS warns against licensing upheaval

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has expressed concern over the Conservative Party’s proposals to make sweeping changes to the current alcohol licensing regime. The measures, laid out by Shadow Home Secretary Chris

Plastic card fraud drops by 23%

Fraud involving UK credit cards fell 23% to £232 million in the first half of 2009 compared to the same period last year. The figures, from banking trade body Financial Fraud Action UK, showed that criminals had been switching to targeting foreign-issued cards.

Sewell Success

Many congratulations to everyone at Sewell Retail, and especially to Patrick and David, our new holders of the Forecourt Trader of the Year trophy. What a success story for them, with three of the company's sites winning top awards, and a fourth coming very close. (Full coverage starts on page 39).

Sewell do it in style with flood of awards

Patrick Sewell and David Craven-Jones of the Hull-based Sewell Retail Group

Read all about it

Recent research by Harris International Marketing (Him) revealed that 16% of all customers said that buying a newspaper is the primary reason for visiting a store. And, according to the Him Convenience Tracking Programme 2007, additional purchases are then usually made in the confectionery, tobacco, lottery and soft drinks categories. Yet, for many forecourt operators, the news category is difficult to manage and therefore difficult to get the best profits from.

POSitive thinking

With the economic road ahead still looking rocky, it's more important than ever to use the latest epos to beat the competition. That's according to Richard Quarmsby, managing director at Torex Petroleum and Convenience, who warns that retailers should look at the greater savings that epos can bring to their business during the credit crunch rather than dwelling on the initial cost.

Festive feast

There's no doubt that many consumers are feeling the pinch so Christmas might not quite be the spending orgy it has been in recent years, but it definitely won't be cancelled. More mums might go to Iceland this year rather than M&S but there will still be a feast come December 25. And shoppers' reliance on their local store will still be there.

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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?