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Total pleads guilty to Buncefield charges

Total UK has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to charges relating to the Buncefield

Shell backs down over poppy ban

Shell has reversed its ban on poppy appeal collections at its petrol stations. The oil company has also apologised to any customers upset by its original decision not to allow the collection boxes to be put on display at its sites. The announcement came after reports that forces veterans were threatening to boycott Shell over the ban.

Calls to toughen up on forecourt crime

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called for retailers to get equal treatment with doctors and nurses when those convicted of violent attacks

Total rolls out LPG

Total has revealed it is adding new LPG facilities at five of its company-owned forecourts due to the increased popularity of LPG in previously converted sites. The oil company said

Amscreen and TomTom team up

TomTom and digital signage company Amscreen have announced a sponsorship deal aimed at providing millions of motorists with up-to-date traffic information via TomTom’s HD Traffic.

Brits get their thirst back for bottled water

Bottled water sales have suffered in recent years with the credit crunch causing consumers to revert to tap water. However, Mintel says its latest

Park Garage Group up for business award

Park Garage Group has been nominated for one of the prestigious Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, an annual event which celebrates Asian business achievement

Someone out to get you?

This seems to be one of those times (there have been others!) when everything comes to a head, and petrol retailers could be forgiven for thinking someone's out to get them. This month's issue kicks off with the expected, but nevertheless, grim news about business rates. It seems to hit the majority of retailers right where it hurts because those in the three to seven mlpa category bear a "disproportionate burden", according to one forecourt rating specialist. Shop sales are capped at £2 million, working nicely in favour of the supermarket operators. Great.

Retailers fear outcome of rate review

Retailers are bracing themselves for significant business rate hikes after the new rateable values were issued by the

One Hull of a team

Ask most people to point out the exact position of Hull on a map and their fingers will probably waver somewhere vaguely over the north east. "We're 60 miles from anywhere really," admits Patrick Sewell, managing director of family-run Sewell Retail, which is based in the city.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 30 March 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands119.01131.46114.46
North East116.33131.57110.86
North West117.71131.66113.21
Northern Ireland113.94120.90108.13
South East120.0368.90132.46116.19
South West118.30130.34113.27
West Midlands118.8857.90135.85114.78
Yorkshire & Humber117.69131.84113.09

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