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Fue prices - January 5, 2010

Popularity of LPG on the rise, says Autogas

The popularity of LPG in the UK is increasing as motorists look to help the environment and reduce their carbon emissions.  Emma Bartle from Autogas, said: “As running costs become ever

MP files EDM over Business Rates

MP Philip Dunne has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the government to postpone the Business Rate revaluation for petrol stations. In the EDM, the Conservative MP for Ludlow, in Shropshire, said independent forecourts were under threat from the new Business Rates, adding the

Euro Garages to spend £6m to revamp motorway site

Euro Garages plans to spend £6m to give a motorway services on the M61 a major overhaul after getting the green light from Chorley Borough Council. The Top 50 Indies retailer said it aimed to start work in the spring after gaining permission to refurbish the northbound and southbound areas of Bolton West Services.

Happy New Year!

Well, what a chilly start to the year which hadn't looked all that welcoming, what with the battle over Business Rates, potential fuel problems, the economy lurching from one disaster to another, and a general election on the horizon.

MP calls for rethink on Business Rates

MP Philip Dunne has joined retailers in their fight against the new Business Rates, calling for the revaluation to be postponed. The Conservative MP for Ludlow in Shropshire said the anticipated increases under the new rating methodology were unfair and threatened the livelihood of retailers.

Get bio active

Industry experts say that forecourt operators are not taking the introduction of biofuels, and the problems associated with them, seriously enough.

Minted

According to research done a few years ago by Pathfinder, car journeys were the single biggest consumption occasion for mints, while Cadbury research carried out last year found that travelling accounts for 21.4% of chewing gum occasions second only to work. What is more, 29% of gum users keep gum supplies in their car. All this is great news for forecourt retailers and you can easily see why mints and gum earn their places so close to the till in so many outlets.

Small talk

It's best to think small when it comes to laundry, meaning concentrates are big business for forecourts. Not only does it tap into the convenience top-up trend but it gives retailers the chance to maximise the use of shelf space.

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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?