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Budget fails retailers over Business Rates

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has expressed disappointment over the Chancellor's lack of action regarding Business Rates relief revealed in yesterday's Budget. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: "He should have gone further to make the rate relief automatic for all those entitled and to increase the thresholds to ensure that

RMI describes Budget as "smoke and mirrors"

RMI Petrol has warned that the Budget announcement was a case of "smoke and mirrors again". Commenting on

Chancellor criticised for failing to ditch fuel duty hike

The Fleet industry website,, has criticised the Chancellor for failing to scrap the 1 ppl

AA urges Chancellor not to inflict "more pain for no gain"

The AA has vowed to look closely at the phased introduction of further fuel duty increases, warnng the Treasury it should rethink its proposals if prices keep

Dunne urges Top Indies to keep fighting Business Rates

MP Philip Dunne urged retailers to keep on fighting against the “unfair” hikes they face in Business Rates while speaking at the Top Indies dinner in

AA calls for investigation into rise in fuel wholesale prices

A 17% rise in European wholesale petrol prices since late January is threatening to push UK average pump prices above the July 2008 record,

Shell joins Barclaycard Freedom

Shell has joined Barclaycard Freedom, the new reward scheme  launched this week in the UK. More than eight million Barclaycard cardholders are now able to earn Reward Money for

International Forecourt and Fuel Equipment Show

Forecourt Show opens this Sunday

Petrol retailers, oil company executives and suppliers to the service station industry will be out in force at the International Forecourt and Fuel Equipment Show which opens this Sunday at the NEC in Birmingham. There is much to see and do, including keeping up with new product launches and equipment developments,  meeting suppliers, and seeking out free advice, as well as the key benefit of networking with like-minded colleagues.

Euro Garages opens 'drive-thru' Starbucks

Euro Garages has opened a 'drive-thru' Starbucks coffee store at one of its forecourts in Wales. The Blackburn-based independent retailer

BP signs DHL deal

BP has signed a four-year deal with DHL Supply Chain to manage the UK warehousing and distribution of dry goods and chilled produce for its UK Convenience Retail business.

Morrisons reports record profits despite falling fuel sales

Morrisons has reported record profits despite seeing a fall in fuel sales. The Yorkshire-based supermarket group reported profits before tax of £858 million for the year

Chancellor urged to help small stores in Budget

Alastair Darling is expected to deliver the last Budget of this Parliament later

Spar launches new website for food and fitness

Spar (UK) Limited has launched a new consumer website aimed at enhancing

Sewell named in Top 10 UK employers

Sewell Group, which owns Hull-based independent retailer Sewell Retail, has

Chevron refinery put up for sale

Chevron has announced it is looking for a buyer for its Pembroke refinery

BP fined for underage petrol sales

BP Oil UK Limited has been fined £200 after admitting selling petrol to a

Motorists slash fuel spend

One in three motorists in the UK (one in five in Europe) are reducing their car journeys in order to slash their fuel

Dunne keeps Business Rates on Commons agenda

MP Philip Dunne has led a House of Commons debate on the potential devastating effect of the new Business Rates on petrol stations. Speaking in

Chinks of light beneath the gloom

Well, despite what seems to be an ongoing stream of insurmountable grief whether it's fuel pricing, the weather, business rates or some other impending legislative gloom it seems that underneath it all, you're really quite positive about the petrol retailing business.

Top indies cautious but upbeat

The Top 50 Indies sector has seen plenty of activity in the past year even though many retailers have opted to upgrade their existing networks rather than splash the cash on new acquisitions.

Police presence at Total site works for everyone

Total is paying for a mobile police station that has been set up on one of its forecourts to combat anti-social

Final countdown


Shot in the arm

It's not often that a new product category comes along that's ideal for your trading sector but that's exactly what's happened with energy shots. They're the little brother to energy drinks smaller and easier to consume and ideal for placing next to the till. For consumers they offer instant energy and, for retailers, instant profits.

Glass act

If you're lucky enough to have an off licence in your forecourt store, you need to make the most of it. That means stocking the big brands that your customers will immediately recognise the ones that are advertised. You may not be able to compete with the grocery mults on 'pile it high, sell it cheap' beer promotions but you can offer the names that your customers know, and it will be convenient for them to pick up a nicely chilled four-pack from your store.

Light my fire

One thing's for certain this summer: nobody knows what the weather will bring. But whether it's a heatwave or a wash-out, forecourts are perfectly placed to profit from the unpredictability of the great British summer. And that includes having products for those impromptu barbecues.

Murco adds four more sites to its network in Scotland

Murco Petroleum is expanding its Scottish network with four more sites,

Last chance to push for rates rethink

RMI Petrol is urging retailers to continue piling pressure on their MPs as the April 1 business rates deadline looms.

Jet winners aim high with award

Jet has announced the winners of its annual Aim Hi awards, which recognise commitment to offering friendly, efficient and safe service in the local

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Forecourt friends get in the pink for charity

During the floods that hit Cumbria last November, staff at Fairfield Garage in Cockermouth went out of their way to

Forecourt stores serve up confusion

Many shoppers are confused about what to expect from forecourt stores and, as a result, it's costing the industry footfall

Get ready for ACS Summit

This year's Association of Convenience Stores' Summit will take place at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole at the NEC on Wednesday, May 5.

Fuel prices - February 25, 2010

Dealers: the inside track

Texaco, Shell, Total and BP have emerged as the brands most favoured by independent dealers across the

Results of this month's online poll:

In light of the strong feelings against VOA revaluations for forecourts, are you planning to appeal your business rates bill?

In the surgery this month – NK Service Station Princethorpe, Warwickshire

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Princethorpe is situated south of Coventry on the A423 Banbury Road. It is a small hamlet with a few houses and a pub. The Pace service station is easily identified by the pole clearly displaying the new-design Pace logo.

Timely reminders

VAT returns to go online within next few weeks

Help and advice from jac roper

Is the future miles away?

Keeping up the Pace

It's all change at Pace Fuelcare. In the past year it has changed both its name it was previously known as Pace Petroleum and its head office, which has moved from Staines in Middlesex to new premises in Egham, Surrey.

Show biz

Many of the biggest names in the business will be gathered at the Birmingham NEC from March 21-24 for this year's International Forecourt & Fuel Equipment Show. Exhibitors include Car Wash UK, Convenience Distribution Group, Dresser Wayne, Experian Catalist, Garage Watch, GB Oils, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Gulf, Harvest Energy, Indigo Retail Technology, King Tanktechnic, LP Gas, Pace, Petrotechnik and Wilcomatic.

Greengate system cuts energy costs for Susie

The Simon Smith Group has been trialling a system by Greengate Energy aimed at cutting energy bills at its Monmouth site. The 3M Plan works by measuring energy consumption and setting realistic parameters for each energy-consuming device on site. This is controlled via Greengate's wireless energy management system.

WashTec renewal

BP has renewed its contract with WashTec to maintain its complete fleet of rollover washes on its company-owned sites. Commenting on behalf of BP, UK maintenance manager Mark Rogers said: "Over the course of the next three years we look forward to working with WashTec on our service approach to minimise the calls to site, improve machine reliability, and ultimately contribute towards increased sales in our car wash estate."

Go online for Ceccato

European Wash Systems, the UK partner of Ceccato, has launched a new website.

New Wilcomatic deal

Wilcomatic has been awarded the maintenance of all Euro Garages' WashTec, Christ and Ceccato car washes.

Clean up with Kärcher

Kärcher Vehicle Wash, the car wash equipment division of Kärcher UK, has launched a new online chemical store.

Warburtons target snack market with zany range

Leading baker Warburtons has launched a portfolio of premium snacks as it targets a new market sector. Scheduled for launch on March 15, the range will consist of two snacking products ChippidyDooDaa pitta chips and Snackadoodle wholegrain snacks. The baked Pitta Chips are for snacking and dipping, and come in four flavours and two pack sizes.

All's Fair at Cadbury

Nearly a year after Cadbury Dairy Milk (CDM)became Fairtrade certified in the UK and Ireland, the company has announced that Cadbury Dairy Millk Buttons will now carry the Fairtrade logo. CDM is also celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight (ending March 7) with the release of its first album 'Big Swap Songs' which includes an exclusive track by chart-topping artist Paolo Nutini, as well as five other UK chart hits, all covered by Ghanaian group, The Big Ghana band. The release has been created as a free 'thank you' to anyone who swaps to Fairtrade products as a result of Fairtrade fortnight.

McVitie's sat fat flash

McVitie's is returning to TV screens nationwide to drive consumer awareness of the further 50% reduction in saturated fat that came into effect across the McVitie's Digestives, HobNobs and Rich Tea standard biscuits in December. The six-week £1.3m campaign runs across a mixture of terrestrial and Sky channels. Sarah Heynen, marketing director, sweet biscuits at UBUK, says: "McVitie's is the nation's favourite biscuit brand, worth more than £231m, and is expected to become even more popular now the saturated fat has been reduced by a further 50% across the McVitie's portfolio without compromising on taste. A big flash on-pack communicates the reduction."

World Cup powers up

Powerade has launched its 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign with a new TV commercial featuring England star Wayne Rooney, highlighting the role the isotonic sports drink will play as the on-pitch hydration partner for every team at this summer's tournament. It will be the only drink hydrating all 736 players from 32 countries before, during and after all 64 games. The new commercial sees a shirt-less Wayne Rooney fuelled by water, in a one-on-one skills and endurance duel.

Phileas Fogg in focus

Phileas Fogg is the subject of a first-quarter £2m marketing campaign which includes new pack designs and a new TV advertisement which expands on the 2009 theme of highlighting the authenticity of the Phileas Fogg ingredients and how they are sourced. The new pack design will use more colour to help consumers distinguish between different flavours in the range. Helen Warren-Piper, marketing director of bagged snacks at UBUK, says: "Since its relaunch last year, Phileas Fogg has had a significant impact on growing the premium bagged snacks segment, which is up 7% year-on-year."

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 10 June 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands134.59140.57129.69
North East133.19142.40129.15
North West134.1363.90139.73129.13
Northern Ireland131.34135.32128.05
South East135.2562.40141.74130.52
South West134.5167.90140.57129.57
West Midlands134.34140.64129.70
Yorkshire & Humber133.72140.40129.24

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