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Euro Garages upgrades to Access payroll system

Euro Garages is to use the Access SelectPay solution to manage its payroll. Software solutions provider Access said

Tesco, Morrisons and Asda slash pump prices

Tesco has announced it is to slash its pump prices from tonight – joining rivals such as Asda and Morrisons in a fuel price war. The supermarket giant said it would chop petrol and diesel by 2ppl at all its 450 petrol stations in the UK. A Tesco spokesperson added: "We have recently seen an easing of the pressure on world oil prices and as

New transport minister to end 'war on motorist'

On his first day as Minister for Transport, Philip Hammond MP vowed to put a halt to Labour’s ‘war on the

Cost of fuel forces drivers to slow down

Motorists are quite literally slowing down because of the escalating cost of fuel, according to a new survey by car

Coalition agreement plans national recharging network for electric cars

The government has announced it will mandate a national recharging network

UKPIA names new director

UKPIA has named Andy Roberts as its new Director of Environment, Health & Safety. Roberts takes over from Ian McPherson, who has retired after

Government praised for scrapping NI hike

The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the new coalition government’s decision to scrap the planned 1% hike in employers’ national

Election outcome peceived as positive for finances of just 8% of consumers

New research from Mintel reveals just 8% of consumers think the election was

Richard Branson for transport minister, says AA poll

Rail and air tycoon Richard Branson topped an AA/Populus poll for the next transport minister, prior to the election

Local Shops Pledge gains strength

More than 40 of the prospective parliamentary candidates that signed the ACS' Local Shops Pledge have gone on to become MPs, including members

Most independents still undecided on how to vote

Most independents are still making up their minds on how to vote, according to ACS chief executive James Lowman.

Sweet Charity raises £20k with rowing challenge

Sweet Charity has announced that its Rowing Challenge has raised £20,000 to help support people from the UK

Topaz launches summer holiday promotion

Irish fuel retailer Topaz has teamed up with Direct Holidays to offer drivers a summer holiday promotion.

Bikers threaten more fuel protests

Organisers of the May Day weekend fuel protests are reported to be threatening more demonstrations unless

Gulf network adds new Welsh site

Gulf has announced it has strengthened its presence in South Wales with the recent signing of Washbourne Garage in

Esso kicks off World Cup promotion

This week sees Esso launch a retro World Cup promotion in its sites that allows fans to collect medals featuring

Drivers vote for fuel tax cuts

The majority of drivers want the next government to implement tax cuts on fuel, according to a poll by insurer The company found

Arval announces fuel price cap for indies

Arval has announced it is capping the fuel price that it applies to its card acceptance rate for independent

Londis 'emerges stronger' at conference 2010

‘Emerging Stronger’ was the theme for this year’s annual Londis conference, which reflected on how 2009 had been a 'milestone' year. Musgrave Retailers Partners GB, which operates the Londis

Forecourts shine at Pro-retail 2010

Forecourts featured strongly as winners at wholesaler Palmer & Harvey's gala awards dinner, which took place in

Shell and BP report bumper profits

Royal Dutch Shell has announced profits of $4.9 billion (£3.2 billion) for the first quarter of 2010 – a rise of 48% on the same period in 2009. The results came a day after BP also reported bumper

P&H joins forces with Makro

Palmer & Harvey has announced that it has teamed up with fellow wholesaler Makro to form a new buying co-operation called PalMak. According to P&H, the new co-op is designed to offer independent retailers access to scale

Tobacco companies announce judicial review over display ban

The three major tobacco companies in the UK have announced they are to seek a judicial review of the relevant sections of the Health Act 2009 in which the government is looking to impose

Election special: MPs fight it out for retailer votes

With election fever and the leaders' TV clashes gripping the nation, the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has been working to ensure retailer issues remain high on the

Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards

The deadline is approaching. It's time to get your cameras and pens out, and start filling in those forms in order to

How to play the aces

You know you've got all the aces up your sleeve, but how can you be sure of winning the game and taking the top prize at the Las Vegas-themed Forecourt Trader of the Year awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday, September 22?

Sweet smart

IRI sales data for the sugar confectionery market across all trade sectors values it at £1.2bn (down 0.8%) for the 52 weeks ending March 27. However, specialist confectionery cash and carry chain Hancocks reports that its sugar confectionery sales have been extremely buoyant in the past 12 months, mainly due to the massive growth of pick 'n' mix as retailers fill the gap left by Woolworths.

Top pumps

Many of the major grocery multiples have already adopted pay@pump on their forecourts, but for smaller, dealer sites it seems this technology would need very careful consideration. However Andrew Banks, head of petrol and unattended at Verifone, reckons the payment solution can work almost anywhere: "Some forecourts might want to try one pay@pump first as a fast lane or a queue buster to give their customers a choice at very busy times of day like 5pm or 7.30am," he says.

Thirsty work

Consumers managed to keep up their thirst for soft drinks last year. Despite the recession and a damp summer, sales in the take-home sector grew 1% in volume and 2% in value to £6.2bn in 2009, according to the 2010 Britvic Soft Drinks Report.

Vote for Shailesh

Shailesh Parekh, proprietor of Molineux Service Station in Wolerhampton, is standing for election as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Hodge Hill

Ronson advice for election victor

Whoever wins the next election should be careful not to put too much pressure on the people who can make a difference the entrepreneurs said Gerald

Shell scheme targets 25% cut in energy use

Shell has introduced innovative energy-saving features at 200 petrol stations across the country in a bid to

Death on the forecourt as fire kills motorist

A man has died after his car caught fire on a filling station forecourt. Security guard Mohan Rooprai had filled up his

Petrol pricing may not be as important as we all think

The price of fuel on the forecourt might not be nearly as important as many people think. That's one of the findings

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Strange old world

Strange old world isn't it? Who'd have thought we'd ever have a reason to put a picture of an erupting volcano on the front cover of a magazine about service stations? Or have cause to write the phrase 'volcanic ash' a couple of words which seem to have now infiltrated the general vocabulary and become the latest excuse for anything that's late or not working properly.

The sky's the limit-er

The Icelandic volcano eruption caused chaos for millions of Brits: planes were grounded; travellers were stranded all over the world; and there was even the

Fuel Prices - April 21, 2010

In the surgery this month - Station Road Garage, Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Oxon

GENERAL APPEARANCE: A neat and attractive stone forecourt and shop, the Station Road Garage at Shipton-Under-Wychwood is situated on the A361 between Burford and Chipping Norton. The site on a tricky bend in the road is well signed with a bright Gulf pole and a separate Gulf and Mace shop sign on the side of the building.

Tax demands attention


Help and advice from jac roper

A clause to remember

Retailers' champion

Shailesh Parekh is nothing if not a fighter. He was last seen battling with Esso in the Court of Appeal in 2004 the culmination of a long-running dispute with the oil company. With him were 100 other like-minded retailers, mostly, like him, licensees. They lost the court case and faced huge costs.

Two more forecourt deals for Amscreen signage

Amscreen has signed two major deals to become the exclusive digital signage partner of both Shell and Esso. Amscreen said its close-proximity signage units would be installed in approximately 580 of Shell's company-owned sites and 350 of Esso's company-owned sites, meaning its forecourt network would now run across over 1,500 locations and deliver to an audience of over 35 million people every fortnight.

Online discount offer

All Things Catering has recently launched an online store selling catering equipment.

Touchless thumbs up

Inner Space Stations has given the thumbs up to its first touchless car wash from WashTec.

Cardsave expands

The Cardsave Group has unveiled plans to expand further into the forecourt business and increase its transaction levels.

30th birthday for HTEC

Payment and loyalty solutions provider HTEC is celebrating three decades in business.

Walkers champions World Cup flavours

Walkers is echoing the World Cup mood with its own competition The Walkers Flavour Cup. Described as the world's first ever 'crisp tournament', it will see 15 new international flavours battle it out to be crowned the world's best crisp and Walkers Flavour Cup Champion.

Mars' England support

The Mars bar is sporting England colours to support the England football team at next month's World Cup. For the first time in the brand's 78-year history, the bars feature a red and white strip inspired by the St George's Cross and the England kit, including the Three Lions crest. Mars Chocolate UK's managing director, Fiona Dawson, comments: "We want to show our support in every way we can and changing our 'kit' is just one way of doing it."

One for the ladies

Nestlé has given Kit Kat Senses a stylish new look. Packs retain the Kit Kat red background but the Senses logo has been enlarged and is surrounded by a more feminine swirly design.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 17 June 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.8782.90140.07128.54
North East130.88139.09127.62
North West132.1562.90139.28127.89
Northern Ireland129.57133.57126.60
South East133.4265.90141.12129.16
South West132.7160.90139.02128.34
West Midlands132.55141.25128.31
Yorkshire & Humber131.61140.87127.82

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As ESSO and BP join Shell and Gulf in launching new loyalty programmes this year, are such schemes a key tool for businesses today?