Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community

Card fraud gang sentenced to 15 years

Members of a card fraud gang have been sentenced to a total of 15 years for their involvement in a chip and PIN

Pump prices to hit £1.30 a litre

Motorists are looking at pump prices of 130ppl by the end of the year, according to RMI Petrol. The organisation's chairman Brian Madderson warned that, while Chancellor George Osborne did not announce any increase in fuel duty in the Emergency Budget on Tuesday, the decision to raise VAT to 20% on January 4 2011 would add to already steep

Energy Minister acknowledges critical role of downstream oil sector

The UK oil industry, from offshore production to the downstream oil sector

MPK partners with Londis

MPK Garages has signed a three year supply agreement with Londis to supply up to 28 of its forecourt sites

Brulines buys LBI Installations

Brulines Group has agreed to acquire LBI Installations, subject to due diligence, in a deal expected to go through on July

Co-op's plans split Community

More than 200 people turned up at a town council meeting in Lechlade, Gloucestershire, to hear Midcounties

Morrisons breaches planning law

A Morrisons forecourt store in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, has been caught breaking planning law by selling

Budget will "shock us all"

Fuel retailers should get ready to be shocked at the Emergency Budget next week, according to Spar UK MD Jerry

Business Rates appeals flood in

More than 500 appeals have already been lodged by fuel retailers over the new Business Rates valuations – with a

Fuel price hike warning after BP oil spill

UK retailers have reported that it is "business as usual" at BP forecourts,

Fears over alcohol duty hike

The government has been warned not to increase duty on alcohol amid speculation that the Chancellor may be considering another tax hike in the

Total helps HGVs go green with AdBlue

Total UK is now offering AdBlue HGV additives from a pump dispenser on five of its UK forecourts.

Work starts on first of three Scottish Harvest Energy sites

Harvest Energy are "thrilled" that work has started on their first Scottish forecourt, at Crossways Garage, Glasgow

Major gains for Gulf

Gulf’s recent signing of Washbourne Garage, Caldicot from Esso has further strengthened the brand’s presence in South Wales as Gulf continues to grow

Brulines buys forecourt solutions specialist

Brulines Group plc (AIM:BRU), specialist in real-time monitoring systems and data management services for the forecourt services and leisure sectors,

Shoppers put Esso on top - in big top - at CTP awards

Esso beat off stiff competition from major oil companies to be voted Best Forecourt Retailer 2010 in the Convenience Tracking Programme

Shell invests in biotech company

Shell has announced it has bought a stake in US biotech company Virent Energy systems, starting a joint

Jonathan James calls for action over planning rules

Jonathan James has urged the government to oppose more out of town supermarket forecourt deveopments.

BP and Texaco's fuel card deal goes live

The deal that brings together the UK’s two largest branded networks to create wider fuel card acceptance for car and van fleets is now live. BP PLUS

TomTom agrees new two-year sponsorship deal with Amscreen

Portable navigation system provider TomTom has extended its contract with digital signage specialist Amscreen for an additional two years. Following on

GreatGas launches fuel card

Great Gas Petroleum (Ireland) Ltd, the Irish owned fuel supplier – part of the DCC Group which owns GB Oils Ltd – has launched the GreatGas FuelCard,

US retailers fear BP boycott over oil spill

US fuel retailers have expressed concern that calls for boycotts over the

Motor Fuels Group expands network

Motor Fuel Group has added two more BP sites to its network. The Top 50 Indies retailer has bought Loxford

We're preparing to buy not sell, stresses MRH (GB)

MRH (GB), the UK's biggest independent fuel retailer, has vigorously denied a recent story in the Daily

NICE proposals threaten forecourt stores

Forecourt stores could be under threat if proposals announced by (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) NICE to

A sad day as Bentley's Garage closes after nearly a century

One of the UK’s last remaining petrol stations that offered a pump attendant service has closed after nearly 100 years

Business Rates warning ahead of Emergency Budget

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has highlighted Business Rates as a key issue in its submission to the new

Total launches mobile internet website

Total UK today launches its mobile internet website, which is designed for customers on the move and accessible

Supermarkets cut fuel prices again

Asda and Sainsbury's have entered round two of the supermarket fuel price war, cutting the cost at the pumps from

Forecourt Trader of the Year to speak at seminar

Forecourt Trader of the Year winner and Top 50 independent Patrick Sewell of the Hull-based Sewell Group, will be one of

Chance for change as new era in politics begins

A poll of retailers by the Association of Convenience Stores on the eve of last month's General Election showed that 54% of retailers had not at that stage made up their mind who to vote for twice as many as national opinion polls showed for the general population.

Osborne urged to act on rates

RMI Petrol has been quick off the mark in writing to George Osborne to call for his support in the campaign against the current Business Rates system. The

Cloudy times

Diarmuid O'Donovan has a friendly smile and some easy banter for everyone who walks into his smart O'Donovans forecourt store in leafy Carrigrohane, in the Republic of Ireland. As the owner of the busy County Cork site for the past 13 years, he knows many customers who pass through his doors and he'll go out of his way to get to know the ones he doesn't.

Soap stars

The past year has definitely been a challenging one for the car wash industry what with the recession and the continued competition from hand washing operations, but things are looking up. Kevin Pay, managing director at Wilcomatic, says: "January was very poor in terms of wash volumes due to the unprecedented cold weather which disrupted much of February too. Since then volumes have improved and many weeks have seen positive growth year-on-year, a trend we hope will continue with the ongoing volcanic ash deposits and dry weather."

Morning story

In its 'Eight tips to eating well' recommendations, the Food Standards Agency advises people not to skip breakfast. However, a recent survey conducted on behalf of yogurt brand Onken found that 64% of people sacrifice breakfast for extra time in bed or the chance to get to work earlier. The survey also revealed that it's men who miss breakfast the most, with 74% saying that lunch is their first meal of the day.

Price war kicks off at the pumps

Tesco has joined Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons in a price war at the pumps. Last month all four supermarket giants

End to 'war on motorists'

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

Shailesh out but not (too) down

Forecourt retailer Shailesh Parekh came third in the General Election voting for the Hodge Hill constituency in

Agency probes crime link to hand car washes

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is investigating the hand car

Soaring fuel prices see 50% rise in drive-offs

Soaring prices at the pumps has triggered an alarming rise in drive-away thefts from forecourts in one East

Boxing champ does the honours at store relaunch

Johnny Nelson, local boxer and former World Boxing Organisation Cruiserweight World Champion, helped Jet garage,

Robbers jailed after knifepoint theft

A 27-year-old who robbed a Total station, as his accomplice held a knife to a cashier's neck, has been jailed for

Applegreen set for UK expansion

Irish petrol retailing company Petrogas hopes to have a network of around 50-60 Applegreen-branded service stations in the UK mainly in the south within the next five years, according to the company's managing director Michael O'Loughlin. During a presentation at last month's Association of Convenience Stores annual Summit in Birmingham, he said the tag line 'low fuel prices, always'; an offer of a 3ppl promotional discount link to 'dressed up' car washes; and a huge focus on coffee, were key elements of the Applegreen format that is pushing the boundaries in terms of service station operation. "We sell own-brand fuel, and don't accept fuel cards," he said. "We have two sets of fuel prices on the price pole one showing the usual unleaded and diesel prices, and one showing the 3ppl discount that comes with buying a car wash. We also put coffee on the price pole, as well as 'deals' we have in the off licence alcohol is a big earner for us."

in brief


Results of this month's online poll:

Which of the three main political parties offers the best policies for you and your business?

The end of the road?

At least 5% of UK petrol stations are at risk of closure in the next five years if the current valuation assessment system for Business Rates remains in place.

Fuel Prices - May 19, 2010

Law and order

All change as new government arrives?

Help and advice from jac roper

Many signs of these times

Driving for growth

With her sights set on growing the business profitably, Melanie Lane is currently relishing her role as general manager, UK retail, at Shell. She has been with the oil company for 13 years working across all elements of retail marketing, network, sales and strategy in a variety of global, regional and local roles based in London, Australia and Italy. She returned to the UK business in her latest role last August.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 May 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands135.28141.26129.82
North East134.06140.71129.20
North West134.87139.96129.27
Northern Ireland131.95135.90127.71
South East135.9463.57142.34130.70
South West135.01139.53129.65
West Midlands134.83141.89129.64
Yorkshire & Humber134.1257.70141.27129.10

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Following last month's London protests and damage to Shell's UK HQ, do you believe forecourts should be preparing themselves in case of possible attacks by climate change campaigners?