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BP sites reopen after Greenpeace action

BP said today that most of the forecourts targetted by Greenpeace activists yesterday had been able to

Harvest adds four more sites

Harvest Energy has added four new sites to its brand. Harvest Energy said three of the newly branded sites were in

GreatGas expansion

Great Gas Petroleum (Ireland) Ltd, the Irish-owned fuel supplier, has signed a five year contract worth more than €30

MP Robert Neill urged to act on Business Rates

RMI Petrol took part in an industry-wide meeting with Tory MP Robert Neill yesterday to lay out its case against the

Car washes top £500m a year

Drivers spent £523 million on car washes last year – despite most thinking that washing their own vehicles achieved better results, according to

Shell launches new FuelSave fuel

Shell has teamed up with Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff to launch Shell FuelSave unleaded and diesel - described as two breakthrough fuels designed to help drivers save up to 1 Litre of fuel per tank from the very first fill, at no extra cost. The company says the new smarter fuels are a breakthrough in fuels technology and contain Shell’s most

Buncefield companies fined more than £9m

Total UK and four other companies were today ordered to pay more than £9 million in combined fines and costs over

BP and Snax 24 announce new five year deal

BP and Snax 24 have announced they will continue their partnership after

Sales success for Gulf site

Retailer Geoff Ross has already seen fuel sales rise since changing his Watcombe Service Station site in

Subway boost for Fraser Group

The Fraser Group has carried out a refit of its Carterton site in Oxfordshire in a bid to capitalise on developing its food

Retailers in the driving seat at Top 50 Indies Track Day

About 50 retailers enjoyed an action-packed day out at the Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indies Track Day last

Greenergy unviels expansion plans

Greenergy Fuels Ltd has revealed plans to build new fuel tankage and

Retailer blockaded by drivers defends parking policy

A forecourt retailer whose site was recently blockaded by drivers over car clamping fees said fines and clamping

Petrol stations unite to catch fuel thieves

Four petrol forecourts in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire have joined forces in a new drive-off report scheme. This

Gleaner returns to profit after first-ever trading loss

Elgin-based Gleaner Oils recorded its first-ever trading loss last year, according to figures just released.

First Scottish dealer for Murco

Murco Petroleum has expanded its dealer network north of the border with the addition of Dumbarton Service Station Ltd, in Dumbarton west of Glasgow.

MFG converts M&S stores to Mace

Top 50 independent forecourt operator Motor Fuel Group has converted two fomer BP M&S sites to Mace, and plans

At last - a UK World Cup success story

An incredible 1087 football shirts have been donated in Jet’s World Cup Football Shirt Amnesty.  The national ‘Dig Out, Drop Off,

Shell shows smarter families can cut fuel bills by 27%

The Shell Smarter Drivers experiment has revealed that fuel efficient driving and local journey planning allows annual average savings of £310 on family petrol bills. The experiment was launched by Shell to better understand how fuel savings can be made by real families

Refinery fire tragedy just days after Buncefield 'guilty' verdicts

Total UK has confirmed that there will be no disruption to fuel supplies to forecourts and wholesalers in the north

A place in the sun for car washes at Automechanika 2010

The international service station and car wash sectors now have their own 'place in the sun' in the new south-west outdoor area at this year's Automechanika, described by the organisers as the world's leading international trade fair for the automotive industry. Trade visitors to the German show, which opens in Frankfurt on September 14-19, will be able to see car washes, gantry systems and the latest products

A stitch in time

Much like the oil spill itself, the BP Deepwater Horizon story continues to run and run (see News Extra, page 10). The effects of this disaster are so far reaching environmentally, politically, and financially, not to mention the personal tragedy that it's hard to comprehend how anyone at the centre of it all (Tony Haywood springs to mind!) can even think about getting up in the morning.

VAT main worry over new Budget

Retailers have given the Emergency Budget a resounding thumbs up, despite the painful

Let it shine

For retailer Nick Baker, screenwash and air fresheners are far more than just extra products hidden away at the back of his shop.

Ahead of the herd

Chillers are home to all manner of products but sometimes, when retailers are looking at exotic ready meals or the latest sandwich fillings, the everyday lines can get overlooked. Milk is a case in point. It's an extremely important top-up line so always being in stock is paramount.

Going green

The future of forecourt maintenance is green. That's the opinion of Steve Martin, managing director at Xmo Strata, who says fuel retailers are increasingly using their maintenance budget to try to reduce their carbon footprint. This trend can involve anything from fitting energy-saving lights on the forecourt to simply putting doors back onto chillers.

MPK Garages announces Londis deal for 28 sites

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

Fuel set for £1.30 a litre

Motorists will be looking at pump prices of 130ppl by the start of next year. RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson warned that while the Chancellor did not

UK prices cheapest in Europe

As a result of the UK's competitive road fuels retail market and efficient distribution facilities, the pretax

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Card fraud gang jailed for scam on forecourts

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

Brulines buys create 'toolbox' of services

Brulines Group has agreed to acquire LBI Installations, subject to due diligence, in a deal expected to go through on July 16. Brulines will pay an initial £360,000 followed by performance-related deferred payments. Established in 2006, LBI operates web-based contract management solutions for forecourts. It has a contract with one of the major supermarket chains. The deal follows Bruline's agreement last month to purchase Retail & Forecourt Solutions Ltd.

Retailer concern over hyper plans

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

Gulf boosts Welsh count

Gulf's recent signing of Washbourne Garage, Caldicot from Esso has further strengthened the brand's presence in South Wales.

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Troubled waters

Global pressure on BP has shown no sign of easing after the catastrophic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the surgery this month - Somerfield Filling Station, Hungerford, Berkshire

GENERAL APPEARANCE: On the A4 at the entrance to the town of Hungerford is a filling station. Its dominant pole tells all with its large distinctive 'T' star, Somerfield name, 24-hour signs and illuminated fuel prices.

Supply and demand

Wet stock management art and science

Help and advice from jac roper

The price of super petrol?

It's a family affair

Life is looking good for the Gohil family Bhupa, Lata and their son Jay as they enjoy "fantastic growth" at their Cosford Garage site, and reflect in the glory of scooping the Budgens Store of the Year award. Their success is well deserved. The journey has been long and hard, but it appears to have

Invest for success

Keep investing in your forecourt and training your staff if you want your business to succeed and never rest on your laurels.

Spar offers forecourts new contactless payment

Spar UK has introduced an integrated contactless EFT payment solution developed with IT partner BCP (Business Computer Projects Ltd) for its SparPoS store system.

See the light

LSI Industries has launched its Crossover Generation 3 line onto the UK market.

Cool eco savings

Hubbard Products has urged retailers to cash in on the government's Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) tax breaks and Carbon Trust 0% interest loans. Dougie Stoddart, Hubbard commercial director, said the company had launched a range of ECA-qualifying packaged condensing units specifically for the sector. He added: "The Zenith range of Scroll packaged condensing units offers 11 medium temperature models that qualify for Enhanced Capital Allowances. It is important operators act promptly to save energy and capital costs and benefit from the current subsidies."

Total offers AdBlue

Total UK has started offering AdBlue HGV additives from a pump on five UK forecourts.

Visible improvements

Baro Lighting has revealed its top tips to help retailers get the most benefit from lighting on their forecourts. These include keeping the store and products brightly lit, using lighting to create a relaxed buying environment, and using reflector technology to ensure there is even light distribution on all aisle shelving.

Red Bull X-Fighters back to boost summer sales

Red Bull is promising a sales boost for retailers this summer with the staging of the UK leg of its Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 at Battersea Power Station. Backed by a £4m marketing investment, the event will feature 12 of the world's top FMX riders, in front of a potential 28,000 crowd. It will also be broadcast live on TV channel Dave. As a warm-up to the main competitive event, the Red Bull X-Fighters will tour the UK Brighton, Nottingham, Newcastle and Leeds giving spectators up and down the country the chance to check out the breathtaking tricks, as well as generating consumer awareness. Red Bull trade communications manager, Tom Smith, said: "We're really excited to bring X-Fighters back to the UK. The event is not only amazing for consumers, but also provides an opportunity for retailers to make some big summer profits."

Sparkling promotion

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is driving sales of its flavoured sparkling drinks range with its latest on-pack promotion. It gives shoppers the chance to receive 50p-worth of mobile credit on any major network with every purchase of a Fanta, Sprite or Dr Pepper promotional pack. Consumers text the unique on-pack code or enter online and 50p-worth of credit will be added to their pay-as-you-go or contract account. Running until September 30 on 330ml and 500ml packs, the campaign will be supported by a six-figure sum and include TV advertising. Selena Taylor, CCE's trade communications manager, said summer was a peak time for mobile usage and consumption of flavoured sparkling drinks: "Sales of Fanta, Sprite and Dr Pepper are set to increase significantly."

Cathedral in a pickle

Cathedral City, the UK's number one cheese brand according to Kantar data has a new-look snacking range.

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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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