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Victory sign

There is much to applaud in the success of RMI Petrol's campaign to secure "some very good reductions to rateable values" (see News Extra page 10).

RMIP victory as VOA announces rate cuts

The year-long campaign by RMI Petrol to challenge the 2010 Revaluation Scheme, has won significant rate reductions from the Valuation Office Agency.

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Pulling power

Unregulated operators have long been sapping the lifeblood out of the traditional forecourt car wash business. Workers sporting sponges and buckets have taken up residence in the ruins of former forecourt sites. Trolley washes have become commonplace in supermarket car parks.

Night fever

Now that the nights are drawing in, it's the perfect time of year for forecourt traders to push their sales with 'big night in' type products. So says Bep Dhaliwal, trade relations manager at Mars.

Snack race

If you were asked to name UK consumers' favourite snack what would you say? Crisps or chocolate perhaps? Well, according to Mintel, the UK's favourite snack is fresh fruit! The company questioned 919 consumers, aged 16 and over, via the internet. Fifty eight per cent of them said fresh fruit was their favourite snack followed by chocolate and crisps/snacks. Perhaps they gave fruit as their reply because it sounded better than the fatty stuff or perhaps Mintel just happened to quiz the 919 healthiest consumers in the UK? It doesn't really matter though as the research company reckons there are nearly 20 billion snacking occasions in the UK across the year so there's plenty of room for other snacks to sell too. According to the research company, those 20 billion occasions break down to 13 billion at-home snacks and 6.4 billion on-the-go snacks.

Total signs 31 Co-op forecourts

Total UK has signed a new five-year contract to supply fuel to 31 Co-op Group forecourts nationwide, representing a significant piece of business for the oil company, particularly in light of its up-for-sale status.

Elaine's simply the best assistant

Forecourt sales assistant Elaine Leaney was named Sales Assistant of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony in London last month, organised by Forecourt Trader's sister magazine Convenience Store.

Facebook campaign wants Tesco to challenge MRH

Inhabitants of Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland have started a Facebook campaign to get a Tesco forecourt in the town, in a bid to bring down the price of fuel there.

IFFE success for Harvest

Since exhibiting at the International Forecourt & Fuel Equipment exhibition (IFFE) in March this year, Harvest Energy claims to have more than trebled the number of independent forecourts which have converted to its brand.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 6 April 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands116.69123.64110.94
North East114.52128.57108.80
North West115.5869.90124.67110.44
Northern Ireland112.26105.71
South East117.76127.48112.59
South West116.50123.98110.63
West Midlands116.74130.15110.50
Yorkshire & Humber115.67119.64110.20

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