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

Fuel-only customers on the rise

The proportion of fuel-only forecourt shoppers continues to rise. According to findings from HIM's Convenience Tracking Programme (CTP) 2011, 52% of people who visit a forecourt only buy fuel up from 43% in 2009. However, one in five forecourt shoppers are only buying shop items.

in brief


Pay-at-pump is answer to shorter fuel queues

Motorists will face increasingly long queues at petrol stations unless fuel retailers install new payment technologies such as pay-at-pump systems, according to a new report by Datamonitor.

Forecourt Watch broadens in Scotland

Strathclyde Police has broadened its association with the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) and independent retailers to introduce Forecourt Watch at 11 key sites in East Kilbride and Strathaven, as well as six in Glasgow Rutherglen, in a bid to tackle drive-offs.

Brian Madderson - chairman RMIP

The Budget brought great success for RMI Petrol as we had been first to identify exactly what the full impact of Darling's 1ppl duty increase in 'real terms' would mean from April 1, 2011 an unbelievable 5ppl tax hike when the nation was already reeling from the double-tax take of 0.76ppl duty rise from January 1 and VAT up to 20% from January 4.

Gulf site named oldest in Europe

Riddelsdell Bros service station in Boxford, Suffolk has been named Europe's oldest recorded working garage.

Peregrine's shop switch

Peregrine Retail has opened its first redeveloped forecourt at Ringwood, Hampshire.

Poles apart

Retailers are being urged to come forward with evidence of predatory pricing by supermarkets and oil companies as retailers' fuel volumes continue to decline and margins are increasingly squeezed. Brian Madderson, chairman of RMI Petrol, has written to the government calling for an investigation into the unfair practices of both supermarkets and oil companies, which is leaving independent retailers unable to compete on price and causing further shrinkage of volumes.

Bypass Filling Station, St Austell, Cornwall


The actual and potential costs of health and safety

One of the less sensational announcements within the March Budget related to the government's aim of cutting so-called red tape and thereby helping small- and medium-sized businesses to avoid unnecessary costs. A particular target was the dreaded health and safety regime, which is one of those subjects that fills lawyers' hearts with glee and most other people with dread. Under the changes to health and safety regulations announced in the Budget, there will no longer be automatic health and safety inspections for all businesses. Instead they will focus only on 'rogue employers' and highrisk sectors such as construction a step that is predicted to reduce the number of inspections by at least a third. Common sense would suggest that the retailing of petroleum might also be considered to be a 'high risk' activity, as indeed could any retail business that involves serving members of the public face-to-face.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 25 May 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands111.76123.12106.54
North East110.34125.25104.79
North West111.33119.82106.56
Northern Ireland108.52111.40102.55
South East113.2059.90124.27108.35
South West111.83124.12106.47
West Midlands112.13125.12106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.6957.70121.80105.92

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