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OPW and Petroman strike global licensing deal

OPW Fueling Components EMEA has signed a new global licensing agreement with Petroman in which OPW will produce and market all components of the Total Vapour Solution (TVS) vapour-recovery system under the OPW brand.

High fuel prices force a third of families to cut visits to relatives

Family get-togethers are being pushed to the wayside by the rising cost of motoring, reveals a new study from Hyundai out today.

PRA calls on government to follow France in fuel price cuts

The RMI Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) is urging the UK government to follow France in cutting fuel prices.

Fuel economy boost for used-car buyers

Three-year-old cars released onto the used car market from tomorrow (September 1) will boost new owners’ fuel economy on average by 7%, saving them around £88 a year, says the AA.

Chelmsford Star Co-op buys family forecourt business

A petrol filling station and c-store business that has been owned by the same family for over 50 years has been sold to the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society for just under £2m by property advisers Christie & Co.

FairFuelUK urges government to follow French lead and cut fuel taxes to boost economy

Fuel price campaigning group FairFuelUK is calling on the government to follow France in cutting petrol and diesel prices to drive the UK economy into growth.

Local shops among hardest working professionals in Britain, says ACS

Figures released from the upcoming ACS Local Shop Report have revealed that small shopkeepers are amongst the hardest working professionals in Britain, with most putting in more than 50 hours a week.

Act now to stop beer fraud, says FWD

The government must immediately tackle the growth of beer duty fraud and treat wine as a separate issue, or legitimate wholesalers and retailers will be forced out of business by illegal beer distributors, the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has warned.

Shell opts for Nice customer-centric system

Nice Systems has announced that the retail division of Shell UK Oil Products is using the Nice Fizzback Voice of the Customer (VoC) solution to help the company take a more customer-centric approach across its retail fuel business. The solution gathers feedback in real time from various channels, with a focus on mobile, from across the entire UK Shell-owned retail operation. This allows the company to gain valuable insights from the voice of the customer – driving operations teams to immediately take action to address the customer experience.

PCMS adds fuel and forecourt technology to epos system

Forecourt epos technology is undergoing a high-octane makeover to maximise potential sales within the highly-regulated fuel and convenience environment because margins on petrol and diesel have become so slim, according to John Lewis, the new convenience and fuel manager for retail software provider PCMS.

Torex launches one-stop shop for convenience and fuel retailers

Torex, a subsidiary of Micros Systems, has announced the launch of Torex Consumables, a new one-stop shop for business supplies provided in partnership with Premier Vanguard.

WashTec and BigBrother join forces on UK forecourts

WashTec UK has teamed up with Dutch forecourt security specialists BigBrother to offer state-of-the-art video monitoring capabilities tailored to the needs of UK forecourts.

Men jailed for forecourt raid

Two men who stole nearly £10,000 of cigarettes, alcohol and cash in an early morning raid on a petrol station have been jailed for 16 months each at St Albans Crown Court.

Drunk teenager steals cigarettes

A drunk teenager who had been refused alcohol and tobacco at a Jet petrol station in Surrey and went on to steal cigarettes has been jailed for six months.

Cashier threatened with ‘gun’

A drunken would-be robber who terrified a petrol station assistant with what she thought was a gun has been jailed for two years.

Botkai defends off licences on forecourts

Licensing lawyer Robert Botkai has been defending the sale of alcohol on petrol stations in a live debate on Radio Four today.

Brits alter driving habits to save on fuel costs, says Green Flag

Nearly 14 million UK motorists have pledged to drive more economically as a direct result of high fuel costs, according to new research from Green Flag breakdown service.

Superstation contest sets standards at GB Oils

GB Oils has launched ‘Superstation’, a competition designed to improve forecourt standards and presentation while adding some fun and reward to day-to-day housekeeping.

Colossal tax on fuel is news to half of motorists, says YouGov survey

Half of motorists do not realise that 60% of the price of fuel at the pump is tax, according to a YouGov poll for The Sun newspaper, which is supporting the Petrol Retailers’ Association and TaxPayers’ Alliance’s new forecourt campaign.

Blazing car on forecourt

A driver, who suddenly found that his car was on fire, drove it onto a forecourt. According to the Medway Messenger, the man drove the Renault on to the Co-op forecourt on the A2 in Strood, Kent on Sunday night.

Forecourt gets off licence

The Chickenhall Service Station in Eastleigh, Hampshire has been given the go ahead to sell alcohol, despite dozens of locals signing a petition to block the move. .

Londis reveals new ‘holistic’ promo strategy

Londis has unveiled a new approach to its promotional planning to further enhance its offer for retailers.

Costcutter posts strong growth and retailer recruitment

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has posted a 4% year-on-year increase in sales in the first six months of 2012 and added another 112 new accounts from January to July.

Camelot calls for urgent government action to close legal loophole

Camelot is disappointed by today’s judgment rejecting its claim for a judicial review of the Health Lottery, and intends to lodge papers with the Court of Appeal against what it believes to be a legally-flawed and unfair decision by the court.

Madderson and Sinclair applauded for tax campaign

Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) chairman Brian Madderson and the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) campaign manager Matt Sinclair have been hailed ‘Campaigners of the Week’ by PetrolPromise.com, the independent campaign for cheaper petrol and diesel.

Parliamentary debate on fuel duty expected next month

Robert Halfon MP is to lead a cross-party Parliamentary debate on fuel duty next month.

MPs rally in support of ACS Fair Energy campaign

Members of Parliament from all major parties have rallied together to call on the government to take action and stop unfair practices by energy companies.

The Sun girls help distribute TPA’s fuel tax signs

Symonds Forecourts’ site in Bristol was one of four Top 50 Indie forecourts to provide a location for The Sun newspaper’s photo shoot to publicise the Petrol Retailers’ Association and TaxPayers’ Alliance’s (TPA) new campaign highlighting the true cost of fuel duty.

Forecourt campaign highlights true cost of fuel duty

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has launched a major new campaign with the Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) highlighting the burden of excessive fuel taxes in a bid to raise pressure on the Treasury to cut fuel duty.

Spar UK and Oakland shortlisted for IGD’s Supply Chain Excellence Award

Spar UK and Oakland International have announced that the Spar UK National Consolidation Scheme, a partnership between the two companies, has been selected as a finalist in the Ian MacLaurin Award for Supply Chain Excellence Award, as part of the 2012 IGD food industry awards.

BOSS guide helps drive down drive-offs

A guide produced by the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) is supporting a successful crime reduction training initiative in Rossendale, Lancashire.

Youngsters alienated by ID checking process, reveals Market Force survey

A survey of 1,506 UK consumers aged 18 to 21 by customer Intelligence company Market Force Information has found that one in five young customers feel embarrassed and intimated when they are asked for ID while purchasing age restricted products or visiting age restricted locations.

Electric cars charge through Lake District

A Lake District hotel has become one of the first in the UK to hire out electric cars to its guests, as an eco-friendly alternative to enjoying the local area.

Diesel thief gets 19 months

A 30-year-old man, who has been convicted 41 times for driving while disqualified and six times for driving dangerously, has now been jailed for 19 months for drive-offs.

Drive-off man jailed for 12 months

Camberwell Green Magistrates Court has sentenced a man to a 12-month prison sentence for stealing fuel from petrol stations and driving off.

Pump prices head back towards record highs

A 2.5% increase in UK pump prices over the past month risks putting road fuel costs back on the path that led to six weeks of record fuel prices earlier this year, warns the AA.

Vipster creates white-label mobile loyalty card for small businesses

Vipster.me has launched to give small business owners the ability to create their own branded mobile loyalty cards. Companies can design an HTML5-powered card with their logo, locations and offers which can then be embedded as a website widget or hosted at their vipster.me page.

Olympics focus takes gaze away from rise of oil prices, says PRA

RMI Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) has warned road users of an impending increase in the cost of fuel due to a huge rise in the price of oil.

OFT to investigate Shell, Greenergy and Vopak’s proposed purchase of Coryton

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has today opened its enquiry into the anticipated acquisition of Coryton refinery by a consortium comprising Shell, Greenergy and Vopak.

Sponsored slim nets cancer charity £12K

A Northern Ireland forecourt and convenience retailer has raised £12,000 for charity in a weight-loss fundraising effort that saw five men lose 15-and-a-half stone between them.

PRA joins Sunday Trading debate

The RMI Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) is lending its full support to the Association of Convenience Stores’ (ACS) decision to urge the government to retain Sunday Trading regulations.

Spar move pays off for forecourt store

A New Forest forecourt store has seen a 17% uplift in sales in the first few weeks of trading after transferring its business to Spar.

Employability initiative takes flight at the Henderson Group

Sixteen local unemployed people have gained permanent employment with the Henderson Group after taking part in the company’s work placement programme.

Small businesses embrace affordable training alternatives to ease staff development costs

Small businesses are sourcing affordable training alternatives to sidestep steep staff development costs, new research from the Forum of Private Business has revealed.

Australian high court backs plain packs for tobacco

Australia’s highest court has upheld a new government law on plain packaging for tobacco products, sparking concern that the move could set a precedent for other countries, including the UK.

GB Oils appoints new regional manager in South East Anglia

GB Oils has opened a new depot in Ipswich to serve the needs of commercial and domestic customers in South East Anglia, and appointed Keith Durrant as regional manager.

Growth plans prompt new head office for MFG

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has moved its head office from Harrow to St Albans.

ACS urges government to keep Sunday Trading regulations

ACS has called on the government to retain Sunday Trading regulations, after comments made by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles suggested the government may review Sunday trading laws when the temporary relaxation of restrictions over the Olympics period comes to an end.

Driving considered ‘more important’ than being able to write

Being able to drive is regarded as an important skill – overall more important than even being able to write or use a computer, according to new AA research.

Plain tobacco packs review ends today

A consultation on the Department of Health’s plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco will close today.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 2 October 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East120.5363.90127.17119.00
East Midlands120.03127.76118.80
London120.3757.90128.81118.85
North East119.80129.71118.46
North West120.19127.87118.63
Northern Ireland119.22125.23117.53
Scotland120.2463.80126.78118.50
South East120.7259.90129.39119.48
South West120.39128.00119.02
Wales120.0459.90126.47118.61
West Midlands120.0865.90128.12118.84
Yorkshire & Humber119.73127.02118.57

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