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February

Last-ditch bid to stop duty rise, as diesel hits record high of 144.21ppl

Fair Fuel UK campaigners are meeting with the Treasury today to make a last-ditch plea for the government to axe the planned August fuel duty rise as diesel prices continue to soar, rising to a record 144.21ppl.

Fair Fuel UK to hold mass lobby on March 7

Fuel price campaigner Fair Fuel UK is holding a mass lobby of MPs at Westminster next week in a bid to convince the government to cut fuel duty.

Jet names inaugural Sales Assistant of the Year

Val Taylor, 72, of Crosspool Service Station in Sheffield has won Jet’s first-ever award for Sales Assistant of the Year.

Morrisons kicks off industry-beating fuel promotion

Morrisons has trumped Tesco’s current 10ppl fuel price promotion with a new deal giving motorists 15ppl off petrol or diesel when they spend £60 in store.

Indies can survive if they play to natural strengths, says Verdict report

Independents can fight back against the onslaught of the major supermarkets by playing to existing strengths and creating new ones, says independent retail analysts Verdict as it outlines strategies for survival for independent retailers.

20 range reviews at Londis to drive sales in 2012

Londis is targeting 20 range reviews across 300 stores for 2012, following a successful programme of 10 range reviews across 100 stores last year, which drove significant uplifts of up to 9%.

Insolvency rates fall to the same rate as January 2011

The rate of insolvencies fell from 0.11 per cent in December 2012 to 0.07 per cent in January this year – the same rate as in January 2011, according to the latest figures released by Experian, the global information services company.

Scottish town vows to fight plans for supermarket with petrol station

The business community in the Scottish town of Newton Stewart, has vowed to fight plans for a new supermarket on the edge of town, the Galloway Gazette has reported. The newspaper said the majority of the 60-plus business people from the area who attended a meeting of the Newton Stewart Business Association on Wednesday night were against the development of a 30,000sq ft superstore with parking for 160 vehicles and a petrol station just off the A75 at Barnkirk.

Brulines takes Brobot to real-time fuel monitoring

Brulines Fuel Solutions (BFS) has concluded a major new contract with Top 50 indie Brobot Petroleum, to move the 22-strong group’s fuel monitoring from traditional statistical inventory reconciliation (SIR) to continuous fuel monitoring (CFM).

Stores of the future will be better connected, says IGD

Shops and people will be connected to each other more than ever in the store of the future, according to IGD research. The report commissioned by Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) and written by food and consumer goods experts IGD predicts:

ACS' Budget submission urges 2% cap on business rates rise

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is urging Chancellor George Osborne to take action in the Budget to stop the 5.6% increase in business rates, with the aid of new research conducted among local shop owners across the country. The polling reveals:

Rontec signs up to RMIP

RMI Petrol is delighted to gain support from Rontec Investments, the UK's second-largest new independent group with 234 petrol retail sites, that was formed to acquire some of the downstream assets from Total at the end of 2011. 
Rontec has just signed up for membership of the trade association representing independent retailers. RMIP chairman Brian Madderson commented: "We have had terrific support from Snax 24 since the new-look association was launched in late 2009, and it is fantastic to now have similar commitment from Rontec."

Drought threatens car wash operators

Water shortages will impact service stations far more than any unregulated hand car wash operator, according to David Charman, chairman of the Car Wash Assocation (CWA).

Park Garage Group supports cancer charity with plastic bag initiative

Top 50 Indie Park Garage Group has pledged its support to cancer charity CLIC Sargent with a new charging scheme for plastic carrier bags.

AA calls for fuel price regulator as diesel nears last year's record

The AA has called for the industry to consider the introduction of a price regulator acting as an honest broker between fuel suppliers, retailers and consumers. The suggestion comes as average UK diesel prices have risen to 142.80ppl, a fifth of a penny shy of the record set in May last year (143.04ppl), according to the AA's February Fuel Price Report.

Biofuels worse than fossil fuels and targets should be scrapped, say charities

Car drivers in the UK will pay up to £2 billion more on the forecourt in 2020 if the government decides to increase the proportion of biofuels in petrol, according to new research commissioned by ActionAid and Friends of the Earth, undertaken by the Global Subsidies Initiative.

Diesel price hits record high as RMIP makes formal submission to OFT for new review of the market

The price of diesel has hit a record high having rocketed by 10pp in just 12 months – an inflation-busting 7% rise – reports RMI Petrol.

Consumers can't take rising fuel prices, says AA, as it calls on Chancellor for investigation

The impact of record diesel prices will be felt by everyone as higher transport costs are passed on to business and consumers, warns AA president Edmund King.

Yorkon completes 50th modular PFS for Tesco

Off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has completed another milestone for Tesco – its 50th modular petrol filling station (PFS) building for the global retailer.

Coryton crude oil supplies secure for three months

The administrators of Petroplus’ Coryton refinery in Essex have today signed a tolling agreement, securing crude oil supplies for the next three months.

Armed robber gets trapped in hatch

A robber who launched himself through an after-hours serving hatch in a bungled forecourt raid has been jailed for six years.

ATM raid in Essex

Thieves used a stolen digger to demolish the wall of a Shell site in Epping, Essex and steal an ATM.

Police help reduce drive-offs

Police in Reading have been carrying out checks on motorists at a Morrisons forecourt in a bid to reduce drive-offs.

Symonds Forecourts joins RMI Petrol

RMI Petrol has brought another Top 50 Indie company into membership of the trade association – Somerset-based Symonds Forecourts.

Drive-off man banned from driving

A man who drove off from a forecourt without paying for petrol three times in one month has been banned from driving.

Attendant terrorised with Samurai sword

A masked raider threatened a forecourt employee with a Samurai sword in an attack at the Murco service station in Ingol, Preston, last Saturday night. The man threatened the worker with the sword before making off with less than £100 from the till.

Daylight raid on village forecourt

A man armed with a knife robbed a Gulf petrol station in Dunnington, North Yorkshire on Monday morning.

Inflation drop undermines case for business rates hike

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced that inflation has fallen by 1.7% from its peak at 5.6% in September 2011.

Shell tempts motorists with Valentine's offer as research shows Brits spend more time on cars than relationships

Shell is running a Valentine’s Day promotion offering motorists 5ppl off Shell V-Power unleaded or diesel.

Hearts are growing fonder of forecourts on Valentine's Day, says new research

One in five time-strapped British men are snapping up their Valentine’s Day presents from petrol stations, new research from Mace convenience stores reveals today.

Londis to double fresh sales in three years

Londis reports fresh sales up 26% year-on-year and plans to double sales in fresh foods over the next three years. 

Tanker driver action called off following "positive" meeting

Industrial action by tanker drivers – which has been affecting fuel supplies to Jet retailers for the past two weeks – has been called off following a successful meeting between representatives from the Unite union and transport company Wincanton.

Snow clearing advice issued by Directgov

Clear government guidance for businesses on what they should and shouldn't do during this snowy and icy period is to be welcomed, the health and safety advisor and employment law specialist Bibby Consulting & Support has said.
 
"One of the biggest misconceptions companies have is that if they attempt to clear paths on their premises and someone falls they are responsible and liable to an injury claim," said the company's managing director Michael Slade.
 
"The fact is, anyone can clear snow and ice to prevent slips and falls without fear of incurring demands for compensation, but they do need to follow certain procedures and have cleared the area carefully.

Trade union Unite issues warning to oil majors

Fuel and petrol stocks will be hit if oil distribution employers fail to end the attack on tanker drivers’ livelihoods forcing strike action closer, trade union Unite has warned.

KSS Fuels achieves record first half year sales

KSS Fuels has announced that the acceleration of new business wins and the successful integration of a major acquisition fueled record revenues and earnings for the first half of its fiscal year.

ACS urges government to cap business rates rise

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has written to Ministers calling for more help for local shops set to pay a whacking 5.6% rates increase from April.

RMI Petrol secures Euro Garages HQ for regional meeting venue

Retailers are invited to Forecourt Trader of the Year Euro Garages’ head office in Lancashire for RMI Petrol’s next regional meeting on Wednesday February 22.

Drive-off thief runs over Smurf

A forecourt manager dressed as a Smurf was mown down by a petrol thief at the Sainsbury’s in Trinity Road, Bolton. Dan Walker was collecting money for Comic Relief on the forecourt last year when he saw a man putting the pump nozzle through the back window of a car to fill up containers.

Fuel thief sentenced to 18 months

A 41-year-old man has been jailed for 18 months at Reading Crown Court for planning to steal number plates and fuel.

Rural retailers feel the pressure as strike continues

RMI Petrol has called for an investigation into “unjustifiable increases” to small rural retailers’ bulk fuel purchases from their wholesalers as the Wincanton drivers’ strike continues.

Coryton crude stocks replenished

Oil supplies to Coryton refinery in Essex have been given a welcome boost as administrators acquire another shipment of crude to replenish stocks refined over the past 11 days.

Shell seeks to acquire ‘premium’ sites

Shell’s acquisition of two high-volume sites from Petrogas in a deal that saw the Applegreen retailer buy seven forecourts from Shell is proof of oil companies’ appetite to acquire “premium sites”, according to chartered surveyors the Nigel Lawrence Partnership (NLP).

Interest in Coryton refinery “extremely encouraging”

Coryton has attracted more than 40 interested parties following the insolvency of its owner Petroplus, the government has confirmed.

Supply sagas

Whether it's tanker driver strikes, refinery closures, bad weather or another major oil company withdrawing from the UK, the news headlines usually mean one thing for dealers: supply headaches.

Coryton supplies in limbo as Petroplus goes bust

The government has been urged to step in to ensure continuation of fuel supply from Petroplus' oil refinery in Coryton, Essex, which supplies 20% of road fuels in London and the Southeast.

ConocoPhillips builds bridges with its Jet dealers as tanker driver strike continued

Jet has responded to negative feedback about its alleged failure to plan for the anticipated Wincanton tanker driver strike by opening up communications with dealers.

Hudson leaves Jet in restructure

Jet's retail marketing manager Patrick Hudson is leaving ConocoPhillips after nearly 28 years with the company including 10 years in his current role.

in brief

Total signing for GB Oils

Kenny Webster shocked over threat to Calanike

Director of Calanike Retailing Kenny Webster has said he is "absolutely furious" about Allied Irish Bank's (AIB) shock decision to place the company in receivership while putting his drinks business Sangs into administration.

Petrogas expands its network in the UK

Top 50 Indie Petrogas is growing its UK network with the acquisition of seven freehold and leasehold sites from Shell, and disposed of two sites to Shell in the same deal.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 November 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East123.5862.15130.21121.10
East Midlands123.21131.97120.77
London123.5556.90131.47121.21
North East122.7764.90132.16120.46
North West123.1057.80131.29120.64
Northern Ireland121.8564.20125.57120.27
Scotland123.3352.20129.79120.83
South East123.79131.06121.50
South West123.42130.49121.01
Wales123.15129.94120.50
West Midlands122.8761.90132.62120.73
Yorkshire & Humber122.9956.90131.53120.82

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