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Susie sells award-winning site

Top 50 Indie, Simon Smith Retail, has sold its award-winning Barnwood Budgens site in Gloucester.

£1.5m boost to security

Brian Donaldson, chief operating officer of The Maxol Group, has welcomed the announcement that an additional £1.5m will be spent on new surveillance equipment and additional staff as part of a heightened offensive against criminals involved in fuel laundering in Northern Ireland.

Rontec opts for Tokheim IT to help with growth

Rontec, the secondplaced operator in Forecourt Trader's Top 50 Indies, has decided to install Tokheim's Fuel POS solution at 125 sites to support the strategic growth of its business in England and Wales.

New website with extra features for Fairbanks

Wet-stock management specialist Fairbanks has launched a new website,

Static electricity help

The Energy Institute (EI) has updated its guidance for the petroleum industry on dealing with the hazard of static electricity.

Istobal grabs opportunity to fill a gap in the car wash market

Car wash chemicals company Istobal is stepping up its efforts in the UK market to fill a vacuum left by some of its competitors, according to sales director Dave Lindon.

Honesty and transparency pays off for Xmo

Sign installer Xmo Strata is celebrating a landmark in the publication of its weekly Health, Safety and Environmental Bulletins on its website, having reached its 360th issue.


In my last column, I spoke of an exciting new technology 3D printing. Well, not 10 days after the item, plans for a gun were published on the web and a model made and fired with live ammunition.

Drop by drop

With fuel margins so low, it's easy to understand why many retailers would want to keep investment in the forecourt side of their business low as well. But failing to properly monitor fuel stocks and ensure pumps are dispensing accurately could be nothing short of a false economy.

Filling stations

You have to be careful when you're selling sandwiches. The reason? Everyone can make a sandwich so we all know what's good and what's not. Quality, freshness, choice and availability are the watchwords according to Andy Valentine, head of brand marketing for Ginsters. And he should know, as Ginsters remains the number one branded sandwich supplier in the UK.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 January 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.93141.67128.44
North East131.55139.57126.67
North West132.1066.90140.54127.58
Northern Ireland129.82134.61125.46
South East133.80141.93129.03
South West132.9567.90139.13128.12
West Midlands132.7866.57142.07128.26
Yorkshire & Humber131.9963.90141.14127.34

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