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PRA concern over plain packaging

The PRA has expressed concern after new evidence emerged from Australia of the negative impact of plain tobacco packaging on retailers.

PM backs 'Small Business Saturday' event

The Prime Minister has thrown his weight behind the UK’s first Small Business Saturday - tp be held on December 7.

Fuel prices - September 25, 2013

monthly fuel prices by brand - sept 2013

Time for feedback

A new study looking at the attitudes of fuel customers and why they choose particular brands, has underlined the growing dominance of the supermarkets. Customer intelligence specialist Market Force Information, surveyed more than 1,500 consumers across the UK in an effort to understand the choices made when purchasing fuel.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Wellington Service Station, Archway Rd, London N6


The Esso Snack & Shop Wellington Service Station is virtually located on an 'island'! An island made up of the Archway Road (A1) and North Hill that joins Aylmer Road and leads onto the North Circular with its access to the M1. Traffic is constant, at times horrific, and there is very little access for pedestrians. I was interested to see how the 24/7 Wellington Service Station managed its shop offering to what must mainly be vehicle-based customers.

Money Talk: Big Brother is watching you, now more than ever

Think back just a few months to the global news story about US and UK electronic snooping on email and other internet traffic. The revelations at least served to illustrate just how vast the data capture and information processing abilities of government agencies have become. Of course, there were the usual reassurances that this was all necessary for our protection, and the standard secret policeman's line of 'Why worry if you've nothing to hide?'. So we stopped worrying and went back to business as usual.

Service Centre: Jac Roper on a duty rebate that doesn't work and a case where common sense prevails

What's the real price of petrol?

The price of petrol is a perennial headline grabber. You would think, by now, enough journalists reporting on the subject would have 'got to the bottom of it'; ie the public would know that the retailers have nowt to do with the price at the pump, even if they do own the ruddy pumps.

Spar to the rescue

There's a new name on the pole sign at Geoff Harland's B&M Harland forecourt in Pickering, North Yorkshire. And although it's a name well known throughout the forecourt industry, it's the first time that it's appeared as branding on fuel. Supplied by Harvest Energy, B&M Harland has been offering Spar-branded fuel since August, and it's already proving to be a great success.

Out of storage

Since Valero Energy acquired the UK marketing and distribution assets of Chevron more than two years ago, it has been on a mission to strengthen its supply infrastructure in order to grow the business. This month sees the completion of a significant part of that project with the coming on full stream of the company's Manchester fuel terminal following an intense year of refurbishment. The terminal, which had been in existence since the '70s, had been mothballed in 2010, when it was owned in an equal three-way split by Chevron, Total and Esso, but operated by Esso on behalf of the other stakeholders.

Smart solutions

This time last year payment by smartphone at the pump was in very early development. But by June 2013 a prototype mobile payments web-browsing service created by retail technology provider Micros Systems had been piloted and launched as MiFuel, a solution allowing drivers to pay for fuel using their mobile phones.

Thirst aid

What a summer the warmest, driest and sunniest since 2006. According to figures from the Met Office, from June 1 to August 28, we basked in 588 hours of sunshine making it the seventh sunniest summer since records began in 1929. Such sunshine is, of course, good news for the soft drinks' manufacturers and retailers.

Novelty value

From popping candy frogs to robins and even white chocolate polar bears, there really is something for everyone this Christmas. The confectionery manufacturers seem to have pulled out all the stops to ensure this Christmas will be a cracker.

Day in the Life: Andrew Owens - the have-a-go entrepreneur

My home is in the South West of England, but our customers, staff and operations are spread right across the country, so my working day is generally based around travel. I don't have a typical working routine, and neither do I have a room or a desk in any of the Greenergy offices. I use the offices as touch-down pads and I sit with my laptop at one of the open-plan desks, wherever the action is.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 May 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands135.28141.26129.82
North East134.06140.71129.20
North West134.87139.96129.27
Northern Ireland131.95135.90127.71
South East135.9463.57142.34130.70
South West135.01139.53129.65
West Midlands134.83141.89129.64
Yorkshire & Humber134.1257.70141.27129.10

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