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Day in the Life: Shailesh Parekh

I wake up at six in the morning and go to the gym. This helps me maintain my jovial and proactive attitude to life. After an hour in the gym (some days with a personal trainer), I get to work for about eight o'clock.

Day in the Life: Gordon Balmer

My working day normally starts at the crack of dawn as my wife is an early riser and kicks me out of bed. If I have time it gives me an opportunity to get to the gym. With all the things we have to do during the working day, especially sitting down a lot, I think it's important to get exercise and it helps to clear my thoughts. I like to think I'm reasonably fit but my wife thinks I have too good a social life. My role as commercial manager for the Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) probably has something to do with this.

Day in the Life: Tony Mills

After spending the best part of 17 years working in Chicago as an engineering director, stepping back into a UK business was a real eye-opener and I still find the odd wrench in the works, so to speak. One of the main problems I'm currently experiencing is my innate drive to quote prices in dollars I really MUST stop this!

Day in the Life: Saeed Noorani

My new role as area manager has given me more control and power to dedicate my time and effort to bring change to the company, with fresh ideas, thoughts and better plans for its future success. Having over 20 years' experience, I reformed and brought changes to the company from the office, to the shop, to he forecourt.

Day in the Life: Andrew Braxton

Ilove my job. I know that might be a cliché, but I'm part of a very dynamic and exciting industry. My role, UK dealer manager, was created two years ago with Shell's decision to split management of the company-owned sites from dealer sites; and with Shell's reinvigorated focus on the dealer world, life is only set to be more energised. With responsibility for all of Shell's UK dealers, I'm at the heart of the change as Shell plans to divest up to 250 company-owned sites.

Day in the Life: Jodie Johnson

The mayhem starts at 5.45am when I get up and try my best to walk our two dogs. Easier said than done, especially when they're having a 'diva day' and refusing to move from their beds. Then it's time to make sure that my son and my partner are all set for the day.

Day in the Life: Jenny Lockwood

I aim to be up each working morning at 5.15am in readiness for Boot Camp at 6am. It's part of a new health regime there's also a personal trainer to keep the pressure on!

Day in the Life: Guy Pulham

In 2011 we changed our organisation to better reflect the needs of our customers. Our main sales channels are now split between national customers (large group dealers and UK wholesale customers looked after by national account managers in head office) and regional customers (local retail and wholesale customers who want local field-based support). We believe that it focuses resources in the right areas and enables our sales teams to provide comprehensive fuel support.

Day in the Life: Lisa Kemp

I live about an hour's drive from the site, so an early start is always inevitable, particularly as I have my hair and make-up to do before leaving home. But to compensate, my drive to work is through the beautiful New Forest. However, I have to be alert to avoid the ponies and other animals that often wander about oblivious to all the traffic.

Day in the Life: Adam Hogwood

My alarm goes off at 4.28am and somehow myself and our two-year old whippet get up and into the lounge without waking my wife! Banana on toast, black coffee and a catch up with the news and social media follows.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 14 October 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East132.12139.79127.55
East Midlands131.62139.76127.57
London131.82140.67128.38
North East131.03141.66126.72
North West131.3657.70141.67127.65
Northern Ireland129.55131.90125.63
Scotland132.15138.51127.55
South East132.5757.90140.14128.33
South West131.8867.90138.74127.41
Wales131.2464.90135.72126.82
West Midlands131.33140.68127.66
Yorkshire & Humber131.0784.90140.64127.33

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