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January

Topaz installs Wayne pumps on flagship site

Global fuel dispenser specialist Wayne is to supply Topaz Energy’s flagship forecourt at Dublin Airport with Helix 4000 pumps.

Jet 'proud' to launch new standards and service programme

Fuel brand Jet has announced the launch of a new standards and service programme, ‘Proud to be Jet’. The programme assesses, benchmarks and continually measures site performance across all Jet-branded forecourts based on annual compliance audits and other brand-related criteria set by the company.

Merril Boulton: 2014 - positive signs

And so another year begins, and apart from the rather bleak weather there's definitely an increasingly positive feel coming from the industry as we head into 2014. Yes, it's still very tricky and competitive out there, and it's certainly no time to relax the strict disciplines and practices learned in recent times. But business seems to have generally been improving in the past few months, with many retailers reporting better sales over the Christmas period compared with the previous year. The economy also seems to be inching its way forward at last.

Nominate your loo for award

It's time to whip out those loo brushes and polish up your pans, because the competition to find the nation's best forecourt loo is back following its successful launch last year, sponsored again by janitorial supplies specialist RS Sales and Distribution.

James Lowman: chairman ACS

There is a growing consensus that radical change to the business rates system is required. We have been arguing for a long time that if the government wants to see businesses investing and creating jobs, then it has to take clear steps to reduce the costs that stand in its way.

Positive momentum

The past year has been a busy one for the PRA, and its chairman Brian Madderson expects there will be no let up in 2014.

News Review of 2013

January

A PRA report warns that supermarket expansion could wipe out 800 independent forecourts by 2017. Former PRA president Paul Sykes sells his five Shaws forecourts to Midlands Co-op.

New canopies generate electricity for forecourt

New canopies for two Sainsbury's forecourts are claimed to be a world first in that the forecourt roof not only contains photovoltaic (PV) glass to generate electricity but is also transparent.

Kevin Eastwood: BOSS executive director

How many times can a motorist fill up, claim to have left their method of payment behind, promise to pay within a week but then fail to do so? Once, possible, twice, doubtful, three times or more suggests treatment for Alzheimers or they're behaving in a dishonest manner and should be treated as criminals.

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Midlands: up to 2.5mlpa

In 2012, family-run Hockmeyer Motors in Holdingham, Leicestershire took a huge leap by turning its back on 40 years of car sales knocking through into the car showroom and extending the Spar store to 2,100sq ft.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 November 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East131.0157.70138.30126.81
East Midlands130.59139.47126.61
London131.00140.06127.56
North East129.23139.06125.25
North West129.8364.92138.07126.36
Northern Ireland127.82133.40124.44
Scotland130.4852.70137.39126.25
South East131.4769.90139.42127.48
South West130.5064.90136.17126.41
Wales129.68135.94125.44
West Midlands130.33140.40126.46
Yorkshire & Humber129.8099.90138.58126.25

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