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March

Come and join our working lunches

Make sure you come along to Forecourt Trader’s Working Lunch sessions at the International Forecourt and Fuel Equipment Exhibition this month, and take part in the discussions.

ACS offers advice amid Sudan 1 chaos

Retailers have had a major headache on their hands since the warning announcement this month from the Foods Standards Agency about food products containing Sudan 1.

No windfall for 'indies'

The huge oil company profits announced recently by Shell and BP are no benefit to independent fuel distributors, according to Susan Hancock, chief executive of the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers.

Bigger peaks and troughs warn Sims

The peaks and troughs in the retail fuel market are going to get much bigger this year, according to BP’s retail director Graham Sims. “The volatility this year of the British petrol retailing market is going to change, and we’ve got to get used to the great times and the bloody awful times,” he said.

Plans underway for new M11 services

A public consultation document about possible improvements to the M11 motorway in Essex and Cambridgeshire over the next decade includes the prospect of another service area on the northern section of the 52-mile route.

Thieves bungle cash raid

Three thieves were forced to flee empty-handed after a bungled attempt to steal a cash machine from a garage forecourt.

Fender steps in to defend ATM charges

ATM suppliers charging customers for cash withdrawals have been defended by Tom Fender, managing director of shopper research company Harris International Marketing, following adverse national press coverage.

News in brief

FORECOURT MARKET DATA COMPANY CATALIST will be running a daily prize draw for a one year’s subscription to its PriceViewer service at the International Forecourt and Fuel Equipment Show this month. There will also be a second draw for a free Catalist Site Report – together worth nearly £500. The draw is open to anyone visiting its stand and leaving their details. The prize draw will take place at the end of each day and the winner will be notified within 24 hours. Visit Catalist on Stand J110, Hall 7.

Here comes Somerfield

Somerfield has become the latest supermarket to state its claim on the forecourt sector, following an acquisition of 140 Texaco sites for £90m. But as Forecourt Trader went to press, Somerfield announced that it was to sell these sites on to Palmer Capital Partners and Deutsche Property Asset Management, who will develop the forecourts and lease them back to Somerfield for 20 years.

Triple Eight Group - Spar/BP, Wilton Road, Salisbury

I have long wanted to visit a Triple Eight Group site, so finding myself close to Salisbury I soon located the joint-branded Spar/BP forecourt on Wilton Road, part of the busy A36 Southampton/ Bath road. It is on the Wilton side of Salisbury, a mile from the city centre, and opposite an equally large Shell site.
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As the smaller/family owned independent forecourt businesses continue to be acquired by the big operators, do you think now could be the right time for you to sell up?