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Berkshire Downs Filling Station

New owners planning to expand and rebrand Berkshire site

New owners are planning a rebrand and shop expansion after acquiring a forecourt site in Berkshire.

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Euro Garages planning 21 new-to-industry sites

Euro Garages has revealed that it has 21 freehold properties in the UK that are ear-marked for new-to-industry sites.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA chairman Brian Madderson
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PRA chairman explains reason for petrol/diesel price disparity

A combination of factors have led to the growing disparity between petrol and diesel prices, according to the PRA chairman Brian Madderson.

All the SuperStation 2018 award winners
The SuperStation 2018 award winners
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Certas Energy crowns its SuperStation award winners

SuperStation, Certas Energy’s awards scheme designed to drive-up forecourt standards, announced its champions at its annual Gala Awards Dinner, held this year at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, on Thursday 11 October.

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Raiders blow up cash machine on Lincolnshire forecourt

Raiders have blown up a cash machine (ATM) on a forecourt in Lincolnshire, and stolen about £16,000.

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Police investigating after attempted robbery in Essex

A man holding what appeared to be a handgun has attempted to rob a service station in Essex. 

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Jail sentence suspended for woman with illicit cigarettes

A Co Armagh woman, who stored almost one million illegal cigarettes in an outbuilding next to her home, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for three years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Tuffins Nisa Local Welshpool

New 3,000sq ft Tuffins Nisa Local store and forecourt opened

A new 3,000sq ft Tuffins Nisa Local store and forecourt opened last week in Welshpool, Powys.

Co-op Princess Parkway, Manchester

Co-op site reopens following £1m overhaul

The Co-op petrol filling station and food store in Princess Parkway, Manchester, has re-opened after a near £1m revamp.

ChargePoint Services managing director Alex Bamberg
ChargePoint Services managing director Alex Bamberg
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MFG and Chargepoint claim to be leaders in charger roll-out

ChargePoint Services and Motor Fuel Group (MFG) claim they are now the leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging at urban forecourts and arterial fuel stations nationwide.

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RAC calls on supermarkets to cut petrol prices by 3ppl

A fall in the cost of oil and a strengthening of the pound means petrol prices at the pump should soon be coming down, according to the RAC.

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Government slammed for cutting support for low emission vehicles

The government has been heavily criticised after announcing it is slashing the grants supporting purchase of electric vehicles, and scrapping grants for hybrids.

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UK's first universal 60kW charger installed at Yorkshire forecourt

The UK’s first 60kW rapid charger available for all makes of electric vehicles has been installed by Alfa Power at Crown Service Station, Brighouse, West Yorkshire.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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MP proposes Bill to protect retail workers from assaults and abuse

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a bill tabled in Parliament to protect retail workers who sell age-restricted products.

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New chief executive appointed to take over at Moto Hospitality

Motorway service area operator Moto Hospitality has appointed Ken McMeikan as its chief executive officer to replace Tim Moss, who is standing down after 12 years in the post, and 20 years with the company.

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Two hand car wash sites raided in slavery investigation

A 24-year-old Romanian man has been arrested by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) following an operation at two hand car washes in the Barnsley area.

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Police warn forecourts are prime target of Halloween bike gangs

Fuel retailers are being warned to take precautions against gangs of motorbike, moped and scooter riders who may take to the roads over Halloween.

Kevin Eastwood, executive director of BOSS
Kevin Eastwood, executive director of BOSS
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BOSS Forecourt Crime Index falls slightly in second quarter

Fuel thefts from forecourts fell marginally in the second quarter of this year, according to BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, but rising fuel prices meant the average initial loss was higher.

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Shell rolls out fast charger with easier payment system

Shell has installed a new fast charger for electric vehicles (EVs) that features an easy to use payment system, where users just tap the device with their credit card or smartphone.

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Texaco runs promotion with price comparison website

Price comparison website Confused.com is running a promotion giving every customer who purchases a new car insurance policy a £20 Texaco fuel voucher.

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Ford Fiesta is still the UK's top-selling model
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New car market plummets 20% in wake of new regulations

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has blamed new emissions testing requirements for a 20.5% fall in sales of new cars in September.

PRA arranges Scottish business breakout event in Stirling

The PRA has arranged a Business Breakout in Scotland at Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Airthrey Road, Stirling, on Thursday October 25.

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JTI campaign urges retailers to join fight against illicit trade

Japan Tobacco International (JTI), has launched of a nationwide anti-illicit tobacco campaign called Don’t Be Complicit In Illicit, which calls on retailers to join the fight against the illicit tobacco trade.

Nissan Leaf at Geneva Motor Show

ASA rules Nissan claims on Leaf charging times were misleading

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints against Nissan regarding charging times for its Leaf electric car.

Long wait for outcome on merger of Asda and Sainsbury's, says Rapleys

It could take until next year to get a final picture on how and where a merged Asda/Sainsbury’s business will have to dispose of sites, according to Mark Frostick, senior associate in the Automotive & Roadside team at property specialists Rapleys.

£20 Texaco fuel voucher gives clarity to confused.com customers

Price comparison website Confused.com is running a promotion giving every customer who purchases a new car insurance policy a £20 Texaco fuel voucher. The  offer will be promoted this month as part of the company's latest advertising campaign, ‘Confusion to clarity’.

Hammer man jailed for four-and-a-half years

A man who threatened forecourt staff with a hammer during a robbery has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

MFG 99.9ppl fuel offer brings traffic to a standstill in Norwich

Petrol and diesel at just 99.9ppl brought traffic to a standstill yesterday (Thursday) in Norwich. MFG was selling the fuel at a vastly reduced rate to celebrate the official reopening of its Broadside site on Aylsham Road following a knockdown rebuild.

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RAC accuses supermarket of rocket and feather pricing

Supermarkets have been accused of rocket and feather pricing by the RAC in its latest monthly review of prices at the pumps.

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ITM opens hydrogen refuelling station next to M4

ITM Power has opened its seventh public access hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) in the UK, located at Johnson Matthey, Swindon on the M4 corridor.

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Gulf Retail agrees tie-up with Convenience Distribution Group

Gulf Retail has announced a distribution and marketing tie-up with Convenience Distribution Group LTD (CDG) from 1 October that aims to improve the lubricant offering for Gulf dealers, including faster delivery times and no minimum order requirement.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA chairman Brian Madderson
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PRA welcomes decision to freeze fuel duty for another year

Associations representing the forecourt trade and drivers have welcomed the announcement that duty on fuel will be frozen for a further year.

Nick Baker

Phillips 66 buys award-winning retailer Nick Baker's business

Award-winning dealer Nick Baker has sold his business to the owner of the Jet brand, Phillips 66, and the oil company says it is looking for acquisitions.

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Raiders smash their way into forecourt shop using lorry

Merseyside Police is appealing for information after raiders smashed a lorry into a petrol station in the early hours of Monday 1 October.

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Burglars return with stronger tools after initial attempt fails

Thieves who smashed their way into a Lincolnshire forecourt shop to steal tobacco, left and returned with stronger tools after initially failing to break into the tobacco cabinet.

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Retrofitting low-emission technology gets £2.5m funding

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has welcomed an announcement that up to £2.5m of government funding is being made available to increase the range of vehicle retrofit technologies capable of cutting emissions from larger road vehicles already in use, and enable them to meet clean air zone and ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) requirements.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS criticises Scottish plans to restrict c-store promotions

The ACS has criticised proposals by the Scottish government to restrict promotions in convenience stores.

Mohsin Issa, founder and co-CEO of the EG Group
Mohsin Issa, founder and co-CEO of the EG Group
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EG Group completes takeover of German Esso network

Euro Garages parent company EG Group has completed the takeover of the German Esso service station network from ExxonMobil.

MFG’s chief executive officer William Bannister
MFG’s chief executive officer William Bannister
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CMA allows MFG to integrate bulk of MRH sites into its business

MFG has been given conditional permission to integrate the majority of MRH sites (about 440 out of 490) into its business, while the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) continues to consider the merger of the two companies, and undertakings proposed by MFG.

David Newton, chief operating officer at BP Chargemaster
David Newton, chief operating officer at BP Chargemaster
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BP to roll-out electric chargers widely over next 12 months

BP customers in the UK can expect to access BP Chargemaster chargers rolling out at scale on forecourts over the next 12 months, on both company owned and dealer channels.

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Applegreen share placing raises £156m for Welcome Break deal

Applegreen has raised €175m (£156m) through a share placing with existing and new institutions to part fund the acquisition of a majority stake in the motorway service area operator Welcome Break.

Zuber and Mohsin Issa
Zuber (left) and Mohsin Issa
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EG Group appoints new head for 1,000-store US estate

EG Group has announced that Jay Erickson has been promoted to president of c-store for EG America, and will manage and lead a national network of nearly 1,000 petrol stations and convenience store locations spread across 23 states in the US.

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UKPIA warns of supply chain risk of no deal Brexit

UKPIA (UK Petroleum Industry Association) has warned that exiting the EU without a deal could put the fuel supply chain at risk.

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Police officer injured in hit and run at Welsh forecourt

A police officer in Wales was injured when he was struck by a car at a petrol station forecourt.

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Tobacco fraudsters hit with £11.5m tax bill by HMRC

Shopkeepers who were repeatedly caught selling illicit tobacco faced tax bills and penalties in excess of £11m last year, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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New guidance for retailers on proxy purchasing of alcohol

ACS (the Association of Convenience Store) has welcomed new guidance from the Retail Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) which aims to help retailers tackle the proxy purchasing of alcohol, which is where an adult purchases alcohol on behalf of a child.

Supermarkets cut petrol prices but warning of rises on the way

Three supermarket groups have cut their petrol prices, but the RAC is warning much higher prices could be on their way.

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Applegreen gearing up for “transformational” growth in UK

Top 50 Indie Applegreen achieved sharply increased turnover and profits in the six months ended 30 June 2018, and is gearing up for major expansion in the UK.

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EG Group donation enables hospital to buy equipment

The hospital nearest the headquarters of Euro Garages’ parent company EG Group has been able to buy vital equipment after a donation of more than £60,000 by the company.

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Porsche drops diesel and invests in developing electric technology

Porsche has abandoned production of diesel engines and will increase its focus on hybrid and electric vehicle.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 15 October 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East137.1471.90142.30132.11
East Midlands136.69142.73131.36
London136.9366.90143.19132.09
North East136.1967.90145.04130.96
North West136.57142.32130.88
Northern Ireland135.50139.57130.71
Scotland136.74140.36131.39
South East137.4657.70143.03132.35
South West136.76141.73131.99
Wales136.5779.90137.82131.35
West Midlands136.16141.67131.24
Yorkshire & Humber135.8963.90142.13130.81

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