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Government announces £345.3m funding package for roads

A £345.3m funding package to improve local roads and public transport across the country has been announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling.

electric car charging

Bill unveiled to force forecourts to offer electric charging

Motorway services and large petrol retailers will be forced to install charge points and hydrogen refuelling points for electric cars, under plans confirmed in the House of Commons by transport minister John Hayes.

BP and M&S signs together on forecourt

New BP/M&S site opens in Honiton after £2.1m KDRB

A new BP service station with M&S Simply Food has been opened after a KDRB (knockdown re-build) of BP’s site at Turks Lane in Honiton, in South Devon.

Opening of The Hollies Truckstop, Cannock

Certas Energy and RoadKing open HGV refuelling site at Cannock

Certas Energy, working in partnership with RoadKing, has opened a new state-of-the-art HGV refuelling site at The Hollies Truckstop, Cannock, Staffordshire.

Hinton Service Station

Large Esso forecourt with Spar store let by Christie & Co

Hinton Service Station, an Esso-branded forecourt located on the outskirts of Christchurch, has been let through specialist property adviser, Christie & Co.

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Suspected slave trafficker arrested at car wash business

A man suspected of trafficking workers into the UK to work at a hand car wash in Lancashire was arrested by Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) investigators on October 19.

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Seven arrested in police raids following burglary investigation

Hertfordshire police officers investigating a rash of burglaries at petrol stations have arrested seven suspects following a series of early morning raids in Harlow.

Andy Edwards, MFG's HSE manager
MFG's HSE manager Andy Edwards
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MFG introduces service to help disabled drivers

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is adopting an award-winning app that enables drivers with disabilities to pre-book assistance with refuelling.

Euro Garages Rivington motorway service station
Euro Garages' Rivington motorway service station
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Moto Reading voted best motorway service station

Moto’s Reading westbound services on the M4 has been named England’s top motorway services, according to a new survey by the independent transport user watchdog Transport Focus.

Tesco petrol filling station

Tesco launches 10ppl discount promotion

Tesco has launched an offer on fuel giving customers a 10p per litre discount fuel when they spend £60 or more in store or on their online groceries.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Minister reveals local shop support plans at ACS conference

High streets minister Jake Berry has set out the Government’s plans to support local shops in an address to the annual ACS Heart of the Community Conference in London.

electric car charging using Shell Recharge

Shell launches rapid charging service

Shell has launched an on-forecourt electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging service call Shell Recharge.

Spar celebrates 60th anniversary with Manchester spectacle

Spar marked its 60th anniversary with a celebratory extravaganza at the impressive Manchester Central Convention Complex last weekend (October 14), which helped to raise £600,000 for the brand’s chosen charity, Marie Curie.

Retailers recognised at Certas Energy's Superstation awards

The achievements of Gulf and Pace-branded retailers were recognised at Certas Energy's annual forecourt standards competition - SuperStation - held last week at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. 

Esso begins roll-out of new mobile payment app

Esso officially launched its new mobile payment app this week at MRH’s Robin Hood North Service Station on the A3 in Raynes Park, south London.

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AK Fuel increases its Texaco estate to five

Higherland Service Station in Staffordshire is one of the latest to have made the move to Texaco, with the new addition bringing the total number of AK Fuel Limited Texaco-branded service stations to five.

Hangleton Service Station

Central Convenience Stores buys Brighton forecourt

Hangleton Service Station, branded as Esso and located in the heart of the Brighton suburb of Hangleton, has been sold through specialist property adviser Christie & Co.

electric car charging

Shell buys electric charging providers

Shell has signed an agreement to buy NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging providers. 

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS report shows importance of forecourts

New research from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has shown the essential contribution that the UK's petrol forecourts make to the economy, to working people, and to communities.

ATM thieves
ATM thieves Smith (left) and Harker
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Two men jailed for theft of ATM from Penny site

Two men have been jailed for a total of nine years following the theft of an ATM from Penny Petrol Station on Hull Road in the Dunnington area of York.

Chopstix outlet at Belfast Airport

Unmanned Emo forecourt extends offer with Chopstix outlet

Emo’s first unmanned Emo Express fuel forecourt in the Island of Ireland, which opened at Belfast International Airport last month, has added a Chopstix Noodle Bar to its food offer.

Essar UK's Stanlow refinery

UKPIA agrees carbon and energy reduction plan

A joint plan has been agreed by government and the oil industry body UKPIA to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency in the oil refining sector.

Kevin Eastwood
BOSS executive director Kevin Eastwood
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BOSS appoints new co-ordinator for Scotland

BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, which campaigns to reduce crime on petrol station forecourts, has appointed John McIlhagger as the BOSS co-ordinator for Scotland.

JTI removes 30th gantry for selling illegal tobacco

JTI has removed its tobacco gantry from Grover Superstore in Canterbury Avenue, Slough, following the decision taken by Slough Borough Council to revoke the store’s Premises Licence.

M&S and BP signs on forecourt

BP/M&S site opens in Southgate

Sixteen new jobs have been created with the opening of a new BP service station with M&S Simply Food on Oakleigh Road South, in Southgate, north London.

HKS Sandringham
HKS Sandringham
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HKS Retail listed in Sunday Times Top Track 250

Top 50 Indie HKS Retail, part of the HKS Holdings Limited group, is a new entrant this year in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 - the league table which ranks Britain’s private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales.

Nisa forecourt

Nisa board recommends £137.5m Co-op offer

The board of Nisa Retail Limited, the member-owned retail and wholesaling group, has unanimously recommended to its shareholders an offer of up to £137.5m from The Co-op Group.

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Police commend taxi driver who tackled robbers

Nottinghamshire Police have commended a taxi driver for his bravery after two armed robbers he tackled at a Warsop petrol station were jailed for a combined ten years six months.

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Knife and crowbar used in robbery from Esso garage

Armed robbers threatened staff at a petrol station in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, with a crowbar and knife before making off with cash from the till.

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Robbers threaten forecourt staff and take money from tills

Police are appealing for information after the Nisa convenience store at the petrol station on Wilton Way in Eston, North Yorkshire, was robbed.

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Thieves cause major damage to Tesco site to steal from ATM

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after an ATM at a petrol station was broken into in Dewsbury.

bottle of fake vodka

Five arrests over illegal tobacco and alcohol

Five men have been arrested in Liverpool during raids linked to a suspected £100,000 tax fraud involving smuggled cigarettes, an illegal vodka factory and tax credits fraud.

Sainsbury's filling station

Sainsbury's rolls out app for disabled customers

An award-winning app that enables drivers with disabilities to pre-book assistance with refuelling is being rolled out at Sainsbury’s filling stations.

Booker lorry

Wholesalers urge CMA to block Tesco-Booker deal

Seven of the UK’s leading wholesalers have written a joint letter to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) urging it to block the Tesco-Booker merger.

BP reappoints DHL Supply Chain to manage logistics

DHL Supply Chain has been reappointed by BP to manage its UK logistics operations for its shops for an additional three years, making in excess of 92,000 deliveries a year to BP’s company owned forecourts across the country.

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Ford Fiesta is the biggest selling car brand in the UK this year
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Sales of new diesel cars decline for sixth month

Plummeting sales of new diesel cars helped push the UK new car market to its sixth consecutive monthly decline in September, down 9.3% to 426,170 new units registered, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Gulf Crossways Service Station, Milford Haven
Gulf Crossways Service Station, Milford Haven
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Certas Energy unveils shortlist for SuperStation awards

The SuperStation awards, Certas Energy’s initiative designed to drive-up forecourt standards across the UK, has announced its finalists for 2017 ahead of its Gala Awards Dinner, which will take place at Chesford Grange, Warwickshire on Thursday 12 October.

Maxol award winner
Brian Donaldson (right) with award winner Terry Mulkerns of Mulkerns Maxol Service Station, Newry
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Maxol announces winners in its 2016-2017 excellence awards

Irish forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol has announced the winners of its 2016- 2017 Excellence Awards, which recently took place at the Quinta Do Lago resort in Portugal.

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ACS raises concerns over new tobacco directive for the EU

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has raised concerns about the costs and administrative burdens that new Track and Trace proposals on tobacco could have on the convenience sector.

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Robbers blow up cash machine on forecourt

Police are investigating after four people blew up a cash machine and stole money from a petrol station in Longwick, Buckinghamshire in the early hours of Tuesday October 3.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA chairman Brian Madderson
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PRA cancels Live and Local forum in Chester

The PRA has cancelled the Live and Local forum which was scheduled for October 5 at Chester racecourse.

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Woman badly injured in car crash as she turns onto forecourt

A woman had to be cut free from her car and taken to hospital with potentially life-changing injuries after a crash as she turned into a forecourt on Tuesday October 3.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS warns over bottle deposit impact after minister's speech

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove’s announcement of a new call for evidence on bottle deposit return schemes, urging the Government to consider the negative impact that such schemes would have on the convenience sector.

BOSS executive director Kevin Eastwood
BOSS executive director Kevin Eastwood
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BOSS Forecourt Crime Index hits highest ever level

Forecourt Crime is continuing to rise, according the latest BOSS Forecourt Crime Index for the period from April to June 2017 (Q2 2017), and has reached its highest level since the index was established in 2015.


Supermarkets cut 2ppl from price of petrol

Major supermarkets have cut “up to 2ppl” off the price of unleaded petrol a day after the RAC highlighted the fall in wholesale prices and called for reductions.

Applegreen raises more cash for investment

Applegreen says it is well placed to invest in further growth opportunities after it raised €46.9m (£41.1m) with a new placing of shares.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA chairman Brian Madderson
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PRA warns diesel/petrol price split could grow

The PRA has warned that the price differential between diesel and petrol is set to increase and urged the chancellor not to penalise diesel drivers with higher duty levels in November’s Budget.

launderette facilities

Sewell on the go adds launderette facilities

Top 50 Indie Sewell on the go has introduced an outdoor launderette for customers at its Chanterlands Avenue site in West Hull.

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Many hand car wash operations have been implicated in slavery
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Crimestoppers spearheads UK slavery campaign

Independent charity Crimestoppers is partnering with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to help the UK public “Spot The Signs” of slavery in a bid to tackle this growing issue.

Costcutter launches business support programme for retailers

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has launched a new Business Services programme for its independent store owners, providing discounted offers and rates negotiated by the group for a selection of essential business services.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 2 October 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands120.03127.76118.80
North East119.80129.71118.46
North West120.19127.87118.63
Northern Ireland119.22125.23117.53
South East120.7259.90129.39119.48
South West120.39128.00119.02
West Midlands120.0865.90128.12118.84
Yorkshire & Humber119.73127.02118.57

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