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MFG retail director Paul Dennis
MFG retail director Paul Dennis
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MFG appoints new retail director

Top 50 Indie MFG has appointed Paul Dennis as its new retail director.

Whelley Road Service Station in Wigan, sold recently by Christie & Co
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Buoyant forecourt prices will continue, but may peak in 2018, says Rodell

Bouyancy in the forecourt property market is likely to continue well into 2018, although a market peak at some point in the year would not be surprising, according to Steve Rodell, managing director – retail, at Christie & Co, which has just published its annual Business Outlook report.

Mohsin Issa, co-CEO of EG Group
Mohsin Issa, co-CEO of EG Group
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EG Group becomes Exxon Mobil's largest retail customer

Euro Garages parent EG Group is set to become Exxon Mobil’s largest retail fuels customer following its latest deal with the oil giant.

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Phase out of petrol and diesel cars may be brought forward

The government may have to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans earlier than its target date of 2040, according to a watchdog set up by Parliament.

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One of MRH's Hursts sites
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MRH unveils plans for KDRB of Oxford BP site

MRH has applied for planning permission for a KNRB of its BP site at Cowley in Oxford.

Costco's Liverpool petrol filling station
Costco's Liverpool petrol filling station
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Costco seeks consent for Southampton site

US warehouse club giant Costco has applied for planning permission to build a petrol station (PFS) in the car park of its Southampton outlet.

MFG CEO Jeremy Clarke
MFG CEO Jeremy Clarke
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Roll-out of chargers to MFG sites to reach 60 by end of March

ChargePoint Services and Motor Fuel Group (MFG) have reported promising early results for their partnership for provide widespread electric vehicle charging across UK forecourts.

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Retailer jailed for three years for tobacco offences

A retailer has been sentenced to three years in prison for a number of offences connected with the sale of fake cigarettes and tobacco.

DfT drops proposal to extend time before first MoT

Ministers have decided to maintain the period before a car’s first MOT test at three years.

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Kevin Eastwood, executive director of BOSS
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MRH renews membership of BOSS

MRH, number one in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies, has renewed its membership of BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, to maintain its use of the BOSS Payment Watch debt recovery scheme.

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Councils reject ministers' calls to provide chargers

Local councils cannot take on responsibility for providing electric charging facilities, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

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Human trafficking arrest at car wash

A man has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after a raid on a car wash business on Old Kent Road in London.

Bestway Wholesale managing director Martin Race
Bestway Wholesale managing director Martin Race
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Bestway Wholesale takes over P&H's van sales

Bestway Wholesale has announced that it will to start up a new van sales operation in light of P&H’s Snacksdirect and Sweetsdirect businesses entering into administration.

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Robbers take cigarettes and cash from Wigan forecourt

An appeal for witnesses has been issued by Greater Manchester Police after staff at a Wigan petrol station were robbed on the night of Monday January 15.

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Thieves steal vintage pump from outside Shropshire garage

West Mercia Police have reported that a vintage petrol pump was stolen from a garage in Prees Heath, Whitchurch, Shropshire, at the start of the month.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS calls for transparency in Welsh rates consultation

ACS has responded to the Welsh Government consultation on reforming the business rates appeals system, calling for greater transparency for the data used to arrive at valuations and warning against repeating the new Check, Challenge, Appeal appeals system in England.

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Greenergy doubles Esso-branded sites it supplies

Greenergy, the UK’s largest supplier of road fuels, is celebrating winning new business to double the number of Esso-branded sites it supplies.

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RAC warns pump prices are on the way up

The RAC is warning pump prices are likely to rise after the price of a barrel of oil went above $70 on Tuesday January 9, the first time it has reached this level in more than three years.

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Booker reports sales up after MRH and Shell deals

Booker Group, the wholesaler which owns the Budgens, Londis and Premier brands, has reported non tobacco sales for the quarter ending December 29 rose by 5.9%, with non tobacco like-for-likes up 6.2%.

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Robber armed with knife threatens forecourt staff

A man armed with a knife threatened workers at a Huddersfield forecourt during a daytime raid.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS welcomes extension of plastic bag charge to small shops

The government’s decision to extend the 5p charge on single use plastic carrier bags to all retailers in England has been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores.

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Tobacco smugglers jailed for mailbox scheme

A pair of smugglers from London who used multiple mailbox delivery accounts to bring illegal cigarettes into the UK have been jailed for a total of nearly five years.

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MFG reported to be weighing up bid for MRH

The UK’s second largest forecourt operator MFG is considering a bid for the number one group MRH, according to a report by Sky News.

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Texaco gains three sites in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has gained three new Texaco-branded sites in recent months. Two of the sites, Rathcoole and Landscape, were previously competitor branded, while the third, Madigan’s Court, is a new build. All three sites are located in Belfast.

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Plunge in diesel car sales forecast to continue

Sales of diesel cars will continue to plunge, according to a study by Aston University.

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Welcome Break adds Starbucks drive-thrus and Pizza Expresses

Motorway service operator Welcome Break announced that it will be opening five more Starbucks drive-thrus in 2018 and also opening more Pizza Express restaurants, as it reported growth in like-for-like sales of 14% for the Christmas period.

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Thieves smash their way into Sainsbury's kiosk

Hampshire Police are investigating after thieves broke into a Sainsbury’s petrol station and stole hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes and tobacco.

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BP and Castrol renew deal with Volkswagen Group

BP and Castrol have announced the renewal of their successful 17-year global strategic partnership agreement with Volkswagen Group for the supply of fuels and lubricants globally.

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Certas Energy opens unmanned petrol station in Devon

Certas Energy will roll-out a 24-hour, Gulf-branded pay-at-pump petrol station in Cullompton, Devon later this month. The former Exeter Road Petrol Station will reopen as Cullompton Fuel Express, safeguarding a forecourt that has served its local community for over 40 years.

Drive-off service recovers loss without police

Only 5% of drive-offs had to be reported to police during a trial of a new loss recovery service by BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate.

Supermarkets fuel price rises outstrip market

Supermarkets increased their fuel prices more than the market average in December and motorists began 2018 paying the highest price for unleaded petrol since the end of 2014, RAC Fuel Watch data reveals.

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MFG recruits Paresh Patel as its new IT director

Top 50 Indie forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has announced the appointment of Paresh Patel as its new IT director.

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Diesel decline is pushing up greenhouse gases

New figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that carbon tailpipe emissions have risen for the first time since 1997, with new cars averaging 121.04g per km, up 0.8% on 2016.

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MPs call for 25p tax on disposable coffee cups

A cross party committee of MPs is calling for a 25p tax on single use coffee cups, and wants them to be banned if an effective way of recycling them cannot be established.

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New contracts help Nisa push up Christmas sales by 17.7%

An increase in the number of stores served, and a positive like-for-like performance pushed sales up 17.7% to £277m over the Christmas period (10 weeks to 31 December 2017), according to Nisa Retail.

William Reed acquires Pro-Retail trademark

Forecourt Trader publisher William Reed - which organises leading independent trade exhibitions including the Forecourt, National Convenience and Farm Shop & Deli shows, and also publishes The Grocer and Convenience Store - has acquired the Pro-Retail trademark from the administrators of Palmer and Harvey for an undisclosed sum.

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Ashford site reopens after spend of more than £2m

A new service station and Budgens store has opened in Ashford after an investment of more than £2m by local businessman Kanagaratnam Rajamenon.

John Murray with his son Grant
John Murray with his son Grant
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Celebration of life of Cornwall Garage founder

A celebration of the life of John Murray, the founder of Cornwall Garage Group who died recently, will be held on the evening of February 21.

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Shell buys household utilities provider First Utility

Shell is expanding into provision of utilities to the household sector.

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Police seeking gang who tried to steal ATM from Reading forecourt

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following the attempted theft of an ATM from a forecourt in Reading.

ACS chief executive James Lowman

ACS teams with PayPoint to deliver Assured Advice

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has announced a new partnership with PayPoint to make its Assured Advice programme available to all retailers via their PayPoint One platform.

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Co-op announces plans for 100 new stores

The Co-op has has said it plans to open 100 new food stores across the UK in 2018, creating an estimated 1,600 jobs.

MFG buys 14 sites from Golden Cross Group

Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG), ended 2017 with another acquisition to boost its UK network.

Harvest Energy acquires Top 50 Indie Retail Fuels

Top 50 Indie Retail Fuels Ltd has been acquired by fuel brand Harvest Energy, part of the Prax Group. The acquisition was completed just before Christmas and reflects the group’s

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Tesco takeover of Booker given final approval

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given final clearance for Tesco’s purchase of Booker.

Emma Kordhaku and Russ Barlow
Emma Kordhaku and Russ Barlow
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Sewell on the go collects food for local foodbank

Almost 700 meals will be available to people in crisis after Sewell on the go staff and customers collected £1,000 of food to help make a difference this Christmas.

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Man arrested after car is set on fire on Kent forecourt

Police officers in Kent investigating a suspicious fire at a BP service station in Hythe have arrested a man.

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Euro Garages applies for consent for KDRB of north Wales site

Euro Garages has submitted a planning application for a knock down rebuild (KDRB) of its Esso site at Connah’s Quay in Flintshire, north Wales.

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Essar Oil expands its UK retail network to 46 sites

Essar Oil (UK), which owns and operates the Stanlow Refinery, has announced record figures for the first six months of its financial year up to September 30, 2017.

Ramsay MacDonald
Ramsay MacDonald
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New retail director at Certas Energy

After more than seven years with Certas Energy, including six as retail director, Ramsay MacDonald will formally leave the company at the end of December.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 22 January 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands124.75131.78121.94
North East124.37133.80121.50
North West124.5460.30132.09121.70
Northern Ireland123.92128.95121.46
South East125.4764.57133.20122.86
South West125.1569.90131.80122.39
West Midlands124.0360.90133.21121.46
Yorkshire & Humber124.27133.45121.33

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