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Budget: ACS cautiously welcomes rates changes

The ACS has welcomed the introduction of more frequent business rates revaluations announced in today’s Autumn Budget, but only if this doesn’t place more burdens on retailers to assess and relay information on their properties to the Government.

Cornish site bought by NTS Retail

NTS Retail Ltd has recently completed the acquisition of Maynes Garage in Illogan Highway, Redruth, Cornwall.

Accolade for Certas Energy

Certas Energy received the accolade of Gulf Oil Best Fuel Partner of the Year from Gulf Oil International at its annual conference in Dubai last week.

ACS calls on retailers to take part in crime survey

ACS is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the past 12 months as part of the association's Crime Survey 2018.

10ppl off in Morrisons' Black Friday fuel offer

Morrisons is reducing the price of fuel this week by 10p-a-litre for its supermarket customers. 

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The new polymer £10 was introduced in September
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Date set for withdrawal of paper £10 note

The Bank of England has announced that will be withdrawing the legal tender status of the paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin on Thursday 1 March 2018.

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Staffordshire Police investigate spate of diesel thefts

Staffordshire Police are investigating thefts of diesel worth nearly £300 from three petrol stations in the Tamworth area within a 35-minute timeframe.

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BOSS executive director Kevin Eastwood
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BP Oil renews BOSS membership for 2018

BP Oil UK has renewed its membership of BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, for 2018.

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Ram raiders steal cash machine from MSA

Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses after ram raiders stole a cash machine from a service station on the M27.

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Sewell on the go stages collection for foodbank

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year Sewell on the go is collecting food and toiletries to help people in crisis over the festive period.

Central Avenue Service Station, Nuneaton

Experienced operator adds to her estate

The sale of Central Avenue Service Station in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, has been brokered by business property adviser Christie & Co, with funding secured through commercial finance broker, Christie Finance.

Valero regional manager Keith Evans (left) and Park Garage managing director Sunil Tandon
Valero regional manager Keith Evans (left) and Park Garage managing director Sunil Tandon
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Park Garage Group expands Texaco estate

Top 50 Indie Park Garage Group has extended its relationship with the Texaco brand, renewing its existing 25-site supply agreement and adding a further three sites, previously branded Gulf.

Scottish first minister Nicola Stugeon
Scottish first minister Nicola Stugeon
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Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland clears final hurdle

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish Government can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS calls on government to act over rate relief delays

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the Government to take further action to ensure that local authorities distribute rate relief properly, after it was revealed that more than 100 authorities were yet to issue amended bills to businesses.

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DCC reports increased profits and turnover for half year

DCC, the parent company of Certas Energy, has reported increased sales and profits for the six months ended 30 September 2017.

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Nisa members narrowly vote in favour of takeover by Co-op

Nisa Retail members have narrowly voted in favour of the Co-op Group’s offer to buy the business for up to £137.5m.

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Wholesalers dismayed by CMA provisional Tesco-Booker verdict

Wholesalers have reacted with dismay after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced it had provisionally concluded that Tesco’s purchase of Booker does not raise competition concerns.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA chairman Brian Madderson
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PRA adds to protest over threat to diesel drivers

The PRA has added its voice to protests after reports that the government is planning further tax penalties for diesel drivers.

BP and M&S signs together on forecourt

Multi-million pound spend in BP M&S refurbishments

Three BP M&S Simply Food sites have reopened after refurbishments involving a multi-million pound investment.

Kay Group's Ellesmere Port site

Kay group opens fourth new-to-industry site

Top 50 Indie Kay Group has opened its fourth new-to-industry site in two years.

MRH site

Financial adviser appointed for MRH IPO

US private equity company Lone Star, which acquired Top 50 Indie MRH GB in 2016, is reported to have appointed a financial adviser for a potential London listing of the UK’s biggest independent service station operator, which has 450 sites.

Honda motorbike

Sales of motorcycles down for tenth consecutive month

Demand for motorcycles continued its downward trend in October marking 10 consecutive months of decline in the market.

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AA forms partnership to support electric vehicles

The AA has formed a partnership with Chargemaster, the UK’s largest provider of EV charging infrastructure, to help AA members who already own, or who are considering an electric vehicle.

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Car wash owner fined after waste fly-tipped at beauty spot

The owner of a hand car wash operation has been fined after waste from his site was dumped at a National Trust beauty spot.

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Man jailed for arson with intent to endanger life on forecourt

A man has been jailed for arson with intent to endanger life following an incident on a forecourt in Waltham Abbey.

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Forecourt bomber sentenced to seven years for ATM attack

A man who blew up an ATM on a forecourt and made off with thousands of pounds of cash has been jailed for seven years.

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E10 becomes top-selling petrol in France

E10 has become the top-selling petrol in France, helped by a tax break that makes it cheaper than its conventional rival, according to a statement by French ethanol producers reported by Reuters.

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Diesel car sales set for new hit from Chancellor

Plummeting sales of diesel cars are likely to be hit even more by the introduction of extra taxes in the Budget later this month, according to the Financial Times.

Jempson's Jet forecourt near Rye

Jempson’s site celebrates 25th anniversary

An independent petrol station, which has regularly beaten major supermarkets on price, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month.

Darka and Goran Raven
Darka and Goran Raven
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Independent invests in new Budgens store

RJ Raven, a fourth-generation family-run filling station has improved its food offering and launched a Budgens after receiving a finance package of £660,000 from HSBC with additional funding from Budgens.

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Palmer and Harvey publishes guidance for retailers

Palmer and Harvey has published the latest release of its Guide to Best Selling Products.

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Ford Fiesta is the highest selling new car
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New car sales plummet as diesel takes biggest hit yet

Plunging diesel sales pushed the UK new car market to a decline for a seventh consecutive month in October, with 158,192 new units registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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ACS welcomes decision to drop tobacco licensing

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the government’s decision not to progress with plans to introduce a tobacco licensing scheme for retailers, following a consultation last year.

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Robbers smash their way into shop

Robbers smashed their way into the Texaco garage on Atherton Road, Wigan at about 2.40am on Tuesday October 31, terrifying the member of staff who was on duty.

Petrocell's flagship Lady Lane site
Petrocell's flagship Lady Lane site
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Three additional Petrocell sites transfer to Gulf

Top 50 Indie, Petrocell Holdings, has committed three more of its forecourts to the Gulf brand.

electric car charging

PRA reiterates message to new charging inquiry

The PRA has taken a second opportunity in a week to tell MPs that forecourts should not be forced to install electric chargers.

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Official statistics show fall in shops selling tobacco to children

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed figures released by the Office of National Statistics which show a decline in the percentage of young people that get cigarettes from retailers.

Hammonds Halloween scarecrow entry
Hammonds Halloween scarecrow entry
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Jet forecourt joins in Halloween spirit with Scarecrows

A team of 25 volunteers from across Hammonds Group got into the Halloween spirit when the Jet AW&D Hammonds forecourt took part in the eighth annual Halesworth Scarecrow Festival.

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Greenergy completes acquisition of Inver Energy

Greenergy, the UK’s largest supplier of road fuels, has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Inver Energy in Ireland.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS warns over proposal to cut operators’ ATM income

Proposals to cut the fees paid to ATM operators could impact local shops and reduce the number of free ATMs, the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has warned.

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Petrol price increase on the way predicts RAC

The cost of petrol fell in October ending three consecutive months of increases, but price rises are looming large due to the oil price going above $60 a barrel for the first time in more than two years (2 July 2015).

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA chairman Brian Madderson
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PRA calls on Chancellor to cut duty by 5ppl in Budget

The PRA has written to the Chancellor urging him to not just freeze, but cut fuel duty by 5ppl in the Autumn Budget on November 22.

HMRC officers breaking into container
HMRC officers breaking into a container
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HMRC officers seize illegal products in north Wales

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol across north Wales has uncovered more than 440,000 cigarettes, 169 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 2,700 litres of alcohol, all believed to be illicit.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS calls for targeted action on illicit tobacco and alcohol

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to the publication of HM Revenue and Customs’ report on the prevalence of illicit alcohol and tobacco in the UK, calling for targeted action at a local level to reduce the impact of the illicit trade on responsible retailers.

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Metropolitan Police carry out arrests over Halloween disorder

Police officers arrested four men following a large gathering of people riding motorbikes taking part in a “ride out” on Sunday 29 October in east London and Essex.

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Euro Garages reveals plans for development in Derby

Top 50 Indie Euro Garages has bought a large site opposite Derby County’s Pride Park football stadium, and says it is drawing up a planning application for a 24-hour petrol filling station and drive-thru coffee shop.

Knifeman threatens forecourt assistant

Two men have been arrested after a robber threatened a pregnant forecourt assistant with a six-inch knife during a raid in Norfolk.

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Jet/Spar dual branding pioneer buys second site

Ayrshire-based Jet forecourt owner Brian Connolly, who opened the first Jet and Spar dual-branded site, has bought a second service station, in the market town of Dalmellington, 10 miles from his first forecourt at Maybole.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA chairman Brian Madderson
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PRA tells MPs not to force chargers on forecourts

PRA chairman Brian Madderson has told MPs that they should not force service stations to install electric charging points.

Zameer Choudrey (left) with overall winner Kuperan Murugesu
Zameer Choudrey (left) with overall winner Kuperan Murugesu
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Forecourts scoop top prizes at Bestway Retail Awards

Forecourts have excelled at Bestway Wholesale’s annual Retail Development Awards, taking two of the top awards.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 11 December 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands123.22132.06120.72
North East122.41132.57120.03
North West123.0453.80129.56120.69
Northern Ireland121.86125.50120.15
South East123.79130.52121.33
South West123.5451.70130.13120.95
West Midlands122.72130.53120.53
Yorkshire & Humber122.96133.33120.61

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