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Lomas Kington Service Station
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Fast growing Top 50 Indies groups snap up two sites

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has completed on the sales of forecourts sites to two expanding operators.

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JTI removes gantry from shop after illicit tobacco find

JTI has removed its tobacco gantry from Bunty’s in Weldbank Lane, Chorley, following the discovery of illegal tobacco at the store last year.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Retailers urged to report shop theft after claimed reduction

The Association of Convenience store (ACS) is urging retailers to report incidents of shop theft after latest crime statistics showed a decline.

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Used diesel car sales holding up well at auctions

The overall used car market reached record highs in 2018, with diesel sales holding up, despite pressures in the new car market, according to James Tomlinson, chairman of The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA).

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LINK offers extra payment for selected ATM providers

LINK, the UK’s main cash machine network, has announced a super premium that will significantly increase payments to ATM operators in remote and deprived areas by up to £2.75 per cash withdrawal.

Certas Energy Holyhead bunker site

Certas Energy opens bunker refuelling site in Holyhead

Certas Energy has opened a new bunker refuelling site in Holyhead, North Wales.

Morrisons Daily at MPK's Moulsford, Oxfordshire

First Morrisons Daily opens at Essar-branded MPK site

Essar has confirmed the first opening of a Morrisons Daily at one of its branded retail outlets at Moulsford in Oxfordshire, with several more planned to follow.

MFG's Oakwood Gate Service Station
MFG's Oakwood Gate Service Station
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MFG rebrands 110 Spar stores as Londis or Budgens

The UK’s biggest independent forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is rebranding 110 of its shops from Spar to the Londis or Budgens brands, as part of an extension of its shop supply agreement with Booker Retail Partners (BRP).

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS welcomes Home Office commitments on retail crime

New commitments on tackling retail crime, announced by Home Office minister Victoria Atkins, have been welcomed by The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

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Hydrogen cell powered EV charger demonstrated

An electric vehicle charger than can generate its own power using a hydrogen cell, and work even where there is no mains electricity, has been launched.

Patrick Sewell and Shaun Lunt at the launch of the deal
Patrick Sewell and former captain Shaun Lunt at the launch of the deal last year
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Sewell on the go renews sponsorship of local team

Top 50 Indie Sewell on the go has renewed its sponsorship of the Colin Hutton stand at Hull Kingston Rovers rugby league ground for a further 12 months.

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Parliamentary committee chair slams Government's EV strategy

The Government’s strategy on encouraging the use of electric vehicles (EVs) has been attacked by the chair of an influential Parliamentary committee.

Kia e-Niro
Kia e-Niro
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Electric vehicle scoops Car of the Year award

The Kia e-Niro has been named the What Car? Car of the Year 2019, becoming the first electric car to win the award.

A suspected fuel laundering plant
A suspected fuel laundering plant was dismantled in Northern Ireland
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HMRC seizes fuel at four sites in England and Scotland

More than 80,000 litres of suspected illicit fuel has been seized from four petrol stations in England and Scotland following a three-day operation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Woodside Garage

Gulf site in Devon sold after strong competition

A prominent petrol filling station on the North Devon Link Road has been sold after strong competition among potential buyers.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS report highlights value of local stores in Wales

New research published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) reveals the growing importance of local shops to people in Wales.

HIM Future of Convenience Report 2019 conference
The report was launched at a conference
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HIM analyses trends in Future of Convenience Report 2019

Vital trends crucial to success in the convenience retailing sector have been identified and analysed in the HIM Future of Convenience Report 2019.

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HMRC raids suspected fuel laundering plant in Newry

Two men have been arrested and a suspected fuel laundering site dismantled as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into what is believed to be a multi-million pound fuel fraud.

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Alfa Power launches EV charger at forecourt on A1

A service station in Lincolnshire has become the latest site to offer an Alfa Power electric vehicle (EV) charger.

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Kent service station for sale with £4m price tag

A site comprising an Esso-branded petrol station, car showroom and a convenience store has gone on the market with Christie & Co with a £4m price tag.

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Electric and hybrid cars achieve most successful year

The Government’s Go Ultra Low campaign has released a report highlighting the record sales figures for electric cars in the UK.

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Petrol sales pull out of slump with four-year high

Petrol sales in November were the highest for a single month in more than four years, but overall sales for the year are down, according to the latest figures released by HM Revenue & Customs.

Steve Rodell

Positive outlook as demand for forecourts remains strong, says Christie & Co

After years of divestment, oil companies look set to shake up the petrol filling station market in 2019, according to Steve Rodell, managing director retail, at property specialist Christie & Co, in the company’s latest report on the market, entitled ‘Navigate, Innovate, Accelerate’.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS calls for greater flexibility in planning system

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called for greater flexibility in the planning system to enable retailers to respond to changing consumer demands.

Jackie Mackenzie
Interim managing director Jackie Mackenzie
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Spar UK announces interim managing director roles

Spar has announced that Chris Lewis and Jackie Mackenzie will take on new interim MD roles leading the Spar UK team in Harrow.

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Rural filling station attracts long queues of traffic with low prices

A small rural petrol garage in Hawes, North Yorkshire, has attracted long queues as motorists flock to benefit from its low fuel prices, according to The Sun.

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Planners assess two more Euro Garages schemes

Euro Garages burst of developing new sites is continuing with another scheme set to be given consent, while it has also applied for permission to demolish and rebuild a site in Staffordshire.

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Government rejects MPs calls for earlier ban on petrol and diesel cars

The Government has dismissed calls by MPs to bring forward the date when sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned.

Shell announces new food-on-the-go venture with Jamie Oliver

Shell will launch its new food-on-the-go range - created with chef Jamie Oliver - at the end of this month. More than 80 new products will be available at more than 500 of Shell’s service stations across the UK, from January 31. The aim is to give customers a bigger, better choice.

Texaco rolls out Supreme '5p off' promotion

Texaco has launched a nationwide ‘Save 5p’ on Supreme fuel promotion. 

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Sales of motorbikes depressed by Brexit uncertainty

Sales of motorbikes were down 17.9% in December, compared with the same month a year earlier, and dealers expect this trend will continue into the first quarter of 2019, according to the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA).

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Forecourt veteran joins in action against Post Office Counters

An experienced forecourt operator is among some 560 retailers taking legal action against Post Office Ltd (POL) over accusations of false accounting using the Horizon system.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS warns proposed rules could hit small shops in Scotland

Proposals by the Scottish Government to restrict locations in store where confectionery, biscuits, crisps and other products can be sold will cause significant problems for smaller stores the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has warned.

Andrew Cresswell
Andrew Cresswell
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Former MRH retail chief takes helm at Bestway Retail

The former managing director, retail of MRH, Andrew Cresswell, has been appointed chief retail officer of Bestway Retail, which comprises the company’s owned and franchise stores including Bargain Booze, Select Convenience, Central Convenience and Wine Rack. Central Convenience Stores has 20 forecourt sites.

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Jaguar Land Rover invests for electric future

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest vehicle manufacturer, has revealed plans to increase its investment in electric vehicles while shedding around 4,500 people in its global workforce.

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Alternatively fuelled cars are set to overtake their rivals
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Global sales of petrol and diesel cars have peaked say experts

Global sales of petrol and diesel cars peaked in 2018, according to industry experts, and are set to decline as alternatively fuelled vehicles (AVCs) take over.

Richard Billington
Richard Billington, retail director of Certas Energy
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Intense competition for growth in forecourt sector set to continue

The pace of acquisition and change in the forecourt sector is not expected to slacken in 2019 despite the acquisition of MRH by MFG.

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Digger used in unsuccessful attempt to steal ATM

A digger was used in an unsuccessful attempt to remove an ATM from a forecourt store in Co Tyrone in the early hours of Sunday January 6.

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More reasons to attend The Forecourt Show 2019

Everything from crime prevention to creating bigger profits will be covered in the business advice section of The Forecourt Show 2019.

Balraj Tandon

Balraj Tandon made MBE in New Year's Honours

Park Garage Group director Balraj Tandon has been made MBE in the New Year’s Honours in recognition of his services to business and the south London community.

Ramsay MacDonald

Ramsay MacDonald joins Essar Oil UK as head of retail

Essar Oil UK has announced the appointment of Ramsay MacDonald as head of retail for its expanding network of service stations in the UK.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta was the top selling new car in 2018
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Plunging diesel sales depress new car sales for 2018

Plunging sales of diesel cars pushed the UK new car market down by 6.8% in 2018, with annual registrations falling for a second year to 2,367,147 units, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Supermarkets announce round of fuel price cuts

Asda sparked a round of price cuts on fuel on Monday January 7 when it announced it would cut up to 1ppl off unleaded petrol and 2ppl off diesel from the following day.

Mossdale Service Station

Ascona Group buys site in Lancashire for £2m-plus

Rapidly growing forecourt operator Ascona Group has taken its estate to nine sites after the purchase of Mossdale Service Station, located on the A6, near to Carnforth in Lancashire.

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Supermarkets have given up fuel price competition claims RAC

Three of the big four supermarket groups appear to have stopped trying to compete with Asda on fuel prices, according to the RAC.

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Welcome Break’s former chief executive joins McColl's as CFO

Welcome Break’s former chief executive Robbie Bell has been appointed chief financial officer of McColl's Retail Group plc.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA chairman Brian Madderson
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PRA slams proposal for quango to monitor petrol and diesel prices

The PRA has slammed a proposal by a group of MPs for an independent fuel price watchdog – to be called Pumpwatch – to monitor the cost of petrol and diesel.

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Cyber security standards for self-driving vehicles published

New standards that have been unveiled for self-driving vehicles will help keep the UK at the forefront of advancing transport technology, according to a government minister.

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Assailants attack man in toilets of Surrey petrol station

Surrey Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in the toilets of the BP garage in Ripley on December 17.

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Shopkeepers jailed after HMRC investigators find illegal stash

A pair of shopkeepers caught with more than 1.2 million illegal cigarettes, 300 kg of tobacco and nearly 6,000 litres of alcohol have been jailed.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 11 March 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East130.5857.70131.02121.25
East Midlands130.10132.90120.67
London130.7058.90132.45121.26
North East129.08134.29119.18
North West129.62132.39119.92
Northern Ireland128.35125.75119.27
Scotland130.17130.45120.18
South East130.8571.90133.04121.53
South West130.29132.15121.01
Wales129.28127.89119.64
West Midlands129.9664.90133.23120.58
Yorkshire & Humber129.42131.73119.63

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