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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.

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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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.

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.

Independent retailers enjoy surge in EuroMillions sales

Independent retailers have claimed the top six EuroMillions sales spots across the the UK, following a surge in sales for Tuesday's £142m draw, and with a rollover to an estimated £155m on Friday, Camelot is predicting a further boost in sales.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS welcomes findings of new report on recycling

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a new report from recycling and waste management company Viridor which highlights the need for a more consistent approach to recycling from local councils.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Is Shell planning UK’s first ‘no petrol’ petrol station?

Reports in the Telegraph that Shell is planning to open the UK’s first ‘no petrol’ petrol station could not be confirmed today as the oil giant declined to comment.

Shocked forecourt assistant chases after robber

A forecourt assistant, who was robbed at knifepoint, was so shocked by the incident that she immediately ran after the robber but he got away.

Town petitions to keep its only petrol station

Residents of Tring in Hertfordshire have started a change.org petition to stop the only forecourt in the historic market town from closing. A planning application has been lodged with Dacorum Borough Council to turn the current Shell garage and Market Autos site into a four-storey block of luxury flats for the over-55s.

Ringleaders of tobacco smuggling gang behind bars

The Durham ringleaders of a tobacco smuggling gang, who hid illicit cigarettes in lighting units and laptop adapters in an attempt to smuggle them into the UK through the post, have been jailed for a total of 76 months.

ACS highlights problems with Deposit Return Schemes at Labour Conference

Bottle deposit return schemes would impose significant time and cost burdens on convenience store retailers and their staff, according to evidence presented by ACS at the Labour Party Conference this week.

PRA gets 'Live & Local' in Warwick and Chester

PRA director Brian Madderson is hoping for a good turnout of retailers at the forthcominng ‘Live & Local’ forums being held during the next two weeks.

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Asda sparks round of price cuts on supermarket fuel

Asda has sparked a round of supermarket fuel price cuts, announcing up to 2ppl off unleaded petrol and 1ppl on diesel from Saturday 23 September, bringing prices down to a new national price cap of 115.7ppl on unleaded petrol and 116.7ppl on diesel at all 308 filling stations.

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Government offers funding to cut emissions from freight

Companies are being urged to compete for up to £15m of funding to develop technology to reduce harmful emissions from freight.

Appeal for witnesses to robbery at Grantham forecourt shop

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward to help with an investigation into a robbery at a forecourt shop in Grantham.

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Detectives release CCTV images in witness appeal

Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a North Yorkshire forecourt shop have released CCTV images with the hope that new witnesses may come forward.  

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Car makers facing huge fines over emissions claims PA Consulting

Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Citroen including Opel/Vauxhall and Hyundai-Kia will all miss their 2021 CO₂ emissions targets, leaving them facing fines into the billions, according to PA Consulting Group.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Minister's intervention over rate relief welcomed by ACS

A local government minister’s intervention to speed up the process of rebilling businesses that are waiting for rate relief has been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

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Police release CCTV film in bid to catch forecourt gunman

Police have released CCTV footage of a robbery at a forecourt shop in which a woman cashier was handed a note that read, “I’ve got a gun”.

Karen Dickens, chief executive of MRH
Karen Dickens, chief executive of MRH
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MRH adds five sites with purchase of Peregrine

MRH has acquired Peregrine Retail Limited - which operates five sites in the South West of England - as part of its strategic objective to expand its presence across the UK.

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Sainsbury's forecourt closed after car crashes into shop wall

A Sainsbury’s petrol station in Frome had to be closed after a car collided with the shop wall, causing structural damage.

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Suspected handgun used in robbery at Shell site in Bradford

Following a robbery with a suspected handgun at a forecourt shop in Bradford, detectives have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in relation to the incident.

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ACS warning over proposed EU tobacco regulations

Concerns about the complexity of proposals to track the progress of legitimate tobacco products through the supply chain have been raised by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

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Arsonists set fire to Tesco forecourt in Hertfordshire

An incident of arson at a Hertfordshire forecourt is being investigated by police officers and they are appealing for information and witnesses.

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Roadchef warns future of Magor services at risk

Roadchef claims plans for a relief road for the M4 in South Wales could jeopardise the future of its Magor motorway service area and damage road safety.

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BP/M&S site opens in Torrington

Ten new jobs have been created with the opening of the new BP service station with M&S Simply Food on New Road, Torrington, Devon.

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Applegreen applies to build English motorway site

Forecourt Trader of the Year Applegreen, which won the award for its M1 Lisburn motorway services in Northern Ireland last week, has applied for planning permission for its first motorway services in England.

Forecourt Trader of the Year winners
From left: Merril Boulton, John Diviney, Joe Barrett and Myleene Klass
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Applegreen is Forecourt Trader of the Year

Applegreen M1 Southbound in Northern Ireland was hailed as Forecourt Trader of the Year at last night’s prestigious annual awards at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

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Government accused of ignoring the issue of mileage fraud

The Government has been accused of ignoring the issue of mileage fraud – where criminals alter the mileage on cars’ odometers - after it gave a non-committal response to the latest consultation on the issue.

UK Fuels CEO Bill Holmes
UK Fuels CEO Bill Holmes
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UK Fuels expands network to over 2,250 UK sites

UK Fuels, the fuel card provider and part of Radius Payment Solutions, has expanded its UK Fuels network to over 2,250 UK sites.

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Essar extends target for 400 branded outlets to five years

Essar UK has put back the target for expansion of its retail network to 400 outlets to five years, shortly after revealing plans to open its first company owned forecourt site.

Anti-slavery campaign highlights car washes

A campaign by the Scottish Government against human trafficking and modern slavery is highlighting that many unscrupulous hand car wash operations are involved.

Ramsay MacDonald with Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards presenter Myleene Klass
Ramsay MacDonald with Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards presenter Myleene Klass
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MacDonald praises staff contribution to forecourts

Ramsay MacDonald, retail director, Certas Energy, used his address to the assembled 850 guests at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, for the 2017 Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards, to praise the outstanding contributions by petrol retailers and their staff in raising forecourt standards.

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Sector still waiting for an answer on E10

The wait to find out whether E10 petrol will be introduced looks set to continue after the latest Government announcement on the issue failed to indicate a way forward.

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Bank of England about to issue new £10 note

The new £10 note featuring the author Jane Austen will be issued on Thursday 14 September 2017.

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Motorway service station raiders escape with five figure sum

Police at Cambuslang in Scotland are continuing enquiries after a break-in at the Bothwell Services on the M74.

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Major fuel thief jailed after high speed car chase

A fuel thief who attempted to evade arrest by driving at high speeds through Tunbridge Wells in Kent has been jailed.

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Drunk who set himself on fire not charged

A drunk man who stripped and set himself on fire on a filling station forecourt was released without charge after being arrested by West Yorkshire Police officers.

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Applegreen increases estate by 32 in six months

Applegreen has added 32 sites during the six months ended 30 June 2017, taking it to a total of 275 across its operations in Ireland, the UK and US.

MFG CEO Jeremy Clarke

MFG buys three companies and adds 17 sites

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is expanding its network to 422 stations with the completed acquisition of four stations each from FW Kerridge and Burns & Co, and an exchange of contracts with fellow Top 50 Indie Manor Service Stations for nine stations, with completion scheduled to take place in early October.

Top award for Hockmeyer Motors at Blakemore event

Hockmeyer Motors Spar Sleaford has been crowned best Spar store in the Meridian & Welsh Guild.

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Shisha tobacco smuggler jailed for 42 months

A man smuggled more than 4,000kg of shisha tobacco products into the UK and then tried to flee the country, has been jailed for 42 months.

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Metropolitan Police Service trials hydrogen-powered scooters

The Metropolitan Police Service has launched a trial to test hydrogen-powered scooters, utilising fuel cell technology developed by Intelligent Energy.

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One in four considering buying electric car

Nearly one in four UK adults (23%) is considering buying an electric car within the next five years, according to new research by Sainsbury’s Bank Loans.

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Couple buy third forecourt site in Christie & Co deal

Christie Finance has helped a returning client with funding to acquire their third petrol station.

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Hurricane's impact pushes pump prices up

The price of fuel at the pump increased for the second month in a row in August with both petrol and diesel rising by more than 2ppl, according to the latest RAC Fuel Watch report.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 13 November 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East122.9762.90129.22120.30
East Midlands122.51131.19120.13
London123.0159.23131.32120.49
North East122.2163.40130.26120.15
North West122.3953.80130.05119.91
Northern Ireland121.09125.70118.82
Scotland122.68128.95119.79
South East123.2069.90130.92120.88
South West122.77128.85120.30
Wales122.4253.90128.26119.82
West Midlands122.0958.90130.41119.94
Yorkshire & Humber122.3453.70132.45119.99

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