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Supreme promotion on Texaco forecourt

Valero rolls out relaunch of Supreme fuel

Following the relaunch of Supreme fuel across the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands this year, Valero will be running its “Save 10p per litre on Supreme Fuel” promotion across the remaining areas of its network.

service station at Milbrook Way, Preston

Certas Energy acquires English sites

Certas Energy has bought forecourt sites in England for the first time in a deal that will see 13mlpa of retail volume moving to Gulf from Texaco, starting in the next two months.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Number of jobs in UK convenience store sector falls

The number of jobs in the UK convenience store sector has fallen for the second consecutive year, as retailers are forced to adapt to cost increases in their businesses, according to the ACS.

Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is the UK's top selling new car
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Plummeting diesel sales depress UK new car market

Plummeting diesel sales pushed the UK new car market to its fifth consecutive month of decline in August, as the fall-out of the emissions scandal continued to dog sales.

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The Scottish government aims to increase the number of charging points
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Scotland aims to phase out petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said action will be taken to phase out the need for petrol and diesel cars and vans in Scotland by 2032.

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The network of Essar-branded sites is expanding
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Company owned site to join Essar network

The UK network of Essar branded filling stations has grown to 36 and the company has planning permission for the first company owned site, which it plans to open later this year.

Shell Budgens Farnborough
Shell Budgens Farnborough
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Shell UK rolls out Budgens partnership to 20 sites

Shell UK is rolling out a partnership with Budgens to 20 sites, following its success on four pilot sites.

MRH buys fellow Top 50 Indie Chartman Group

MRH has today (September 4) exchanged contracts to acquire Top 50 Indies dealer Chartman Retail, with completion taking place on Wednesday, September 6, as part of its strategic drive to increase its offering across the South West.

Former Applegreen MD O'Loughlin joins MFG

Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael O’Loughlin as its new managing director, acquisitions & business development.

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Knifeman strikes at Asda petrol station in north Manchester

A staff member was threatened with a knife during a robbery at an Asda petrol station in north Manchester.

electric car charging

Electric vehicles getting greener due to renewable energy

Electric vehicles are getting greener due to the recent switch from coal to renewables, and now create half the CO2 of the cleanest conventional and hybrid cars on the road, according to a new report.

Nisa forecourt

Co-op enters into exclusive talks with Nisa

An analyst has said a potential takeover of Nisa by the Co-op is a much better fit than a previously mooted deal with Sainsbury’s.

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Unleaded petrol prices to surge above diesel

The PRA is warning unleaded petrol prices could be hiked as a result of the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Texan coast around Houston, with the RAC predicting they could move well above diesel prices.

Esso filling station

New Synergy Supreme+ Unleaded launched

Esso is launching a new and improved formulation of its premium unleaded fuel, Synergy Supreme+ Unleaded (97 octane).

MRH opens first Hursts Grab & Go

MRH has opened its first Hursts Grab & Go site. The new format was officially opened on August 31 at Thetford West Service station on the A11.

Electric charger on forecourt

MFG to roll out rapid electric chargers

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has signed a partnership deal with ChargePoint Services for the roll-out of forecourt electric vehicle charging across its UK network.

bottle of fake vodka

Parliamentary group formed to focus on tackling illicit trade

Parliamentarians at Westminster are forming a new cross-party group to raise issues around the illicit trade up the political agenda.

Nissan Leaf car at Geneva motor show

Advertising watchdog rebukes Nissan over world leader claim

Nissan Motor (GB) has had a complaint against it upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after a national press advert it ran included the text “World leaders in 100% electric since 2010”.

exhaust fumes

Government introduces tougher emissions testing

New models of diesel and petrol cars will have to pass a strict new emissions test before they are allowed on Britain’s roads from next week (1 September 2017).

ATM thieves using stolen farm vehicles

Police in Devon have urged farmers to step-up security and warned their stolen equipment is being used in attacks on petrol stations.

Co-op food logo

Approval expected for Co-op redevelopment

Plans by the Co-op to redevelop a Yorkshire Dales petrol station have been recommended for approval by planners.

BP and M&S signs together on forecourt

BP/M&S Simply Food opens at Aviemore in Scotland

Sixteen jobs have been created with the opening of a new BP service station with M&S Simply Food on Grampian Road, Aviemore, on August 30.

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Assault leaves petrol station worker unconscious

Police in Rugby are appealing for witnesses after a petrol station worker was violently assaulted in the early hours of Wednesday (August 30) morning.

lorry on road

Department for Transport approves lorry platooning trials

Trials of lorry platooning, where a lead vehicle controls acceleration of up to three HGVs travelling in convoy on a motorway, have been approved by the Department for Transport (DfT).

electric car charging

Electric charger company joins APEA

InstaVolt has joined the APEA (Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration) as it aims to install thousands of electric vehicle charging points at forecourts across the UK.

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Raim Raiders smash cash machine from its moorings

Ram raiders used a stolen agricultural forklift vehicle to smash a cash machine from its moorings and steal it from the BP Totnes Cross Filling Station, in Devon.

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Man arrested after ATM is blown up on forecourt

Police are hunting for a suspect after a cash machine was blown up on an Esso forecourt at Iron Acton in Gloucestershire.

Euro Garages logo

Euro Garages submits plans for new filling station

Euro Garages has applied for planning permission for a filling station including drive-thru food retail in Bacup, Lancashire.

BP and M&S signs together on forecourt

BP/M&S Simply Food opens in Essex

A new BP/M&S Simply Food service station has opened in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.

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Gunmen flee empty handed after assistant hits alarm

Two armed robbers threatened a woman assistant with a firearm and demanded money in an early morning raid at a Glasgow petrol station.

Jet flag

Jet launches Marketing in a Box initiative

Jet has launched its latest Marketing in a Box initiative, with Jet dealers able to choose from seven localised summer-themed promotions aimed at boosting forecourt footfall and customer loyalty across its network.

Symonds Forecourts chief executive Jeremy Symonds
Symonds Forecourts chief executive Jeremy Symonds
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Symonds Forecourts wins approval for its tenth site

Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts has won planning approval for a new site, which will bring its total number of forecourts to 10.

Roadchef Northampton

Roadchef opens drive-thru Costa at Northampton

Motorway Service Area (MSA) operator Roadchef has opened a new motorway Drive-Thru Costa at its Northampton South site.

P&H delivery to a Mace store

Palmer and Harvey launches update to online ordering website

Delivered wholesaler Palmer and Harvey has launched an update to its online ordering website.

Maxol CEO Brian Donaldson (left) and licensee Maxol, Western Road Clonakilty, Shane Cantillon
Maxol CEO Brian Donaldson (left) and licensee Maxol, Western Road Clonakilty, Shane Cantillon
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Maxol adds eating options to site at Clonakilty

Irish forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol has added three new eateries to Maxol, Western Road, Clonakilty, as part of a refurbishment.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS and SGF welcome proposals for Scottish business rates

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) have welcomed recommendations on making the business rates system in Scotland fairer for retailers, especially those looking to invest or expand their property.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta
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Ford introduces scrappage scheme offering up to £7,000

Ford has announced a car and van scrappage scheme offering incentives up to £7,000 for customers, of any brand, to trade-in and scrap their old petrol or diesel cars or vans for a new Ford vehicle.

police tape

Burglars break into cash machine in Ludlow

West Mercia Police officers are appealing for information after burglars broke into an ATM at the Co-op petrol station on Foldgate Lane in Ludlow.

Shell's first UK hydrogen filling station at Cobham
Shell's first UK hydrogen filling station at Cobham
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New grant funding for hydrogen filling stations

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has announced details of its £23m Hydrogen Transport Programme, with the aim of expanding the network of hydrogen refuelling stations alongside the deployment of fuel cell vehicles, following its previous HRS Infrastructure Capital Grant Scheme.

electric car charging

National Grid suggests super charger solution

A network of up to 7,000 forecourts offering high power electric vehicle (EV) charging could be required by 2050, according to a Thought Piece, published by the National Grid.


AA reports that pump prices vary by up to 24ppl

Petrol and diesel pump prices varied by as much as 24ppl on the UK’s busier roads last week, according to the latest AA Fuel Price Report.

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Leicester Police
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Gang attempts to steal ATM from motorway service area

Leicestershire Police detectives are investigating after thieves tried to steal an ATM in Castle Donington.

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Robbers threaten forecourt staff member with a hammer

Staffordshire Police officers investigating a robbery that occurred at a petrol station at Burntwood in the early hours of Saturday morning (12 August) are appealing for witnesses.

vintage cars at Central Garage

Gulf filling station provides fuel for cars competing in rally

Central Garage, the Gulf filling station in London Road, Newport, Essex, provided fuel for a wide range of vehicles competing for the Layer Marney Cup.

NFRN cheif executive Paul Baxter

NFRN welcomes decision by Payzone to rethink contract

The newsagents federation NFRN has welcomed a decision by Payzone to reconsider key points in a new contract it was trying to introduce with its retailer customers.

Sainsbury's Parkham filling station, Brixham

Rontec redevelops sites in deal with Sainsbury's

A new Sainsbury’s service station in Brixham, Devon, on which Rontec acted as development manager, is now open for business.

MRH chief executive Karen Dickens
MRH chief executive Karen Dickens
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MRH expands in Channels Islands with acquisitions

MRH has expanded its presence in the Channel Islands with the acquisition of two businesses.

Bryn Gelli Service Station, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
Bryn Gelli Service Station, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
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Christie & Co completes sale of site in South Wales

Specialist forecourt property advisors Christie & Co have successfully completed the sale of Bryn Gelli Service Station, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

police tape

Lorry crashes into Top 50 Indie site

A site owned by a Top 50 Indie had a lucky escape when an HGV crashed into its forecourt, just missing the pumps, after a head-on collision with another lorry.

Essar charity day

Essar marks Stanlow acquisition anniversary with charity donation

The sixth anniversary of the acquisition of Stanlow Refinery by Essar Oil UK has been recognised with a £7,500 donation from the company to the Ellesmere Port-based charity Cheshire Young Carers.

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

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