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Suresite partners Bolt Learning to launch training courses

Forecourt expert Suresite has launched two new interactive online training courses, in partnership with training provider, Bolt Learning.

Suresite bolsters forecourt health and safety team

Suresite has strengthened its forecourt health and safety team with the appointment of two new assessors.

Forward thinking

In our experience taking a proactive approach to forecourt maintenance is the most cost-effective way of managing and enhancing our assets, according to Scott Harris, head of COCO at Certas Energy. "Whether over-ground or underground, we monitor everything from canopies and chillers, to tanks and lines," he says. "The range of facilities and equipment varies greatly across the Certas Energy COCO estate and age is an important factor within our maintenance programme. Canopies, for example, are tested and refreshed every five years and our approach to a 20-year-old tank is different to one that is less than 10 years old."

Gilbarco Veeder-Root soups up engineer service to dealers

Forecourt equipment and services provider Gilbarco Veeder-Root has invested in route planning software from Fast Lean Smart (FLS) to improve the service its engineers provide to dealers.

Euro Garages Calder Park

Euro Garages appoints canopy and fascia cleaning contractor

Wilson Contract Services has recently been awarded a contract by Euro Garages for canopy and fascia cleaning on each of its 366 sites.

Addgards bollard sleeve

Addgards introduces Bollard Sleeve to smarten forecourts

Addgards has developed a Bollard Sleeve to slide over existing steel bollards to protect against weathering and erosion.

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Beyer has supplied BP with lighting
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Lighting companies develop new contour tube

Two companies specialising in lighting for the forecourt sector have agreed a manufacturing and supply agreement after jointly developing a new contour tube.

Roadchef Norton Canes

Roadchef recycles waste coffee beans into biofuel

Motorway service operator Roadchef has partnered with bio-bean – a business recycling waste coffee grounds into biofuel on an industrial scale – to reduce its environmental impact.

MFG's North Ferriby site
MFG's North Ferriby site
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DRB UK Maintenance boss highlights business wins

A contract for DRB UK Maintenance to install signage at 80 MFG sites is only the latest in a string of prestigious business wins for the company, according to managing director Robert McArthur.

City renews deal with BP to maintain retail sites

City Facilities Management has been awarded a new five-year contract with BP, to provide facilities management (FM) services across its entire UK retail estate.

Bever Innovations unveils latest forecourt lighting

Bever Innovations has completed the next phase in developing the company’s EOS LED forecourt lighting fixtures in the Netherlands.

Adler & Allan expands its range of services

Adler & Allan Group has expanded its range of services with the acquisition of specialist environmental consultancy, OHES Environmental (OHES).

Roadchef Norton Canes night shot

Roadchef renews deal with waste and recycling company UKWSL

Roadchef has renewed its contract with waste and recycling company UKWSL.

Reducing the risks

There are two main drivers for maintenance on a forecourt. One is reactive, where something technical breaks down, such as a pump or a car wash, and calling out someone to fix it is the natural solution. But the other type of maintenance, preventative, is if anything more important, and can often lead to a lower-cost service or repair before it becomes a bigger problem. And preventative maintenance is not just good for business and avoiding costly downtime, it is also a vital protection for businesses in increasingly litigious times.

TLM CEO Lee Papper (left) and chairman Ron Haacke
TLM CEO Lee Papper (left) and chairman Ron Haacke
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TLM Technologies unveils structure for expansion

TLM Technologies has unveiled a new company structure intended to take the company forward towards global expansion.

REDS Group sets up to look after fuel storage

A new company has been set up in the downstream fuel industry to provide spill response, environmental and decommissioning services across the UK.

Protect your assets

We live in uncertain times what with Brexit, unstable global affairs and snap UK elections, all creating market situations that may inspire businesses to err on the side of caution. According to Allan Scrafton, head of marketing for forecourt and asset resilience experts, Adler & Allan, maintaining what you have will help any organisation weather the storm of shaky markets; while ensuring pollution is prevented and downtime is avoided, are key to our sector, whatever the forces at play.

Xmo Strata mounts health drive for employees

Sign company Xmo Strata – which specialises in forecourts – has mounted a major health drive among its employees. 

Third party cover

The demands on forecourt owners and managers are increasing all the time. They need to ensure that fuel and the equipment dispensing it is in tip-top condition. There are increasing numbers of c-stores that need to be fully stocked and have all their facilities clean and tidy, not to mention the canopy and its imaging. Meanwhile customers' expectations seem to be rising inexorably and they will go elsewhere if they are not met.

Spending to save

As the techology on forecourts becomes ever-more complex, and the number of products and services they offer continues to increase, ensuring that everything is operating at peak efficiency, or even working at all, is a growing challenge.

Spend & save

There are many valid reasons why regular maintenance of sites and their equipment is a vitally important part of running a forecourt. They include cost savings, efficiency, health and safety and other regulatory red tape, but the least tangible and yet arguably the most important is the customer experience.

Keeping up with upkeep

Eddie Bright, director at Top 50 Indie Brobot, puts the case for regular forecourt maintenance across in a way everyone can understand: "Nobody would be happy if they went into their local pub and found that there was no beer because the pumps were out of order. The same is true of a fuel forecourt motorists want their fuel and they rightly expect the pumps to be working so they can get it."

Forecourt maintenance: Enduring image

They say you should never judge a book by its cover but most people are still swayed by first impressions. When choosing a restaurant in an unfamiliar high street, for example, the outlet sporting a clean and bright exterior with smart and tidy furnishings inside is likely to win far more customers than a shabby-looking place next door.

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RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East137.08139.69129.73
East Midlands136.60139.38129.02
London137.0265.40139.68129.22
North East136.4569.90142.07128.06
North West136.60138.23128.71
Northern Ireland135.0969.90137.92128.64
Scotland137.07136.04128.45
South East137.4666.90139.94129.99
South West136.7567.90139.46129.38
Wales136.47135.40128.21
West Midlands136.02140.93128.76
Yorkshire & Humber135.86140.71128.57

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