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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).

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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
East123.5862.15130.21121.10
East Midlands123.21131.97120.77
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North West123.1057.80131.29120.64
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