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Chip and pin - causing problems for some retailers
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New Year hassle with chip and pin

While the Chip and Pin Programme has hailed the first weekend of using the new technology a success, many in the forecourt sector have encountered problems.
THI UK has launched the first ever machine to wash motorbikes at service stations
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Launch of world's first motorbike wash

THI UK has launched the first machine in the world to wash motorbikes. The patented Motorbike-Wash with water reclaim system – retailing at under £20,000 – is self-contained and washes one motorbike in just a few minutes.

Asda triggers fuel prices

Asda has triggered a price war on forecourts with its announcement of a 3ppl drop in petrol prices, bringing it down to 76.9p – the lowest since April last year.

Forecourts targeted to sell mortgages

A new mortgage services company is giving forecourt retailers the chance to earn money by marketing financial solutions to its customers.

Pensioner injured in drive-off

An 82-year-old filling station owner was rushed to hospital after trying to tackle two vehicles that drove off without paying.

Snax 24 signs P&H in 15m supply deal

Snax 24 has chosen delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey McLane to supply its 43 forecourts throughout the UK.



News in brief

THE FORECOURT TRADER BUSINESS DIRECTORY 2005 is out now and packed with more than 2,000 company listings. With contacts for fuel suppliers and distributors to shop equipment and services, this directory has all the information you need at your fingertips. It also includes features on legal and tax issues, as well as a fuel market review. For details call 0800 652 6512.

Hopcrofts Holt service station on the A4260 Oxford to Banbury road

Just north of Oxford at Kidlington on the A4260 is a Sainsbury supermarket service station and just as you enter Banbury is an Esso On the Run site. Both are bright, well focused, busy ‘premier division’ service stations and c-stores. Smack bang in the middle of these two on the crossroads with the B4030 is Hopcrofts Holt Service Station, a joint branded Key Shop/Jet site. A mid ‘first division’ site that I fear may struggle to gain promotion.

Wake up and smell the coffee

The end of the old year and start of the new one is a time for taking stock of where we are, and making plans for where we’d like to be in 12 months time – and making the resolutions that should enable us to get there. This column will humbly offer a few thoughts and suggestions for the petroleum retailing industry in 2005.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 25 May 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands111.76123.12106.54
North East110.34125.25104.79
North West111.33119.82106.56
Northern Ireland108.52111.40102.55
South East113.2059.90124.27108.35
South West111.83124.12106.47
West Midlands112.13125.12106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.6957.70121.80105.92

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