Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community
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Traders at risk with new licensing laws

Petrol retailers could unknowingly break the law by selling hot food throughout the night if they fail to fork out £775 for a premises licence under the new licensing regime.

Esso licensee case dismissed on appeal

The lengthy fight by a group of former Esso licensees who felt they had been seriously wronged by the oil major, finally ground to a halt last month when the appeal against an earlier judgement in Esso’s favour was dismissed.

Site count falls again

Nearly 300 forecourts have closed in the past six months, according to the latest figures from Catalist UK, the service station data specialist. In our last Fuel Market Review (see June issue) there were 10,867 UK sites.

Forecourt shows set to be the biggest yet

Europe’s premier show for the forecourt and fuel equipment industry is back, and is bigger and better than before, according to the organisers, William Reed Events.

Jailed for robbing garage

A man convicted of threatening an Essex filling station cashier with a kitchen knife during a robbery has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court.

BOSS shows how to cut crime by 50%

Details of how forecourt crime can be reduced by between 35% and 50% were unveiled to more than 200 delegates representing 12 UK police forces, major oil companies and petrol retailers at a Fighting Forecourt Crime seminar in Birmingham.

Torex targets growth

Retail solutions provider Torex Retail (formerly known as Arciris) has appointed founder member and former sales director Billy Tank as managing director of its Petroleum & Convenience UK division to strengthen its team

ACS fights for fairer post office contracts

The Association of Convenience Stores has lodged a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading in its battle for fairer contacts between the Post Office Ltd and subpostmasters.
Susie Hawkins
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Susie's coup

Susie Hawkins hit the headlines last month when news travelled back from the NACS Convention in Las Vegas that she had fought off stiff competition from independent retailers in America and Australia to win the convenience store industry’s Global Scholarship. Women are a rare breed in the forecourt industry so who is the woman behind such an achievement?

News in brief

FORECOURT TRADER PUBLISHER WILLIAM REED PUBLISHING, has scooped a major award in the UK Family Business Honours Programme. The company, which publishes top titles such as The Grocer and Convenience Store, won the Business Success Category. The competition is organised by private bank JP Morgan and supported by the London Business School and the Institute for Family Business, and is judged by an independent committee on areas including financial growth, innovation, good governance, sound business process and staff development.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 30 March 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands119.01131.46114.46
North East116.33131.57110.86
North West117.71131.66113.21
Northern Ireland113.94120.90108.13
South East120.0368.90132.46116.19
South West118.30130.34113.27
West Midlands118.8857.90135.85114.78
Yorkshire & Humber117.69131.84113.09

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