Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community
Ian Woodcock, regional manager at Total
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Total bucks crime trends

Total claims to have bucked the trend of rising violent crime, cutting incidents of robbery and assault on its forecourts by 56% over the past two years.

Crime down at motorway site

An initiative between motorway service station operator Welcome Break and Stroud District Council to combat crime at Michaelwood Services and the surrounding towns has been hailed as a success.

Forecourt in murder hunt

A service station in North Yorkshire became the focal point of a week-long murder hunt after the owner recognised a man who police wished to question about four horrific deaths.


I read with interest in the July edition that Sainsbury’s is rather reliant on sales growth from buoyant trading in petrol to show the City the company is alive and well. Who is it deluding? The City, its shareholders or the management itself?

News in brief

The deferral of September’s petrol duty increase is good news for petrol retailers and will relieve the anxiety created by rising oil prices during the past few months, said Ray Holloway, director of the Petrol Retailers’ Association. The Government has announced that the fuel duty increase due to take effect on September 1 will be postponed and looked at again in November.
Frank Hamill
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Highland sting

The launch of the PRA’s fighting fund to tackle the integrity of wet stock deliveries has certainly struck a nerve – particularly on a forecourt in Scotland, where the owner, Frank Hamill, has been struggling to sort a serious problem out with his (now former) fuel supplier, Shell, for the past 10 years. Frank has been a petrol retailer for 20 years, building up a good business on his Pheonix Filling Station, which covers a large area on the Keppochhill Road in the heart of Glasgow. It has an average fuel volume of about 140,000 litres a week, but Frank claims he has been losing an average of 2,500 litres per month through delivery shortages.

Parkfoot garage, London Road, West Malling, Kent

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Located on the busy A20, Parkfoot Garage looks a busy, but tempting place to stop with its Spar shop, cash point, off licence, car wash, strong BP branding and spacious parking area.

Record breakers

Virtually the first question most newcomers to running their own business ask us as their professional advisers is “What paperwork do I need to keep, and for how long?” – followed by a long sigh when we tell them that most of their accounting records need to be kept safe for at least six years, and that some paperwork should never be destroyed. Increasingly we are being asked the same question when site operators want to install computerised accounting systems. The basic requirements are the same, although some details are obviously related to the technology in use at any particular time.

Stamp, stamp, the sound of jackboots

Trading standards officers in Norfolk would appear to be armed with magnifying glasses and an I’m-going-to-get-you-no-matter-what attitude.

For whom the tills roll

It’s an old rep’s trick, the agreement-seeking question: ‘You DO want to buy this, don’t you?’

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 14 October 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands131.62139.76127.57
North East131.03141.66126.72
North West131.3657.70141.67127.65
Northern Ireland129.55131.90125.63
South East132.5757.90140.14128.33
South West131.8867.90138.74127.41
West Midlands131.33140.68127.66
Yorkshire & Humber131.0784.90140.64127.33

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