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September

James claims first indie Budgens

The first Budgens Corporate Store to operate independently has been bought by forecourt entrepreneur Jonathan James.

Budgens 'a hit' in Langford

A Somerset forecourt is expecting to reach £70,000 per week in shop sales following an extension to create a 3,000sq ft store.

BP denies Nectar slowdown

BP is downplaying rumours about a decline in the number of Nectar points being issued at its sites.

Masked hold up

A police helicopter and tracker dogs were used in a hunt for a masked raider who held up a petrol station at knifepoint.

Irish Shell sells out to Henderson Group

Irish Shell has sold its 12 company-owned service stations in Northern Ireland to the Henderson Group. Henderson’s will buy the sites as going concerns and Shell will continue to supply fuel and lubricants to the forecourts.

Total's rally promotion is tops

Response to Total’s World Rally Championship scratch card promotion has been impressive, according to the company’s retail marketing director Malcolm Jones.

Jet's £6m boost to re-image network

ConocoPhillips is making a £6m investment in the future of the Jet brand by bringing its UK forecourts into a standard European image.

Big break for Oxford store

Britain’s biggest forecourt shop has opened at Oxford Services, on junction eight of the M40.

Trial and tribulation

Following the trial between Esso and more than 100 licensees, earlier this year (see Forecourt Trader, August issue), many of those involved are finding it hard to come to terms with the lack of resolution in the judgement.

Protect yourselves

The Data Protection Act has been in force for a few years now – long enough for the crooks to get their brains around the various opportunities for scams.

Congestion at the till

It seemed like one of life’s rich ironies when Carol Smith had to put the customer transaction for congestion charging through the PayPoint terminal

Back to school

The summer heatwave is over; the nights are drawing in rapidly and the ‘Back to School’ campaigns are in full swing on the high street.

We did nothing wrong

Shailesh Parekh is one of the most high-profile of the former Esso licensees involved in the trial, and has become something of an unofficial spokesman for the group. He’s not afraid to speak his mind, as he has demonstrated in the various public protests he has been involved in, his many contributions to Forecourt Trader, and his appearance on Channel 4’s consumer programme Joe Public. He is absolutely furious about the outcome of the trial so far, and from his Midlands-based Texaco site that he now operates, he has no doubt that the retailers were right to take on Esso in court.

We did nothing wrong

Shailesh Parekh is one of the most high-profile of the former Esso licensees involved in the trial, and has become something of an unofficial spokesman for the group. He’s not afraid to speak his mind, as he has demonstrated in the various public protests he has been involved in, his many contributions to Forecourt Trader, and his appearance on Channel 4’s consumer programme Joe Public. He is absolutely furious about the outcome of the trial so far, and from his Midlands-based Texaco site that he now operates, he has no doubt that the retailers were right to take on Esso in court.

Some like it hot

Forecourt operators are raising the stakes in fast food like never before. Take BP Connect, for example; its Wild Bean Café is going from strength to strength, and the oil company is supporting it with so much gusto that it has even invested in a radio and billboard ad campaign to raise its profile. And let’s face it, it’s a fantastic offer, with everything from traditional bacon rolls to more upmarket paninis.

Taking control

Despite an increased emphasis on the shop side of the forecourt business, wetstock control remains central to effective site management. Although it can be a headache for many retailers, mis-managing wetstock means that not only can profits disappear into thin air but you risk breaching the terms of your Petroleum Licence. Moreover, being anything less than stringent with the storage of fuel could cause danger to staff and customers and lead to fines, clean-up costs and even closure.

Raising the bar

Confectionery is possibly the ultimate impulse purchase, with 70 per cent of consumers buying chocolate and sweets on the spur of the moment. But, according to Nestlé Rowntree, the category hasn’t been as profitable as it could have been.

Top-up trade up

Vodafone is offering its 7.84 million Pay As You Talk customers 20 per cent extra airtime when they top up their mobiles between September 1 and October 12.

Spur on your impulse sales

Valera has added two new impulse units to its range of Sanyo chilled display cabinets.

Wrigley's first mint

Wrigley is moving into the mint market with the launch of Extra Mints.

Tricks and treats

Masterfoods is to run in-store Halloween activity during October to support its funsize chocolate confectionery brands – Mars, Maltesers, Twix, Milky Way, Snickers and Bounty.

White winter for Maltesers

A white chocolate, limited edition of Maltesers goes on sale this winter.

Crisps go for gold

Golden Wonder is relaunching its range of crisps in a bid to make them the number one brand in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Strange soda change

Britvic Soft Drinks has been forced to rename its recently launched Freekee Soda to Tango Strange Soda following a legal challenge.

Bertie returns to TV

Following nearly 10 years away from TV screens, Cadbury Trebor Bassett has unveiled its new-look Bertie Bassett character.

Big break for Kit Kat

Nestlé Rowntree has made a move on the growing bitesize confectionery market with the launch of Kit Kat Kubes.

All change for Kellogg's bars

Kellogg’s is investing £4m in a major overhaul of its Cereal & Milk Bar range.

Mo'gas: An irreverent view from the network

LAST MONTH'S JUDGEMENT in the Esso case arrived too late for my column, which, while unfortunate, does mean I’ve had a little longer to consider the outcome. Obviously the overall result was very disappointing – Esso won on two out of three of the issues and is already three goals up on the unresolved matter of whether its margin cuts etc were reasonable. The result was especially disappointing because during the case Justice Moore-Bick had given every indication that he was not going to fall for the ‘we’re a well respected multi-national company and they are unimportant individuals so who are you going to believe?’ routine.

Fuel prices September 2003

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 November 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East123.5862.15130.21121.10
East Midlands123.21131.97120.77
London123.5556.90131.47121.21
North East122.7764.90132.16120.46
North West123.1057.80131.29120.64
Northern Ireland121.8564.20125.57120.27
Scotland123.3352.20129.79120.83
South East123.79131.06121.50
South West123.42130.49121.01
Wales123.15129.94120.50
West Midlands122.8761.90132.62120.73
Yorkshire & Humber122.9956.90131.53120.82

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