Certas Energy has reached agreement with Bestway Wholesale to be a preferred retail partner across its independent, Gulf and Pace-branded sites. The new agreement will see current and new sites being introduced to Bestway’s Best-one symbol, Xtra local Retail Club and depot network as a group retail partner of choice.

Certas delivers more than six billion litres of fuel each year in the UK and supplies 1,200 dealer-operated forecourts, along with their company owned sites, across the UK.

James Hall, symbol development director for Bestway Wholesale, said: "Certas and Bestway are the perfect fit. Not only do we share the same vision regarding the importance of convenience retailing in modern forecourts but there are similar values that underpin both companies: working collaboratively, transparency, value driven and supporting the communities in which we operate. I believe we can add significant value to its retail partners big and small, single or multisite with our flexible approach and expertise within the convenience sector."

Hall also points out that while forecourts do the food-to-go offer much better than the majority of convenience stores (77% of forecourts have a coffee station compared to only 17% in convenience) there is significant headroom for growth in other shopper missions in convenience."