Euro Garages became the latest winner of the Forecourt Trader of the Year awards when its Beehive Service Station site in Blackburn, Lancashire, emerged as the best forecourt in the UK, following a tough judging process. >>See the Video Interview
The presentation to founders and directors Mohsin and Zuber Issa was made at a glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, last night.
Merril Boulton, chairman of the judges and editor of Forecourt Trader magazine, said: "The site is one of Eurogarage’s flagship forecourts and epitomises the business design strategy to maximise the potential in its forecourts so they ultimately become an attractive retail space rather than a traditional pump and kiosk operation.
"The Beehive site well and truly raises the bar in forecourt development. Many congratulations from the Forecourt Trader team."
Sebastion Nonis of Forfar Road Service Station in Dundee, Tayside was named Best Forecourt Retailer in Scotland, while Connor McKibben of Brennans Spar in Seaforde, County Down scooped the top prize in the Northern Ireland category.
In the Midlands, the Fraser Group’s Budgens of Yarnton forecourt in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, represented by Nick Fraser, won overall; and Euro Garages’ Mohsin & Zuber Issa fought off stiff competition to win Best Forecourt Retailer in Northern England for their Beehive Service Station in Blackburn, Lancashire.
The Issa brothers also came out on top in the West Country & Wales category with Deeside Service Station in Deeside, Flintshire; and Ken Popat of Barking Service Station in Barking, Essex won overall in the London & South East category. >> Visit Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards Website
Winners of the specialist category awards were as follows:
BEST SITE WITH A LICENCE TO SELL ALCOHOL – Richard Cox, Primrose Garage, Clitheroe, Lancashire
BEST CAR CARE AND LUBRICANTS OUTLET – James Kemp, Cromwell Services, Newark, Nottinghamshire
BEST DISPLAY OF CHILLED FOOD – Jonathan & Rebecca James, Witchford Road Service Station, Ely, Cambridgeshire
BEST CONFECTIONERY OUTLET – David Agnew, Wetherby Forecourt, Kirk Deighton, Wetherby, North Yorkshire
BEST CRISPS AND SNACKS OUTLET – Srithar Sivalingam, BP Connect Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, Kent
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE – Nick Fraser, Fraser’s Budgens Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxfordshire
BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY OUTLET – Jonathan & Rebecca James, BP/Spar Service Station, Littleport, Cambridgeshire
BEST FORECOURT FACILITIES – Nick Fraser, Fraser’s Budgens Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxfordshire
BEST HOT BEVERAGES OUTLET – Mike Hodgskin, Esso Kings Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex
BEST SOFT DRINKS OUTLET – David Cox, Saintfield Road Service Station, Lisburn, County Antrim
BEST TOBACCO RETAILER – Farook Valli, BP St Chads Service Station & Spar, Headingley, Leeds
BEST SITE MANAGER – Srithar Sivalingam, BP Connect Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, Kent