Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community

Under the spotlight: Ben Lawrence

Ben Lawrence is a real family man - working in the family business and spending any spare time travelling with his wife and kids

01 Career history:After I finished my education I went to work for Jonathan James in Ely shadowing the manager and learning the ropes, before moving over to Lawrences where I started as a cashier and steadily moved my way up.

02 Dream job if you weren't doing this:I love open water diving and always liked the idea of being a diver in the Royal Navy.

03 What do you drive?A4 Avant Black Edition.

04 What would you like to drive? With a family of four, an Audi Q7 would be ideal.

05 Perfect day: Discovering a new city with my family sight-seeing, indulging in some local food and drink, and experiencing new cultures.

06 Favourite team:My football team is Liverpool; rugby team Leicester Tigers; and cricket team Kent CC.

07 Favourite read:With my love of travel, a good travel book.

08 Favourite film:The Gruffalo (a quiet few minutes with the family).

09 Best holiday: Being a sports nut, it would have to be Australia 2003, watching the Rugby World Cup.

10 Possessions you couldn't do without: It would have to be my mobile phone or my wedding ring.

11 Most admire: my grandfather or 'Poppa' as we know him. He worked in the business until he was 80 and still shows a keen interest today.

12 Most likely to say:"Smile!"

13 Least likely to say:"Of course, you can have more uniform."

14 Greatest achievement:My wife and children.

15 Greatest fear:Letting my family down

16 Tips for business success:Imagination and cash flow.

17 Best business advice you've received:Never be afraid to ask for advice. No question is ever stupid.

18 Best thing about your job:I am proud to be the fifth generation driving our family business.

19 Most recent business achievement/s of note:Overseeing the redevelopment and launch of our Harleston garage.

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RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East132.12139.79127.55
East Midlands131.62139.76127.57
London131.82140.67128.38
North East131.03141.66126.72
North West131.3657.70141.67127.65
Northern Ireland129.55131.90125.63
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West Midlands131.33140.68127.66
Yorkshire & Humber131.0784.90140.64127.33

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