Any dealer joining the Gulf network will now receive free RMI Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) membership as part of its support package. The arrangement is effective immediately and represents another determined effort by Gulf and GB Oils to strengthen the hand of the independent petrol retailer, says Ramsay MacDonald, Director of Retail, GB Oils (pictured on the right, with Brian Madderson, chairman, RMI Petrol Retailers’ Association).

“With Governmental decisions all too often appearing to work against the independent, the RMI remains a beacon for us all; fighting our corner, lobbying at the highest level and maintaining a strong and effective media profile,” he said.

“That is why GB Oils, through Gulf, has agreed to become a corporate member of the RMI. We see huge benefits for petrol retailers to be a part of this pro active organisation, supporting the work of Brian Madderson and his trade body as they champion our cause.”

“Gulf dealers already benefit from a comprehensive range of services, covering everything from shop consultancy and health and safety to employment law,” continued MacDonald. “Our overriding aim is to provide a first class service that supports the independent to reduce costs, improve profitability and boost asset value. This initiative is another important and positive step in that direction and puts a whole wealth of expert advice at the disposal of our dealers.”

The RMI PRA represents UK petrol retailers and forecourt operators across all aspects of the business. It also hosts a series of regional open meetings for dealers to present industry topics of interest and value. Madderson believes that the tie-up with GB Oils creates benefits for all parties: “We are delighted to be working with GB Oils which is 100% focused on the independent market and understands its challenges. Having the support of the Gulf dealer network can only serve to strengthen the hand of the RMI when lobbying for change.”