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 for GB Oils (pictured on the right, with Brian Madderson, chairman of the PRA).

"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," said MacDonald.

"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. 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."