A strong focus on non-fuel sales has contributed to a healthy growth in profits for Top 50 Indie, Brobot Petroleum Ltd (BPL), part of the Brobot Group Ltd (BGL). It reported an increase in pre-tax profits to £375,215 on sales up 2.9% to £113.9m for the year ending March 31, 2013.

Company director Bridget Smith reported that the firm was entering the new financial year with much more confidence: "Our shops are performing well, like-for-like fuel volumes have increased by 8% in Q1, and we have new initiatives in place for rewarding customer loyalty."

Smith said that following the divestment of its bulk fuels distribution business in late 2011, BPL, which operates 21 of the 23 sites under BGL, has been wholly engaged in the petrol retail industry.

In her year-end report, Smith said: "The volumes achieved across the estate remained constant compared to the previous year with an average 7% increase in pence-per-litre profit," she said. "Shop sales were up by 5% with margins static. These factors contributed to an increase in gross profits on continuing operations of 4%. "

Her report revealed that the latest addition to the company’s filling station portfolio, Corby Southern Gateway, which won the 2012 Forecourt Trader award for Best Design and Development, now has the largest shop turnover within the estate.