Pricing prank



Tesco has apologised after startled motorists looking for the price of diesel at their Walsgrove outlet, near Coventry, were greeted with a different sort of message on the station price board... It read JOE SHI.T! The two words (apparently a euphemism for ’no charge’) were visible for over an hour, but bosses were hopeful of quickly finding the joker as the signs could only have been changed from inside the store. "The proverbial has really hit the fan," said one customer, while a Tesco spokesman said: "This clearly is a childish prank and we apologise for any offence caused."



Ashdown joins Harvest



BP’s former UK Fuels business head Janet Ashdown has joined Harvest Energy as its new chief executive. Ashdown left BP last September after almost 30 years with the company. The role at London-based Harvest Energy will also see Ashdown appointed chief executive of Blue Ocean Trading. Ashdown said: "Having worked for many years for a large international oil company I am looking forward to the challenge of working for an independent fuels business. Harvest Energy has an exciting new retail brand with 15 years’ experience in the distribution sector and the changing nature of the UK market will create great growth prospects for independents."



RMI Petrol signs MRH



RMI Petrol has signed up Top 50 Indie MHR (GB) Ltd as one of its newest members. The organisation, formally the Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA), said it was delighted to welcome Essex-based MRH, which has 296 co-owned sites plus 142 Pace dealers, into its membership. Other new members include Park Garage Group, Snax 24 and The Carsley Group.