Former FT winner quits



Former Forecourt Trader of the Year winner Darren Lawrence (below) is "devastated" to be leaving his beloved Total-branded Flamstead End forecourt in Hertfordshire, after 21 years’ service. Total decided to take back the site after commission operator Darren turned down a new contract that he felt was unviable. "The stumbling block was the extra £60,000-a-year cost of shop fees. No way could I cover that. But there was no negotiation on it," he said.



BP law suits fly



BP has filed a $40bn law suit against Transocean, the owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year, alleging that the company’s negligence caused the disaster. It is also suing Cameron International, which provided a blow-out preventer with a faulty design. Both companies have filed counter-claims against BP.



Free petrol offer



A luxury hotel in Bournemouth is giving away free petrol with bookings. The four-star Norfolk Royale will refund the cost of a tank of petrol to couples who stay for three nights in an executive room.



Old clothes for petrol



An enterprising West Midlands recycler is giving people the chance to swap their old clothes for petrol. Lee Featonby, from Rugeley Rags and Wipers, said that with petrol prices so high, it was a good way to encourage people to recycle. People are asked to donate a bin liner full of clothes in return for one litre of petrol. If they donate more bin liners they can claim more petrol.