MFG heads off inquiry

MFG has averted a full competition inquiry into its takeover of Murco’s retail business, after concerns were raised that the deal would damage competition in the Hythe area of Kent. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has accepted undertakings from MFG to sell the Murco petrol station (Seapoint Filling Station) in the town.

Police warn over ATMs

Gwent Police are urging businesses to remain vigilant about security of free-standing ATMs after one was stolen from the Texaco Garage at Ambay Service Station on the A465 in Tredegar. Two men used a silver Mercedes saloon and chain to steal the ATM. It was the second time in eight days in which a free-standing ATM has been stolen.

Illegal diesel plant raid

A diesel laundering plant, capable of evading £1.4m in duty and an illegal filling station have been dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in a commercial premises in Sunderland city-centre. The laundering plant had the potential to produce 2.5 million litres of illicit fuel a year.

Minimum wage advice

The Low Pay Commission, the body which advises the government on minimum wage, has recommended an increase to the current national minimum wage for workers aged 21 and over by 3% from £6.50 to £6.70. If the recommendation is accepted by the government the increase would come into effect in October 2015.

Topaz to invest in sites

Irish fuel and convenience brand Topaz Energy, which runs more than 330 forecourts including nearly 40 in Northern Ireland, has announced a 20m investment programme in its the network. It also reported pre-tax losses of 4.7m for the year to March 31, 2014.