An independent petrol station, which has regularly beaten major supermarkets on price, celebrated its 25th anniversary in November. Jet’s Jempson’s Express in Peasmarsh, near Rye in East Sussex, came to national prominence in late 2015 as petrol prices fell close to £1 per litre, and it cut its unleaded to 99.9ppl more than a fortnight before the supermarkets. Volumes increased by 54% between 2014 and 2016, with this increase predicted to rise to 70% in 2017.
knock down rebuild
Jet Waltham Cross has reopened following a large-scale knock down and rebuild project. Owner Arulselvam (Arul) has invested close to £1m in the site, with only the canopy and the pumps remaining from the original forecourt. The site now boasts a 2,000sq ft Nisa Local convenience store.
bp/m&s sites reopen
Two BP service stations with M&S Simply Food shops have reopened after more than £1m was spent refurbishing them. Thirty new jobs have been created with the reopening of the service station on The Broadway, at Loughton, Essex. An additional 18 new jobs have been created with the reopening of the new BP service station with M&S Simply Food on Wetherby Road, Leeds.
hand car wash operation
A worker suspected of being a victim of human trafficking was taken into the care of authorities, and a variety of other possible offences uncovered, during an operation led by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) into hand car wash businesses across Nottingham.
new car sales down
The UK new car market declined for an eighth consecutive month in November, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A total of 163,541 vehicles were registered, down 11.2% year-on-year, driven by a significant fall in diesel demand. Petrol cars saw a gain of 5% on the same month last year to 92,944, and the Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFV) sector was up 33.1% to 8,867. However, these increases could not offset the 30.6% drop in diesel registrations.