Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has changed its mode of forecourt operation from direct managed to commission operator.

Tony Walker, MFG’s non-fuel director, said: "The commission operator model is one that we know works well in our business sector. We gain by having self-motivated and dedicated contract managers and the managers themselves have the opportunity to run their own businesses.

"In addition, the commission operator model gives us important flexibility in line with our growth plans for the future."

MFG came under new ownership at the end of December with former Murco retail marketing director Jeremy Clarke moving to the top indie as managing director. He brought other Murco executives with him, including dealer sales manager Jim Mulheran.

The management gaps left at Murco have been filled by internal promotions. Jamie Goodfellow, who was the oil company’s treasury & tax director, has been appointed retail marketing director; while Paul Almond, who was formerly business development manager, has been promoted to dealer sales manager.

Former network manager for shops Gary Pearce has become general manager for non-fuel, and area retail manager Amalan Poopalasingham has been promoted to network manager for shops.