The UK’s leading independent petrol retailer, MRH (GB), is looking to re-negotiate the supply contracts on half its forecourts - around 150 - which come up for renewal next year.

"It’s the largest dealer contract that’s ever been out in the UK," said John Lynn, the company’s managing director.

"We’ve already started talking to our suppliers about next year and what their aspirations are. For those suppliers that want to be in the dealer business, it’s a one-off opportunity."

MRH is also seriously considering providing finance for retailers wishing to acquire petrol filling stations. "If there’s a sound business opportunity being wasted because of funding, then maybe there’s a win-win situation for MRH and the retailer," said the company’s chief executive Graham Peacock. "We have substantial funds and we understand the business."

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