THE FORECOURT TRADER BUSINESS DIRECTORY 2005 is out now and packed with more than 2,000 company listings. With contacts for fuel suppliers and distributors to shop equipment and services, this directory has all the information you need at your fingertips. It also includes features on legal and tax issues, as well as a fuel market review. For details call 0800 652 6512.

POLE SIGNS could be disappearing, according to Chris Ellen, head of petroleum and roadside services at Graham & Sibbald. “Pole sign price level has become less of an issue,” he said. ”It is entirely possible that petrol prices will disappear from roadside pole signs within the near future.”

THE SEARCH IS NOW ON FOR THE ’BEST IN BUSINESS’ with the official launch of The Grocer magazine’s Gold Awards 2005. Entries are being sought from multiples, independents, symbol groups and wholesalers in the categories for best own-label range development, best consumer initiative, and best business initiative. There will also be awards for the best suppliers and retailers in the business based on research by the magazine. The awards will be presented at the Dorchester hotel in London on June 15.