It’s now time to plan your visit to the Forecourt & Fuel Equipment Show 2012 (FFE) so you can fit as much as possible into your day. The show takes place at the Birmingham NEC later this month from March 25-27.

This will be your chance to catch up with some of the biggest suppliers to the forecourt business including Air Serv; Brulines Fuel Solutions; Car Wash (UK); CFG Nationwide Site Services; Convenience Distribution Group; E&S Environmental Services; Eurotank Environmental; Fairbanks Environmental; Greenergy International; Harvest Energy; HTEC; Istobal; King Tanktechnic; LP Gas; OPW Fuelling Components; PEIMF; and Petrocom.

As ever, there is the chance to hear from industry experts at Forecourt Live. The timetable this year is jam-packed with seminars on subjects that really matter to you. They include ’Future Fuel Supply and Brand Opportunities’ presented by Greenergy; ’Dealing with Unfair Car Wash Competition’ presented by the Car Wash Association; ’Contract Pricing a Masterclass’, as well as an update on taxation and rating issues from RMI Petrol and Big Oil; ’How to Make Tank Lining Works Safer’ by Eurotank Environmental; and the latest forecourt trend information from Him’s Convenience Tracking Programme.

FFE runs alongside the National Convenience Show where you can get all your retail needs covered and catch up with the likes of Arla, Booker, Cuisine de France, Gallaher, Ginsters, Heineken, Imperial Tobacco, Mars, Robert Wiseman Dairies and Unilever.

Live@TheCounter returns with presentations and panel debates. Sessions include ’2012 the summer of opportunity’, a tobacco panel debate and an interview with Gerald Ratner.

Ask The Experts is also making a return where specialists will be on hand to help you with your beer, tobacco, non-foods and food-to-go queries.

forecourt live & VIP lunch

Make sure you come along to the lunchtime panel sessions in the Forecourt Live area (Hall 8, stand C01) on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 at 12 noon. The sessions will feature RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson; Amanda Barber and Adam Wadlow, both partners at property advisor Barber Wadlow; Andreas Jonason, director with the energy division of pricing specialist Simon-Kucher & Partners; and Mark Collings, business development director at Santander Corporate Banking. A VIP lunch will follow on the Forecourt Trader stand (Hall 8, stand H19) where retailers can continue further discussions with exhibitors and presenters from the Forecourt Live sessions.

acs summit at NCS

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) Summit is once again being held in partnership with the National Convenience Show (NCS) at the Birmingham NEC. This year the Summit focuses on four key issues: community engagement; business sustainability; technology and innovation; and people and service. In addition, the ACS Comedy Night will be your chance to relax at the end of the FFE/NCS shows. It will take place at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham on Tuesday, March 27. For further details and to book your place, log onto