Businesses in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies have reported solid trading over the Christmas period.

Nick Lloyd, managing director of Forecourt Trader of the Year winner, Symonds Forecourts, said business had been strong over the Christmas period despite torrential rain with double digit growth in its Budgens stores compared with the same period last year.

In Leicestershire, Eddie Bright, director of Brobot Group, number 11 in the Top 50 Indies, reported sales up just under 2% on fuel and 5% in the shops.

At Carlisle-based Hills of Corby Hill, number 21 in the Top 50 Indies, the final figures were still being prepared, but business was solid and in Scotland, Cameron Gold, managing director of Thames Petroleum, said business had been quiet and attributed this to the high level of supermarket promotions.