All Retailers articles – Page 4

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    First-class forecourts

    2017-01-09T00:00:00Z

    Our round-up of the Forecourt Trader of the Year 2016 winners moves on to the Midlands and Northern England midlands: up to 4 mlpa The staff at Blakemore Retail Spar Newark were extremely proud to emerge as winners in what was a very competitive category. Site manager Julie Sharpe, ...

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    Making a splash

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    For the past few years, car washing has been gradually side-lined by the growth of the forecourt convenience retailing business as well as the competition from hand car wash operators. Much debate has taken place within forecourt businesses nationwide over whether the valuable space taken up by the car ...

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    Raw talent

    2016-10-10T00:00:00Z

    Joan and Barry Raw make a very talented brother and sister team. Together they have developed a network of four successful forecourt operations which collectively sell 24 million litres of fuel a year. They complement each other well. Barry does the building. The colourful and engaging entrepreneur who lives ...

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    Cashing in on chips

    2016-09-08T00:00:00Z

    Walk through the main doors of Syston Service Station and you’re faced with a tough choice: turn left into the smart Spar convenience store or right into the ultra modern Mackays fish and chip shop. Luckily for owners James Kemp and Simon Mackay, most customers visit both parts of the ...

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    Making a marque

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    Sunshine, blue skies and country roads there couldn’t be a better build-up to seeing the new Murco branding. Driving round a bend on the A30 in Stour, Dorset, and there it is, standing out in all its freshly-installed, star-spangled glory, attracting the attention of motorists surprised by the colourful ...

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    Being served

    2016-07-17T00:00:00Z

    Rachael Hockmeyer runs a mighty fine petrol station for someone who drives an electric car! Yes, she is teased particularly at Texaco meetings but she is more than comfortable squaring the financial and environmental benefits of her car, with running an excellent forecourt convenience store and workshop ...

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    Cheeky chappie

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    The entrepreneurial spirit is certainly alive and kicking on UK forecourts nationwide, and none more so than in the north east in Darlington to be precise where independent retailer Nick Baker of NJB Services has been working hard launching his own brand of coffee. In the past year ...

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    Fortunes on the Rise

    2016-03-04T00:00:00Z

    Suci and Aruna Sucindran own and operate Yari Petroleum Ltd, known as Bishops Rise Service Station, a 3.9mlpa modern freehold site situated in Hatfield, Herts. It recently rebranded to Gulf, the first of a number of important steps the couple are taking as they look to the future. Formerly a ...

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    All Hans on deck at Ravensthorpe

    2016-02-01T00:00:00Z

    Ravensthorpe Service Station recently distinguished itself by being recognised as the 500th Gulf-branded forecourt. But it is also making a name for itself in its local town of Dewsbury, having been transformed into a leading edge forecourt and convenience operation following a four-month knock-down-rebuild. Almost as a timely gift ...

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    Redditch rejuvenated

    2015-09-28T00:00:00Z

    The sale of Brooklyn Motors, Redditch, in 2009 signalled a crossroads in the career of Jackie Braziel. She was the forecourt manager but unfortunately the new owners, Bristol Street Motors, had no plans for a filling station. David Hill, a work colleague and friend for over 25 years, suggested that ...

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    Winning legacy

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Winning Forecourt Trader of the Year was amazing," says Jay Gohil, managing director of the Gohil family business, centred in Cosford, Albrighton, Wolverhampton. "It opened a lot of doors for us. The fact we won the award meant people like the Lakeside Group asked us to join. That changed a ...

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    Ups and downs

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    The past year has been a high-profile one for fuel, with volatile petrol and diesel prices often making headlines, including claims in January that average petrol prices might even fall below £1 per litre. From a peak in July last year of 131.6ppl for unleaded petrol and 136.1ppl for diesel, ...

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    Passing the baton

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Susie Hawkins always knew she was going to join the family business Top 50 Indie the Simon Smith Group but she joined sooner than she’d intended. "I was never going to go straight into it so I did a Masters then worked in the city first in insurance broking ...

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    Allied for success

    2015-08-06T00:00:00Z

    In 1988, Peter and Pat Bellini bought a piece of land and set about building a forecourt and shop. Today, Bellini’s of Ilkeston is a flag bearer for small businesses; a multi award- winning site (the couple won Forecourt Trader of the Year in 2004) and the last remaining independently ...

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    Making a difference

    2015-07-24T00:00:00Z

    Slowly but surely, and using a tried and trusted formula, Peregrine Retail is making its mark in the South West of England. Six years after it was formed as a joint venture between Forelle Estates, which wholly owns the business, and a management team headed by John Mason as ...

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    Sandringham gem

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    HKS, the Leicester-based Top 50 Indie, last month celebrated its 31st birthday with the launch of its flagship site, HKS Sandringham, its biggest development to date. It was a busy month for the successful Thakrar family business, with confirmation that it has acquired seven new sites from Shell, to add ...

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    Sewell on the go opens new lorry park

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    The first purpose-built lorry park on the A63 Westbound, at Hull, has been opened by Sewell on the go, which is ranked 23rd in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies. The £250,000 development located at the Hull West A63 Westbound branch, which has 14 designated bays for HGVs, follows a ...

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    Life’s a Breeze for Harvest

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Last month Harvest Energy launched a new sub-brand Breeze on a redeveloped site at Holmer Green, near High Wycombe. The company describes it as the first ’virtually attended’ filling station in the UK. The ’attendants’ are 100 miles away in Peterborough, remotely operating the forecourt as if they were on ...

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    Forecourt sites win two Londis awards

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Two forecourts picked up awards when Londis announced the winners of its annual Store of the Year awards. The award for the Londis Forecourt of the Year 2015 was presented to Brian and Joan Charlton of Londis Middleton Service Station, Pickering, North Yorkshire. In addition Certas Energy won ...

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    The forecourt site saga

    2015-04-07T00:00:00Z

    As I arrive at Exelby Services’ new £6.5m filling station and truck stop just off the A1M at Leeming Bar, I am greeted with a broad smile the type of smile that reflects a great sense of pride and relief that this state-of-the ...