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BP launches loyalty scheme to replace Nectar

BP has launched a new customer loyalty programme, BPme Rewards, to replace Nectar.

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EDGEPoS installed in time for new BP loyalty scheme

Henderson Technology has completed an EDGEPoS installation at St Michael’s Garage, a Londis and BP branded petrol station in Swanage, Dorset.

police officer
Filling station robber jailed for three years

A man who threatened a member of staff before stealing money from a service station in Wickford, Essex, has been jailed for three years.

BP and M&S signs together on forecourt
New BP with M&S Simply Food service station opens in Norfolk

A new BP service station with M&S Simply Food has opened at the A140/A143 junction at Scole in Norfolk.

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Esso confirms move to Nectar loyalty scheme from June 1

The shake-up of Esso’s loyalty scheme, which was announced in November last year, will get under way on June 1 when Esso transfers from Tesco Clubcard to Nectar.

Graham Kennedy's £1m 'space-age' forecourt opens in York

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year winner Graham Kennedy is back with a bang having just re-opened his site in York with the aim of it becoming the best site in the UK - "if not Planet Earth".

Fastned's Sunderland charging station
Government urged to support ultra-fast charging network

A cross-industry group including BP, National Grid and the CBI has called on the government to support development of a network of ultra-fast charging technology – charging at above 150kW and up to 350kW – across the UK.

BP to roll-out rapid 150kW EV chargers to dealers

BP is preparing to offer dealers the opportunity to introduce 150kW ultra-rapid charging on their forecourts.

BP charging hub
BP opens UK's largest universal rapid charging hub for EVs

The UK’s largest universal rapid charging hub for electric vehicles has been inaugurated by Milton Keynes Council and BP Chargemaster, which is operating the hub on Polar, the largest public charging network in the UK.

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Fuel card customers taking up BPme app

Fuel card customers have become significant users of the BPme app since it was made available to BP Plus and BP Plus Bunker customers six months ago.

Mark Amor, head of commercial, Essar Oil UK
Essar Oil UK appoints Mark Amor as head of commercial

Essar Oil UK has announced the appointment of Mark Amor as head of commercial.

BP Phoenix Service Station
Redeveloped Bradford forecourt joins BP dealer network

A newly rebuilt forecourt in the city centre of Bradford has been added to the BP dealer network.

Manoj Tugnait
Essar Oil strengthens retail team with new territory manager

Essar Oil UK has recruited Manoj Tugnait to join its retail team, supporting the company’s rapidly growing network of stations in the UK.

police officer
Petrol station worker attacked during robbery

A petrol station worker has been attacked during a robbery in the West Midlands carried out by five men.

Ballinluig Services
Highland forecourt unveils new Gulf-branded look

Ballinluig Services and Grill, a petrol station and truck stop off the A9 at Pitlochry in the north of Scotland, has unveiled a new look forecourt following its recent move from BP to Gulf.

KIngsbury terminal
Essar Oil UK acquires BP assets to prepare for network expansion

The Essar Oil UK Group of companies has acquired of a number of assets from BP to strengthen its logistics infrastructure network as it expands its supplies to service stations.

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BP approves Henderson Technology’s EDGEPoS solution

BP has approved Henderson Technology’s EDGEPoS for its dealers in the UK and globally, and is encouraging its retailers to upgrade their legacy software to the EDGEPoS software solution.

Rockingham Service Station
The Kay Group chooses BP branding for new to industry site

BP has signed its first new to industry site with The Kay Group at Rockingham Service Station.

BP and M&S signs together on forecourt
Two BP with M&S Simply Food sites open after £5.3m spend

Two new BP service stations with M&S Simply Food stores have been opened following an investment of more than £5m.

Sue Clements BP UK strategic account manager
BP appoints new UK strategic account manager

BP has announced the appointment of Sue Clements as UK strategic account manager.

BP and M&S signs together on forecourt
Two new BP with M&S Simply Food sites open

Thirty eight new jobs have been created with the opening of two BP service stations with M&S Simply Food.

BP FreeWire service
FreeWire trials mobile charging service for commercial fleets

FreeWire Technologies, which is trialling chargers for electric vehicles on BP forecourts, has teamed up with Centrica for another feasibility study.

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Esso to swap Tesco Clubcard for Nectar as BP sets up new offer

A major shake-up in the loyalty programmes operated by Esso and BP has been announced with Esso moving from Tesco Clubcard to Nectar and BP dropping Nectar in favour of a new offer.

Dutch BP site
Lighting companies develop new contour tube

Two companies specialising in lighting for the forecourt sector have agreed a manufacturing and supply agreement after jointly developing a new contour tube.

MFG's North Ferriby site
DRB UK Maintenance boss highlights business wins

A contract for DRB UK Maintenance to install signage at 80 MFG sites is only the latest in a string of prestigious business wins for the company, according to managing director Robert McArthur.

City renews deal with BP to maintain retail sites

City Facilities Management has been awarded a new five-year contract with BP, to provide facilities management (FM) services across its entire UK retail estate.

TOP 50 INDIES SPONSORS

Booker Retail Partners are the UK's leading supplier to independent forecourt retailers and National Accounts, with two award winning retail brands, Londis and Budgens. We provide an industry leading delivered service to both Budgens and Londis retailers. Deliveries are made up to six days a week, from one of four national distribution centres to maximise freshness, quality and availability. As well as outstanding service levels, retailers also benefit from our award winning own-brand ranges such as Discover the Choice, Farm Fresh, Euro Shopper and Happy Shopper. Booker Retail Partners are proud to serve more than 2000 forecourt retailers across the UK and are privileged to serve such prestigious accounts as Shell, MFG, Applegreen, and many other Top 50 Indies listed businesses.


BP has been based in the UK for over 100 years and we intend to be here for a long time to come!

Our total network consists of over 1,300 sites where we invest in the best sites in the best locations.

Almost two thirds of our site network is owned and operated by our dealer partners. They benefit from leading Ultimate premium fuel grades, best in industry forecourt signage and a flexible deal that suits their unique needs.


Christie & Co is a specialist business property adviser, providing brokerage, valuation and consultancy advice to our sectors for over 80 years. We have a reputation for delivering innovative and valued insight and bringing together our extensive network of contacts and relationships to achieve our clients’ goals.

Our petrol filling station and convenience retail team provides advice UK wide across the forecourt ownership cycle. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, develop or refinance a business, our experts bring decades of experience to the selling process, and when providing professional advice.

If you'd like to speak to us about your opportunities, please contact us on 020 7227 0759 or visit christie.com for more information.


Essar Oil UK owns and operates the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, one of the most advanced refineries in Europe and situated close to the major cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Stanlow plays a strategic role in the national economy, producing over 16% of the UK's road transport fuels, with an annual production of over 4.4 billion litres of diesel, 3 billion litres of petrol and 2 billion litres of jet fuel. With ongoing significant investment in improving efficiency and operational performance, Essar is able to ensure the reliable supply of these quality products.

This security of supply, together with transparency and flexibility form the core of Essar’s dealer offering. Alongside this, Essar has created a unique and bold visual design for its retail presence, with the distinctive branding accepted by consumers as both clean and fresh and further strengthening the value proposition.



Forum Insurance are really proud to be a sponsor at this years’ Top 50 Indies Dinner and would like to thank all the outstanding people in the industry who have been great to work with and have afforded us their precious time.

As one of the UK’s Leading independent Insurance Brokers for Petrol Station Forecourt Insurance we understand the naturally high risk profile of Forecourt Sites. With over 25 Years’ experience in this industry we have developed specialist knowledge and expertise to allow us to quote for, and service, our petrol station forecourt and retail clients to the highest standards.

We are able to provide bespoke cover with the UK’s leading insurers for Hazardous Risks. Whether our clients have 1 site or 300 they can rest assured they will receive an outstanding level of service and cover with a personal account manager to see to their needs.

For more information visit www.foruminsurance.com/high-risk/petrol-forecourts/ or contact us via the details below.


As the UK’s largest and only national fuel provider, Greenergy is uniquely placed to meet the needs of larger independent dealerships, supplying under the Esso brand and under dealers’ own brands.

With fuel import facilities across the country and more than 25 supply locations, we provide customers with competitive pricing combined with unparalleled supply security. We continue to expand Greenergy Flexigrid, our in-house haulage operation, taking on nearly 100 drivers in the last year to meet the needs of our growing customer base. With end-to-end control of our supply chain, we are able to ensure consistently reliable deliveries to every site.

We work hard to earn the loyalty of our customers by responding flexibly to accommodate their different business requirements. We are pleased in the last year to have resigned 50 dealerships and won new business to take the number of UK dealer-owned sites we supply to more than 470, with a further 50 Inver-branded sites across Ireland.


At Harvest Energy we are proud of our reputation for delivering a low cost, high value proposition to all our dealers. As one of the largest independent suppliers and blenders of motor fuels, we are dedicated to retaining and growing that reputation by continuing to deliver high quality fuels, turn-key support services and world class customer standards within a culture of stress-free practices.


All service stations are under pressure to compete, differentiate and improve themselves in today’s tough economic markets whilst answering the needs of our ever critical and aware customers. Building and maintaining a loyal customer base has never been so difficult nor so business critical, which is why Harvest Energy is committed to helping you deliver better customer experiences and ultimately better business results. Becoming a Harvest Energy dealer means you gain so much more than fuel.

As the retail forecourt brand of Phillips 66, JET is backed by an exemplary UK supply infrastructure, ensuring the best security of supply in the UK. JET’s dealer proposition is tough to beat: honest and transparent supply deals, competitive prices, flexible brand partnerships and some of the highest quality retail fuels available today, including SENTINELTM Diesel, our most technologically advanced high-performance premium diesel.

JET aspires to have the best independent forecourts in the country. We’re proud of our heritage and our reputation for providing competitively-priced fuel, excellent customer service and a wide range of value-added forecourt services. Our aim has always been to promote a great experience for consumers and our dealers alike.

With competitive pricing, commitment to our local communities, continued investment and innovation, there’s never been a better time to take a closer look at JET.

To find out more, call 0207 822 4966, visit website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Leading international tobacco manufacturer, JTI owns an impressive portfolio of well-known cigarette and OTP (Other Tobacco Products) brands in the UK, including Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Mayfair, Sterling, Hamlet Cigars, Amber Leaf, Old Holborn, and Sterling Rolling Tobacco.

JTI has also expanded into the growing vaping market with its innovative Logic range of devices; Logic CURV, Logic PRO and Logic LQD, plus a range of Logic e-liquids and accessories.

JTI’s extensive salesforce supports tobacco and e-cigarette retailers with category management advice and brand information. Available 24/7, the JTI Advance website – www.jtiadvance.co.uk - and mobile app also provides retailers with online training modules, educational videos and easy-to-read information packs.

In the UK alone, JTI employs over 900 people to support the business. JTI’s UK trading company is Gallaher Limited. www.jti.com


WashTec is the leading producer of vehicle washing equipment worldwide. With more than 1.600 employees we set international standards for car wash systems, commercial vehicle wash systems, conveyor tunnels and self-service jet wash equipment. We distribute our products in more than 60 countries.

With the experience gained over more than 50 years, WashTec develops innovative solutions for the high-quality, cost-effective cleaning of vehicles. Laying claim to what is by far the largest installed machine basis in Europe, along with a complete product portfolio and its own area-wide service network. To make sure that we retain our position as market leaders, we have focussed our company consistently on the requirements of the future.


Your success is our success

BP launches driver and fuel management platform

BP has launched a new driver and fuel management platform called BP FleetMove.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - BP/M&S Simply Food Service Station, Wisley South, Surrey

LOCATION: It has been some time since I visited a large site with a shop operated by a national multiple and where, perhaps, the local team has little strategic autonomy its task being to run the enterprise effectively as dictated by head office.