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October

Fuel prices: September 28, 2005

New brand targets independents

A new name has come on the petrol-retailing scene giving white-pole retailers the opportunity to trade with a national brand that isn’t restricted to an oil company contract.

Jet sounds death knell for Smile@

Jet is calling an end to its longstanding Smile@ loyalty promotion at the end of the year.

Card use up in fuel panic

Card payment transaction traffic from forecourts was up by 25% from the the previous week’s traffic during the fuel panic last month, according to figures from communications and processing specialist Transaction Network Services (UK) Ltd.

BP claims four more Partnership sites

BP is taking back four of the 30 former BP/Safeway Partnership sites that Tesco had agreed to buy from Morrisons last month.

Greenergy's new super fuel at Tesco

A new super fuel, Super Unleaded 99 Octane, will be available in 100 Tesco forecourts across London and the South East by mid-November.

London crackdown on forecourt crime

The Metropolitan Police has teamed up with the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) to roll out the Forecourt Watch scheme across eight London boroughs.

Shell raid suspect arrested

A police helicopter tracked a van loaded with stolen cigarettes for 30 miles through Hertfordshire, Essex and East London before officers arrested a man suspected of breaking into a filling station.

Winning Trader

Susie Hawkins, partner in the Gloucestershire-based Simon Smith Group, has been crowned this year’s Forecourt Trader of the Year, at the petrol retailing industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony, held at London’s Hilton Park Lane hotel on September 15. She received her award from Forecourt Trader editor Merril Boulton and the evening’s host, motoring journalist and TV presenter Tiff Needell.

Scratchcard scoop

Lesley Brennan (pictured in the car) picks up a cheque for £10,000 after scooping the top prize in a scratchcard competition at her local Texaco service station, MBE Motor Services in Little Lever. Her cheque was one of 90,000 prizes worth around £5million won by Texaco customers across the country. Brian Robinson, joint owner of MBE Motor Services, said: “We’re a local service station and we try to be involved in the community. That’s why we’re really pleased it was one of our regular customers that came out tops. Sites like ours can’t compete on price with the supermarkets, but being able to make a splash like this can really make a difference to our business.”

As ESSO and BP join Shell and Gulf in launching new loyalty programmes this year, are such schemes a key tool for businesses today?