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November

Retailers warned of Chip & PIN deadline
01 November, 2005

Retailers are being warned that Valentine’s Day 2006 is D-day for Chip & PIN. It marks the start of the ‘no PIN, no purchase’ clampdown. From February 14, shoppers must use their PIN number with their cards – if they don’t, their cards may be declined.

ACS seethes as Tesco gets OFT go-ahead
01 November, 2005

The Office of Fair Trading has cleared Tesco’s acquisition of 21 former BP/Safeway forecourts from Morrisons.

BP link with M&S
01 November, 2005

BP has launched a new partnership with Marks & Spencer Simply Food at its Hammersmith forecourt. The pilot scheme, which is being rolled out at eight UK sites, will see a selected range of M&S fresh food, ready meals, sandwiches, wine, flowers and basic groceries being sold alongside multi-branded impulse goods.

Congestion charge increase hits hard
01 November, 2005

The increase in London’s congestion charge has hit forecourt businesses in the capital and Mayor Ken Livingstone plans to extend the zone into Kensington and Chelsea from 2007 which is set to make things worse. The charge in the existing zone was raised from £5 to £8 in July.

Texaco sale continues
01 November, 2005

Texaco has disposed of a further 17 sites – 14 to Petrol Express and three to Somerfield. The move is part of Texaco’s plan to dispose of all its company-owned sites and focus on its independent dealers. Texaco now has fewer than 100 sites left to sell.

Manchester policy to tackle drive-offs
01 November, 2005

Greater Manchester Police is claiming to be the first in the UK to adopt a force-wide policy to tackle drive-off crime on forecourts.

Forecourt Sales Assistant of the Year
01 November, 2005

Marilyn Nutley of the Three Elms BP/Spar Service Station in Hadlow, Kent, was named Forecourt Sales Assistant of the Year at the Sales Assistant of the Year awards, organised by sister-publication Convenience Store magazine.

Drivers opt for 'my way' not Highway
01 November, 2005

Forget the Highway Code, British drivers are more likely to be following the ‘My Way Code’ according to a poll conducted by Total.

Big Oil's big deal
01 November, 2005

Big Oil has signed a deal with Siemens Building Technologies to provide it with installation, maintenance and support for its in-store digital media network.

Vodafone 'here to help' on forecourt
01 November, 2005

Vodafone staff provided a free pump attendant and windscreen wash service at three London forecourts to support their ‘We are here to help’ campaign.

As the Government is urged to publish its plans for E10 by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, would you welcome the introduction of E10 as the right next step in cutting automotive carbon emissions?