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February

Fuel back on track after delivery chaos

The last quarter of 2005 was one of the worst periods ever for fuel deliveries to retailers, according to PRA director Ray Holloway.

Loyalty for Pace

Pace Petroleum has launched a new site loyalty scheme for its dealer network. Known simply as the Pace Loyalty Card, the scheme replaces Q8GO, which has been closed down following the sale of the company by Kuwait Petroleum in October 2004.

Roley leaves as Jet re-shuffles

Jet’s charismatic brand and communications manager, Roy Roley, (pictured right) is to leave Jet at the end of February.

Top indies dinner at IFFE

The industry’s top independent retailers will be brought together for an exclusive dinner to coincide with the International Fuel & Forecourt Exhibition (IFFE) in Birmingham in March. Forecourt Trader has been rating the leading indies, with the results to be published in our March issue. The dinner will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Birmingham, on Monday March 20 and will feature a top industry speaker, as well as a special guest. Torex Retail, Gallaher and Coca Cola are among those sponsoring the event. A limited number of tickets are still available, costing £100 plus VAT. Call the ticket hotline on 01293 867628.

Award-winner Susie will open IFFE 2006

Forecourt Trader of the Year 2005, Susie Hawkins, will open IFFE 2006 at the NEC, Birmingham on Sunday, March 19. She will then hot-foot it along to the show’s Forecourt Live! area to deliver an inspirational talk. She certainly should be an inspiration to petrol retailers, as she won the award aged just 28, which made her one of Forecourt Trader’s yougest-ever winners, plus she was the first female solo entrant to pick up the industry’s most prestigious prize.

Kenbury buys SDL

Retail solutions provider Kenbury Services has acquired Softoption Developments (SDL), which specialises in the provision of off-the-shelf pc-based hardware to address the needs of petrol and convenience retailers.

Henderson's plans £18m spend in 2006

Northern Ireland’s Henderson Group has announced plans to invest £18m in its company-owned estate in 2006 – including significant investment in its forecourt businesses.

Full service at Central

The Petrol Division of United Co-operatives has continued its expansion and refurbishment programme with the launch of Central Service Station at Radcliffe in Manchester.

FPS Exhibition

FPS 2006, the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers’ exhibition for the oil distribution industry, will take place at the Harrogate International Centre on April 5 and 6. With more than 100 stands, the FPS says this year’s show is its biggest ever. It runs in tandem with the Distributor 06 conference where key issues and trends will be discussed.

NEWS IN BRIEF

The major oil companies have been announcing bumper profits for 2005.Esso’s parent company ExxonMobil, had a record-breaking year, making a net income of $36.13bn – an increase of 43% on 2004. Shell also reported record results, with profits of $22.9bn. Soaring oil prices are said to be behind the increases. BP is due to publish its full-year figures later this month.

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