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July

ACS challenges water restrictions
03 July, 2006

Drought Orders could have a devastating impact on forecourt businesses unless there is some dispensation made for car washes, says the Association of Convenience Stores, which is arguing the case against Thames Water on behalf of retailers. The water company has applied for a Drought Order covering London and the Thames Valley, but ACS public affairs director James Lowman said the proposed terms were extremely strict.

'allo 'allo
03 July, 2006

The expertise of independent dealers in running successful 'local' businesses is being sought by Total following a review of its company-owned network.

Giving it some welly
03 July, 2006

The Green Welly Stop has become a traditional and popular stopping point for travellers heading out of Glasgow towards Fort William and the Highlands. Situated on the A82 at Tyndrum, Perthshire, in one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles, it was formerly known as Clifton Service Station. The name change came from the introduction of a specialist outdoor clothing shop on the premises some years ago - green Wellington boots were, and still are, an integral part of its range.

At your service
03 July, 2006

They're a demanding bunch those consumers - not only do they want a their c-store to offer a comprehensive product range and long trading hours, they also want things like ATMs and PayPoint. Indeed, according to new research from HIM's Convenience Tracking Programme*, 66% of shoppers expect their local c-store to have a cash machine.

Keeping up appearances
03 July, 2006

First impressions count in most walks of life and in the forecourt business it's no different. A regular wash and brush-up and a regular lick of paint are basic, but essential, maintenance tasks, which will reassure passing motorists that you are a well-run business worth stopping for.

The munch bunch
03 July, 2006

With fears about the nation's expanding waistlines increasingly dominating the headlines, the overall market for traditional crisps and savoury snacks has been pretty flat over the past year.

Coryton for sale as BP targets bio fuels
03 July, 2006

BP is selling its last remaining UK oil refinery - Coryton, in Essex - so it can invest more in its other European refineries so they remain "top class assets".

Cadbury confident over recall
03 July, 2006

Cadbury is confident the recall of seven of its products over a salmonella scare will have no long-lasting effect on sales.

Crime costs rise - but it's not all bad
03 July, 2006

Forecourt crime rose by 1.9% last year, according to the 2005 Forecourt Crime Statistics compiled by BOSS - the British Oil Security Syndicate campaigning to reduce crime on Britain's forecourts.

Staff tip-off puts driver in the dock
03 July, 2006

Staff at a Shell forecourt have helped to bring a banned driver back to court. Mobile hairdresser Anne Davis was given a three-year ban in January for a string of motoring offences, but 72 hours after being banned, 45-year-old Davis, of Deeping St James, Lincolnshire, was behind the wheel again,

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?