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December

Sales spiral upwards at Welcome Break
05 December, 2006

Welcome Break - which recently announced plans for a £750,000 rebranding programme - has signed a deal with Country Choice, which will see the Bake & Bite food-to-go brand rolled out to around 25 forecourt sites.

Fuel prices - November 28, 2006
05 December, 2006

In brief
05 December, 2006

Garage Watch has joined the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) in a bid to give its members extended benefits and services. Garage Watch boss Mark Bradshaw said it made sense after the help his organisation received from the FPS in its early days.

Get connected
05 December, 2006

The idea of taking on a franchise is instinctively taboo for most independent retailers. But that is what's on offer from BP as it deems the trial of its Connect and Wild Bean Café franchise - on two sites belonging to Motor Fuels Ltd - a success, and has put in motion plans to roll it out to the wider retailing network.

In the surgery this month
05 December, 2006

General Appearance: On my way from Watford I urgently needed fuel and found myself on the Dome roundabout (junction of the A41 and A412) and spoiled for choice. A service station is available at three of the roundabouts exits so would it be the Sainsbury supermarket, the Asda hypermarket or the Sainsbury Local Shell site? No contest, I turned into the most convenient of the sites - the Sceptre Local site.

Finding yourself in the negative universe
05 December, 2006

Accounting can sometimes be a funny old game - quite often it's funny when the accounting system produces negative figures. Some of these are pretty obvious, and actually most of them aren't funny at all.

Service Centre with Jac Roper - No whitewash here
05 December, 2006

Jonathan James spent £100K in January on four jet washes and two plastic tunnels supplied by WashTec.

Meet the neighbours
05 December, 2006

Once again the neighbourhood category was one of the most hotly contested at the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2006.

Dispenser to coin it in
05 December, 2006

An epos-linked, coin-dispensing unit - the Transact Coin Dispenser - which has enabled US forecourt operators to save money and improve speed of service in their stores, is being launched in the UK by Oxfordshire-based Llexan Systems.

Endless versatility
05 December, 2006

A contactless payment key fob, and a thin oval-shaped wristband are just two of the payment possibilities enabled by Texas Instruments (TI) Incorporated's contactless payment chip and antenna packages.

When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?