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January

New Year coming of age on tobacco
08 January, 2007

Forecourt retailers have broadly welcomed the government's New Year's Day announcement that the legal age for buying tobacco products will be raised from 16 to 18 from October 1, 2007, saying the higher age limit will be easier to enforce.

Perfect partners
08 January, 2007

The Motor Fuels Group has recently become the focus of attention following its year-long, two-site trial of BP's Connect and Wild Bean franchise - and more especially because with these sites now running successfully, the company is ready to sign up two more.

Leak practice
08 January, 2007

Forecourt owners need to be more proactive in their approach to their tanks and pipework to prevent problems from happening, according to Steve Watts, UK sales director at Torex Retail. "We can all be guilty of waiting for an event to happen before doing anything about it, but cleaning up after a leak can be a very expensive business," he says.

Action stations
08 January, 2007

the forecourt property market is buzzing with activity at the moment, with competition for sites fiercer than ever and prices spiralling to match. In fact, John Coulling, associate director of motor trade and roadside at Lambert Smith Hampton, describes the market as "on fire" compared to two years ago.

Burning issues
08 January, 2007

Tobacco retailers were already facing a raft of new legislation before the New Year's Day announcement concerning the raising of the minimum legal age for buying tobacco products from 16 to 18 from October 1.

An 'Air razing' offer
08 January, 2007

CarPlan has launched a new range of attention-grabbing novelty air fresheners, called Air Razors.

IFFE 2007 scores oil company hat trick
08 January, 2007

Three oil companies will be exhibiting at IFFE 2007 - Gulf Retail is returning to the show while Murco and Pace Petroleum are both new exhibitors.

Tesco on the rise as site slide continues
08 January, 2007

Tesco has consolidated its position as the second largest fuel retailer in the UK, as site numbers have continued to fall, according to the latest figures published by Catalist.

Sims off to Compass
08 January, 2007

Former BP UK retail director, Graham Sims, has been appointed managing director, business and industry, at the catering company, Compass Group UK & Ireland. Compass was keen to recruit him for his "substantial retail skills".

BP's pump TV a hit on dealer trial site
08 January, 2007

At-the-pump TV is proving popular with customers at the first dealer site to trial a new service being piloted by BP. Screens have been up and running for a month at the BP Meteor Service Station in Alfreton, Derbyshire - part of the Hockenhull group - as part of a three-site pilot of the BPTV format, which also involves two company-owned Connect sites in Milton Keynes.

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?