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January

Webcast to promote V-Power
08 January, 2007

Shell has launched a contest to find Britain's best driver and promote its V-Power fuel brand. Two teams of 10 candidates from across the UK - one male, led by TV presenter and former-footballer Ian Wright; and one female, led by supermodel Jodie Kidd - will compete in the Shell V-Power Britain's Best Driver Challenge.

Focus on terminals could still pay off
08 January, 2007

UK forecourts are ahead of many of their European counterparts in adopting the latest card payment systems, but they could still work them harder, according to new research by Datamonitor.

In brief
08 January, 2007

BP has responded to complaints by angry motorists who were issued with fines for being parked for longer than 20 minutes at Gatwick Airport sites by doubling the time limit to 40. But new penalties are also being implemented - a £50 fine if paid within 14 days and £100 if not. A spokesman said they were necessary as some motorists used the sites as car parks while waiting for airport passengers.

News review 2006
08 January, 2007

January

Double take
08 January, 2007

Last year saw a steep rise in the number of oil company and grocery retailer partnerships, a trend that is undoubtedly going to continue into 2007, according to Greg Hodge, retail forecourt analyst at Planet Retail, in his latest report on the global forecourt market.

In the surgery this month
08 January, 2007

General Appearance: The Simon Smith Group has a number of stores in Gloucestershire and my target was the prize-winning 24-hour site in Barnwood Road. This includes a Budgens store and Total forecourt.

Forecourt franchising?
08 January, 2007

It was quite surprising to see 'franchising' suddenly feature so prominently in last month's Forecourt Trader - and rather timely too. EKW Group has been involved in franchising for some 20 years, and it's one of the few accounting practices officially affiliated to the Britsh Franchise Association (BFA). In fact at several recent meetings one question that's been repeatedly raised is "why hasn't the UK petrol industry gone down the franchise route?". Well there are several answers, but first some background.

Service Centre with Jac Roper - When petrol dries up
08 January, 2007

In the past few days I've spoken to two people engaged in retailing with businesses which had each clocked up 40 years as petrol forecourts.

Main route masters
08 January, 2007

Brackenvale Retail Centre has always been a large site by anyone's standards but now it's "bigger and better than ever", according to manager Sam Hawkes, who collected the latest in a string of accolades at the Forecourt Trader Awards 2006.

Meter made to save money
08 January, 2007

A revolutionary new fuel meter - Xflo - will set a new standard of accuracy and save retailers thousands of litres of lost fuel, according to Piotr Pojedynek, marketing manager of Dresser Wayne's European operation, which will launch the new meter on January 15.

Have you put a new hygiene strategy in place for staff and customers to help minimise the spread of coronavirus?