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March

FPS tells MPs to drop EDM
04 March, 2008

The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers' Forecourt Division has been encouraged by the initial replies to its letter urging 52 MPs to reconsider their Early Day Motion, which called for retailers to match the recent decline in oil prices by reducing the price of their fuel. A spokesman for the FPS, which asked MPs to consider the negative impact

Gulf attracts new retailers in Cumbria
04 March, 2008

Two independent retailers have switched to the Gulf brand in Cumbria, saying they have been attracted by the company's understanding of local markets. PV Dobson & Sons in Levens and Rayrigg Motors in Windermere are the latest sites to join the Gulf fraternity in the Cumbrian region,

Petrol retailer wins Londis store award
04 March, 2008

A forecourt scooped the top prize at the Londis Store of the Year awards. Blair Girvan's c-store in Aberfeldy, Perthshire won the 'best forecourt store' category then went on to take the awards' top accolade. Blair, who has run the shop in Dunkeld Street for five years, received his award at a prestigious ceremony at the Harrogate International Centre.

in brief
04 March, 2008

Sign maintenance company Xmo Strata has been working with global engineering company ABB to create a safer means of valeting fuel forecourts. In accordance with the Working at Height Regulations 2005, the two companies have managed to minimise the need for working above ground level during a complex nationwide cleaning programme on 88 Esso 'On the Run' sites.

Results of this month's online poll:
04 March, 2008

Following the recent Early Day Motion, do you think MPs should have the right to force petrol retailers to drop their fuel prices?

Commission cop-out
04 March, 2008

Petrol retailer Paul Sykes probably sums up what most in the industry thought when they read the Competition Commission's latest report on the UK grocery market. "It came as a disappointment - but not a surprise," says the Shaws Petroleum managing director. "It shows that they haven't a clue about what's really going on."

In the surgery this month – Crowland Service Station, nr Peterborough, Cambs
04 March, 2008

A previous issue of Forecourt Trader featured a story about Jim and Wendy Bamford, who decided to run their own business. Securing a six-figure loan from the Bank of Scotland, they purchased a garage with a refitted c-store at Crowland near Peterborough - Jim was going to run the garage and Wendy the Total petrol station and Mace shop.

Criminal culture
04 March, 2008

By its very name, this column has traditionally been based on statistics. However this month marks something of a change. It's a basic fact of EKW's business that we speak with large numbers of petrol retailers each month and sometimes the feedback that we collect from them, spread across the whole country, becomes so consistent that it almost takes physical form. One such manifestation has been quite obvious over the past couple of months, but it is almost impossible for us to quantify in our preferred way with any degree of accuracy: theft.

Service Centre with Jac Roper
04 March, 2008

== The price of power ==

Staffsafe abuse alert
04 March, 2008

A new system has been launched to help staff who have to deal with verbal abuse, harassment and anti-social behaviour in the workplace.

Following a deal agreed with Harvest Energy, do you think it will be good to see the Total brand returning to UK forecourts?