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April

Budget no help to retailers
22 April, 2009

The Budget, with its increases on fuel, alcohol and tobacco will do nothing to help retailers, according to trade associations representing petrol and convenience retailers. James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) ) said the Chancellor’s failure to act to prevent tax rises will hurt local shops: “At a time when

Julian raises £7,500 for the NSPCC
14 April, 2009

Devon-based independent filling station and convenience store retailer Julian Holliss has raised £7,500 for the NSPCC following the completion of a number of endurance feats. He is pictured presenting the cheque to Carrie Cardale,

Dolphin Retail goes into liquidation
14 April, 2009

Forecourt operator Dolphin Retail has gone into liquidation. The company which had 22 sites in the UK, including petrol stations in Scotland and Yorkshire, blamed the move on the credit crunch.

BP launches Gift Card programme
14 April, 2009

BP is now offering its customers the chance to purchase a range of gift cards from leading retailers, following a deal with gift card programme provider Coinstar E-Payment Services Limited. The introduction of the programme to

Scottish grocers call for tougher action against black market tobacco
14 April, 2009

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) has called on the Scottish Parliament not to proceed with plans to ban the display of tobacco as proposed in the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill. In its submission to the

Gulf Retail strengthens its Scottish operation
14 April, 2009

Gulf Retail has appointed Karlos Ambrus as regional manager, Scotland. Ambrus, 45, from Falkirk, will be responsible for business development from The

Taxation on the hoof
03 April, 2009

It's been pretty much a roller-coaster ride on the business rates front. The last-minute reprieve announced by the Chancellor Alistair Darling was welcome in one sense, except that payments have only been deferred, and then there are next year's increases on top of those, with the remainder the following year...

Fight over rate hikes will go on
03 April, 2009

The Chancellor's 11th hour decision to back down over business rates is a step in the right direction but still not enough to help retailers, according to industry groups. Business rates were due to rise across the

The winner takes it all
03 April, 2009

If you think you've got what it takes to win the prestigious Forecourt Trader of the Year award then now's the time to prove it. If your site is worthy of such an accolade then what are you waiting for? Get your pens and cameras out now and start filling in the forms and taking the pictures that will put you in the running for this top prize. The awards are now in their 13th year, and the list of winners reads like a who's who of the industry. These are the people who put their heart and soul into their businesses and there's no reason why you can't join them.

Ice age
03 April, 2009

In ice cream companies up and down the country, many fingers are crossed and there's lots of touching of wood. The reason? Well, as the firm's unveil their 2009 line-ups, they're hoping that the sun shines and people come out in force to buy their ice creams. After two lacklustre summers, they're hoping it will be a case of third time lucky.

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?