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October

Bishop converts to Harvest
04 October, 2010

Top 50 independent Bishop Retail is converting all its nine forecourts from BP to Harvest Energy. North East-based Bishop Retail group operations director, Darren MacDonald, said that while he expected fuel volumes to fall by 15-16% without the BP name on the pole sign, value sales were likely to stay the same with a favourable Harvest Energy deal. "We have a good relationship with BP but the deal they offered was not commercially viable for us," said MacDonald.

Customer service in petrol stations not up to scratch
04 October, 2010

Less than 1% of shoppers think petrol stations deliver good customer service, according to a poll by Retail Eyes. The National Customer Satisfaction survey of 5,712 UK shoppers revealed that only 0.8% of shoppers felt they got good service at forecourts.

MPK signs with Murco
04 October, 2010

Top 50 independent MPK Garages has signed a five-year supply agreement with Murco.

in brief
04 October, 2010

 

Jail for drug user who stole fuel to fund habit
04 October, 2010

A disabled drug user has been jailed for stealing petrol from outlets across the East Midlands to fund his drugs habit. Thirty-three-year-old Steven Argo used false number plates to rob 44 petrol stations across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, by driving off without paying. He sold jerry cans full of fuel at £10 a time so he could buy drugs, after stealing over £1,800-worth of fuel over two years.

Forecourts warned over fuel sales to youths
04 October, 2010

Three South Lanarkshire forecourts have received formal warnings after petrol was sold to an under-age volunteer during a test-purchasing exercise. The sales were made to a 14-year-old, who was carrying out test purchases on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council's Consumer and Trading Standards Service.

P&H Local backed by big sales force
04 October, 2010

Palmer & Harvey has added a 60-strong sales force for the launch of its P&H Local wholesale offer to retailers.

Sam's a real Spar Winner
04 October, 2010

An aptly-named customer of BP Ivy Garage in Trowbridge, Wiltshire has won a £1,500 holiday prize in a competition that was held in hundreds of Spar convenience stores throughout the South West.

Total withdrawal
04 October, 2010

There have been many oil company comings and goings over the years, but Total's announcement last month about its decision to sell up is unprecedented in terms of oil company exits from the UK.

Sickleholme Service Station, Bamford, Derbyshire
04 October, 2010

GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Sickleholme Service Station near Bamford occupies a dominant corner site at the junction of the A625 and A6013 in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District.

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?