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Duty crackdown could close alcohol retailers
04 November, 2010

Independent retailers who buy cheap alcoholic products from illegitimate wholesalers are putting their business at risk as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC ) adds new powers and extra resources to its fight against duty fraud.

Fairbanks gives wetstock training to petroleum regulators
04 November, 2010

Wetstock management specialists Fairbanks has hosted an open day for 60 Petroleum Officers, Trading Standards Officers and Fire Authority personnel at its offices in Lancashire.

Forecourt Watch rolls out to Aberdeen
04 November, 2010

Grampian Police has joined forces with the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) and independent retailers to introduce Forecourt Watch in Aberdeen in a bid to reduce drive-offs in the area.

ExxonMobil wins license to sell Dexos in UK
04 November, 2010

ExxonMobil is now licensed to provide Dexos2 products in the UK and Ireland, making it the first major oil supplier to secure the official Dexos licensing.

Continuing a long association with General Motors’ dealers across the UK, ExxonMobil now has two products – Mobil 1 Formula ESP 0W-40 and Mobil Super 3000 Formula G 5W-30 – which are Dexos2 licensed and fully approved to meet the specific requirements of petrol and diesel engines in GM vehicles, including Vauxhall and Chevrolet.

Euro Garages boss in line for business award
04 November, 2010

Top 50 Indie boss Mohsin Issa, director of Euro Garages, has been shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year in the Growing Business Awards 2010.
This particular award is sponsored by Coutts and judges are looking for

ACS warns of 'perfect storm' threat to high streets
04 November, 2010

A perfect storm of aggressive supermarket expansion, poor planning laws and low investment could wipe out hundreds of British high streets, according to James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores.

Winter chill
01 November, 2010

There's a definite chill in the air and I don't just mean the weather. Up and down the land there's a distinct lack of warmth as people moan about their prospects (see News Extra page 10). The Spending Review has covered the nation's spirits like a thick frost. The talk is of tax, tax and more tax, whether it's VAT, fuel duty, national insurance take your pick. The cost of living is rising, pay packets aren't unless you're a city banker that is. Anxiety over job security in both the public and private sectors is forcing people to put a freeze on spending. Even house prices which not long ago provided both reassurance as well as a financial resource as they rose to unrealistic levels are on a slippery slope.

Rural fuel duty pilot is 'complete cop out'
01 November, 2010

RMI Petrol's chairman Brian Madderson has branded the government's announcement on a rural fuel duty rebate pilot a "complete cop out and a complete sham".

Gohil for gold
01 November, 2010

It was Bhupa and Lata Gohil's honeymoon road trip in America in the '80s that sparked an ambition to run a leading-edge forecourt like those they encountered on their journey. Little did they know then that they would fulfil their goal and in 2010 become Forecourt Trader of the Year.

Crime under cover
01 November, 2010

Whatever retailers do to protect their businesses against crime, thieves always seem to be one step ahead with different tactics to beat them, and this summer saw a new crime come to the fore fuel thefts direct from storage tanks.

Have you introduced a new way of doing business/added new services during the pandemic, that you will continue to offer in the future?