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Gulf brand owner DCC to acquire Pace

DCC, the sales, marketing, distribution and business support services group, has reached conditional agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Pace Fuelcare Ltd, from number-one indie MRH.

Ireland's Topaz in €6m venture with Macdonalds to build state-of-the-art service station

Topaz, Ireland’s leading convenience and fuel retailer and McDonald’s have announced details of a combined investment of €6m in a new state- of-the art service station at the Cashel interchange on the Dublin/Cork Motorway.

Baglan Service Station chooses Air1 to supply AdBlue

Baglan Service Station is the first service station in Wales to offer bulk dispensed AdBlue from Air1 on its HGV forecourt.

Moto takes on Domino's franchise

Moto Hospitality has taken on the Domino’s pizza franchise and is set to open up 43 on Britain’s motorways.

The Sun girls to rally support for fuel duty campaign at IFFE

The Sun girls will be causing a stir at next week's International Fuel and Forecourt Equipment Exhibition as they rally support for the national newspaper's campaign to cut fuel duty, being run in conjunction with RMI Petrol.

RMIP predicts 10ppl jump in fuel prices in wake of Libyan turmoil

Fuel prices are set to rocket by up to 10ppl in the coming months as oil prices rocket following bloodshed in Libya, according to warnings issued by RMI Petrol.

Shell receives offer for Stanlow refinery

Shell has confirmed it has received an offer from Essar Energy to buy its 272,000 barrel-per-day Stanlow refinery and associated local marketing businesses in the UK for a total expected consideration of some $1.3bn.

AA accuses retailers of profiteering

RMI Petrol has slammed the AA’s latest claims that UK petrol retailers are profiteering from rising fuel prices, following publication of the association’s Fuel Price Report, published yesterday.

More drivers 'running on empty' as fuel prices rocket

High fuel prices have lead to a sharp rise in the number of motorists driving on empty and running out of fuel before they make it to a service station, according to a survey commissioned by roadside rescue organisation Green Flag.

Jet names top dealers

Jet has announced the winners of its annual ‘Aim4Success’ awards, which recognise dealers’ commitment to achieving high levels of service, safety, training and communication with their local communities.

Gilbarco appoints new MD

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has promoted Dave Coombe to UK & Ireland managing director following his success in driving operational and process improvements as well as leading the successful integration of the Autotank acquisition.

Fuels of the future in focus during ACS Summit11 at IFFE

The Association of Convenience Store's annual Summit conference will run alongside IFFE this year and features a one-hour breakout session focusing on Fuels of the Future.

Fuel tax policy damaging forecourt and haulage industry

The Government’s current fuel tax policies could directly result in the Treasury missing out on up to £1.2 billion tax revenue as well as jeopardising the UK’s important and petrol forecourt and haulage industries, according to RMI Petrol.

Scotland’s retailers urged to prepare for new tobacco register

Tobacco retailers in Scotland are being urged to register to sell cigarettes as there are now only 50 days until the introduction of new rules for Scotland’s tobacco retailers. New legislation designed to make cigarettes less available to under 18s will take effect on October 1.

Rural Shops Alliance at Summit11

ACS has teamed up with the Rural Shops Alliance as part of a special 'Big Brands or Fine Foods' session at Summit11.

ACS delivers Budget advice on local shops to the Chancellor

The Association of Convenience Stores has set out a series of specific policy recommendations that Chancellor George Osborne can deliver for local shops in his Budget next month. ACS also reacted to the commitments made by banks following negotiations with Government about new funding for business lending.

Survey shows grants will encourage motorists to buy electric vehicles

A month since the launch of the Plug-in Car Grants, new research from leading green car guide, has found that 40 per cent of people think that the grants worth up to £5,000 will be enough

Radio 4 listeners told not to blame "poor fuel retailers"

Radio 4 listeners were told emphatically this week not to blame the “poor fuel retailers” for high prices at the pumps, as RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson took to the airwaves once again on

Fuel duty stabiliser ‘not that complicated’, says FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published a report that aims to dispel myths that a fuel duty stabiliser would be too complicated and expensive to implement.

Fuel duty campaign heads for Downing Street

The campaign to scrap the fuel duty rise planned for April 1 gained momentum this week when TV presenter Quentin Willson delivered a personal letter to the Chancellor seeking the cancellation

High street chains accused of motorway rip-off

High street chains have been accused of ramping up prices on motorway service areas, following a What Car? survey. Researchers shopped for seven items in the WH Smith branches of 10 service stations and found prices were between 3% and 91% higher than on the high street.

Jonathan James opens eco-friendly site

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year James Graven & Sons has opened a new eco forecourt with Spar convenience store on a greenfield site following an investment of £1.5m.

RMI Petrol rallies northern retailers

RMI Petrol is calling for retailers to attend its first regional meeting of the year on February 15.

Sewell Retail tipped for Sunday Times Top 100 success

Top 50 Indie Sewell Retail is tipped to be in the Sunday Times list of the Top 100 best companies to work for for the third year running. The company’s ranking is due to be confirmed on Feb 24.

PetroChina offers $1bn in Grangemouth joint-venture proposal

Grangemouth refinery owner Ineos has been offered US $1billion by PetroChina for a 50% share in the Scottish refinery and its Lavera installation in France, following the proposal of a joint venture between the two companies last month.

Retailers hit by profiteering charge

Fuel retailers have been stung by charges of profiteering, as fuel prices have continued to maintain record levels

Glimmer of hope

People from all walks of life are now talking about fuel prices. It's a topic on everyone's lips and drivers are even being forced to change their driving habits in the hope of saving a bob or two.

Chancellor hints at scrapping fuel duty rise in April

Confusion is mounting as retailers and motorists receive mixed messages from the government about what it intends to do about continually rising fuel prices.

Former Asda boss Bond joins top indie Euro Garages

Top 50 Indie Euro Garages has appointed the former chairman and CEO of Asda as executive chairman. Andy Bond has invested an undisclosed sum in the business alongside Mohsin and Zuber Issa.

Forecourt resilience

Average convenience retail property prices in the UK increased by 2.1% during 2010, compared to a decline of 9.8% in 2009, with forecourts proving particularly resilient, according to Christie & Co's latest Business Outlook.

IFFE is a must for indies

The launch of Indie 5000, the project that targets single-site dealers or those with a handful of sites, is backed by an industry dinner at IFFE 2011 on Sunday February 27 as well as special presentations at the show. These include:

Survey says Tesco is top

Supermarket giant Tesco is the UK's favourite fuel retailer according to a new survey of motorists conducted by independent market analyst Datamonitor.

Mary Portas at Pro-Retail

New initiatives designed to showcase best-in-class retailing practice will feature alongside traditional favourites at Palmer and Harvey's Pro-Retail 2011.

in brief


Results of this month's online poll:

Is running a good convenience store business the only way for petrol retailers to survive in this current climate of high fuel prices?

Tobacco display ban is delayed in Scotland

Scotland's implementation of the tobacco display ban, due to come into force for larger retailers on October 1, will be delayed because of an ongoing legal challenge.

Cost of alcohol move branded unrealistic

The government has missed an opportunity to impose a realistic ban on the sale of below-cost alcohol, as the definition of the cost of alcoholic drinks announced last month will do nothing to prevent the very cheap supermarket promotions that such a ban is intended to address, says the FWD.

Staff turn blind eye to retail crime

One in 10 retail employees has committed a crime or failed to report a crime committed by colleagues against their employer in the last 12 months, reveals new research by G4S Secure Solutions.

Fuel prices hurt charities

Volunteer drivers say the cost of fuel is putting charities at risk. Drivers have warned charity chiefs that the 40p per mile allowance cannot cover the cost of using their own cars.

Ray of hope

Chancellor George Osborne has given the forecourt industry and UK motorists a glimmer of hope by saying he is considering cancelling the fuel duty increase due to take effect in April.

Deans Garage, London Road, Marlborough, Wilts

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Deans Garage is situated on London Road on the edge of Marlborough and is, at present, the only garage in the town. It's on an excellent site with a large frontage and has a well-positioned pole, distinctively branded 'Deans'.

Paper trail


Dealing with workers who are off long-term sick plus a new fuel update


Steady as she goes

Having seen many of the major suppliers, backed by their parent companies, put retail assets and, in some cases, refineries up for sale, dealers across the country are rightly questioning whether any oil company is serious about the UK market, according to Keith Jewers, director of Gulf Retail.

Valli victorious

Valli Forecourts' strategy is straightforward: take an old, traditional forecourt and knock it down to build a modern site with a strong convenience offering, lots of parking, a good valeting offer and a free ATM to give customers good value for money in these cash-strapped times.

Cream of the crop


Special delivery


Slow burn

Keeping up with tobacco regulations is a full-time job. In England the plans for a display ban are meant to come into force on October 1 for large stores and on October 1, 2013 for smaller ones. However the change in government last year means we don't really know what's going on. The consultation on draft regulations has been completed and we understand the final regulations will be laid before parliament shortly.

On show

Whether you want to catch up with existing suppliers or meet new ones, IFFE 2011 is the place for you. It's packed full of exhibitors so you can meet with them face to face to find out what they can do for your business. You can find out what these exhibitors have to offer on pages 45-46.

Wincor Nixdorf drives eco efforts with green IT

Retail and bank technology provider Wincor Nixdorf has unveiled a range of 'green' IT solutions to help forecourt retailers become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.