Forecourt Trader
Fuel laundering costs Ireland 150m Euros a year

Retail Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the retail sector, has called for tax reform and a better resourced Garda and Revenue response to illegal diesel laundering.

Shoppers want more grocery discount stores, reveals IGD research

New shopper research from IGD shows the number of shoppers claiming to go to discount stores like Lidl and Aldi has increased over the past year, and is set to increase further.

UKPIA welcomes ECC's recommendations on compulsory oil stocks

UKPIA welcomes the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s recommendations on oil refining and compulsory oil stocks.

Tight urea market drives AdBlue increase

Air1, Yara International’s AdBlue brand across Europe, announces a price increase for its AdBlue, effective from November 1, 2011.

ACS challenges deputy PM to delivery on deregulation agenda

At a meeting of small businesses with Nick Clegg this morning, ACS Chief Executive James Lowman called on the Deputy Prime Minister to extend the moratorium on new employment legislation to more businesses, and to reduce burdens from local government and enforcement practices.

Energy company targets forecourt canopies for solar 'RentaRoof' scheme

Independent forecourt retailers in parts of the UK are being encouraged to reduce their costs by signing up to a free solarPV electricity scheme which uses their canopies and shop roofs.

Harvest Energy signs eight sites with WJ King

Harvest Energy has secured a five year motor fuel supply and branding agreement with WJ King (Garages) Ltd, which has eight forecourts stretching across South East London and North West Kent.

Cancel 2012 fuel duty hikes, demands RMIP chairman

The Government was today warned about the serious consequences of their proposed Duty increases by Brian Madderson, RMI Petrol chairman. In his letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, he detailed concerns for the independent petrol retailing industry ahead of the Autumn Statement. Although the previous Government’s 'escalator' will be replaced by a 'fair fuel stabiliser', the precise mechanics of this new scheme have yet to be announced.

Cooke Fuels develops new forecourt brand

A new fuel brand has appeared on a Lancashire petrol forecourt, and is likely to appear on another 10 sites next year.

High fuel prices will lead to increase in unmanned sites across Europe

A decline in petrol and diesel sales coupled with the desire to reduce costs is forcing Europe’s fuel retailers to convert service stations to unmanned sites, finds Verdict, part of the Datamonitor group. By 2013, one in ten service stations across Europe won’t have any staff at the forecourt leaving motorists to pay for their fuel using automated payment technology. 

Greggs to trial motorway service outlets

Greggs has agreed a trial with motorway service provider Moto to open bakery shops in motorway service locations.

Online grocery retailing will double in value by 2016, says IGD

Latest research by food and grocery analyst IGD reveals that sales in online grocery retailing are set to hit £11.2bn in 2016, almost twice the estimated value for 2011 of £5.9bn. At the end of this year, the online grocery market will account for 3.8% of total grocery spend in the UK and is projected to increase to 6.0% by 2016.

Sales boost follows Harvest Energy re-brand

Ian and Sue Cruickshank, owners of the recently rebranded Ponton Main Service Station on the A1, Great North Road, at Grantham, have reported an 80 per cent increase in fuel sales since the site received its Harvest Energy livery.

RMI builds on presence in Northern Ireland

RMI Petrol is planning a return to Northern Ireland in Spring 2012 following its first regional forum in the region for at least 15 years.

Madderson puts pricing facts to Evening Standard

Brian Madderson is continuing the RMI Petrol’s quest to better inform motorists about crude oil and fuel prices following an article in the business section of the Evening Standard yesterday.

High-profile indie Jonathan James joins HIM

HIM research & consulting has appointed former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James as associate consultant with immediate effect.

Britain to become a nation of ‘fuel deserts’, says P&H report

Parts of Britain are in danger of becoming ‘fuel deserts’ as the number of petrol stations hits a new low, new research from Palmer & Harvey has warned.


Write your name, address and phone number on a postcard or sealed envelope stating what you want – Lucozade, Walker's Nonsuch, Maynards, Vimto – and we'll do the rest, including delivery. Send it to us at Forecourt Trader, William Reed Business Media, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RT by October 31, 2011.

Total dealers head to DCC in Rontec sale

Retail bosses at DCC have sought to reassure Total dealers about its intentions, following last month's announcement of its agreement to buy Total's oil distribution assets from Rontec Gerald Ronson's Snax 24-led consortium.

Concern over rural fuel duty rebate

RMI Petrol has submitted a list of concerns about the government's planned pilot of a 5ppl fuel duty rebate for the Scottish islands to the Treasury following feedback from retailers at its regional meeting in Inverness last month.

Euro Garages takes top prize at forecourt awards

Euro Garages became the latest winner of the Forecourt Trader of the Year awards when its Beehive Service Station site in Blackburn, Lancashire, emerged as the best forecourt in the UK, following a tough judging process.

Signings for Jet collective

More than half of a group of 27 Jet dealers in the south west who got together in the wake of ConocoPhillips' announcement to withdraw from the region, have now signed, or committed to, new suppliers, according to Barrie Richards of St Blazey Service Station.

ACS chairman role

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James has been appointed chairman of the Association of Convenience Stores. He will chair the organisation from November 2011 to November 2013.

Fuel price e-petition

An e-petition calling for cheaper petrol and diesel has garnered more than 92,000 signatures so far just 8,000 short of the number required for it to be debated in the House of Commons. As such it is the third most popular e-petition after those calling for 'Convicted London rioters should lose all benefits' and 'Full disclosure of all government documents relating to 1989 Hillsborough disaster'. It closes on August 5, 2012.

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NFRN campaign

Shell and Waitrose pilot joint format forecourts

Shell has opened the first of two redeveloped sites with Little Waitrose c-stores in a trial of a new joint format.

Name and shame scheme halts drive -offs

A West Yorkshire independent retailer claims to have almost eliminated drive-offs by naming and shaming suspects on posters outside his forecourt.

James Lowman

There's probably no government policy that affects a retailer's bottom line more than the National Minimum Wage. Planning, policing, alcohol licensing and tobacco regulation can all have a profound impact on the business, but when it comes to pure financial impact, retailers tell us that the decision on the minimum wage rate is the one that has most bearing on their profitability.

Lottery game gives prizes to retailers

Retailers who have signed up to the new Health Lottery game, which launched at the end of September, have the chance to win cash prizes every day in October.

Texaco wins Co-op award

The Texaco brand has beaten nine other suppliers to scoop the Best Branded Supplier in the Non-foods, Fuel and Drinks category of the recent Co-operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG) Charity Supplier Awards Dinner.

What's going on?

Last month many Total dealers were shocked to learn that contract completions permitting their supply arrangements will soon come under the control of a company many had never heard of.

Shop Doctor: Jempson's Express & Jet Petrol Station, Peasmarsh, East Sussex

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Located on the A268 in the village of Peasmarsh (some three miles north of Rye) is a Jempson's Superstore and Jempson's Express Petrol Station. Jempson's claims its Peasmarsh Superstore is Britain's largest independent food store.

Be careful what you wish for when it comes to help

Almost every economic analysis published during the past few months has warned that the UK, the Eurozone, and probably the rest of the Western world, are on the brink of financial meltdown. Small-to-medium UK businesses in particular are being hit from all sides including: problems obtaining bank funding; poor payment terms from much-larger corporate customers; very little sign of any real reductions in red tape; absence of demand for all but essential products and services from consumers... the list goes on.

Jac Roper looks at shoddy workmanship; contracts; and statutory demands

What price your image?

Rural run-in

Treasury chief executive Danny Alexander's planned pilot of a 5ppl duty rebate for the Scottish Islands has been approved in principle by the European Commission but rural retailers in Scotland have branded the scheme "a joke".

Family affair

Forecourt retailing is in Tariq Majid's blood. From the tender age of six he was helping out at his father Abdul's site in Lower Basildon, Berkshire. Now, 30 years later, Tariq runs 12 sites with his dad and brother Farooq.

All systems are go

As forecourts continue to feel the pinch from escalating fuel prices and intensifying competition, it's never been more important for retailers to retain margins, minimise waste and optimise sales opportunities.

Jingle tills

Love it or loathe it, Christmas is not that far away. In fact it's probably little more than 80-odd days away. You might think the grocery mults have got Christmas sewn up and stitched you up in the process but your customers will expect at least a smattering of seasonal packs. Plus many of them will rely on you if they've forgotten the cranberry sauce or cream to go with the Christmas pudding.

Awards Winners 2011

Forecourt trader of the year 2011

glittering celebration

Mohsin and Zuber Issa, founders and directors of Lancashire-based Euro Garages, were crowned Forecourt Trader of the Year 2011, at a glittering Hollywood-themed awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane last month.

Eurotank tackles rising storage tank fuel thefts

Tank maintenance company Eurotank Environmental has unveiled a new system to defend against the growing number of fuel thefts direct from forecourt storage tanks.

Codax signs Irish deal

PSD Codax is helping homes across Ireland dispose of domestic waste at specially equipped petrol stations. Environmental Compaction Systems (ECS) is integrating self-service payment technology, developed by PSD Codax, with its pay-as-you-use waste disposal units.

Eco hand dryer

Savortex has launched what is said to be the first eco smart hand dryer that recovers energy in use and allows the user to control the temperature just by moving their hands.

Social media launch

Touch-free car wash supplier PDQ Manufacturing has announced the launch of a social media programme with active sites on YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Give accidents the slip

Retailers can prepare for the increased risk of slips, trips and falls in the winter, thanks to a new initiative from washroom services and floorcare provider Initial Washrooms Solutions (IWS).

Charging ahead

Saxon has added premium battery charger brand CTEK to its range. The company offers 18 lines including smart chargers and cigarette lighter connectors.

Fabulous Fingers

Burton's Foods is launching Cadbury Fabulous Fingers. They combine a thick, outer layer of Cadbury milk chocolate with an inner layer of white chocolate and a crunchy biscuit finger.

Miniature movers

Green & Black's Christmas range includes the Tasting Collection an assortment of 12 miniature bars. It has a world map detailing the origin of the bars' organic ingredients.

Big lunch push

Warburtons has launched a £2.4m 'lunch push' which includes sponsorship of ITV1's There's No Taste Like Home, fronted by celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo.

shop talk

Are you scared about missing out on sales this Halloween? You shouldn't be because even if you haven't room for a full-blown spooky display, you'll probably have space for a few creepy lines.