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October

Euro Garages takes top prize at forecourt awards
06 October, 2011

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
06 October, 2011

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
06 October, 2011

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
06 October, 2011

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.

in brief
06 October, 2011

NFRN campaign

Shell and Waitrose pilot joint format forecourts
06 October, 2011

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
06 October, 2011

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

James Lowman
06 October, 2011

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
06 October, 2011

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
06 October, 2011

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.

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?