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Supermarkets sign up to new OFT code on food and drink promotions

Eight supermarkets have agreed to a set of Office of Fair Trading principles to address concerns over special offers and promotions for food and drink.

Chancellor urged to act on rates and bank charges in Autumn Statement

ACS has called on the Chancellor to focus on the cost of business rates and banking in his Autumn Financial Statement on December 5.

Kegworth is next stop for PRA forum

The Petrol Retailers’ Association will be heading to Kegworth in Derbyshire for the last regional forum of 2012.

Alcohol proposals offer 'carrot and stick' says Botkai

If the new alcohol proposals announced this week are enacted, they will impact on forecourt stores licensed to sell alcohol and those seeking new licences or variations to existing licences, according to Robert Botkai, head of property and licensing at Winckworth Sherwood solicitors.

Forecourts outsell standalone c-stores when it comes impulse products, says P&H

Forecourt shops are the home of snacking for the UK’s peckish drivers, new research from Palmer and Harvey has revealed.

PRA calls on business minister to scrap onerous legislation

Ahead of next week's Autumn statement, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), on behalf of its 5,500 small, independent retailer members today called on Minister for Business and Enterprise Michael Fallon MP, to restore economic fortunes to small forecourt shop owners by scrapping “onerous and ill-considered” regulation.

Symonds boosts service with forecourt attendant

Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts has introduced a forecourt attendant at its site in Wells, Somerset, to improve its service to motorists.

Minimum unit price for alcohol could boost illegal trade, says FWD

Proposals to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol will prevent supermarkets’ deep discounting but could also fuel the growing illegal trade in duty-avoided beers and wines, says the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD).

ACS urges ministers to reconsider alcohol licensing and pricing proposals

Ministers are being urged by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) to reconsider proposed changes to alcohol licensing and pricing rules that it believes will have a disproportionate burden on small shops.

MP promises changes as plight of local shops revealed

New research has revealed that seven out of ten shoppers (70%) believe that neighbourhood retailers and newsagents should be offered some degree of protection or special treatment from local councils and/or the Government to support them.

BritainThinks: Local services crucial to keeping the community happy

A new report exploring the links between how happy people are with where they live and the shops and services in their area has been published today.

Convenience stores are focal point during the floods, says ACS

Convenience stores and village shops are open in the areas of the country affected by high winds and flooding overnight, according to the  ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores), which has canvassed members and is reporting no significant problems with store closures or deliveries.

Further blow for retailers as Government raises green energy levy

ACS has responded to the Government’s announcement ahead of the publication of the Energy Bill next week, urging energy regulator Ofgem to act swiftly to introduce protections for local shops.

Symonds Forecourts reports a solid performance

Forecourt Trader of the Year winner Symonds Forecourts has reported a very solid performance in its latest accounts.

Convenience and fast food drives growth at Euro Garages

Growth in convenience retail and fast food sales boosted revenues at Euro Garages, one of the UK’s largest independent forecourt retailers, according to its latest annual trading update.

Spar injects new lease of life into Threeways Garage

An Abergele petrol station is being given a new lease of life after forging a relationship with Spar. Threeways Garage, in Faenol Avenue, is set to convert its convenience store from Lifestyle to Spar at the end of the month.

Hammond unveils new proposals to tackle drink driving

A package of tough measures to crack down on drink drivers has been unveiled today by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.

Action on fuel duty should be top priority, says FSB

Action on fuel duty should be the top priority for the Chancellor George Osborne, according to the Forum of Private Business.

Curries prove hot stuff at the Oasis Service Station

A North Devon forecourt owner has seen a surge in sales – and attention from the local and national press – after he added home-made curries to his range.

Fuel duty campaigners present to MPs at House of Commoms

Fuel campaigners gathered at the House of Commons today (November 21), to tell MPs about the negative impact of January's planned fuel duty increase.

Ignorance of hard-up English motorists revealed in fuel-saving survey

Hard-up English motorists are desperate to save money on fuel – but don’t even know how much it costs, a new survey has found.

Energy Secretary urged to include local shops in Tariff Plans

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Energy Secretary’s announcement today, calling on the Government to include local shops in plans to give customers fairer tariffs.

Transport minister promises road improvements at twice the speed

Motorists and hauliers will benefit from increased capacity on England's motorways by spring 2015 thanks to the acceleration of three upgrades, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today (November 20).

Queenborough gets Big Brother Washtec security

WashTec Security Systems – powered by Big Brother, a Dutch CCTV Specialist – has recently installed a full

Independents 'do' help to lead fuel prices down, says angry Madderson

Contrary to reports, independent fuel retailers have helped to lead fuel prices down recently with several reporting that they had dropped prices below local supermarket competition, according to Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA).

Motorists are again being 'short-changed' by fuel retailers, says AA fuel price report

The fuel retailing industry has been accused of ‘short-changing’ motorists by failing to reflect the recent fall in wholesale fuel prices at the pump – despite the threat of an Office of Fair Trading investigation.

Symbol group operators on track for 50% share of c-store sales

Symbol group operators are expected to account for half of UK convenience store sales by 2020, according to the latest research published today by IGD.

BP to pay $4.5bn as settlement for Deepwater oil spill

BP has announced its agreement with the US government to resolve all federal criminal charges and all claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the company resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident, oil spill, and response.

Tesco launches 'up to 50ppl off fuel' promotion

Tesco has launched a new fuel promotion which enables motorists to earn up to 50ppl discount when they buy five selected products or deals.

Pinpoint launches refuelling alert system to aid disabled motorists

A new forecourt alert service called Pinpoint has been launched to take the stress out of refuelling for disabled motorists.

Innovation and efficiency drive success, says Kay Group MD

The key to a successful independent forecourt network is embracing innovation and operational improvements, according to the Kay Group’s managing director Richard Cox.

AUK Investments take on cycling challenge

Three directors from independent forecourt group AUK Investments have helped raise £7,000 for charity in a 150-mile Coast to Coast cycle race.

Fraser’s overcomes challenges to open new-to-industry site

Independent forecourt group Fraser’s Retail has opened a new-to-industry site in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and quickly changed the fuel-buying habits of local motorists after selling 120,000 litres of fuel in the first week.

Motorists will 'waste' £50m on fuel to defrost their cars this winter

UK motorists will waste nearly £50 million of fuel this winter by leaving their cars to idle with the engine running in order to defrost them, a new study of regular drivers by Direct Line Car Insurance has discovered.

Autogas 'duty' bound to highlight cheaper motoring

With the fuel duty debate once again hitting the headlines, Autogas Limited is championing more affordable motoring by reminding struggling drivers and businesses how much money they could save simply by switching to autogas LPG.

Labour's bid to defer fuel duty rise defeated following House of Commons debate

Labour’s motion to delay the Government’s proposed 3ppl fuel duty rise from January to April was defeated by 284 votes to 234 following a debate in the House of Commons last night (Monday 12).

Rock-loving Kingsley wins top Forecourt Sales Assistant award

Kingsley Elliff from Suffolk-based AW & D Hammond was the winner of the Forecourt Sector in the Sales Assistant of the Year competition run by Forecourt Trader’s sister publication Convenience Store.

ACS presses Government on rates data

ACS chief executive James Lowman has today given evidence to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill Committee, urging the Government to give more details on the impact of delaying business rates revaluation by two years.

Chancellor should give up on fuel duty increases as a bad job, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association has hailed yesterday's Parliamentary debate as confirmation that fuel duty has now become a mainstream political issue, and welcomes the suggestion that the Chancellor George Osborne may be about to cancel the increase in fuel duty planned for New Year's Day.

Madderson briefs MPs as Labour's debate on deferring fuel duty rise gets under way

As Labour force a debate in the House of Commons today over the deferred 3.02ppl duty rise on January 1, 2013, in an attempt to cancel or at least delay the increase until the spring, it seems that the Coalition and the media have conveniently overlooked the impact of VAT, asserts Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association.

RHA welcomes fuel duty support by SNP

The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the news that the Scottish National Party are to vote against the 3ppl fuel duty increase planned for January 2013.

Commons vote on Monday as Shadow Chancellor calls for delay to January's fuel duty rise

A delay to the proposed 3ppl fuel duty rise in January will be the subject of a House of Commons debate prompted by the Labour party on Monday (November 12).

Imperial Tobacco's challenge on Scottish tobacco vending law to be heard on Monday

The legal challenge by Imperial Tobacco against the Scottish Government’s legislation to ban unstaffed tobacco vending machines and tobacco displays at point-of-sale will be heard in court from Monday.

Gatwick the top destination as AA Route Planner celebrates 100 years

Gatwick Airport is the top destination requested on the AA Route Planner which is celebrating its centenary year with its 1.5 billionth online route.

RMI slams 'exortionate' fuel prices charged by majors at MSAs

Motorway service areas (MSAs) owned or supplied by major oil companies continue to extort their customers by pricing fuel much higher than at their standard company-owned sites, according to Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA).

Retail crime at the top of NFRN's 2013 agenda for independent stores

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents launched its 2013 public affairs agenda in the Churchill Room of the House of Commons this week, as parliamentarians listened carefully to the key areas of concern for independent newsagents and convenience store retailers

'Green' tyres more effective at reducing fuel bills and carbon emissions than green vehicle technologies

Environmentally friendly tyres are the fastest way to achieve a ‘green return' - the point at which the upfront financial and environmental costs of green vehicle technologies are recouped, and savings begin, according to a new report by the Technical University of Munich. The report, commissioned by Lanxess, a leading producer of high-performance synthetic rubbers, comes at the same time as a new EU law comes into force, requiring anyone selling a new tyre to provide a label demonstrating its fuel efficiency, safety and noise rating.

Supermarkets follow Asda with 2ppl fuel price cut

Asda is cutting 2p a litre off diesel and unleaded from tomorrow morning (November 8), with Sainsbury's, Tesco and Morrisons confirming they would match the cut.

75% of UK consumers use Internet for grocery shopping

Three-quarters (74%) of UK consumers use the Internet for household grocery shopping activity, according to a study released by consumer insight specialist Nielsen.

Chancellor urged to focus on business rates and banking in Autumn Statement

ACS has called on the Chancellor to focus on the cost of business rates and banking in his Autumn Financial Statement on December 5.