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GB Oils recognises retailer standards at inaugural awards ceremony

Fairlee Service Station from Newport on the Isle of Wight was revealed as the Best GB Oils site at Superstation 2012, GB Oils' inaugural forecourt standards competition.

FTA welcomes face-to-face with Treasury over fuel duty

Freight Transport Association (FTA) welcomed the opportunity to take part in a face-to-face meeting today with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, to discuss the impact of fuel duty on the economy.

Good service and broad choice help UK c-stores weather the slowdown

The British public is still committed to supporting its local high street according to research released by PayPoint. The study of 22,000 shoppers, conducted by Him, has revealed that when it comes to grocery shopping, the local convenience store is still a very worthy contender for the British shopper’s pound and is even topping the tables when it comes to customer service.

RHA joins fuel campaigners in meeting with top Treasury team

Road Haulage Association joined fuel campaigners FairFuel UK and the Freight Transport Association in London today (Monday, October 29) for discussions with chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander and his team of officials.

Merril Boulton: Exciting times

As some of you will know, this is my last issue of Forecourt Trader as a full-time employee, so I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on the industry that I've been reporting on for many years.

Shop Doctor: Rampton Service Station, Rampton, Nottinghamshire

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Roughly in the centre of a triangle comprising Lincoln, Gainsborough and Retford, is the village of Rampton and R&R Motors and Linda's Convenience Store, which is also known as Rampton Service Station.

Money Talk: Beware hype, spin and selective statistics

You've read the headlines: 'Fuel sales plummet by 500 million litres' and the like, based on figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Naturally these headlines have prompted the inevitable cries of doom from the usual suspects, to the effect that it's all down to fuel pricing in general and fuel duty in particular, and Something Must Be Done!

Service Centre: A headache is cured and Jac welcomes new blood into the forecourt world

A chronic headache

Question time with Caroline Hobson

Q Last month was the deadline for submissions to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for its short inquiry into the petrol retailing sector. What happens now?

Focus on Batteries: Staying power

The big news in the batteries market is Varta's new on-pack claims that its cheaper AA and AAA cells last just as long as Duracell's. Independent research has found that Varta Max Tech AA alkaline lasts as long as Duracell Ultra Power; Varta High Energy AA lasts as long as Duracell Plus Power; and Varta Longlife AA lasts as long as Simply Duracell.

Day in the Life: Talking to customers is a key part of Simon's job

The alarm goes off at 5.30am to signal the start of another working day. I gulp down a quick orange juice, remember to grab my Kindle so I can read The Times on the commute in, then dash to my local station to get the 6.32am train to Waterloo.