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Welsh Assembly debates proposal for chewing gum levy
24 October, 2012

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has asked Welsh Assembly Members to oppose a proposed levy on chewing gum, which is being debated today. The proposal, introduced by Darren Millar AM, would require retailers to add the 5p levy to the price of chewing gum sold in store, and to pay the funds to the Welsh Government for it to be used to combat problems with chewing gum waste.

MFG signs shop deal with Costcutter
24 October, 2012

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has signed a new shop supply agreement with Costcutter Supermarkets Group.

FPS launches fuel certification scheme to protect members from contamination claims
23 October, 2012

Commercial fuel oil storage is now subject to greater scrutiny with the introduction of a fuel certification scheme by the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers.

UK engineers create petrol from air
22 October, 2012

Air capture technology, which scrubs carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air, has the potential to become a ‘game-changer’ in the battle against climate change, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers claims British engineers are at the forefront of making it a reality.

Most motorists ignorant about oil checks as Jenson Button shows them how on behalf of Mobil 1
22 October, 2012

Ninety four per cent of UK motorists are unaware of the benefits offered by synthetic engine oils, according to research from Mobil 1, which is running a competition on its website in which one lucky UK motorist will free fuel for a year from Esso.

New face of Spar launched in Lancashire
22 October, 2012

Spar is trialling a fresh new era in store design, with the launch of what it describes as an innovative and modern flagship store that paves the way in convenience excellence.

Concern over impact of delay in rates revaluation
19 October, 2012

Ministers have announced their intention to delay the 2015 Rates Revaluation by two years to 2017, causing concern for forecourts who saw dramatic increases in their rates bill in 2010.

Business rate postponement a ‘shot in the foot’ for retail, says BPF
19 October, 2012

The British Property Federation (BPF) has criticised the postponement of the revaluation of business rates until 2017, labeling the decision a further blow to the country’s struggling high streets.   

Go-ahead at last for Exelby Services' £5m A1 development
19 October, 2012

Top 50 Indie and truck stop operator Exelby Services has been given the official go-ahead for a new £5million state-of-the-art site at Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire. Local authority planning approval was granted back in August 2010 but – following the upgrade of the A1 to motorway status – the plans were included in the lengthy planning inquiry into the location for a new motorway service area between Wetherby and Scotch Corner.

Rates revaluation delay creates ‘toxic cocktail’ for businesses, says rates specialist CVS
19 October, 2012

The government announcement that rates bills will continue to be based on 2008 property values until 2017 will create a ‘toxic cocktail’ that threatens to drive more businesses to the wall, argues CVS, the business rates specialist which represents more than 25,000 businesses across the UK.

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