Forecourt Trader
P&H offers guide to frozen food category

Palmer and Harvey has released a comprehensive guidance pack to help retailers cash in on frozen food sales during the winter.

Fleet managers urged to use fuel cards

Energy Saving Trust is urging fleet managers to consider using fuel cards in a bid to reduce their motoring spend – while reassuring firms this does not automatically mean providing free private fuel to drivers.

Best way to driver’s petrol tank is through their stomach, says Shell

Shell UK is focusing on developing food and coffee on the go offers in a bid to fuel growth on its forecourts.

GB Oils creates company-owned network with Calanike acquisition

GB Oils has acquired the trading assets of Top 50 Indie Calanike Retailing, the 19-strong filling station network with sites in Scotland and Northern England.

Euro Garages renews deal with BP

Top 50 Indie Euro Garages is to continue its long-standing partnership with BP after renewing its fuel agreement across 62 sites.

Simon Smith Group completes renovation of Daventry site

The Simon Smith Group has created 20 new jobs after completing the renovation of its Daventry site using a £1 million loan from Lloyds TSB Commercial.

Asda cuts pump prices

Asda has again slashed the price of fuel across its forecourt estate – this time by up to 3ppl.

First LPG facilities on M25 open at Shell Cobham

Autogas Limited has opened the very first LPG refuelling facilities anywhere on the M25 at Shell Cobham, the UK’s largest petrol station that opened for business last week.

Wayne ATC technology helps retailers reduce fuel losses

Fuel dispenser manufacturer Wayne is helping fuel retailers save money with automatic temperature compensation (ATC) technology.

Santander supports Northumberland indie’s growth plans

Northumberland-based independent forecourt retailer Khizer Khan is expanding his business and taking on a second petrol station, supported by Santander Corporate Banking.

Murco grants new pump maintenance contract to Premier

Murco Petroleum has announced that The Premier Group has been awarded a pump maintenance contract for its 231 company-owned stations throughout the UK.

New deals boost Esso-branded retail network by 20%

Esso has secured fuel supply deals with the UK’s two largest dealer groups in a move that the company says will boost the total number of Esso-branded retail sites by around 20% to more than 1,100 service stations.

RMI positive about Government plans for UK business bank

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) sees the introduction of a UK business bank as a positive step towards restoring financial stability within small and medium sized businesses, according to Sue Robinson, RMI director.

High-profile indie Jonathan James to exit forecourt operation

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James is to exit petrol station operation as his company James Graven & Sons leases its final two forecourts to BP.

OFT releases questionnaire in call for information on fuel retailing

Retailers have until October 17 to respond to an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) questionnaire issued today as part of its assessment of the UK petrol and diesel fuel sector to identify whether or not there are competition problems that it can tackle.

Dismay at "misleading" Watchdog programme on fuel prices

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) and forecourt retailers have reacted in dismay to a BBC1 Watchdog programme on wholesale fuel prices featuring AA president Edmund King.

Technology to help more small businesses remain competitive and avert closure

Cloud computing must remain at the centre of business strategies to combat the challenges associated with rising costs, according to computing firm Qubic.

Top 50 Indie Symonds is Forecourt Trader of the Year

Budgens of Wells, owned by Top 50 Indie, Symonds Forecourts, was revealed as this year’s Forecourt Trader of the Year at a glittering occasion at the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane last night.

Westmorland wins Petroman system worth £18,000

Andy Smith, group forecourt manager of Westmorland, is the winner of the Forecourt Trader/Petroman competition for the installation of a full Petroman vapour saving system.

P&H launches exclusive meal deal offer

Palmer and Harvey has teamed up with Britvic and Walkers to offer its symbol retailers a meal deal offer to increase average basket spend and drive customer loyalty.

Government urged to take action on fair energy contracts

All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group chair Priti Patel MP has called on the government to take action to promote fair energy contracts for local shops.

Symonds Forecourts raises £40k in “eventful” charity cycling marathon

A team of cyclists from Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts has raised more than £40,000 for cancer charities by riding 870 miles in eight days.

Garages get ready for the start of tyre safety month

Garages, tyre dealers and other road safety professionals can now start their preparations for October’s tyre safety month by ordering their campaign materials from TyreSafe.

PRA missive to Prime Minister stresses plight of independents

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) has written to Prime Minister David Cameron to highlight the colossal increase in the cost of a tanker load of petrol and offering to meet to discuss how the government can help to resolve the issues affecting independent retailers.

Calling all Scottish retailers for PRA forum in Inverness

The Office of Fair Trading’s review of the fuel market and the legal requirements of deliveries will be among topics for discussion at the Petrol Retailers’ Association’s next regional forum in Inverness.

MPK agrees Total-branded supply deal on eight former Rontec sites with GB Oils

MPK Garages Ltd, the UK’s seventh largest independent forecourt operator, has confirmed that eight free-of-tie filling stations, recently purchased from Rontec Investments LLP, will be supplied by GB Oils under the Total brand.

ACS calls for freeze of minimum wage rate

Eighty two per cent of convenience retailers support a freeze in the national minimum wage rate with two thirds of local shops negatively impacted by increased employment costs, according to new findings from the ACS Minimum Wage Survey.

Costcutter plans to roll out digital display units

Costcutter Supermarkets Group is to roll out digital window display units across all four of its fascias.

FairFuelUK welcomes Parliament’s resolve to tackle fuel price ‘rigging’

FairFuelUK has welcomed the outcome of yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons, which was called to address allegations that the oil markets are being ‘rigged’ and that some wholesalers and retailers are failing to pass on falls in the cost of crude oil.

Concerns over oil price rigging will be investigated, says energy minister

Energy minister John Hayes is to write to the Financial Services Authority about the many concerns – including evidence of the rigging of international oil prices – raised in yesterday’s House of Commons debate on fuel prices.

Esso upgrades fuels for improved vehicle performance

Esso has changed the formulation of its petrol and diesel fuels with an enhanced additive package that can help provide improved engine responsiveness and clean vital engine parts when compared to standard fuels.

UK’s largest forecourt opens on the M25

Cobham Service Area on the M25 in Surrey has opened today, knocking Shell Beaconsfield on the M40 in Buckinghamshire off the top spot as the UK’s largest filling station.

Tory MP leads Commons debate on the impact of oil prices

Robert Halfon MP has today lead a debate in the House of Commons on the effects of the oil market on the price of petrol and diesel. He called for the OFT and the Financial Services Authority to launch a full investigation into oil companies that are active in the UK. He also called on the Government to consider the emergency steps being taken in other G20 countries to reduce fuel prices.

Retailers should check fuel pumps regularly, urges Prow

While the recent AA report that some pumps in the UK are giving away 4.4% more petrol than shown on the dial may be overstating the case – and based on a few extreme examples – there is an underlying problem here that has been in the industry for years, according to Phil Prow, sales and marketing director of Vianet Fuel Solutions (VFS).

New £6.5m distribution centre for P&H to cater for growth in c-store sector

Palmer and Harvey, the UK’s largest wholesaler, today announced the opening of its 14th distribution centre. The £6.5m multi-temperature distribution centre at Hemel Hempstead – the third serving the south east region – is opening due to increased demand from the convenience sector. It is described as the company’s most technologically advanced and the most environmentally friendly.

ACS welcomes government rethink on retailer compensation scheme

The Government have withdrawn plans that would have removed the right to compensation for many retailers and their staff that suffer minor injuries in incidents of violent crime.

AA survey reveals extent to which drivers are distracted by mobile phones

Drivers are using their mobile phones in cars for more than talking, according to new research from the AA. Some drivers are texting, emailing, tweeting, updating Facebook or taking photographs on the move.

Wilcomatic customers take to the track in Wigan

A group of 16 independent service station and coach operators showed just how competitive they could get at the inaugural Wilcomatic Car Wash Go Karting Tournament. Operators came from as far afield as Scotland, Leicester, Yorkshire, Derby, the West Midlands, to join battle at the Three Sisters Race Track, Wigan, Lancashire.

MFG renews London Fire Brigade partnership

Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG), is renewing its Primary Authority Partnership with the London Fire Brigade.

eReceipts trials new retail technology

A revolutionary new retail technology has been unveiled in the UK this month with retailers signing up for the  launch of eReceipts.

PRA heads to Bury St Edmonds for next regional meeting

A review of the independent sector, fuel margins and delivery procedures are a few of the topics that will be covered at the next RMI Petrol Retailers Association regional meeting, which is at Bury St Edmunds on September 19.

August new car sales ‘encouraging’

New car sales figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today show month-on-month sales were up 0.1% compared to April last year, while the market increased by 3.3% year to date.

FairFuelUK welcomes OFT call for price info

FairFuelUK has welcomed news that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be gathering information on the pricing of petrol and diesel in the UK.

Support fair fuel price campaign now, RHA tells prospective MPs

With by-elections looming, now is the time for prospective members of Parliament, regardless of party, to firmly pledge their support to the FairFuelUK campaign, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has said.

Former Starbucks boss joins Costcutter as chief executive

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has appointed Darcy Willson-Rymer, the former managing director of Starbucks UK & Ireland, as its new chief executive, replacing Nick Ivel who leaves after 14 years with the business.

Retailers on alert as OFT calls for fuel price info

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has today issued a call for information on the UK petrol and diesel sector in response to continued public concern over pump prices.

Harvest Energy rated in bioenergy top 10

Harvest Energy has been rated as one of Britain’s top 10 most progressive biofuels and biochemical companies by NNFCC, the leading international consultancy that advises on the conversion of biomass to bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based products.

FPB welcomes OFT's six-week inquiry into fuel prices

The Forum of Private Business has welcomed an inquiry by the Office of Fair Trading into fuel pricing. The OFT said this week it would conduct a six-week long investigation into how oil companies set prices, and also at how filling stations, particularly those owned by the supermarkets, set their prices.

Merril Boulton: Pricing deterrent

Having recently driven from the top to the bottom of France and back again, one of the main things I can vouch for apart from the beautiful weather! is the relatively low price of fuel.

Follow France, says PRA

The Petrol Retailers' Association and campaign group FairFuelUK have called on the government to follow France in cutting petrol and diesel prices to drive the UK economy into growth.