Forecourt Trader
Village forecourt wins MSYS award

A village forecourt has won a national community award for its 39 years of service to its customers, with Newark MP Patrick Mercer dropping in to make the presentation.

RMIP condemns Government tactics to deflect criticism on fuel duty rise

RMI Petrol has condemned the Government's misleading and damaging comments surrounding forecourt retailers and the price of fuel.

New LPG site opens in Exeter

Cash-strapped local motorists and visiting holidaymakers have the choice of beating the recent record fuel prices and benefit from more affordable motoring following the arrival of a new LPG refuelling site from Autogas on the outskirts of Exeter.

Cheaper fuel in days - or else, orders Transport Secretary Greening

Oil companies will today be given “one last chance” to pass on price cuts to motorists — or face Government action, according to a report in today's Sun newspaper.

Price transparency will help stop motorists "being taken for fuels" says AA

The AA claims the Government’s announcement calling on the industry to implement petrol and diesel price transparency will help to stop its 15 million members and other motorists ‘being taken for fuels’.

UKPIA 'saddened' by prospect of Coryton closure

UKPIA said it is saddened by the news from Price Waterhouse Coopers that PRML Coryton Refinery appears destined to cease refining operations shortly with the consequent loss of jobs and supply infrastructure.

Unite urges government to save Coryton and secure petrol supplies

Unite the union will be calling on the government to intervene and secure the future of the Coryton oil refinery in Essex, following the announcement by administrators that it intends to close the site.

Closure of Coryton will not disrupt supply, says government

The government has said that the closure of Petroplus’ Coryton refinery in Essex will not have any impact on fuel supply.

Osborne abandons plans for ‘pasty tax’

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a u-turn on his controversial plan to impose VAT on the Cornish pasty.

Total Lubricants sponsors Mazda MX-5 GT race programme

Total Lubricants has become one of the official sponsors of the 2012 Mazda MX-5 GT race programme.

Total dealers hear “compelling” case for Gulf brand at GB Oils roadshows

GB Oils has completed a series of roadshows for its Total dealer network to discuss the challenges and opportunities for retailers, along with the oil company’s vision for the future.

Coryton refinery looks set to close

Petroplus’ refinery in Coryton is set to close as the administrators failed to find a buyer for Essex refinery, which supplies 20% of road fuels in London and the Southeast.

Topaz launches free app for motorists

Topaz has launched a free ‘Topaz App’ which helps motorists find their nearest Topaz site from the network of more than 300 sites in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

TfL urges road users to plan ahead for Olympics travel using new online planning tool

Transport for London (TfL) has launched an online ‘temporary road changes’ planning tool, enabling London’s road users to see how the areas where they live, work and visit will be affected.

New wet-stock deals for Fairbanks in Ireland

Wet-stock monitoring specialist Fairbanks has secured contracts in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with fuel retailers Applegreen and Topaz Energy supplying its real-time data monitoring and wetstock management services.

Tory MP leads charge against 'rip-off' fuel prices

‘Rip-off’ petrol prices were the subject of a debate in the Houses of Parliament yesterday, led by Tory MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon.

Positive result for retailers in Mastercard judgment

The European Union General Court has upheld the European Commission’s decision against the way MasterCard sets interchange rates on European cross-border credit and debit card payments that are unfair and anti-competitive.

Post office overhaul will bring opportunities to forecourts, says Christie + Co

The network transformation of the Post Office looks certain to result in opportunities for forecourt and convenience operators, business adviser Christie + Co has said.

Retailers call for action on card transaction fees

Top retailers including Welcome Break, Morrisons and Spar are supporting a letter to be sent to George Osborne tomorrow, asking the government to take action on increasing card transaction charges that are costing both big and small retailers dear.

RAC calls on government to scrap August fuel duty rise

The RAC has called on the Government to scrap the planned rise in fuel duty in August at a time when drivers are being hit by record fuel prices and are struggling to cope with the impact of high motoring costs.

Mobil 1 research shows most drivers are ignorant about oil checks

A staggering three out of four Brits don't know how to check the oil in their car, according to new research from Mobil 1. More worryingly still, almost half of the drivers questioned were oblivious as to why oil is even used in their vehicle's engines.

DMUK launches new signage website

Illuminated signage specialist DMUK has launched its new website – – which provides detailed information on the DMUK portfolio of display products, and highlights the ways in which the company works alongside trade partners to design and manufacture bespoke solutions.

Risk of high oil prices through Iran sanctions would be short-lived, reports Moody's

Higher oil prices that could potentially result from new US and European Union (EU) economic sanctions against Iranian oil exports would be credit-positive for international oil companies (IOCs) overall, but negative for corporate sectors such as retail, oil refining and European car manufacturers,  Moody’s Investors Service has said in two new reports published today.

Parking expectations low as 1.2 million AA members head for Olympics

Nearly one in 12 AA members will attend an Olympic event this summer although they are realistic about their chances of being able to use the car to get to venues, an AA Populus survey of 20,161 respondents has found.

Costcutter unveils new-look store

Costcutter’s new convenience store design, which is also available to forecourts, has been officially unveiled in Guiseley, West Yorkshire.

Local shops welcome business recognition in anti-social behaviour proposals

Local shops have welcomed proposals to give local businesses new rights to secure action from Police when they are the victim of anti-social behaviour.

Henderson Group reports 9.6% rise in turnover

Northern Ireland-based Henderson Group has announced a strong performance for 2011 with a 9.6% rise in turnover.

Expect confectionery sales hike over Jubilee weekend, says Mars

As the Local Government Association confirms receipt of 10,000 applications for Jubilee street parties – twice the number requested for last year’s Royal Wedding – Mars Chocolate is urging retailers to take advantage of this significant treats-based sales opportunity.

Multi-format strategy leads to global sales uplift for Spar

SPAR’s worldwide retail sales grew by €1.36 billion in 2011, leading to overall sales of €31.1 billion and a cumulative three year retail sales increase of 16%, Dr Gordon Campbell, managing director of SPAR International announced at its annual congress.

ACS reveals ‘widespread abuse’ by energy companies

Energy companies are bullying their business customers into unfair contracts and overpaying, according to a survey published today by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

Fuel duty should be cut by 5ppl, says 2020 Tax Commission

Fuel duty should be reduced by 5ppl, according to a new report by the 2020 Tax Commission, which is part of the TaxPayer’s Alliance. It says British motoring taxes are very high, not just by international standards but even by comparison with other countries in Europe.

BP awards £75m supply chain contract to DHL

BP’s has awarded a £75 million contract to DHL Supply Chain  to manage its the warehousing and distribution of goods for its UK convenience retail business until 2018.

Growth of the 'glamwich' - the new lunchtime meal

Saving money is a top priority for Brits with 45% stating saving money as the reason to make a packed lunch. The average consumer saves £29 a month making their own packed lunch – the equivalent of £13 billion a year.

Petrol prices are easing but there’s still some way to go, says AA

The price of petrol at UK pumps has fallen by 4ppl in the past month but with a 10ppl drop in the wholesale petrol price across northern Europe, there is still 6ppl to go, the AA has said.

Ford ‘easy fuel’ system deters vehicle fuel thefts

Ford’s Easy Fuel system that prevents the expensive mistake of misfuelling is also proving a deterrent to petrol and diesel thieves, the company has said.

MFG appoints former Murco manager to new operations role

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has brought another former Murco manager onto its team with the appointment of Matthew Bird as operations manager.

Indie retailer Julian Holliss takes on 130-mile challenge

Independent forecourt retailer Julian Holliss is embarking on an extreme triathlon to help raise funds for CLIC Sargent and the Derriford Childrens Cancer Service (DCCS).

BP wins 'food to go mission' category at CTP awards

BP won the ‘Best convenience retailer for the food to go mission award', at last night's annual CTP Awards organised by shopper research specialist Him, held at the Tate Modern, London.

More Total dealers move Gulf

Three former Total dealers have rebranded to Gulf with a further 12 to follow over the next two months. These include Martins of Andover, Hampshire, and the 3.3mlpa Bishops of Bromyard, Hertforshire.

Londis launches tool kit to help drive sales

Londis has launched a tool kit for its retailers to help them meet the high expectations of shoppers when it comes to standards, promotions, price, range and customer service.

Commuters opt for adventure sport motorcycles as sales soar 47.5%

The latest new motorcycle and scooter figures show last month sales overall were down 3.5% against April 2011. Sales of scooters of less than 50cc were down 9.6% in April, while 50cc-plus motorcycle sales have decreased by 2.5%.

FairFuelUK ramps up support for Budget amendment to scrap duty hike

Campaigning group FairFuelUK is urging motorists and businesses to contact their MPs and ask them to support a Budget amendment that would see the August 3ppl fuel duty rise scrapped.

Little appetite for electric vehicles, say business drivers

More than six out of ten business drivers would not change their traditionally fuelled vehicle for electric power, according to a new survey by vehicle leasing and fleet management specialist, ALD Automotive.

Future fuel duty rates could increase by 50% to offset fall in motoring tax income, says RAC Foundation

The government could make up the decline in revenue collected from fuel duty and vehicle excise duty (VED) by raising the fuel duty rate by 50%, according to a new report by the RAC Foundation.

Morrisons to cut fuel prices by 2ppl, as wholesale prices fall

Morrisons will slash the price of fuel by 2ppl across its 300-strong network tomorrow, as wholesale oil prices continue to decline.

Musgrave reports positive financial results for 2011

Budgens and Londis brand owner Musgrave Group has reported sales of €4.5bn up 1.6%, delivering a profit of €71m 1% below last year, in its financial results for 2011.

New Tesco 5ppl-off fuel promotion

Tesco has today launched a new 5ppl off fuel promotion which will run until May 20. Advertised as 'a helping hand filling the car' the offer means for every £50 customers spend in store or online, they'll receive 5ppl of every litre of fuel.

One in eight motorists drive on vapours

One in eight motorists drive with a near-empty tank of petrol, with a quarter of 18-34 year olds admitting to being a ‘vapour trailer’, according to new research from breakdown organisation Green Flag.

Environment Agency removes drought status in certain areas

South West England, the Midlands and parts of Yorkshire are no longer in drought and it’s unlikely that water companies will impose hosepipe bans in these areas over the summer, the Environment Agency has said.

Fuel tanker driver strike averted as union accepts a deal

A strike by tanker drivers has been averted today (Friday 11 May) with drivers voting narrowly to accept proposals tabled after eight days of talks at Acas.