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March

MP questions PM on business rates rise
01 March, 2012

Local shops urged the Prime Minister to go further to reduce the burden of business rates following his statement to the House of Commons yesterday.

Merril Boulton: Pricing woes
01 March, 2012

It was the perfect moment to make a submission to the Office of Fair Trading for an investigation into the UK fuels market. Diesel prices have hit record levels, crude prices are on their way up, refineries are faltering and putting pressure on supply; and independent fuel retailers are struggling to compete with the likes of Morrisons offering 15ppl discount.

Calls to cut fuel duty as diesel hits a record high
01 March, 2012

The government is under intense pressure from the fuel and motoring industies to tackle fuel duty and soaring fuel prices, as diesel hit a record high last month.

Drought threatens car wash
01 March, 2012

Water shortages will impact service stations far more than any unregulated hand car wash operator, according to David Charman, chairman of the Car Wash Assocation (CWA).

Subway eyes new stores
01 March, 2012

Subway has set out ambitious plans to increase the number of stores in the UK and Ireland to 2,000 over the next three years, with non-traditional locations such as forecourts leading the growth.

Unite warning to oil majors
01 March, 2012

RMI Petrol signs Top 50 indie groups
01 March, 2012

RMI Petrol has won the support of three more Top 50 Indies with Rontec, Motor Fuel Group and Symonds Forecourts all signing up as members in the past month.

Coryton crude supplies secure for three months
01 March, 2012

The administrators of Petroplus' Coryton refinery in Essex signed a 'tolling agreement' on February 15, securing crude oil supplies for three months.

in brief
01 March, 2012

Supermarket fuel sweep

Biofuel targets must be scrapped, say charities
01 March, 2012

Car drivers in the UK will pay up to £2bn more on the forecourt in 2020 if the government decides to increase the proportion of biofuels in petrol, according to new research commissioned by ActionAid and Friends of the Earth, undertaken by the Global Subsidies Initiative.

When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?