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January

Petrogas to lease two James Graven sites
13 January, 2012

Top 50 Indie Petrogas has signed a 20-year lease agreement to operate former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James’ two sites in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.

Retailers urged to do more with contactless card technology
12 January, 2012

Research from YouGov’s Mobile Wallet study reveals low awareness and usage rates for contactless card technology, indicating that banks and retailers need to do more to increase usage of the technology, according to the study.

Carsley Group supports Help for Heroes
12 January, 2012

Top 50 Indie the Carsley Group is supporting the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity across its network with a raffle to give away three mountain bikes.

Positive year-to-date results for Nisa
11 January, 2012

Nisa has announced a year-to-date sales increase of 3.1% for the 39 weeks from April 2011 until December 2011, driven by existing members purchasing an increasing amount of products through Nisa’s Central Distribution Services (CDS).

No VAT on 5ppl rural fuel duty relief
10 January, 2012

The Treasury has confirmed that the 5ppl relief on fuel purchases as part of the rural fuel duty rebate scheme that kicks off on March 1 does not include VAT.

Compelling offers in all departments is key to 2012 success, says BP's Smither
10 January, 2012

Last year was a tough one for fuel and convenience retailers, and 2012 is unlikely to be much better," said Neale Smither, BP's UK supply and retail manager, as he considered the year ahead.

The year ahead
10 January, 2012

Happy New Year to you all, and no prizes for suggesting it's going to be a difficult one! Trading conditions are tough and everyone's got to be at the top of their game, with many facing some hard decisions. Fuel prices will continue to be a battleground. Predatory pricing and fuel duty will be ongoing contentious issues. RMI Petrol is already preparing its armoury for lobbying the government. Chairman Brian Madderson has put together an excellent paper on the case for reform of UK fuel taxation. In it he states that the damaging consequences of high fuel taxation are becoming clear for all to see, particuarly from the social justice aspect as fuel tax unfairly penalises the lower income earners and rural communities. He talks about the economic malaise as businesses close or restrict investment and limit employee recruitment. There's also the issue of diminished tax revenues as declining fuel demand costs £3.25 billion a year. Among other things there's the crime increase as fuel laundering and other criminal activity costs upwards of £1bn a year in lost taxation.

RMI Petrol kicks of 2012 with call for fuel tax reform
10 January, 2012

RMI Petrol has kicked off the New Year by writing to the Chancellor with a Briefing Paper urging reform of fuel tax ahead of the deferred duty increase on August 1.

New team moves in at MFG
10 January, 2012

Murco's retail marketing director Jeremy Clarke is moving to the Motor Fuel Group as managing director, and taking other Murco executives with him, including dealer sales manager Jim Mulheran. Meanwhile Top 50 Indie Sej Sejpal said he is feeling "on top of the world" following the sale of his shareholding in the Motor Fuel Group (MFG). MFG, one of the UK's leading independent forecourt operators with around 60 sites, has been acquired by a new management team, headed by chief executive officer, William Bannister. Scottish Capital Group was involved in the acquisition. Sej's co-directors Sharad Raja and Tony Head have also sold up. The deal was completed just before Christmas. "They made us an offer we couldn't refuse," said the elated Sej. "Negotiations began two and a half years ago, and resumed last year. We've been doing this for 30 years and didn't want to pass up the opportunity. Initially I wondered if I'd done the right thing. But now I feel great. I have retained a handful of sites, now leased to BP."

Harvest Energy at FFE 2012
10 January, 2012

Harvest Energy will be hard to miss at this year's Forecourt and Fuel Equipment show at the Birmingham NEC on March 25-27 this year, as the company is sponsoring the entrance to the exhibition. It also has a stand (J40).

Following a deal agreed with Harvest Energy, do you think it will be good to see the Total brand returning to UK forecourts?