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Shop Doctor: Windmill Service Station, Blashford, Ringwood, Hampshire
10 January, 2012

GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Windmill Service Station, a BP forecourt and Budgens store, is about two miles north of Ringwood on the A338. It is well signed (BP-branded pole and canopy) and is located at an entrance to the Headlands Business Park.

Keeping calm can get you through troubled times
10 January, 2012

Welcome to January, the bleakest of months the darkness, the weather, and the bills arriving after that little extravagance at Christmas. And that was just in the good times. This year the economic and trading situation is likely to be the worst in most of our lifetimes, and the forecourt retail industry isn't immune to the malaise affecting the rest of the country. There will be some retailers out there who'll be taking a look at their trading figures, and then looking at their bank position and wondering just how they can possibly get through the next few weeks, before the bank manager calls them in for a chat.

Jac Roper takes a look at rates and the rise of the tracker email
10 January, 2012

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Autogas opens two more LPG sites in the Midlands
10 January, 2012

Autogas has opened two new LPG refuelling sites in the Midlands at the Shell-branded forecourt at Hopwood Park Services at junction two of the M42 and Shell Bridgetown in Stratford-upon-Avon. The two sites have received commendation from local MPs. Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, who officially opened the Shell Hopwood site, said: "Not only is LPG better for the environment than petrol or diesel but it is also less expensive per litre, which is good news given that many people are feeling the pinch from rising fuel prices."

kevin eastwood
10 January, 2012

BOSS is best known for implementing its effective Forecourt Watch schemes on forecourts to tackle drive-offs and the successful Payment Watch scheme to recover monies owed by customers claiming to have 'no means to pay'. However, retailers need to be aware of the possibility for losses to occur internally, as well as at the pumps. In this column I will offer some tips on how to spot potential internal fraud.

Broadband savings
10 January, 2012

PayPoint has extended its range of support services by offering a competitive rate for business grade broadband exclusively for its retailers. The new Business Broadband deal through TalkTalk Business is being offered to all retailers with a PayPoint terminal from £10.50 a month, and is said to provide faster speeds, greater levels of support and enhanced security.

Forecourt vending
10 January, 2012

he first-ever automated 24-hour shop has opened in the UK on Campbell Garages service station in Stornoway, Scotland.

Leading lights
10 January, 2012

The Midlands and West Country & Wales categories were hotly contested in the Forecourt Trader Awards. amy lanning catches up with the winners

Ground control
10 January, 2012

It's easy to let something that's out of sight be out of mind, but the consequences of neglecting underground fuel storage systems could put a fuel retailer out of business. Ground contamination from a leak can not only cost tens of thousands of pounds to sort out, but it could also reduce the value of the forecourt.

Behind closed doors
10 January, 2012

Apart from the Total deal and Murco still up for sale, little seemed to be happening in the forecourt market last year, but according to Adam Chapman, associate in the automobile and roadside team at GVA, a lot was going on in private.

Has the Government's shock announcement to bring forward the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicles - as well as hybrids - to 2035 or even earlier caused concern and disruption to your future forecourt development plans?