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January

Premier class
14 January, 2013

midlands: 2.5mlpa plus

After being named Forecourt Trader of the Year in 2011 with Beehive Service Station in Blackburn, Lancashire, it was no surprise to see Euro Garages shining in the 2012 awards, with the Top 50 Indie's Uttoxeter Services on the A50 in Staffordshire winning Best Midlands Site.

On the move
14 January, 2013

The past 12 months has been one of the busiest periods in recent history in the forecourt property sector, according to Adam Wadlow, director at property adviser, Barber Wadlow. "We estimate that there have been over 1,100 petrol stations sold or let since the end of 2011, which represents an incredible 12% of the total number of forecourts (8,765 sites). But despite such an abundance of market activity, the general public's perception of the sector is similar to that of pubs that all appear to be closing!"

Checkout champs
14 January, 2013

A new report from Palmer & Harvey reveals that petrol stations sell nearly twice as much chewing gum as standalone convenience stores. It's not surprising really given the benefits of chewing gum such as giving you fresher breath and aiding concentration.

Day in the Life: Looking after the locals is key for Louise Hammond
14 January, 2013

My day begins with the earth moving for me. Sadly, as I live near a railway line that just means the 6.40am train is passing by. At least it gets me out of bed in time to pick up my dog, Billy, from where he'll be sitting by the treat drawer and take him out for his daily walk. It has to be done, rain or shine, and if the train didn't wake me up he probably would.

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?