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January

Oil companies lead way at Forecourt Show
14 January, 2013

Oil companies will be out in force at The Forecourt Show, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC from April 14-16. Greenergy, Harvest Energy, Murco, Phillips 66 and Prax Petroleum will all be there. Prax is a first-time exhibitor at the show, and is using it to launch the Prax brand. Mainly known as a wholesaler of middle distillates, the company is expanding its facilities to include gasoline imports and marketing. It currently operates nine sites and will be looking to expand on this as well as offer a branded package to independent dealers and direct sales to retail customers.

Intake adds two new sites
14 January, 2013

Intake Developments has acquired two new sites, taking its total of forecourts to eight, as well as one standalone convenience store.

800 indies will be wiped out by 2017 warns PRA
14 January, 2013

Eight hundred independent forecourt sites will be wiped out by new supermarket forecourts by 2017 unless the government takes action, the Petrol Retailers' Association has warned.

Kay picks up second award
14 January, 2013

Kay Group has celebrated 40 years in business for its chief executive, Ken Kay, by picking up its second award in two months.

Top Indies report increased sales over Christmas period
14 January, 2013

Businesses in Forecourt Trader's Top 50 Indies have reported solid trading over the Christmas period.

in brief
14 January, 2013

Drive-off initiative

Results of this month's online poll:
14 January, 2013

Do you feel more optimistic about the prospects for your business in 2013, compared with 2012?

Paul Sykes sells Shaws and leaves the industry
14 January, 2013

One of the highest-profile figures in the forecourt industry has sold his business. Paul Sykes, who was managing director of award-winning Shaws Petroleum, has sold the company to Midlands Co-operative Society for an undisclosed sum.

M5 motorway development gets go ahead
14 January, 2013

The development of a £40m service station on the M5 motorway at Brookthorpe in Gloucestershire has moved a step closer following approval of revised plans

Small supermarkets show steady growth
14 January, 2013

Small supermarkets are improving their service to consumers leading to steady growth in terms of value, store numbers and shopper satisfaction, according to new research from shopper insight specialist Him.

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?