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February

Morrisons acquires six HMV stores
27 February, 2013

Morrisons has added to its portfolio of sites to be converted to its M convenience store format with the purchase of six HMV stores from the company’s administrators, Deloitte.

Esso offers Tesco Clubcard points at alliance sites
26 February, 2013

Exxon Mobil has introduced Tesco Clubcard points on fuel at the Esso sites it runs jointly with the supermarket group, and is looking to roll out the loyalty scheme to its wider service station network, including dealer owned sites.

Best Forecourt Loo 2013
25 February, 2013

Best Forecourt Loo 2013Never mind how slick your convenience offering is, do you know that toilets are the number one irritant to customers when it comes specifically to the forecourt shop, according to Palmer and Harvey/Him! research?

To try and turn this rather unsavoury view into something more positive, Forecourt Trader, in conjunction with hygiene and cleaning systems supplier RS Sales, has launched an online campaign to find the best – and the worst – of the nation’s forecourt loos.

We’re asking you to send in your nominations – with relevant photography of course – so that we can put your facilities online to face a public vote. You will need to encourage your customers to ‘like’ your loo. The site with the most ‘likes’ – subject to complying with competition criteria – will be named as ‘Best Forecourt Loo 2013’. The worst offenders will also be exposed for all to see. The results will be announced at the Forecourt Show on Monday April 15, at the NEC, Birmingham.
The winner will receive a year’s supply of loo rolls and an Amazon Kindle Fire.

Send your nomination in to merril.boulton@wrbm.com or ‘Like’ our Facebook page and send us a message with your entry attached. We'll do the rest.
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Supermarket fuel discounts should face axe, says PRA
25 February, 2013

The initiative by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that will see supermarkets stick to helping shoppers with lower grocery pricing instead of subsidising fuel offers is music to the ears of all our small, often family-owned and run, petrol filling stations, according to Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association.

Eurogarages to convert Little Chefs to Starbucks
25 February, 2013

Petrol forecourt operator EuroGarages has taken on the leases of five former Little Chefs for conversion to coffee shops under a licensing arrangement with Starbucks. The lettings were brokered by specialist property adviser Christie & Co.

Emergency relaxation of fuel tanker driver rules
25 February, 2013

The Department for Transport has announced a temporary, and limited, emergency relaxation of rules governing tanker drivers in reaction to the industrial action at Grangemouth refinery in Scotland.

RHA calls for action on duty
25 February, 2013

The UK’s road transport operators are calling on the Chancellor to address the issue of high duty levels on fuel in next month’s Budget as prices approach an all-time high.

ACS calls for fairer energy market
22 February, 2013

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged the government’s energy regulator Ofgem to apply the same priority to delivering a fairer energy market for small businesses as it does households, as it announces sweeping changes to domestic energy contracts.

Madderson urges cancellation of September duty rise
22 February, 2013

With pump prices set to continue rising, the Chancellor must take swift action in the Budget on March 20 to cancel the proposed duty rise in September and cut this damaging tax which restricts economic recovery and adds to inflation, according to Brian Madderson, chairman of the  Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA).

Roadchef raises £5,000 for Thirsty Planet
22 February, 2013

Leading motorway service area operator Roadchef has been awarded with a gold certificate from Thirsty Planet, the British bottled spring water company, after raising over £5,000 towards the installation of 10 water pumps in Malawi, Africa.

As the Government is urged to publish its plans for E10 by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, would you welcome the introduction of E10 as the right next step in cutting automotive carbon emissions?