Forecourt Trader
E. coli used to produce fuel

E. coli bacteria, which are commonly associated with food poisoning, have been genetically modified by scientists to produce fuel that is almost identical to diesel.

Diesel stolen from Kent petrol stations

Thousands of litres of diesel have been stolen from two petrol station in Kent in a rash of thefts which have only taken place on Friday nights.

New five pound note design revealed

Details of the design for the next five pound note have been revealed by the Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King.

Appeal for witnesses after raid

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery at a petrol station in Crewe where a lone assistant was forced to keep serving customers while the crooks carried out the crime.

Gun pointed at assistant during robbery

A lone female assistant had a gun pointed at her and was threatened during an armed robbery at Hatton Service Station in Uttoxeter Road, Derby.

ACS calls for fair roadworks compensation

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called for retailers to be provided with proper compensation when negatively impacted by roadworks.

Londis offers members personalised web pages

Londis claims it is the first UK convenience chain to offer retailers personalised web pages for their stores. The new pages form part of the Londis consumer website, which was upgraded last year.

Motorists welcome prime minister's duty cut comment

Motoring organisations have welcomed a comment by the Prime Minister suggesting the coalition government could scrap any further fuel duty increases for the length of the current parliament.

Sainsbury's running 10ppl-off promotion

Sainsbury’s has introduced a new cut-price fuel promotion running from April 24 to April 30. Customers who spend £60 or more in store will receive a coupon entitling them to 10p off per litre of fuel when they fill up at one of the company's 280 forecourts. Customers who order their groceries online with Sainsbury’s will receive a coupon with their delivery.

Price of fuel tops list of concerns for motorists

Fuel costs remain a major concern for motorists, according to new research conducted by vehicle remarketing company BCA.

OFT seeks comment on Costcutter's Mace acquisition

The Office of Fair Trading has today issued an invitation to comment on the completed acquisition by Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited of the symbol group business of Palmer & Harvey McLane Limited operating 'Mace', 'Your Store' and 'Supershop' brands and associated assets.

Slow outlook for electric vehicle sales

Petrol and diesel vehicles are predicted to be with us for a long time yet as electric vehicles remain a controversial subject with sales set to fall far short of official expectations.

PRA presents evidence on market to MPs

The PRA has submitted evidence on the pressures facing independent petrol stations to a cross party group of MPs investigating the state of the UK retail sector.

Robber armed with knives jailed for four years

A man who robbed a Snax 24 petrol station at knifepoint, kicked a man unconscious just hours later.

Police appeal after burglary

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglary at the BP petrol station on The Parade in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.

European Commission inquiry into card charges

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents has welcomed the European Commission’s decision to hold an inquiry into the costs incurred by retailers in accepting payments by cards and cash.

Shell launches enhanced V-Power fuels developed with Ferrari

Shell has teamed up with former Formula 1 TV presenter Jake Humphrey to launch Shell V-Power Nitro+ unleaded and diesel - two new fuels designed to reduce engine deposits that can impair vehicle performance

BigOil enhanced with wet-stock analysis and margin management tools

The PRA's fuel price intelligence product BigOil has been enhanced with the option of Vianet Fuel Solution’s suite of wet-stock analysis tools, and the creation of a margin management toolbox linking daily Platts prices to the real-time recording of sales, inventory levels and deliveries. The improvements are designed to create a suite of web-based tools that provide fuel retailers with real-time profit reporting.

Free use of M6 toll road for RHA members in July

Truck drivers will be able to used the M6 toll road for free during July following the outcome of negotiations between the Road Haulage Association and the M6 Toll road operator Midland Expressway.

New round of supermarket prices cuts

The four major UK supermarkets announced a new round of petrol price cuts on Monday, reflecting falls in wholesale prices and more favourable exchange rates.

Symonds Forecourts launches e-petition opposing Tesco

Symonds Forecourts has launched a new e-petition calling for Tesco to be removed from a Government appointed commission looking into the future of the UK’s high streets.

National Minimum Wage increase attacked by ACS

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has criticised the Government’s decision to Increase the National Minimum Wage from October 1.

Independents win in price comparison

The cost to motorists of visiting an independent garage is on average £40 an hour less than if they visited a franchise dealer, according to a recent survey by the Independent Garage Association (IGA).

Phillips 66 wins two safety awards

Phillips 66 has been awarded two Gold Achievement awards from safety charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Applegreen set to double UK sites

Applegreen is set to nearly double in size in the UK by the end of the summer, according to UK managing director Michael O’Loughlin.

Wells forecourt wins Best Loo Award

Symonds Forecourt’s Wells store won the Best Forecourt Loo 2013 Award, which was announced at the exclusive Forecourt Trader Lunch at the Forecourt Show at the NEC in Birmingham this week.

Harvest Energy offers tie-up with Spar

Harvest Energy has launched a collaboration with Spar which offers independent dealers a new branded forecourt concept, and they are already negotiating deals on three potential sites.

Forecourts sparkle at Nisa awards

Forecourt stores have won more than half the retail categories at the annual awards for Nisa members and suppliers.

Cost of forecourt crime tops £25m

Crime on Britain’s forecourts cost fuel retailers £25.7m in 2012, up from £22.2m in 2010, according to figures revealed in the annual forecourt crime survey carried out by BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate.

ACS call for action on anti-social behaviour

Tackling anti-social behaviour requires more partnership working, the chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores has told an audience of local authority and police representatives.

Weather damps down motorbike sales

The latest new motorcycle and scooter figures show sales last month were down 10.8% against March 2012. Under 50cc scooter sales were down 27.3% in March, while over 50cc motorcycle sales decreased by 8.9%.

Cash-strapped young motorists selling their cars

Many younger motorists are selling their cars as the tough financial climate is forcing them to juggle their debts to pay for life’s essentials, figures obtained by a vehicle sales website have shown.

Used car auction prices fall

The average value of used cars sold at auction fell by 6% between February and March, according to the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA).

Supermarkets cut diesel prices

Cuts of up to 2 pence per litre (ppl) in the price of diesel have been implemented today by all the UK’s biggest supermarket groups.

Independent garages protest over adverts

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has rebuked the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and National Franchised Dealers Association’s (NFDA) for their new ‘Minute Or Two’ MOT campaign, saying it is a blatant attempt to drive business away from independent garages.

New car sales up 5.9%

New car sales in March were up 5.9% compared with the same month a year ago, according to the latest car registration figures form the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Trust My Garage campaign stepped up

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has appointed Bridge PR & Media Services to position Trust My Garage as a household name and brand for all UK motorists seeking a trustworthy independent garage.

ACS welcomes plan to tackle rogue brokers

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed proposals to tackle misleading marketing by brokers toward business customers, in a submission to the energy regulator Ofgem,

Sales of commercial vehicles continue upwards

Commercial vehicles registrations sales continued their recent upward trend with a rise of 8.1% in March, helped by van registrations which increased 11.5%.

Forecourt trip PC sues her own force

A police woman who is taking legal action against a petrol station owner after she tripped on a kerb answering a 999 call is also making a claim against her own force.

Industry leaders gather at The Forecourt Show

Forecourt retailers will be welcomed to the NEC, Birmingham, from April 14-16, as both The Forecourt Show and the National Convenience Show provide a comprehensive display of the latest equipment, products and services in the market.

P&H and Costcutter combine buying

Palmer and Harvey (P&H) has announced it will be moving away from direct management of symbol group convenience retailing with the 800 Mace, Your Store and Supershop stores joining the 1,600 Costcutter and Kwiksave stores in the Costcutter Supermarket Group on April 7.

Owens predicts the age of the independent dealer

The fuel supply chain is going through incredible change, but change drives opportunity and creates a level playing field, Greenergy chief executive Andrew Owens told an audience of the UK's biggest independent fuel retailers.

Fairbanks in deal with Morrisons

Fairbanks has announced a renewal of its wet-stock management contract for Morrisons' forecourts, and has also revealed it is extending the range of services it offers.

Retailers look for keener promotions

Mace retailers have reacted positively to the P&H deal with Costcutter. Ian Watmore, forecourt operations manager, Elite Garages which has seven Mace stores in West Sussex, said: "It's very positive for us. It should mean better promotions and better prices because of the greater buying power. It will mean we have promotional deals and one-off buys that will allow us to compete on core lines with other convenience stores and the likes of Tesco.

PRA praises decision to scrap duty increase but says cut was justified

The fuel industry has praised the Chancellor's decision to scrap the fuel duty increase due in September.

Supermarket prices cut as cost declines

Supermarket groups have sparked fears of a price war on fuel after two rounds of price cutting, started by Sainsbury's before the Budget.

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Results of this month's online poll:

Greenergy chief executive Andrew Owens says "The age of the independent dealer is upon us". Do you agree?

Charman's Parkfoot in £250,000 overhaul

Kent-based Spar retailer David Charman has opened a newly extended and refitted forecourt store at Parkfoot Garages in West Malling. He first launched a convenience store on London Road in 1996 becoming the first winner of the Forecourt Trader of the Year awards in the same year. In the past few months, the store has undergone a £250,000 refit, to extend it from 1,500sq ft to 2,950sq ft and fit it with the recently unveiled, new-look Spar fascia and imagery.