Forecourt Trader
Thief admits 21 drive-offs

A thief has admitted driving off from 21 petrol stations across the West Midlands and Staffordshire without paying over a seven-month period.

Inquiry into tobacco smuggling welcomed

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a new inquiry launched by an all-party committee of MPs into tobacco smuggling in the UK.

MPs urge government to act over oil refining industry

MPs have urged the Government to take action to maintain the health of the UK oil refining industry.

Costcutter introduces contactless payment

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has become one of the first symbol operators to introduce new contactless payment technology across more than 500 of its stores.

Tobacco tax evaders jailed

Two men have been jailed after being convicted of tobacco tax evasion.

Sainsbury's running 10ppl-off promotion

Sainsbury’s has launched a loss-leading promotion offering 10p per litre (ppl) off fuel.

HMRC seizes adulterated diesel from garage

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has seized 2,800 litres of contaminated fuel, red diesel and kerosene from a filling station in the county of Caerphilly in South Wales.

OFT probes sale of stores by Alfred Jones

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched an investigation into the sale of 33 convenience stores owned by Top 50 Indies operator Alfred Jones (Warrington).

Armed robbery in Essex

Essex Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a petrol station in Laindon.

Digger used to steal cashpoint

Witnesses are being sought by Bedfordshire Police after a petrol station cashpoint was stolen by thieves on Friday night (July 19).

C&C owner jailed for tobacco duty fraud

A Southall cash and carry owner, who was found with more than £500,000 worth of non-duty paid tobacco products after three visits by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officers, has been jailed.

TV series seeks to combat shoplifting

A TV company is looking for owners or managers willing to take part in a programme aiming to help businesses troubled by shoplifters.

SGF and ACS call for superstore restrictions

The Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) have called for tighter restrictions on out-of-town supermarkets that prevent investment in high streets and neighbourhood centres in Scotland.

ACS welcomes EU card charge action

An EU proposal that should cut the cost of credit and debit card payments for retailers has been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

Costco confirms plan to enter UK market

Costco has confirmed it is aiming to enter the UK, which was exclusively revealed by last week.

AA report supports PRA warning on price hike

The PRA’s warning last week that petrol prices were set to surge up to 140 pence per litre (ppl), with diesel going up by the same amount, has been supported by the latest AA Fuel Price Report.

Fairbanks launches new website

Wetstock management specialist Fairbanks has launched a new website,

Firefighters save Asda site from blaze

A blaze close to a petrol filling station in West Yorkshire could have caused an explosion, according to firefighers.

Man charged with robbery at petrol station

A 29-year-old man has been charged in connection with a robbery at a petrol station in Kent.

Five arrested in cigarette smuggling raid

Five men have been arrested during a raid by officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigating a suspected £6m cigarette smuggling fraud across the Peterborough and Spalding areas.

Man arrested after forecourt evacuation

A petrol station in the West Midlands was evacuated yesterday after police were called to reports of a man acting suspiciously.

Police release CCTV after petrol station arson attack

Police in Hereford yesterday released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to about an arson attack at a petrol station.

Topaz partners AXA in loyalty scheme

Topaz, the largest service station and convenience retailer in the Irish Republic, is partnering AXA to provide a new fuel card, as part of the insurance company’s AXA Plus customer loyalty scheme.

Warning for cities hit hardest by austerity

Many small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK’s most vulnerable cities could face severe challenges as the effects of the depressed economy and of spending cuts are felt.

PPI problems raised with MPs

Problems resulting from the PPI (payment protection insurance) mis-selling scandal have been raised with an influential group of MPs by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA).

Leeds site overcomes opposition to drinks licence

The owner of a petrol station in Leeds has been granted a licence to sell alcohol, despite opposition from some councillors concerned that it will attract troublemakers.

Italian forecourts shut in three-day protest

Petrol station owners in Italy have shut their sites down for three days until Friday in protest at recent price hikes by oil companies, claiming they are putting their businesses and thousands of jobs at risk.

Londis launches rounded price range

Londis is launching new own brand value bays to offer its retailers a collection of products at attractive rounded price points.

Two raids on East Midlands petrol stations

Thieves have struck in two incidents at petrol stations in the East Midlands.

Unit pricing for alcohol shelved

The government has shelved plans to introduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in England and Wales, but it will ban below cost selling next year.

Asda claims it is cheapest fuel retailer

Asda has launched a prime time TV advertising campaign, shown during Coronation Street on ITV and backed up online, claiming that it has the lowest fuel prices of any retailer.

Forecourt sites not in Alfred Jones sale

Top 50 Indies operator Alfred Jones has confirmed that none of its forecourts are involved in the sell-off of part of its estate to the Tesco-owned c-store group One Stop Stores.

PRA warns fuel prices are soaring up

Prices for petrol could surge up to 140 pence per litre (ppl), with diesel rising to 144ppl, due to currency fluctuations pushing up wholesale fuel prices, the PRA has warned.

Shelving of plain tobacco packaging welcomed

The PRA has welcomed the Government’s decision to shelve proposals for standardised (plain) packaging for tobacco products.

TV programme attacked as "unfair and unjustified"

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has attacked the latest episode of the TV programme Your Money, Their Tricks.

Criminal gangs defrauding petrol stations

Criminal gangs are systematically defrauding petrol stations out of thousands of pounds worth of fuel using bogus fuel cards, according to national press reports.

Massive new competitor to enter UK market

A massive new competitor is set to enter the UK market with a discount fuel offer.

PRA warns over card charges

The PRA has warned that rising charges for processing card payments are threatening the future of many petrol filling stations, and has called on the government to take urgent action.

New head of petrol at PRA

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has announced the appointment of Richard Chadderton as the new head of petrol for the PRA. He commenced the role on Monday 8 July and will be based at the London head office in Great Portland Street.

Rontec opts for Tokheim Fuel POS solution

Rontec has decided to install Tokheim’s Fuel POS solution at 125 sites to support the strategic growth of its business in England and Wales.

AA launches website for car buyers

The AA has launched a new website – – designed to take the stress out of buying a car by offering advice and transparency in putting consumers in touch with recognised dealers.

New car sales up

The latest sales figures for new cars show month on month sales in May were up 13.4% compared to May last year. Private registrations increased by 21.3%.

Research into more efficient fuels

The University of Brighton has teamed up with industry and with academics in Russia, Italy and France in a £1.3m project to help design more efficient fuels.

Petition calls for OFT inquiry

A petition calling for a full and transparent inquiry into the oil pricing process will be handed in at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) by Quentin Willson of FairFuelUK, Robert Halfon and other MPs from all parties, on Monday, July 15th at 9am. The FairFuelUK petition contains more than 30,000 signatures from campaign supporters which were collected in just five days.

PRA rebukes AA over claims of profiteering

The PRA has angrily hit back at claims by the AA that dealers are profiteering on the price they charge for diesel.

Warning over the danger of falling signs

A "significant number" of forecourt price signs in the UK are vulnerable to windy weather because of flawed foundations, and could cause fatal accidents, installation and maintenance company Xmo Strata has warned.

Global competition

Forecourt stores from the UK and Ireland are vying to be crowned International Convenience Retailer of the Year 2013.

MFG signs BP supply deal

Top 50 Indies forecourt operator Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has announced the signing of a new multi-site fuel supply agreement with BP.

Vote for your champion

Voting is under way for this year's Retailer Champion award, sponsored by Palmer and Harvey. This is your chance to express your opinion about who you think is leading the way in the forecourt retailing sector, through a combination of innovation, initiative, and exemplary operating standards.

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