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Rural fuel rebate plan delayed
06 November, 2013

The Government’s application to extend its fuel duty rebate scheme has been delayed and will not be submitted until next year, the minister responsible has admitted to the House of Commons.

BOSS and AVCIS sign information sharing agreement
05 November, 2013

BOSS has signed an information sharing agreement (ISA) with the Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) that will enable the wider circulation of vehicles of interest, particularly with regards to linking vehicles that owe money for fuel to be linked to other criminality.

Plain packaging boost to illicit trade confirmed by new study
05 November, 2013

Confirmation of the boost to the illicit trade as a result of the plain packaging of tobacco has been revealed in a new KPMG report, released in Australia.

Alan Powell
Fuel duty deferment scheme a real 'game changer'
01 November, 2013

Fuel retailers could save signficant sums of money by buying fuel under duty deferment terms available from HMRC, claimed Alan Powell of tax specialist Alan Powell Associates, at this week's Regeneration Forum at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Westminster.

Fuel prices - October 31, 2013
20 November, 2013


World class service
08 November, 2013

Once again the cheers rang out for Euro Garages at the glittering occasion of the annual Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards in September. Having taken the top award in 2011 for its Beehive site in Blackburn, the group was once again presented with the most prestigious trophy in the fuel retailing sector, this time for its Calder Park development in Wakefield.

The swinging '60s
08 November, 2013

Plans to boost the number of Jet sites by 30%, and a raft of initiatives aimed at enhancing the brand's retailer package were announced at last month's Phillips 66 annual dealer conference, held in the plush surroundings of Gleneagles, Scotland. At a convivial gathering of more than 200 delegates, including retail and commercial customers, Pete George, the company's managing director, UK & Ireland Marketing, says: "Since our re-organisation 18 months ago, we've been reviewing the best way to drive the Jet brand forward and taking our time to ensure that we get things right.

BOSS: Payback time
08 November, 2013

BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, has welcomed confirmation from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that it has issued new guidance to lawyers and police forces to prosecute motorists who repeatedly claim to have no-means-of-payment (NMoP).

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - GH Lunn & Sons, Simply Fresh Weare, Axbridge, Somerset
08 November, 2013


I have read a lot of positive reports about Simply Fresh the fast-growing symbol group that places great emphasis on community-based, family-owned businesses that are encouraged to support local suppliers. The rustic style of branding promotes the concept of fresh foods and has an intriguing tag line 'convenience just got better...'. All this encouraged me to visit the first forecourt to sign-up to the group the Lunn site on the A38, a busy main road between Bristol Airport and the M5.

Money Talk: Latest forecourt hourly pay rates revealed
08 November, 2013

There are several ways of trying to establish average pay rates in an industry or area. You can ask employers what they pay their staff; you can ask employees what they receive. Or you can do what we've been doing every year since 1998 examine the payroll data that PAYEPeople processes on behalf of hundreds of forecourt operators across the UK, and work out the real hourly pay rates that are being paid to thousands of individual employees. Bear in mind that with the advent of 'real time' reporting to HMRC, these figures are based on the same information that HMRC is seeing.

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?