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December

MPs urged to include small shops in carrier bag levy
11 December, 2013

Local shops should be included in the forthcoming plastic bag charge in England in 2015, the Association of Convenience Stores has told MPs.

Planning policy failing on out of town stores
11 December, 2013

A review of the planning system commissioned by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has revealed that the Government’s Town Centre First policies are failing, as councils across the country approve millions of square feet of new out of town retail development.

ACS welcomes new Victims Code
11 December, 2013

A statutory code has come into power this week which recognises businesses as victims of crime, and has provisions for ‘business impact statements’ to allow retailers to report the wider implications of crime on their stores.

Kay Group invests in energy saving measures
11 December, 2013

North-west forecourt operator The Kay Group, which is ranked 24 in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies, has agreed a roll-out program with food retail energy reduction specialists, Enviroglow.

Cigarette smuggler sentenced
05 December, 2013

A serial tobacco smuggler has been sentenced for repeated attempts to smuggle illicit cigarettes into the UK, for sale on London streets.

World first claim for Sainsbury's forecourts
05 December, 2013

The makers of components in the new canopies for two Sainsbury’s forecourts are claiming a world first in that the forecourt roof not only contains photovoltaic (PV) glass to generate electricity but is also transparent.

New car sales continue to rise
05 December, 2013

New car sales figures, released today, show month on month sales were up 7% compared with November last year. Private registrations have risen 11.6%, while fleet sales increased by 3.4%.

IGA unveils 'Car Repair Plan' to spread cost of repairs
05 December, 2013

The Independent Garage Association (IGA), the trade association representing the independent garage sector across the UK, is to launch its own ‘Car Repair Plan’ to help consumers spread the cost of repair work to their vehicles.

Police release CCTV of racially motivated crime
05 December, 2013

Police in Manchester have released CCTV footage of a man they want to question about a racially motivated crime at a service station.

Tonnes of toxic waste at illegal fuel plant
05 December, 2013

Almost 30 tonnes of toxic waste have been recovered after the discovery of a diesel laundering plant in South Armagh by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on December 4.

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?