Forecourt Trader
Exhibiting great success

Visitors and exhibitors alike were full of praise for this year's Forecourt Show, which took place last month at the Birmingham NEC.

The main attraction

With the motor vehicle industry in transition, particularly with the fast-pace development of electric vehicle technology, the Fuelling the Future: On the Road to Zero session at The Forecourt Show should be attended by all forecourt retailer visitors to the event.

Displays that pay

If you're looking to make changes to your forecourt perhaps by investing in new equipment or are considering a move to a different fuel brand, then a trip to The Forecourt Show 2019 is a must.

Seismic change ahead

The automotive sector is facing a global seismic change, warned Philippa Oldham, head of National Network Programmes, Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), at last month's Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum on the next steps for low emissions vehicles. Against the backdrop of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warning that we've got just 12 years to get serious about limiting the global temperature rise of 1.5C; and the 'Road to Zero' setting the expectation that at least 50% ideally 70% of UK car sales being zero emission capable by 2030, she said the shift from our traditional internal combustion engines needs to be addressed. The APC was formed in 2013 through a partnership between industry and government, with a target to match-fund £1bn over the course of 10 years to the UK in low-carbon propulsion R&D technology. Its achievement is measured in C02 targets. It's estimated that 26% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from transport.

On track for the future

BP customers in the UK can expect to access BP Chargemaster chargers rolling out at scale on forecourts over the next 12 months, on both company owned and dealer channels. David Newton, chief operating officer at BP Chargemaster told delegates at last month's Forecourt Trader Electric Track Day that the company's aim was to manage the energy transition and changing customer demand by supporting opportunities for customers to reduce their emissions.

Pitching ideas

How relevant would forecourt shops be if the site didn't also sell fuel, is one of those questions being pondered by fuel retailers nationwide as the industry stands on the brink of radical change in demand for its core product petrol and diesel.

A show of UNITI

Fuels of the future were a key topic at last month's UNITI expo in Stuttgart where exhibitors covering all elements of the forecourt and car wash sector were out in force.

Showing you the way

We all know that today's shoppers are savvier than ever keen to shop around for the best price or product so it is imperative that retailers are up to date with all the latest trends to meet those shoppers' needs.

Industry showcase

A s the doors closed on last month's Forecourt Show, National Convenience Show, and Farm Shop & Deli Show 2017, it had been another busy year packed full of inspiration, advice and support all under one roof. Both visitor and exhibitor numbers were up on previous years as the industry came together to learn, share and develop all aspects of their businesses across the diverse range of product and services on offer.

Innovation is at the heart of this show

If you're looking for something a little different, perhaps a local line or one with a real story behind it, then the Farm Shop & Deli Show 2017 is the place for you.

NCS 2017: a real hub of activity

The Retailer Hub is back and will see insightful and practical issues debated by industry experts and award-winning retailers.

Sentinel stands firm for Jet

Visitors to the show are invited to Stand T130 to find out about Jet's latest developments, dealer package and network investment plans.

The car's the star on the Gulf stand

One of the star attractions at The Forecourt Show will be a full-scale replica of one of the greatest sports cars of all time, the Gulf Ford GT40, which will be on display as part of Gulf Retail's sponsorship of the event entrance at the NEC.

Opportunities galore

The Forecourt Show once again returns to the NEC Birmingham later this month (April 24-26), running alongside the National Convenience Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show. This is an essential, must-attend event for anyone who is serious about petrol retailing as it gives visitors the chance to catch up with existing suppliers, source new ones, see the latest equipment and technology and network with their peers. This year's exhibitors include Airserv, BOSS, Euro Car Parts, Eurotank Service Group, Experian Catalist, Fairbanks, Fast Trak, Harvest Energy, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Glasdon UK, Global Msi, Greenergy, Gulf Retail, Harvest Energy, Istobal UK, Jet, Karcher, Murco, Petrol Sign, PFS Fueltec, Pongo UK, RS Sales and Distribution, Silverstone Automotive and Spot Promotions.

Wrest assured

Retailers turned out in force to attend last month's PRA Live & Local event in the grand setting of Wrest Park Mansion in Bedfordshire, where the headline speaker was Andrew Bonnington, the editorial director for strategic oil markets development at S&P Global Platts.

On the road to greatness

The reasons shoppers are visiting forecourts have significantly changed over the years, according to Molly Wilmot, new business director at shopper research specialist HIM. She told an audience of forecourt retailers and suppliers at the annual ACS/PRA Forecourt Forum last month, that the company had recently conducted 10,819 interviews with nationally representative samples across eight countries Australia, Russia, Poland, France, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and the UK in order to discover the latest trends that are impacting shopper behaviour in some of the world's leading convenience markets.

Greater UNITI

As news of the American Dover corporation's third acquisition in a month the purchase of Tokheim ProGauge by its subsidiary OPW was being announced, the second UNITI expo was opening its doors in Stuttgart (June 14-16). According to the organisers, up to 15,000 attendees from 110 countries made their way to this growing, biennial exhibition, which featured some 420 exhibitors from 37 countries, and an increase in floor space from the inaugural event in 2014 of 40%.

A hub of activity

The forecourt sector has not been forgotten at this year's National Convenience Show as the Retailer Hub will feature one session dedicated to the industry. Called Taste of the Forecourt, it takes place on Tuesday April 19 at 12.10.

Your ticket to profits

If you're looking for inspiration to pep up your business, then the National Convenience Show (NCS) 2016 is the place for you. From Monday April 18 to Wednesday April 20, halls at Birmingham NEC will be packed with exhibitors showcasing products and services that can help make a convenience business a success.

Fuel for thought

Three pillars of the retail petroleum industry came together on stage at last month's international IDAC conference in London's Tower Hotel a scenic position alongside Tower Bridge and the River Thames, at which to welcome 250-plus fuel-retailing industry delegates from around the globe. Organised by McClean Communications Ltd, the event dovetailed with ERPEC, the bi-annual gathering of business leaders from Europe's retail petroleum and fuel marketing industries.

New networking opportunity extended to smaller dealers

Forecourt Trader will be holding a new networking event on the evening of June 2, 2015, to complement the well-established annual Forecourt Forum, organised by the ACS and the PRA, which will be held at the same venue the following day.

Positive thinking

Abusy time was had by all at The Forecourt Show 2015, held last month at the NEC Birmingham, and one of the busiest places was the Retailer Hub, where a broad exchange of information took place.

Show go

We're just weeks away from one of the biggest events on the forecourt industry's calendar The Forecourt Show 2015. There, you can catch up with the likes of BOSS, Car Wash UK, CFG Nationwide Site Services; CPL Distribution; Fairbanks Environmental, Fast Trak; Gadjet; Glasdon UK; Greenergy; Harvest Retail; Istobal UK; Jet; K9 Clean; Karcher UK; OPW; Pongo UK; Prax Petroleum; RMIF/PRA; Tate Business Group; Tokheim UK; Washtec (UK); and Wayne Fuelling Systems UK.

London summit

IDAC 15, a one-off international conference for the retail fuel industry, focusing on forecourt design, construction and technology, is coming to London next month. The two-day event will run alongside ERPEC, the well-established bi-annual gathering of business leaders from Europe's retail petroleum and fuel marketing industries.

Make it a date

You really should try and make time to visit the Forecourt Show at Birmingham's NEC from Monday April 20 to Wednesday 22. That's because it will be full of exhibitors keen to talk to you face-to-face, about your business and how their products and services can help you. You'll be able to have in-depth conversations about the issues that matter to you and give your honest feedback to suppliers.

Don't miss this

Got a question about the National Lottery or a query about the impending tobacco display ban? Want to extend your food-to-go offer or start selling e-cigs? The answers to all these queries and many more will be available at the National Convenience Show (NCS), which takes place at the Birmingham NEC from Monday March 24 to Wednesday March 26.

Forecourt Show 2013 preview

Forecourt and convenience retailers will be welcomed to the NEC, Birmingham this month as both The Forecourt Show and the National Convenience Show open their doors to reveal a comprehensive display of the latest, equipment, products and services in the market.


It's now time to plan your visit to the Forecourt & Fuel Equipment Show 2012 (FFE) so you can fit as much as possible into your day. The show takes place at the Birmingham NEC later this month from March 25-27.

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