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Rontec buys two sites from fellow Top 50 Indie

Rontec has bought two well established East Sussex petrol filling stations from its fellow Top 50 Indie Local Fuels.

Moran’s Retail Managing Director John Moran (right) pictured with Paul Moran, Manager of Moran’s Centra, Strand Road, Derry-Londonderry
Moran's reopens two sites after £2m investment

Northern Irish retailer Moran’s has reopened two of its stores in Derry and Coleraine after completing the first phase of a multi-million-pound investment and regeneration programme, with support from Ulster Bank.

is Brian Donaldson CEO of The Maxol Group, Peter Robinson, Licensee of Maxol Glenabbey Service Station and Kevin Paterson, Maxol Retail Manager NI
Maxol completes £1m revamp of service station

Irish forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol has completed a £1m investment in its Glenabbey Service Station, in Northern Ireland, and has created eight new jobs.

Fastned's Sunderland charging station
350kW fast charging station opens in Sunderland

Fastned, an electric vehicle charging company which is building a European network of fast charging stations, has opened its first fast charging station in the UK.

PSNI car
ATM raiders strike in Northern Ireland for ninth time this year

An ATM machine was stolen from premises in the Market Square area of Bushmills in the early hours of Tuesday 16 April, in the ninth such raid in Northern Ireland this year.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
Diploma in Convenience Retailing offered by university

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has announced a new partnership with the University of Surrey’s Department of Marketing and Retail Management to offer the first Diploma in Convenience Retailing.

a cigarette
Three tobacco gantries removed after prosecutions

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has removed its tobacco gantries from three retailers prosecuted for sales of illegal tobacco. This brings the total number of gantries removed by JTI to 38.

Shell UK HQ targeted by protesters

Shell’s London headquarters have been vandalised by climate-change protesters.

MFG agrees 1 billion litres-a-year fuel supply deal with BP

Motor Fuel Group (MFG), the UK's largest independent forecourt operator, has signed a new five-year, 1 billion litres-a-year fuel supply contract with BP.

UK lagging behind on hydrogen development

The UK is lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of automotive hydrogen development, with countries like China, Korea and Japan pushing ahead at a rapid rate, according to Charles Purkess, business development manager at ITM Power.

David Penny with the 2018 award
Nominations open for Special Recognition Award

As this year’s Forecourt Trader Awards get under way, we are seeking nominations for our ‘Special Recognition’ award, which is run in conjunction with the Awards’ principal sponsor, Essar Oil (UK) Ltd, and is voted for by the readers of Forecourt Trader.

ford fiesta
Diesel decline depresses latest DfT car registration figures

Annual figures released by the Department for Transport show that 2.9 million new vehicles were registered in Great Britain during 2018, 5% fewer than during 2017. 

Sign for accessible toilet
Government provides £2m funding for accessible toilets

The government has launched a £2m fund to help more motorway service stations in England become fully accessible for disabled passengers.

Red Lion Truck Stop
Certas Energy starts work on Northamptonshire fuel bunker

Certas Energy has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for an HGV refuelling bunker site in Northamptonshire, 400m from the M1 at Junction 16.

Asda's Tonypandy filling station
New owner takes over at Premier Group's construction division

The construction division of The Premier Group, a specialist in retail forecourts and commercial fuel installations, has been bought by a new owner with plans to grow and diversify the company.

police handcuffs
Five-strong gang of cash machine raiders jailed

Five members of a criminal gang believed to have made more than £1m and caused more than £200,000 worth of damage after they attacked ATMs have been jailed.

PSNI car
Irish forecourt devastated as ATM is ripped from building

A filling station in Dungiven has become the eighth victim of ATM thieves in Northern Ireland this year.

Co-op Isle of Skye
Co-op Isle of Skye site reopens after £3.5m overhaul

The Co-op store and petrol filling station in Broadford on the Isle of Skye has reopened following a £3.5m overhaul.

Karan Retail's Herringthorpe Service Station
Top 50 Indie Karan Retail buys its 12th petrol filling station

Top 50 Indie Karan Retail has bought Herringthorpe Service Station, in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, through specialist business property adviser Christie & Co.

Zuber and Mohsin Issa
EG Group set to top 1,000 US sites after acquisition deal

Euro Garages parent company EG Group has struck a deal to expand its US estate to more than 1,000 locations with the acquisition of 54 Fastrac Markets-branded convenience retail stores and petrol stations and the company’s wholesale fuel business.

washing a car by hand
Nearly 1,000 potential slavery cases logged by car wash app

Nearly 1,000 cases of potential modern slavery have been logged by the Clewer Initiative’s Safe Car Wash app, which was launched last June to help raise awareness of modern slavery in hand car washes.

police officer
Detectives link break-ins at petrol stations in Leicester

Detectives in Leicester believe two break-ins at petrol stations in the city on the morning of Tuesday 9 April could be linked.

exhaust fumes
London mayor introduces Ultra Low Emission Zone

The world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has launched in London, meaning cars that do not meet emission standards will have to pay £12.50 a day to enter.

Jane Richardson, director, and Joseph Richardson, managing director, outside Snaith Hall Filling Station
Jos Richardson & Son adds seventh forecourt site

Top 50 Indie Jos Richardson & Son has purchased Snaith Hall Filling Station, a Gulf fuel station and convenience store based in the town of Snaith, near Goole, East Yorkshire.

Rontec and Morrisons Daily at Trench Lock, Telford
Rontec acquires Telford site and opens Morrisons Daily store

Top 50 Indie Rontec has acquired Trench Lock filling station in Telford, and opened a Morrisons Daily in the 3,000sq ft shop.

Smalleys Garage in Thorne, Doncaster
Christie & Co brings group of five petrol stations to market

A group of five freehold petrol filling station sites in Yorkshire has been brought to market by specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.

ford fiesta
Sales of new cars continue to slide in March

UK new car registrations were down 3.4% in March, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 

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Raider armed with knife robs petrol station

Officers from North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after a masked man armed with a knife robbed a petrol station in Harrogate.

Home Office minister Victoria Atkins
Home Office consults on abuse and violence against shop staff

The Government has launched a call for evidence to tackle violence and abuse against shop staff.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles on display at SMMT Connected
UK can lead world in self driving report claims

The UK is in pole position in the global race to market for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), according to a report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Frost & Sullivan.

Gulf'd refreshed imagery
Gulf unveils refreshed forecourt imagery

Gulf Retail has freshened its forecourt image as part of a major investment programme to strengthen and grow its dealer network.

BP to roll-out rapid 150kW EV chargers to dealers

BP is preparing to offer dealers the opportunity to introduce 150kW ultra-rapid charging on their forecourts.

fuel pumps
Supermarkets step up competition on fuel pricing

Normal competition on fuel prices between the big four supermarkets appears to have resumed in March after four months during which Asda’s competitors stopped tracking its prices as closely as they have in the past.

Texaco Confused.com advert
Valero runs second campaign with Confused.com

Valero and price comparison website Confused.com have teamed up for a second consecutive year to offer every customer who purchases a new car insurance policy through Confused.com a £20 Texaco fuel voucher.

Cairn Lodge kitchen
Westmorland carries out £3m revamp at Cairn Lodge

A £3m revamp of Cairn Lodge Services has been carried out by award-winning motorway service area operator Westmorland.

Mohsin Issa, founder and co-CEO of the EG Group
EG Group completes purchase of Australian network

Euro Garages’ parent company EG Group announced the completion of its purchase of Woolworth’s petrol business in Australia on April 2.

site after ATM theft
Northern Irish police make fresh appeal over ATM thefts

A senior the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detective has issued a fresh appeal to the public to help catch the criminals behind the recent spate of ATM thefts across Northern Ireland.

Graham Peacock signs 21 sites to the Texaco brand

TG Convenience Stores, a recent new entry to Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies, is to use the Texaco brand for 21 of its service stations, following an agreement between Valero and TG Convenience Stores CEO Graham Peacock.

shell logo
Shell network to offer discounts to electricity customers

Shell’s network of service stations is to offer discounts to customers of its electricity provider First Utility, which it has rebranded as Shell Energy.

Taverham Gulf Petrol Filling Station
Busy Norfolk forecourt sold to multi-site operator

Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has completed on the sale of Taverham Gulf Petrol Filling Station, located in the Norfolk village of Taverham, approximately five miles from Norwich, to an experienced local operator.

Simulation of an Electric Forecourts site
Gridserve unveils plans for 100 large-scale charging sites

Gridserve has announced plans to build a UK-wide network of more than 100 Electric Forecourts designed specifically for the needs of electric vehicle (EV) drivers, delivering convenient, ultra-fast, low-cost charging for all types of EVs.

Artist impression CGI of Warrington Services concept
Extra MSA Group reveals plan for services on M62

Plans to develop a £50m-plus motorway service area at Junction 11 of the M62 are being put out to public consultation by Extra MSA Group.

a cigarette
HMRC finally reveals details of new tobacco regulations

HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that small retailers will be able to start applying for tobacco track and trace codes from 30 April, just three weeks before the introduction of the regulations on May 20.

Central England Co-op reports gross profits up 4.4% to £18.1m

Central England Co-operative, which operates 22 forecourts, has announced gross sales up 2.5% to £869.9m with trading profit up 4.4% to £18.1m for the year to 26 January 2019.

Nisa Woodman Service Station, Dewsbury Road, Leeds
Nisa to roll out 1,000 Co-op own brand products

Nisa has announced that from April 2019 it will roll out approximately 1,000 Co-op own brand products across fresh and ambient, bringing the total number available to Nisa and Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) retailers to almost 2,000, more than 80% of the Co-op range.

site after ATM attack
Thieves rip ATM from a forecourt in Northern Ireland

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland are investigating after an ATM machine was stolen from a forecourt in Irvinestown during the early hours of Sunday 24 March. 

ACS chief executive James Lowman
Shopworkers urged to report all abuse in new campaign

Shopworkers across England and Wales are being encouraged to report every incident of abuse when it occurs as part of a new campaign being launched today by the Home Office, retail businesses and retail membership organisations. 

police blue light
Blowtorch used on forecourt in botched raid

Raiders are believed to have used a blowtorch on a forecourt in a bid to steal from a cash machine in West Yorkshire. 

Gulf strengthens south west team with new appointment

Gulf Retail has strengthened its team in the south west of England with the appointment of Sam Edwards as regional business manager. Sam re-joins Certas Energy after three years as territory manager with Essar. He previously spent nearly nine years with Certas Energy, working his way successfully from sales teamlLeader to retail area mManager via spells as depot manager and business development manager for Alternative Fuels.

Morrisons to roll out GeniePoint Network rapid chargers

ChargePoint Services, owner and operator of the GeniePoint Network, has announced a green transport energy roll-out plan with Morrisons supermarkets to provide rapid electric vehicle charging across its sites, nationwide.