Forecourt Trader
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Woman staff member in her 60s attacked by robber

Surrey Police officers have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to after a woman staff member in her 60s was attacked during a robbery.

Euro garages West Highway Service Station in Clydebank
Euro Garages buys high volume site in Scotland

Euro Garages has bought a petrol filling station in Clydebank, which is one of Scotland’s top performing dealer forecourts.

Centra Eniskillen owner Una Lilley (left) and Leona McNicholl
Centra store and forecourt reopens after £2m KDRB

A new-look Lilley’s Centra and forecourt has reopened in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, following completion of a £2m investment, creating 15 new jobs.

Asda's Tonypandy filling station
Asda cuts fuel prices for second time in eight days

Asda has cut the price of fuel for the second time in eight days.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes change to business rates revaluations

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed an announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on changes to the frequency of business rates revaluations.

Hussain Rashid (left) and Andrew Peeler
Esso site crowned store of the year by CollectPlus

An Esso service station in Solihull has been named the UK’s best CollectPlus store in the brand’s annual awards.

Stephen Marcos Jones
UKPIA urges government to work with industry on emissions

Responding to the announcement that the UK Government intends to legislate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2050, UKPIA (UK Petroleum Industry Association) – the trade association for the UK’s downstream oil sector – has called on policymakers to work with industry to meet these ambitious goals.

Lord Price
GroceryAid launches service to help staff after trauma

A new Workplace Critical Incident Support service has been set up by the grocery charity GroceryAid.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling
DfT plans for total electricfication of government car fleet

The transport secretary has set out plans for the government to move towards completely ultra-low emission car fleets over the next decade.

Ascon's new acquisition, Enterprise Autos
Ascona acquires forecourt in South Wales

Fast growing top 50 Indie Ascona has added Enterprise Autos, a well-established forecourt in Crumlin, South Wales, to its estate.

MPK and Morrisons Daily Moulsford, Oxfordshire
Essar adds two more MPK sites to its national network

Essar is continuing the rollout of its retail offering in the UK this week, with the unveiling of two more MPK Garages sites takng its national network to 71 sites.

Central England Co-op Stowupland
Central England Co-op revamps forecourt as part of £1.4m scheme

Central England Co-op has officially opened its new store with a revamped forecourt in Stowupland, Suffolk, creating 20 new jobs and investing £1.4m in the area.

Prime Minister Theresa May
PM steps up plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions

The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will eradicate net emissions of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming, by 2050.

Extra Changing Places toilet facilities
Extra MSA expands its provision for customers with disabilities

Extra MSA Group is aiming to become one of the most accessible motorway service area operators in the UK with the addition of new facilities.

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Two men charged with robbery at three petrol filling stations

Two men have been arrested by Derbyshire Police officers and charged with robbery from three petrol filling stations.

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark
Government invests £23m in battery research

Companies across the country are set to benefit from £23m government investment in developing the latest electric vehicle technology.

Nic Dakin MP
E10 should be top priority, concludes APPG's report

E10 should be a top priority for the Government and should be mandated in the UK by 2020 at the latest, according to Nic Dakin MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, which today published its Interim Report, ending the first part of its inquiry into 'Introducing E10 in the UK' which launched in March. 

ACS welcomes roll out of fuel labelling

The Government's campaign aimed at educating drivers about fuel labels on forecourts announced in February, has been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Craft baker eyes forecourt

Traditional craft bakery, Somerset Bakehouse has applied for planning permission to convert a convenience store on a BP forecourt in Bridgwater, into a bakers.

MP opens Certas Energy's new refuelling bunker at The 'fechan truckstop

Certas Energy has welcomed lorry drivers and local dignitaries to the official opening of its new refuelling site at the popular ‘fechan Truckstop (Eardley International). The bunker promises increased speed and efficiency, as well as convenience for drivers.

Law firm warns forecourt retailers to get to grips with new tobacco regs

New rules introduced last month for cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco to combat forgery, will also be extended to cigars and cigarillos in 2024, according to Robert Botkai, partner of law firm Winckworth Sherwood.

Esso predicts positive boost as dealers welcome Nectar scheme

Esso UK is expecting a boost in fuel volumes following the launch of its Nectar loyalty programme on June 1, which generated positive comments from several Esso retailers.

Kingsley Moor Service Station
Stoke-on-Trent service station brought to market

Kingsley Moor Service Station in Stoke-on-Trent has been brought to the market by Forecourts4sale.

Ron Perry & Son Northbound service station
Perry wins consent to expand service station capacity

Independent service station operator Ron Perry has won planning permission to increase capacity at his Northbound service station on the A19 at Elwick, Hartlepool.

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Man taken to hospital after attack by gang of robbers

A man was taken to hospital after he was attacked during an early-morning robbery at a petrol filling station in Hampshire.

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Group of men armed with hammers rob forecourt shop

Officers from Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses or information following a robbery at a petrol filling station at Southam in the early hours of Tuesday 4 June.

Asda's Tonypandy filling station
Asda cuts 3ppl from its diesel prices and 1ppl from petrol

Asda has announced that it will be cutting its fuel prices from tomorrow, June 6.

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Price of petrol at pumps close to five-year high

The average price of fuel rose for the fourth month in a row in May, making petrol 11ppl more than it was at the beginning of February and diesel 7p dearer, according to data from RAC Fuel Watch.

Roadchef entrance sign
Roadchef welcomes rejection of M4 relief road plan

A decision by the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford to reject plans for an M4 relief road has been welcomed by the motorway service area operator Roadchef, but has been criticised by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Applegreen branding on forecourt
Applegreen exploring new opportunities in the US

Applegreen is continuing to explore new opportunities in the US, its chairman, Daniel Kitchen, has told shareholders at its AGM.

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Diesel decline continues to depress new car sales

The UK new car market declined by 4.6% in May with 183,724 units registered, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Nicola Grady-Smith
BP launches loyalty scheme to replace Nectar

BP has launched a new customer loyalty programme, BPme Rewards, to replace Nectar.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
PRA issues warning over ATM business rates battle

Consumers access to cash is being threatened by a continuing court battle over whether extra business rates should be imposed on ATMs, the PRA has warned.

Christian Flach
Greenergy lines up sucessor for chief executive Andrew Owens

Greenergy, onw of the UK’s biggest suppliers of road fuels, has lined up a successor for its chief executive Andrew Owens, who after nearly 30 years in charge is to become non-executive chairman.

Ashbys petrol station
South Devon forecourt sold off guide price of £1.1m

A rapidly growing Southern Co-op franchise has acquired its third petrol filling station.

ATM keyboard
Valuation Office set to appeal over ATM business rates

A court verdict that overturned £300m of business rate bills for cash machines outside shops is set to be challenged after the Government received approval from the Supreme Court to appeal.

electric car charging
Shortage of facilities blamed for risky charging practices

A majority of EV users who responded to a survey have admitted they have charged dangerously, and blamed it on an absence of local public charging points.

Rasi Rasaiyaah
Well known member of forecourt community dies

The directors of two Top 50 Indie companies have paid tribute to a well-known member of the forecourt community who died earlier this month.

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Police release CCTV after theft of large amount of cash

Detectives from Staffordshire Police are appealing for help in identifying a man captured on CCTV after a large amount of cash was stolen from a petrol filling station.

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Ferrari's first electric hybrid provides 1,000 horse power

Ferrari has dipped its toe in the electric vehicle market with the introduction of its first series-production PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), the SF90 Stradale.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS urges retailers to prepare for refrigeration regulation change

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has produced new guidance to help retailers prepare for the F-Gas service ban, which comes into effect on 1 January 2020.

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Budgens wins 'Favourite Forecourt Retailer' at HIM Awards

Symbol group Budgens was voted The Shoppers' Favourite Forecourt Retailer at the HIM Awards 2019. 

Eight electric chargers have been installed at the site
Co-op invests in new filling station and shop in Norfolk

The Co-op is developed a new petrol filling station and food store in Necton, Norfolk, in a multi-million pound re-development of a disused site.

Snaith Hall Filling Station
Top 50 Indie Jos Richardson & Son buys site

Top 50 Indie Jos Richardson & Son has added to its estate with the purchase of Snaith Hall Filling Station in Snaith, near Goole in East Yorkshire.

Electric charging on Gulf forecourt
Number of public charging sites exceeds petrol filling stations

There are now more public charging locations in the UK than petrol stations, according to data from Zap-Map, an online service for electric charger users.

know your fuel website
DfT launches website to publicise fuel labelling changes

A website advising consumers about the changes to fuel labelling on forecourts has been launched by the Department for Transport (DfT).

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Filling station robber jailed for three years

A man who threatened a member of staff before stealing money from a service station in Wickford, Essex, has been jailed for three years.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes decision to axe charges for calls to police

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed an announcement by the Home Office’s that charges for calls to the 101 police non-emergency number will be dropped.

CNG Fuels refuelling Waitrose lorry
CNG Fuels starts building work on biomethane refuelling stations

CNG Fuels has commenced construction of two new public access renewable biomethane compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG) refuelling stations, two of five due to open in 2019 to cater for increasing demand from HGV operators switching from diesel.

electric car charging
Government launches design competition for EV chargers

The government has launched a competition for 7 to 19-year olds to design the electric vehicle chargepoints of the future.