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Essar announced as new principal sponsor for Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2019

Essar Oil (UK) has been revealed as the new principal sponsor of this year’s Forecourt Trader Awards – the industry’s most prestigious awards programme.

Rusdene's Waterlooville Vapestore
Rusdene Group trials new Vapestore concepts

Forecourt group Rusdene has launched a new partnership with a vaping company, trialling new retail offers across all of its five sites.

Valero area sales manager Samantha Passi
Valero appoints new sales manager for Northern Ireland

Valero has appointed a new sales manager for Northern Ireland, Samantha Passi.

electric car charging
Report claims electric cars are cheapest to run

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in the UK, according to The Guardian.

old Ford Fiesta
Diesel sales hold up in used car market

The used car market in the UK finished the year slightly down on the previous 12 months, dropping 2.1% to 7,945,040 transactions in 2018, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

PRA arranges Business Breakout in Chatham

The PRA has arranged a Business Breakout in Kent at Chatham Historic Dockyard Anchor Wharf, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, on Thursday March 7.

Steve Rodell
Property expert highlights resilience of convenience sector

The convenience sector is proving far more resilient than the British high street, according to Steve Rodell, managing director – retail, at specialist business property adviser Christie & Co.

PSNI car
Thieves rip ATM out of wall of Northern Ireland forecourt

A cash machine has been stolen after it was ripped out of the wall of a filling station in Omagh, County Tyrone., in Northern Ireland.

Ballinluig Services
Highland forecourt unveils new Gulf-branded look

Ballinluig Services and Grill, a petrol station and truck stop off the A9 at Pitlochry in the north of Scotland, has unveiled a new look forecourt following its recent move from BP to Gulf.

Andrew Calder outside the new store
Kiosk forecourt shop replaced with Spar store

A Murco-branded forecourt and Ford dealership has opened a new Spar store on the site.

police officer
Petrol station worker attacked during robbery

A petrol station worker has been attacked during a robbery in the West Midlands carried out by five men.

Manoj Tugnait
Essar Oil strengthens retail team with new territory manager

Essar Oil UK has recruited Manoj Tugnait to join its retail team, supporting the company’s rapidly growing network of stations in the UK.

police tape
Forecourt among victims targeted in night of ram raids

Detectives in Sheffield are linking a ram raid on a forecourt in the city with other attacks which took place the same night.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS calls for clarity on new tobacco regulations

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has reiterated its calls to Government to publish details of how retailers can apply for the codes that they will need to comply with the upcoming tobacco track and trace regulations, after HMRC launched a further consultation on the details of the regulations.

Stephen Marcos Jones
Report highlights value of the oil industry across the UK

The downstream oil sector provides major economic benefits across the UK, according to a new study released today.

Morley service station
Ascona makes its fourth acquisition this year

Fast growing Ascona Group has completed its fourth acquisition this year with the purchase of Morley Service Station in Plymouth, Devon, for an undisclosed sum.

An Applegreenn Subway outlet
Forecourts outperforming overall market in food to go

Food to go on petrol forecourts is outperforming the overall food to go market, and is set to grow by 3.8% in 2019, according to research from MCA Insight & HIM.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
Government publishes guidance on Brexit for retailers

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published new guidance for the retail sector on preparing for EU exit.

Calor's Bristol LNG station
Calor upgrades LNG facility at motorway services

Calor has enhanced its refuelling network for natural gas-powered trucks by upgrading its Aust LNG facility, near Bristol.

police tape
Police seek trio who tried to blow up forecourt ATM

Three men who attempted to blow up an ATM on a forecourt are being sought by police.

Riversimple's Rasa car
Welsh hydrogen car pilot awarded £1.25m funding

Government funding of £1.25m has been awarded to Riversimple, a manufacturer of hydrogen electric cars based in Wales, to support production of a test fleet of 20 vehicles.

police handcuffs
Prolific burglar who targeted forecourts is jailed

A prolific burglar who targeted service stations and other commercial sites where he could steal cigarettes has been jailed.

KIngsbury terminal
Essar Oil UK acquires BP assets to prepare for network expansion

The Essar Oil UK Group of companies has acquired of a number of assets from BP to strengthen its logistics infrastructure network as it expands its supplies to service stations.

PSNI car
NI retailers could withdraw ATMs following damaging raids

Retailers in Northern Ireland could start to remove ATMs from their premises because of the number of attacks causing huge damage to buildings.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson
Government rejects MPs call for licensing of hand car washes

Calls by MPs for tough action against tax-dodging rogue hand car wash operators have been rejected by the Government.

Ascona Wales Bar
Ascona makes its third acquisition in a month

The rapidly expanding forecourt group Ascona has revealed its third purchase in a month with the acquisition of Wales Bar Service Station on the A618 in Sheffield.

washing a car by hand
Car washes on supermarket sites to be inspected

Thirty hand car washes on supermarket sites in the Midlands will be inspected and audited this month to check that they are complying with regulations and looking after their workers.

police blue light
Female cashier attacked and threatened with syringe

A female service station cashier had to be taken to hospital for treatment after she was attacked by a robber and threatened with a syringe.

Ford Fiesta
Sales of new cars down for fifth month in January

Sales of new cars in the UK continued their downward trend in January, with falls in diesel car sales continuing to outweigh higher sales of petrol cars and alternatively fuelled vehicles.

electric car charging
£6m funding package to provide charge points for taxis

The Government has awarded more than £6m to support ultra-low emission taxis across the country.

automated vehicle
Government moves forward on trials for self-driving vehicles

The government has announced that a process is being developed to support advanced trials of automated vehicles on UK roads.

Lomas Kington Service Station
Fast growing Top 50 Indies groups snap up two sites

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has completed on the sales of forecourts sites to two expanding operators.

How the MSA could look
Euro Garages planning MSA "unlike any other" on M5

Euro Garages has applied for planning permission for a motorway service area on land east of junction 24 of the M5, at Huntworth in Somerset, and says it will be "unlike any other".

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Oil companies flocking to The Forecourt Show 2019

The number of oil companies at The Forecourt Show 2019 is mounting with BP, Greenergy, Gulf, Harvest Energy, Jet, Murco and Shell all taking stands at the event.

VW mobile charger
Volkswagen to produce chargers for electric vehicles

Volkswagen Group has announced it will start series production of its flexible fast charging station from 2020 onwards.

PRA breakout pic
PRA arranges Business Breakout in Exeter

The PRA has arranged a Business Breakout in Exeter at Sandy Park Conference Centre, at junction 30 of the M5, on Wednesday February 27.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS backs call for harsher sanctions on illegal tobacco trade

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed calls from the Local Government Association (LGA) to impose tougher sanctions on those caught selling illicit tobacco.

Morrisons Daily at MPK's Moulsford, Oxfordshire
First Morrisons Daily opens at Essar-branded MPK site

Essar has confirmed the first opening of a Morrisons Daily at one of its branded retail outlets at Moulsford in Oxfordshire, with several more planned to follow.

Certas Energy Holyhead bunker site
Certas Energy opens bunker refuelling site in Holyhead

Certas Energy has opened a new bunker refuelling site in Holyhead, North Wales.

ATM keyboard
LINK offers extra payment for selected ATM providers

LINK, the UK’s main cash machine network, has announced a super premium that will significantly increase payments to ATM operators in remote and deprived areas by up to £2.75 per cash withdrawal.

a gavel
Used diesel car sales holding up well at auctions

The overall used car market reached record highs in 2018, with diesel sales holding up, despite pressures in the new car market, according to James Tomlinson, chairman of The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA).

ACS chief executive James Lowman
Retailers urged to report shop theft after claimed reduction

The Association of Convenience store (ACS) is urging retailers to report incidents of shop theft after latest crime statistics showed a decline.

a cigarette
JTI removes gantry from shop after illicit tobacco find

JTI has removed its tobacco gantry from Bunty’s in Weldbank Lane, Chorley, following the discovery of illegal tobacco at the store last year.

MFG's Oakwood Gate Service Station
MFG rebrands 110 Spar stores as Londis or Budgens

The UK’s biggest independent forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is rebranding 110 of its shops from Spar to the Londis or Budgens brands, as part of an extension of its shop supply agreement with Booker Retail Partners (BRP).

Kia e-Niro
Electric vehicle scoops Car of the Year award

The Kia e-Niro has been named the What Car? Car of the Year 2019, becoming the first electric car to win the award.

electric car charging
Parliamentary committee chair slams Government's EV strategy

The Government’s strategy on encouraging the use of electric vehicles (EVs) has been attacked by the chair of an influential Parliamentary committee.

electric car charging using CH2ARGE
Hydrogen cell powered EV charger demonstrated

An electric vehicle charger than can generate its own power using a hydrogen cell, and work even where there is no mains electricity, has been launched.

A suspected fuel laundering plant
HMRC seizes fuel at four sites in England and Scotland

More than 80,000 litres of suspected illicit fuel has been seized from four petrol stations in England and Scotland following a three-day operation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Patrick Sewell and Shaun Lunt at the launch of the deal
Sewell on the go renews sponsorship of local team

Top 50 Indie Sewell on the go has renewed its sponsorship of the Colin Hutton stand at Hull Kingston Rovers rugby league ground for a further 12 months.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes Home Office commitments on retail crime

New commitments on tackling retail crime, announced by Home Office minister Victoria Atkins, have been welcomed by The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).