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January

New Year hassle with chip and pin
01 January, 2005

While the Chip and Pin Programme has hailed the first weekend of using the new technology a success, many in the forecourt sector have encountered problems.

Launch of world's first motorbike wash
01 January, 2005

THI UK has launched the first machine in the world to wash motorbikes. The patented Motorbike-Wash with water reclaim system – retailing at under £20,000 – is self-contained and washes one motorbike in just a few minutes.

Asda triggers fuel prices
01 January, 2005

Asda has triggered a price war on forecourts with its announcement of a 3ppl drop in petrol prices, bringing it down to 76.9p – the lowest since April last year.

Forecourts targeted to sell mortgages
01 January, 2005

A new mortgage services company is giving forecourt retailers the chance to earn money by marketing financial solutions to its customers.

Pensioner injured in drive-off
01 January, 2005

An 82-year-old filling station owner was rushed to hospital after trying to tackle two vehicles that drove off without paying.

Snax 24 signs P&H in 15m supply deal
01 January, 2005

Snax 24 has chosen delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey McLane to supply its 43 forecourts throughout the UK.

2005
01 January, 2005

PAUL SYKES

News in brief
01 January, 2005

THE FORECOURT TRADER BUSINESS DIRECTORY 2005 is out now and packed with more than 2,000 company listings. With contacts for fuel suppliers and distributors to shop equipment and services, this directory has all the information you need at your fingertips. It also includes features on legal and tax issues, as well as a fuel market review. For details call 0800 652 6512.

Hopcrofts Holt service station on the A4260 Oxford to Banbury road
01 January, 2005

Just north of Oxford at Kidlington on the A4260 is a Sainsbury supermarket service station and just as you enter Banbury is an Esso On the Run site. Both are bright, well focused, busy ‘premier division’ service stations and c-stores. Smack bang in the middle of these two on the crossroads with the B4030 is Hopcrofts Holt Service Station, a joint branded Key Shop/Jet site. A mid ‘first division’ site that I fear may struggle to gain promotion.

Wake up and smell the coffee
01 January, 2005

The end of the old year and start of the new one is a time for taking stock of where we are, and making plans for where we’d like to be in 12 months time – and making the resolutions that should enable us to get there. This column will humbly offer a few thoughts and suggestions for the petroleum retailing industry in 2005.

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?