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December

Traders at risk with new licensing laws
01 December, 2004

Petrol retailers could unknowingly break the law by selling hot food throughout the night if they fail to fork out £775 for a premises licence under the new licensing regime.

Esso licensee case dismissed on appeal
01 December, 2004

The lengthy fight by a group of former Esso licensees who felt they had been seriously wronged by the oil major, finally ground to a halt last month when the appeal against an earlier judgement in Esso’s favour was dismissed.

Site count falls again
01 December, 2004

Nearly 300 forecourts have closed in the past six months, according to the latest figures from Catalist UK, the service station data specialist. In our last Fuel Market Review (see June issue) there were 10,867 UK sites.

Forecourt shows set to be the biggest yet
01 December, 2004

Europe’s premier show for the forecourt and fuel equipment industry is back, and is bigger and better than before, according to the organisers, William Reed Events.

Jailed for robbing garage
01 December, 2004

A man convicted of threatening an Essex filling station cashier with a kitchen knife during a robbery has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court.

BOSS shows how to cut crime by 50%
01 December, 2004

Details of how forecourt crime can be reduced by between 35% and 50% were unveiled to more than 200 delegates representing 12 UK police forces, major oil companies and petrol retailers at a Fighting Forecourt Crime seminar in Birmingham.

Torex targets growth
01 December, 2004

Retail solutions provider Torex Retail (formerly known as Arciris) has appointed founder member and former sales director Billy Tank as managing director of its Petroleum & Convenience UK division to strengthen its team

ACS fights for fairer post office contracts
01 December, 2004

The Association of Convenience Stores has lodged a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading in its battle for fairer contacts between the Post Office Ltd and subpostmasters.

Susie's coup
01 December, 2004

Susie Hawkins hit the headlines last month when news travelled back from the NACS Convention in Las Vegas that she had fought off stiff competition from independent retailers in America and Australia to win the convenience store industry’s Global Scholarship. Women are a rare breed in the forecourt industry so who is the woman behind such an achievement?

News in brief
01 December, 2004

FORECOURT TRADER PUBLISHER WILLIAM REED PUBLISHING, has scooped a major award in the UK Family Business Honours Programme. The company, which publishes top titles such as The Grocer and Convenience Store, won the Business Success Category. The competition is organised by private bank JP Morgan and supported by the London Business School and the Institute for Family Business, and is judged by an independent committee on areas including financial growth, innovation, good governance, sound business process and staff development.

Following a deal agreed with Harvest Energy, do you think it will be good to see the Total brand returning to UK forecourts?