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Total bucks crime trends
01 August, 2004

Total claims to have bucked the trend of rising violent crime, cutting incidents of robbery and assault on its forecourts by 56% over the past two years.

Crime down at motorway site
01 August, 2004

An initiative between motorway service station operator Welcome Break and Stroud District Council to combat crime at Michaelwood Services and the surrounding towns has been hailed as a success.

Forecourt in murder hunt
01 August, 2004

A service station in North Yorkshire became the focal point of a week-long murder hunt after the owner recognised a man who police wished to question about four horrific deaths.

01 August, 2004

I read with interest in the July edition that Sainsbury’s is rather reliant on sales growth from buoyant trading in petrol to show the City the company is alive and well. Who is it deluding? The City, its shareholders or the management itself?

News in brief
01 August, 2004

The deferral of September’s petrol duty increase is good news for petrol retailers and will relieve the anxiety created by rising oil prices during the past few months, said Ray Holloway, director of the Petrol Retailers’ Association. The Government has announced that the fuel duty increase due to take effect on September 1 will be postponed and looked at again in November.

Highland sting
01 August, 2004

The launch of the PRA’s fighting fund to tackle the integrity of wet stock deliveries has certainly struck a nerve – particularly on a forecourt in Scotland, where the owner, Frank Hamill, has been struggling to sort a serious problem out with his (now former) fuel supplier, Shell, for the past 10 years. Frank has been a petrol retailer for 20 years, building up a good business on his Pheonix Filling Station, which covers a large area on the Keppochhill Road in the heart of Glasgow. It has an average fuel volume of about 140,000 litres a week, but Frank claims he has been losing an average of 2,500 litres per month through delivery shortages.

Parkfoot garage, London Road, West Malling, Kent
01 August, 2004

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Located on the busy A20, Parkfoot Garage looks a busy, but tempting place to stop with its Spar shop, cash point, off licence, car wash, strong BP branding and spacious parking area.

Record breakers
01 August, 2004

Virtually the first question most newcomers to running their own business ask us as their professional advisers is “What paperwork do I need to keep, and for how long?” – followed by a long sigh when we tell them that most of their accounting records need to be kept safe for at least six years, and that some paperwork should never be destroyed. Increasingly we are being asked the same question when site operators want to install computerised accounting systems. The basic requirements are the same, although some details are obviously related to the technology in use at any particular time.

Stamp, stamp, the sound of jackboots
01 August, 2004

Trading standards officers in Norfolk would appear to be armed with magnifying glasses and an I’m-going-to-get-you-no-matter-what attitude.

For whom the tills roll
01 August, 2004

It’s an old rep’s trick, the agreement-seeking question: ‘You DO want to buy this, don’t you?’

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