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5 December, 2016

RAC predicts pre-Christmas price rises at the pumps

The price of unleaded petrol and diesel at the pumps fell for the first time in four months in November, according to the latest data from RAC Fuel Watch.

A multi-agency operation to tackle potential offences of slavery and human trafficking was carried out at a car wash on Molesey Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, on Wednesday, 23 November.

A Shell motorway service station in South Wales has been sold to Sir Robert McAlpine Enterprises, advised by Savills, for £4m.

Gulf Retail, the principal sponsor of the 2016 Forecourt Trader Awards and corporate supporter of the Petrol Retailers Association, has confirmed its participation in the 2017 Forecourt Show.



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LOCATION: This Shell site is on a roundabout just outside Brenzett on the Romney Marsh. The site is very visible from the roundabout but it's not obvious how you get to it. I had to turn one way and do a U-turn to get in. There used to be a Little Chef adjacent to the forecourt but now it's a business selling sheds.

Auto-enrolment nothing to do with cars: Anyone who knows Londis retailer Steve Vaughan (Handbridge Services, Chester) knows that he likes to pass on useful tips. In 2015 he recommended AEclipse, a company that will set up a pension scheme for you without ripping you off. (And as we all know, any new scheme involving money and red tape, automatically attracts rip-off merchants). His latest tip is on the same subject. (And I do know that 'pensions' is a very boring, easily-ignored subject although, funnily enough, the older you get, the more interesting it gets).

If there wasn't really much drama around the Autumn Statement that the Chancellor delivered on the 23rd of November, there was at least a little of the flavour of pantomime: this was to be the last 'Autumn Statement' because in future the 'real Budget' will move to autumn; so what we used to know as 'The Budget' will be in the autumn, and in its' place we'll have a 'Spring Statement' although the name won't actually change until after the 'Budget' due next March (2017). Confused? Maybe they should just call it 'Springwatch' and 'Autumnwatch'.

Day in the Life: George Field

01 December, 2016

I know lots of people say no two days are the same for them but for me that really is true. And that's because I don't work nine-to-five. I live in Comrie in Perthshire and clock up about 45,000 miles a year working for Air-serv covering Scotland, the North East, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and some of their National Accounts.

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