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29 May, 2015

Petrogas floats to accelerate growth

Petrogas has announced that it intends to float with the aim of raising £50m to fund expansion of the business and upgrades of existing sites.

Local retailers trade bodies have welcomed measures outlined in the Queen’s Speech which they say support the growth of local shops.

Sainsbury’s has opened its 300th petrol station, at Livingston, in Scotland.

An attack on the manager of a petrol station in which more than £4,000 takings were stolen was featured in BBC’s Crimewatch on Tuesday night.



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High Noon Northbound Services is on the busy A40 between Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye at Symonds Yat. High Noon Stores won The Grocer Gold Award in 2014 as the Independent Retail Chain of the Year, so I was keen to visit this site in such a popular tourist destination.

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This is a totally anonymous story, although the two protagonists will recognise themselves. A reader approached Forecourt Trader with a very real problem. The other party will know who they are because of the details to follow. I am simply not naming anyone in the hope that this dire situation may be agreeably resolved.

Hardly a day goes by without the sell-off of yet another tranche of forecourts by a major oil company to one of the numerous independently-owned groups in the UK retail market. Almost inevitably there are the associated recruitment ads by some of these same groups, looking for people to join them as site managers or more often commission operators, to run the sites that they're acquiring. This pattern has been going on for a while now, and seems destined to continue until the last of the traditional oil companies sells off its last retail property in the UK.

After spending the best part of 17 years working in Chicago as an engineering director, stepping back into a UK business was a real eye-opener and I still find the odd wrench in the works, so to speak. One of the main problems I'm currently experiencing is my innate drive to quote prices in dollars I really MUST stop this!

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