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21 December, 2014

Minister admits 130 unsafe tankers still in use

About 130 fuel tankers that do not meet safety standards are still in use on British roads and forecourts more than a year after the problem was first reported.

An independent operator who runs three filling stations in the West Midlands believes he is currently selling the cheapest fuel in the UK.

The RAC is predicting petrol could be selling for less than 1 a litre for several months at the start of 2015, due to the plummeting price of oil a pump price last seen in late May 2009.

Harvest Retail has recruited Lee Slater to its expanding retail team as dealer business manager for Scotland.



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LOCATION: Wild Goose Garage, what an intriguing name! So, thought I would make a stealth check, then learned that the enterprise had won Best Pace Forecourt in the 2014 SuperStation Awards. Even more reason to make a visit.

Deck the Halls with Boston Charlie...

It was always my favourite, fractured yuletide 'carol'. I thought originally that it referred to some mafia 'event' involving an unfortunate Boston-based bloke called Charlie, and his fate was to be plastered around the walls. But that turned out to be wrong as it's just a nonsense rhyme that relates to the American satirical cartoon Pogo. And the actual first line goes 'Deck us all with Boston Charlie'. Sounds even messier.

1] Your accounts show total shop turnover for the year as £240,000 at an overall GP% of 19%. But your business plan was based on an expected GP of 23% on sales of £220,000. How far off-target is your gross profit against the business plan?

Day in the Life: Guy Pulham

03 December, 2014

In 2011 we changed our organisation to better reflect the needs of our customers. Our main sales channels are now split between national customers (large group dealers and UK wholesale customers looked after by national account managers in head office) and regional customers (local retail and wholesale customers who want local field-based support). We believe that it focuses resources in the right areas and enables our sales teams to provide comprehensive fuel support.

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