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28 November, 2015

First Essar-branded site opens in UK

The first Essar-branded forecourt in the UK has opened at a site owned by Top 50 Indie HKS at Coalville in Leicestershire, and Essar says it has many more planned across the country.

Competition authorities have warned the number one Top 50 Indie MRH that it could face a full scale inquiry because of concerns caused by its acquisition of a tranche of 78 sites from Esso, in a deal agreed in March.

After an independent supermarket cut its petrol to below 1 a litre on Monday, Asda has cut the price of leaded petrol to 99.7ppl for a three-day period, with diesel down to 103.7ppl.

Esso and BP have agreed a reciprocal fuel card deal which will enable BP Plus fuel cards to be used at Esso sites and for Esso fuel cards to be used at BP sites, starting in 2016.



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It is reported that the new My Local convenience store chain "will operate in the space between independents and multiples, with the emphasis on local and fresh". It could be argued that this is the same space that many Budgens operate in. But Budgens is facing possible change now that Booker has purchased it and Londis from Musgrave.

Booker's been in the news a lot lately and it's all been good. But for one retailer there had been a lot of frustration although nothing to do with Booker's offering, which he is quite happy with. Around six months ago a new Booker delivery man managed to back onto Jagesh Radia's forecourt (Leaway Service Station in Birmingham) and damaged the top of the canopy. "He didn't know the height of his vehicle," says Jagesh, "and it is now hanging loose and dangerous."

As regular readers will be aware, each autumn we look at the hourly pay rates of thousands of staff working at hundreds of forecourts around the country, to obtain a picture of real pay rates in the petrol retail industry.

Day in the Life: Mark Barnard

04 November, 2015

For 30 years of my working life I have worked in much larger corporate focused organisations which, in the main, were very much results driven. Over those 30 years, I have gained a wealth of knowledge, gathered buckets of skills and attended more class room workshops than I ever did at school.

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