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31 July, 2014

Milford Haven refinery sale confirmed

The sale of Murco’s Milford Haven refinery has been confirmed and a deal on its petrol station network is at an advanced stage.

The major supermarkets are going toe-to-toe on the forecourt today (29th) as they drop fuel prices by two pence per litre.

The Department for Transport (DfT) says it has no plans to change its policy towards diesel cars following reports that up to 15 UK local authorities are considering charging diesel cars to enter city centres.

Two men have been arrested following an armed robbery at a filling station in the West Midlands



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Just outside Windermere, on the A591, is the small village of Ings and my target its service station. The forecourt and shop are co-located and part of a large area that also includes a significant parking area, a restaurant/motel (now closed and boarded up) and one of The Lakeland Motorhome Centres. The entrance to the motorhome showroom is right next to the forecourt shop.

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If you have nine shops and you are in the Top 50 Indies you are already a success by anyone's standards. But it never stops there you are always looking to improve. Intake Developments, an up-and-coming chain of forecourts, all Jet sites, has shops ranging in size from 500-1,850sq ft.

While many people are off enjoying their summer holidays, July and August see many accounting professionals wishing that they could extend theirs indefinitely rather than going back to the office and trying to sort out the latest 'jumble in a shoe box' that some of their clients hand to them as part of their year-end records.

I would like to be able to say that my day starts with a five-mile run or a visit to the gym, but sadly it doesn't! When the alarm goes off at around 6.30am, breakfast consists of cereal or toast and a cup of tea always tea.

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