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16 April, 2014

HMRC raids illegal filling station

An illegal filling station and two laundering plants, capable of producing nearly 15 million litres of illicit fuel a year and evading almost £10m in lost duty and taxes, have been dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Customers taking advantage of Tesco's Clubcard Fuel Save campaign are already receiving an average of 6ppl off fuel, just one month after it rolled out the scheme across its UK estate.

PRA members are being urged by the association to lobby their MPs against government proposals to introduce plain packaging on tobacco.

The Unite union has criticised a review on the refining and fuel import sectors in the UK by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for being complacent over the country’s energy security.



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My target is the prize-winning Fraser Budgens site at Marlborough. It's located on the Marlborough Business Park, just a mile from the town centre, opposite a large Tesco (no fuel).

Keeping safe

Khaliq Mian rang from Knowle Garage in Braunton, north Devon, looking for some suggestions on commercial insurance. He uses a local broker but, like most things, the costs have been going up.

Any readers below the age of say 40 might be amazed to hear that until not so many years ago, 'Budget Day' was one of the most eagerly anticipated and busiest days in the petrol retailers' calendar. It was typically preceded by weeks of speculation about how much extra fuel and tobacco to order, on the assumption that both were sure to rise by quite a considerable amount at 6pm or midnight on the day. There would be queues of cars forming on forecourts during the afternoon, and a complete crush at home time as punters took every opportunity to fill up before the dreaded price increases came into effect.

My day can begin at 'silly o clock' if I have to be in our offices at Canary Wharf or visiting customers. I'm a Yorkshire girl born and bred and love living 'up North' although I do get my leg pulled for the way that I pronounce 'latte' and 'scone' and the fact that we have tea and not dinner. But I'm proud of my roots and the heritage of our 'straight talking no-nonsense approach'.

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