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2 September, 2014

Applegreen lines up 10 new sites for 2014

Applegreen is due to add a further 10 sites to its estate during 2014, according to managing director Michael O’Loughlin.

Neil Turton to leave Nisa

01 September, 2014

Convenience retailer Nisa has announced that its chief executive, Neil Turton will leave the organisation in the Spring of 2015, after 23 years with the business. Turton has accepted a senior position in a non-competing business, but over the coming months the company says he will be integral to recruiting a successor and managing the company’s on-going transformation programme.

DCC buys French Esso sites

29 August, 2014

DCC plc, the parent company of Certas Energy, has agreed an £84m deal to buy Esso’s 274-strong Express unmanned retail petrol station network, its 48 motorway concessions in France, as well as contracts to supply about 75 dealer owned dealer operated sites.

Average petrol and diesel prices have fallen to a three-year low following a new spate of price cuts by the major supermarkets.



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A business with a service station, shop, franchise to sell new and used Vauxhall and Chevrolet cars and a micro-brewery must be worth a visit! Bellingers has two sites one in Abingdon and my target at Grove. It is on the A338 just outside Wantage and is clearly visible the distinctive Jet service station and Vauxhall car display make it hard to miss.

They giveth with one hand...

Every now and again an issue crops up that highlights the changing nature of petrol retailing. Occasionally it surfaces as a small, apparently isolated query which then seems to spread at a rather unexpected rate. Suddenly we have to look at more than just one or two retailers to check whether there may be implications for others. The subject of VAT partial exemption is one such issue and it may affect you.

My typical day as a retailer? Well, it starts at around 5.30am when I wake up, then check my emails and Twitter while I'm in the bathroom.

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