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29 March, 2015

Esso rolls out revamped fuel and site image

Exxon Mobil is rolling out a new site image for its UK Esso service stations along with new branding for its fuels.

The PRA has reacted furiously and accused the RAC of an alarming lack of research after it claimed retailers are profiteering on diesel and taking high margins because much of the diesel sold is to business users who are less price sensitive.

Retailers are being warned that if they have received backdated rates bills for ATMs they only have until March 31 to lodge an appeal.

Two men from Great Yarmouth were arrested and a diesel laundering plant, capable of evading more than £1.3m in duty and taxes a year, was dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on Friday 20 March.



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LOCATION: The Commandery Service Station, one of four owned by Burns & Co, is located right in the city centre of Worcester. I also planned to pop into Hereford to visit another of their sites.

Large sums

If I am notorious for anything it's for not being good at sums: hence my word-mongering career.

We meet owners of small businesses at many events trade shows, franchise seminars, awards functions and just about anywhere else where business people gather. Being friendly, we speak to them. In oh-so-many instances, our newly-found acquaintance will say something along the lines of: "Mine's only a small business" or "I only run a com-op site" invariably followed by "so I don't really need much accounting" Maybe it's just a polite way of trying to end a conversation with accountants?

Ilove my job. I know that might be a cliché, but I'm part of a very dynamic and exciting industry. My role, UK dealer manager, was created two years ago with Shell's decision to split management of the company-owned sites from dealer sites; and with Shell's reinvigorated focus on the dealer world, life is only set to be more energised. With responsibility for all of Shell's UK dealers, I'm at the heart of the change as Shell plans to divest up to 250 company-owned sites.

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