PRA welcomes government decision to withdraw travel warning
Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), has welcomed clarification from the Government that motorists and shoppers should be visiting petrol stations during this period of lockdown. Brian Madderson said “we noted the misleading advice from the Dept for Transport for travellers which was reported by the Evening Standard in their Wednesday 23rd edition.
PRA calls for extension of business rates relief
Responding last week (18/09/2020) to the first part of the Government’s Consultation on Business Rates, Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retails Association (PRA) said “We strongly recommend that the present 100% business rates relief for Filling Stations (PFS) is continued beyond April 2021, until such time as the Covid-19 restrictions have become less onerous”. The PRA is also calling for a tapered reduction to 50%, once reinstated, in order to avoid a sudden, cliff-edge return to previous levels which could imperil the recovery of independent retailers.
PRA welcomes rates relief for Northern Ireland forecourts
"We are extremely pleased that following constructive discussions, the Northern Ireland assembly has confirmed that their COVID-19 business rates relief, originally limited to forecourt shops up to 300 m2 of selling space, has now been extended to forecourts with a shop area up to 500 m2”, said Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
PRA reacts to Chancellor's announcement
The PRA has welcomed a package of measures to stimulate the economy announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on July 8.
Petrol retailers challenge NI Government over unfair relief
“The proposal to exclude petrol station operators with more than 300 m2 of selling space from the business rate relief is ill-thought-out and cannot be justified as all forecourt shops are being affected equally by the Governments actions to combat Coronavirus and so all forecourt shops must be treated equally irrespective of the size of the selling area”, said Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
PRA successfully lobbies Northern Ireland on business rates relief
We are very pleased that the Northern Ireland government has taken on board our views and extended the business rates holiday across the nation,” said Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
PRA welcomes landmark supreme court decision regarding ATMs on petrol forecourts
We are delighted that the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of retailers, meaning that they will now be rightly owed around £500 million in business rates refunds,” said Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), commenting on the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today (20 May) that ATMs at existing shops should not be subject to separate business rates assessment.*
PRA calls on Chancellor to revive free to use cash machines to support essential services
“Never has the widespread availability of cash been so important, particularly that which is free to access,” said Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), regarding a collaborative letter sent to the Chancellor, the Rt Hon. Rishi Sunak, urging him to ensure all ATMs operate as free to use.
Independent petrol retailers in cash crisis as oil prices surge back to over $30/barrel
“The news of major oil producers planning to cut their output will quickly impact UK wholesale costs, and independent forecourt operators will struggle with the surge in cost,” said Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
PRA warn of filling station shutdown in rural areas
“To help freight move and help key workers travel safely and independently through this period of crisis, petrol filling stations (PFS) must remain open, but this is proving to be a challenge for many filling stations,” said Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).