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PRA 12/09/2022

Following Prime Minister Truss’s plans to help businesses with energy costs for the next six months, Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association, said:

“We are pleased to see the Government’s recognition that businesses will require support to survive the winter. 

“While this is a welcome relief, after the six months elapses further support will be needed for our members. The government must recognize that petrol filling stations are vulnerable businesses, vital to the fuel resilience infrastructure in the UK.”.

The PRA will be engaging in dialogue with the Government to ensure that support for petrol filing stations continues after the six months of support elapses. As we have seen during the Pandemic a local filling station is vital for many communities ensuring supplies of food and fuel.

Balmer concluded: “Many of our members are single site operators who have seen 300% increases in energy costs. If Government support is not maintained in the face of huge energy costs it could mean that many will be forced to close their doors. The independent forecourt network comprises 65% of all forecourts in the UK. Without them, the economy cannot function.” 



On August 25, Gordon Balmer wrote a letter to the Secretary of State for BEIS, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the two leading candidates expressing the need for Government intervention to ensure that forecourts are supported to ensure fuel resilience in the UK.

Annaluce Cavalmoretti, RMI Communications Assistant

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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.