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Forecourt to the Fore as SGF and Certas Link Up

Certas Energy has announced a tie-up with the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) as it looks to further strengthen its retail business. With a Scottish network of 24 company-owned forecourts, convenience stores have become a significant part of the Certas Energy retail portfolio. The company recognises the benefits of working more closely with the major symbol groups and the most successful independent retailers to increase knowledge and refine best practises.

“Being involved with the SGF will enable us to gain invaluable knowledge across a wide range of areas including new technologies, health and safety and security.” confirms Colin Levy, Retail Operations Manager, Certas Energy. “This will not only benefit our own forecourt operation but allow us to share best practises and market intelligence with Gulf Dealers across the UK.”

SGF currently has a membership of over 3000 stores. Membership includes all the major symbol groups and co-ops currently operating in Scotland . As part of the new agreement, all of Certas Energy’s 24 forecourts will become SGF members.

“We know how important forecourt retailing is to the future of the independent convenience store industry in Scotland,” explains Pete Cheema, Chief Executive, SGF. “We are delighted to launch this highly innovative partnership with Certas Energy and we look forward to welcoming our new forecourt retailing colleagues on board.”

 Certas Energy is the largest independent fuel and lubricant distributors in the UK, serving 1,200 service stations including over 500 Gulf branded forecourts.