MFG has big plans

Jeremy Clarke COO

INDEPENDENT forecourt operator Motor Fuel Group has started 2018 with a spring in its step after snapping up 14 stations from forecourt operator Golden Cross Group Limited.

Following the acquisition, Motor Fuel Group now has a forecourt estate of 439 company stations operating under the BP, Shell, Texaco and Jet fuel brands, as well as a Murco-branded dealer network covering 190 stations throughout Scotland, England and Wales.

Jeremy Clarke (pictured), chief operating officer at MFG, said each station purchased has the potential to benefit as part of the firm’s estate.

“We are delighted to have secured these stations, all of them having the potential to benefit from our winning formula,” he said.

“Over the last year our network has grown by circa 10% and this combined with our ambitious shop, food to go, and forecourt development programme, which includes the installation of some 200 EV charging points by the end of 2018, keeps us on track to become the UK’s most dynamic and profitable independent forecourt operator.

“Our business model continues to be successful in today’s rapidly changing forecourt market. We know the UK sector particularly well and we will continue to focus our efforts in this area, adding value with each and every acquisition.”

• There’s a new face at the top of MFG’s IT department as Paresh Patel takes on the role of IT director.

Paresh joins the firm from convenience and forecourt EPOS, payment and loyalty solutions provider HTEC.

MFG boss Jeremy Clarke said of the appointment: “This is a key appointment for our growing organisation where the measurement and performance of our retail offer and the demands for corporate governance are becoming more and more important.

“Another big plus is that Paresh has worked with MFG since we started in 2011 and has been instrumental in the architecture of our IT systems both at head office and forecourt level.”