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Forecourt Report 2019

The 2019 Forecourt Report has revealed the vital role that the UK’s 7,402 forecourt shops play in their local communities, through providing secure local jobs, providing access to essential services and taking time out of the business to support local projects.

More than three quarters (77%) of independent forecourts engaged in some form of community activity over the last year, not just through raising money for charity, but also by sponsoring local teams, being part of litter picks and donating to food banks or other food charities.

The forecourt sector overall is now worth £4.1bn, with stores providing jobs for around 92,000 people across the UK.

The Forecourt Report has revealed that independent forecourt retailers are making significant investments in their businesses, investing more than twice the amount over the last year on average (£14,463 per store for indie forecourts) than independent retailers in the rest of the convenience sector (£7,181 per store). The majority of independent forecourt retailers (73%) are also funding investment from their own reserves.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • There are around 223,000 plug-in cars and 8,500 plug-in vans on UK roads
  • There are 1,083 electric charging points currently available at a total of 334 forecourt sites in the UK
  • 50% of forecourts offer a hot food to go counter or cabinet
  • 28% of forecourts provide a parcel collection point for customers
  • One in four independent forecourts are open 24 hours

The 2019 Forecourt Report is available here: