Steve Clarke: manage your fuel costs.

Whoever wins the election, you lose, merchants told

Published:  08 March, 2010

OXFORDSHIRE: Builders' merchants have been warned to expect no help from the next government, according to Steve Clarke, general manager of The Fuelcard People.

"Whoever ends up in charge, do not expect them to view merchants as a group deserving special support. Your costs are going to rise, particularly your fuel costs. None of the major parties denies planning to increase fuel taxes after the election and that will really hit the building products sector," he said.

Inevitable diesel and petrol price rises mean that it has never been more important for merchants to manage fuel costs effectively. "Reducing fuel costs can and should start right now," Mr Clarke added.

“There are a number of fuel cards available and they are not all the same. If a  merchant has a fuel card from a supplier offering just one or two different cards, they probably do not have the best possible deal. Only suppliers offering a choice of five or more cards can give truly impartial advice on the best one to meet each customer's specific needs.”

The Fuelcard People offer a broad choice of cards from leading brands including BP, Esso, Shell, Texaco, Diesel Direct (Keyfuels) and, from April, Total.

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