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Round-Up: Budget date confirmed, Fuel prices rise in December, Activa takes on new area managers

Budget to take place on 11 March

Budget 2019 Red Box

The Government has announced that the first Budget since last month’s General Election will take place on 11 March.

The Chancellor, Sajid Javid said he will use set out plans to use the Budget “to deliver change, unleashing Britain’s potential, delivering world-class public services and levelling up the whole country.”

“With this Budget we will unleash Britain’s potential – uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal,” he said.

Fuel prices rise in December

Diesel Fuel Pump Budget 2017

An increase in world oil prices in December has brought an end to four months of falling petrol prices with a litre of unleaded going up very slightly (0.24p) to 126.11p, according to the latest information from the RAC.

Supermarkets were quick to react to the rise in wholesale costs, the RAC added, putting up their forecourt prices two weeks after a mid-month cut to both petrol and diesel. On 13 December Asda cut cutting 2p off a litre of unleaded, taking its pump price to 117.7p, and reducing diesel by a penny to 122.7p.

But by 29 December the supermarket had increased its petrol price by 2.5p to 120.26p a litre with rivals following suit.

Accordingly, the average price of petrol at the big four supermarkets went up 0.24p to 121.48p a litre – this is 4.63p lower than the UK average (126.11p). The same was true of diesel: having begun the month at 125.16p at the supermarkets, a litre of diesel closed out December at 126.02p – up 0.87p but still 4.59p below the UK average for all forecourts of 130.61p (up 0.75p on November). The rise in the average price of diesel is the first increase since September.

The cost of filling up a 55-litre family car with petrol is now £69.36 – up 13p on November – and £71.84 for diesel – up 41p, the RAC added.

Activa takes on new area managers

Activa Contracts' new area managers (left to right) Kay Piggott, James Davis and Penny Muchamore with Sally Lewis, national sales manager

Leasing company Activa Contracts has taken on three new area managers as it plans to expand its operations in 2020.

Kay Piggott, area manager for the North East of England, Penny Muchamore, covering Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford; and James Davis, responsible for the West Midlands and North Wales have joined the firm.

The appointments take to 12 the number of area managers employed by the Milton Keynes-based division of the Arnold Clark Group, with one further post to be filled in the near future.

Area managers all report to national sales manager Sally Lewis, who said: “As a company we need to focus on winning new business and growing the fleet and the new recruits will help us meet our ambitious objectives for the new decade. Our area managers are responsible for securing their own business opportunities in addition to managing accounts. They are closely supported by Activa Contracts’ business development and customer service teams to deliver the high level of service for which the company is renowned and ensure client relationships are long-standing.”