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IKEA offers Mother’s Day gift inspiration with hamper workshop

IKEA is sharing some inspiration for Mother’s Day gifts this weekend by holding a special drop-in workshop to learn the art of creating beautiful gift hampers.  This Saturday and Sunday, from 1 – 5pm in the Home Organisation area of the Holywood Exchange store, co-workers will show customers how to put together an original hamper of gifts from frames for ...

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GripHero

Groundbreaking new product launch for GripHero

GripHero to launch world’s first anti-static oxo-biodegradable hand-protection at The Forecourt Show 8-10 April GripHero Ltd, the developer of a revolutionary new hand-protection dispenser that enables drivers to avoid contact with contaminants, harmful bacteria and germs on fuel pump handles, has announced that it will launch the world’s first anti-static, oxo-biodegradable hand-protection solution at the Forecourt Show this April.  The ...

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Top Oil

Heading for success in 2019 with Top Oil, a trusted fuel partner

Dealer Johnny Brady tells IF&CR why Top Oil switching to Top Oil was the best move he could have made. 2018 has been a year of various challenges for many forecourt and convenience retailers across the island of Ireland, with uncertainties over Brexit and how it will affect trade creating concern. However, for Johnny Brady, the future looks bright following ...

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Gary Desmond Gala Retail

Trade comment – Gary Desmond CEO of Gala Group

2018 was a big year for the Gala Group as we celebrated 20 years of retailing excellence through a range of marketing activities, promotions and celebrations. Kicking off the celebrations the group ran its biggest ever social media giveaway, giving away the prize of a brand-new car. Following on from this, Gala awarded three primary schools in Ireland with sums ...

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Iceland launches new Slimming World Range

New Slimming World products have been added to Iceland’s exclusive new range. Iceland Ireland has everything you need to slim down for good with some tasty new Slimming World additions now available across its 26 stores nationwide. Whether you are looking for convenient ways to stay on track with a healthier lifestyle or optimising your healthy meal choices following an overly ...

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Brian Donaldson Maxol Zambrero

Planning for success

The last year presented much cause for celebration at Maxol but CEO, Brian Donaldson urges careful strategising is needed to negotiate the challenges that lie ahead. Describing 2018 as a “mosaic of highlights”, chief executive, Brian Donaldson, tells Neighbourhood Retailer that he would be pleased if Maxol, Ireland’s leading family-owned forecourt and convenience retailer has a similarly successful 12 months ...

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Gala launches recyclable cups

Gala introduces recyclable takeaway cups

Gala Retail to replace all single-use branded takeaway cups with new recyclable cups and lids. Customers will be able to dispose of the new cups in domestic brown bins and it is thought that the switch to these recyclable cups could prevent hundreds of thousands of non-recyclable coffee cups from being disposed of at landfill sites. The recyclable cup is ...

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Exclusive: Electric vehicles impact on forecourts

The rising popularity of electric vehicles has seen the automotive landscape change dramatically. Speaking to both Conor Faughnan, director of consumer affairs at the AA and the department of communications, climate action and environment in Ireland IF&CR found out exactly where the electric-hype is taking the forecourt industry. The inevitable incorporation of electric vehicles (EVs) into the motoring industry, and ...

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The 2018 Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Award Winners

The convenience retailing event of the year was back at the wonderful Clayton on Burlington Road in Dublin on September, 19, and it was the most packed, enjoyed event of its prestigious history. With a star line-up at this year’s conference, including headline speaker Jacob Schram, author of “The Essence of Business” and former president for Europe at Circle K ...

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Latest research from HIM showing the future of the forecourt

The latest research from HIM, market leading Research Company in the wholesale, convenience, foodservice, high street and forecourt market, has shown some interesting results. The latest whitepaper for September 2018 from HIM has shown that the behaviours of consumers is evolving quicker than ever within the forecourt convenience bracket. An example of this can be seen between the differences between ...

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Revamping McCaughey’s

Forecourt operatives throughout Ireland face challenges and opportunities on a daily basis. Whether this be keeping up with an already competitive market or grasping the opportunity to expand your brand, there is no easy time for an independent forecourt retailer. Raylene McCaughy, manager of McCaughey’s Service Station, located a near the border, knows exactly what it takes to compete in ...

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Tayto CEO Buys Genesis Crafty Bakery

Paul Allen, Tayto Group chief executive has purchased McErlain’s Bakery in Magherafelt, which produces the Genesis Crafty range as well as private label cakes and breads for several high-street stores. In a shake up to the bakery industry throughout NI McErlain’s Bakery, who experienced trading difficulties in the past year, called in Andrew Dolliver and Luke Charleton of EY as ...

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