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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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Small Changes Making a Big Difference with Brian Herlihy of Centra

Independency within retail and convenience is never an easy job. There are a plethora of issues facing owners, managing directors, licensees and numerous individuals in-between. Whilst there is no out-and-out solution to solving the issues that face retailers every day, a wealth of experience and a logical approach can create an understanding for the current climate and future of the ...

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A brighter future for Blaneys Stores XL

John Blaney, owner of Blaneys Stores describes how BWG helped him turn his business around. As a family run business in rural Ireland, Blaneys Stores has had its fair share of challenges brought on by the recession and lack of investment in non-urban areas in the West of Ireland. Thankfully, owner John Blaney tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer that ...

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Jacob Schram

The essence of business

As Circle K begins rebranding all Topaz sites in Ireland, Group President Europe, Jacob Schram outlines his approach to chasing success in any market. Great leaders are born of a desire to succeed, to make a difference, and in Jacob Schram’s case the passion to create a company culture like no other. For Schram, Group President for Circle K in ...

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BWG Foods

Growing the empire

Willie O’Byrne, managing director for BWG Foods tells IF&CR how he believes every challenge presents an opportunity. While you might expect the managing director of an Ireland-wide company, with an annual turnover of €1.3bn, to keep more than a watchful eye over proceedings, Willie O’Byrne, managing director of BWG Foods in Ireland pleasantly surprises Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer by his ...

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Bank of Ireland

Retail investment on track for 2018

According to the Bank of Ireland’s head of retail convenience this year will be a strong one for Ireland’s grocery and convenience retail sector Figures suggest Ireland’s grocery and convenience retail sector is due a positive year ahead, according to the Bank of Ireland’s head of retail convenience, Owen Clifford. “Investment generally has picked up over the past couple of ...

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DCC Oil

Gaining momentum at DCC Oil Ireland

Commercial director Jason Flannery tells IF&CR how DCC Oil Ireland (Emo Oil & GreatGas) can offer retail site owners the winning formula. One of the biggest global players in the industry, DCC operates nationally under the brand names Emo Oil and GreatGas. Offering a range of flexible business models, Emo Oil has 105 dealer sites across Ireland and is also ...

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Inspiring Community Spirit at Inver

IFCR speaks to Inver who celebrated a fantastic year in 2018 about their plans to continue to grow and adapt to meet the needs of the Irish retail market. Ben Lenihan, Inver’s retail director noted that 2017 was a busy year for the company “We invested heavily in the Irish fuel market over the past number of years and we ...

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Changing Direction with Texaco

Seán Heaphy, managing director for H2 Group tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer why he made the switch to the Texaco brand. 2017 was a standout year for H2 Group who operate a network of convenience stores and forecourts across Ireland. After finding out that Esso Ireland  was due to cease trading at the beginning of the year, the group ...

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Petrol Retailers Association

Supporting petrol retailers in 2018

Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association talks the price of crude oil and what retailers can be doing to prepare for government legislation on electric vehicles. After a relatively stable year for the petrol industry, 2017 ended in a flurry of headlines announcing a three year high for petrol prices in the UK. Average figures for the nation showed that ...

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Topaz is turning full Circle-K in 2018

Senior director for retail sales and dealer operations at Topaz (Circle-K Ireland) Jonathan Diver looks back on a successful year for the brand and ahead to big changes and ambitious plans in 2018. With over 420 sites throughout Ireland, including 260 operated by independent dealer partners, Topaz’s Jonathan Diver has seen many changes in the company since he joined 15 ...

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RGDATA Tara Buckley

Speaking up for retail

2017 was a busy and productive year for Ireland’s longest established trade association, RGDATA. Its director general, Tara Buckley, has been speaking to IFCR… RGDATA made more than 30 submissions to Irish and EU bodies in 2017, presented to four Oireachtas committees and had numerous meetings with ministers, TDs, senators, and government bodies in order to represent the interests of ...

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