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Fuel duty freeze ‘good news’

The UK’s largest fuel retailers association has tentatively welcomed a fuel duty freeze in Wednesday’s budget. Chancellor George Osbourne was expected to slightly increase tax on petrol and diesel during his first Conservative budget, but surprised many by freezing the rate. PRA chairman Brian Madderson said the PRA had been lobbying the Government and Treasury for a cut to fuel ...

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Lidl at the Tall Ships

Lidl have hosted a successful event on board the Sorlandet at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Organised by Sail Training International, up to 80 vessels, including an estimated 20 striking square-rigged Tall Ships, are in Belfast until Sunday July 5 for the event, doubling the number that came in 2009. Some 500,000 people are expected to visit ...

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‘Draconian penalties’ needed to tackle fuel laundering

The head of a major forecourt brand has said convicted fuel launderers should face “draconian penalties” following an international conference on the illicit fuel trade. Speaking after the anti-organised crime event in Belfast on Monday, Brian Donaldson, group general manager of the Maxol Group, said he welcomed increased co-operation between authorities North and South, but said much more could be ...

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Maxol promotion winners revealed

Two lucky NI motorists have been handed impressive prizes after entering competitions ran by Maxol. Terri Herron was the first to claim a prize when she was presented with a new Apple iPad Mini at the recently opened Auto 24 Maxol Station on the Andersonstown Road in Belfast this week. The prize draw took place to promote the opening of ...

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Topaz Dublin airport wins major award

One of Topaz’s flagship service stations, Topaz Dublin airport, has won a major award for its fresh food. The company’s new retail food and coffee offering, Re.Store, overcame competition from throughout the country to claim the Best Food-To-Go Award at this year’s Best in Fresh Awards. The ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin heard the judges were full of ...

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Applegreen float raises €92M

Irish forecourt brand Applegreen has exceeded its target by raising almost €92m from its first listing on the junior stock exchanges in Dublin and London. The initial public offering on Dublin’s ESM and London’s AIM raised some €70m for Applegreen and €21.7m for selling shareholders. The company had stated it was hoping to raise €70 million in total. The Applegreen ...

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Topaz wins European award

Topaz has won a major European award for its Re.Store convenience concept forecourt. At a ceremony during the European NACS Insight Convenience Summit last Friday, Topaz won the International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its Manor Stone Ballacolla forecourt, located at junction 3 on the M8 Dublin to Cork Motorway. “In an increasing number of markets, convenience and ...

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Entry deadline for 2015 awards extended

After a rush of entries, the deadline to enter Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards 2015 has been extended. You now have until 12 noon on Friday 12th June to complete the simple and FREE application and enter the most prestigious awards for the forecourt industry in Ireland. With fabulous prizes for the winners, including national and local media coverage, ...

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One week remaining to enter the 2015 IF&CR Awards!

There is just one week remaining to enter the 2015 Ireland’s Forecourt and Convenience Retailer Awards, the biggest industry event in the country this year! You have until just Wednesday June 10 to complete the short application form to be in with a chance of winning one or more of the highly sought-after accolades. Seats are filling up fast for ...

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Maxol opens auto service station in Andersonstown

Maxol has opened a new automated service station on the Andersonstown Road in Belfast. Marketed under the Maxol auto24 brand, the station is a 24-hour fully automated pay-at-the-pump station, the first in the West of the city. The opening of the station was celebrated by Belfast woman Anne Marie Barr, who received a free tank of fuel for being the ...

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Applegreen to raise €70M from float

Applegreen has said it hopes to raise some €70 million from floating on the Irish and UK stock exchange. Announcing its intention to make an initial public offering for 25 per cent of its business, the company said on Thursday the move would finance its long term growth strategy. Applegreen is growing by some 20 sites per year. Its first ...

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IF&CR Awards – the countdown has begun!

Entering the 2015 Ireland’s Forecourt and Convenience Retailer Awards will be the most important decision you’ll make this year… and time is running out. There are less than 14 days left to enter – you have until just Wednesday June 10 to complete the short application form to be in with a chance of winning one or more of the ...

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