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SMEs call for reduced business costs

A reduction of business costs is the most common requirement among Irish SMEs for the next Government, a survey has found. According to the second annual Regional Business Barometer Study, commissioned by telecoms and cloud services provider Magnet, reducing costs was cited by 21 per cent of respondents. The survey also revealed a lack of awareness among small businesses of grants ...

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‘Structural separation’ delayed by a year

An independent retail lobby has received confirmation ‘structural separation’ between alcohol and grocery sales displays will not be in force for at least a year after the election. The news came after RGDATA’s director general Tara Buckley and the association’s board met senior officials in the Department of Health and Children to express concerns with the proposed Public Health (Alcohol) ...

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Dunnes surges as grocery market continues rapid growth

Dunnes enjoyed the strongest rate of growth of the top three supermarkets over the last 12 weeks, with sales up 5.1 per cent compared with last year. The strong performance was revealed by Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland as part of its analysis of the grocery market for the 12 weeks ending 31 January. Overall, Irish grocery retail showed strong growth ...

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Irish developer behind Ballymena services scheme

Irish developer John Kelly is behind a €2 million Ballymena roadside services scheme. The project at 318 Frosses Road will include a purpose-built road services area along the new A26 dual carriageway, which is undergoing a €75 million improvement scheme. The A26 is used by some 18,000 vehicles each day. Mr Kelly, a high-profile investor from Co Wicklow, is providing the financial backing for the ...

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New MD appointed as Topaz and Couche-Tard deal agreed

Niall Anderton has been appointed Topaz Energy’s new managing director following today’s European Commission approval of its sale to a Canadian retail giant. Alimentation Couche-Tard and Topaz announced the acquisition on December 2, with the deal subject to competition considerations by the EU Commission. However, on Monday, Topaz confirmed the deal had been approved, and that Niall Anderton, formerly the ...

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Irish women still the main grocery shopper

Some 69 per cent of women remain the main grocery shopper in Irish households. The Grocery Retailing – Ireland December 2015 report from market analysts Mintel found 77 per cent of NI women and 69 per cent of those in the Republic stated they are wholly or mainly responsible for grocery retailing in the home. In comparison, just 46 per cent ...

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Dry Good Friday ‘archaic’

The ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday is “archaic” and hurting the tourism industry, a major hospitality body has said. The sale of alcohol is banned in the Republic on both Good Friday and Christmas Day, but the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) have hit out at the ban saying the law is unacceptable at such a busy time ...

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Save the date for Summit 2016

Fuel and convenience retailers are being urged to save September 15 in their diaries, as preparations enter their final stages for one of the Irish industry’s biggest ever events. The Forecourt & Convenience Summit 2016 will take place on September 15 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin, representing a huge opportunity for independent retailers and those in the ...

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Tokheim becomes OPW’s fifth acquisition

The Tokheim Group´s dispenser and systems businesses has been acquired by a leading fluid-handling equipment manufacturer. OPW, a business unit of Dover Company, acquired the two Tokheim departments for €425 million, following initial agreement on September 2015. The deal sees OPW close its fifth major acquisition in the past two-and-a-half years after purchasing four brands Fibrelite, KPS, Jump, and Liquip. ...

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Gala backs Disney’s O’Connell Street lightsaber stunt

An Irish convenience group has spoken of its pride over helping Disney turn the iconic O’Connell Street Spire into a Lightsaber during the latest Star Wars release. Gala has partnered with Disney over the last two years, with its shoppers availing of pre-screenings for some of the biggest movies of the year, including Inside Out and the Good Dinosaur.   Now ...

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Wayne Fueling Systems reveals another takeover

International fuel dispenser manufacturer Wayne Fueling Systems has announced its second takeover in two weeks. The US-based firm said this week it was to expand its fuel management services after reaching agreement to acquire statistical inventory specialists Simmons Sirvey. The news follows the company’s acquisition of the fuel management services subsidiary of UK-based group Vianet on December 8. Vianet Fuel ...

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£1-a-litre call misunderstands Brent to pump relationship

The group representing UK petrol retailers has dismissed calls from motoring groups for yet lower diesel prices. Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, Brian Madderson, said calls by the RAC for prices to come down to £1-per-litre misunderstood the relationship between prices at the pump at the cost of Brent crude oil. Spokesman for RAC Fuel Watch Simon Williams said ...

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