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Manager of NI’s first stand-alone Greggs ‘extremely proud’

The manager of NI’s first stand-alone Greggs outlet has said he is “extremely proud” to be leading the store. The food-on-the-go retailer opened its first company-managed shop at Boucher Retail Park on March 22, creating 14 jobs in one of Belfast’s busiest shopping area. The shop layout offers seating areas and free Wi-Fi, and the new store follows from the success of franchise ...

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Site director says M1 forecourt is ‘different game altogether’

The experienced site director of Applegreen’s new M1 motorway service station has described the role as a “different game altogether”. The opening of Applegreen’s M1 motorway service station at the beginning of March made headlines across NI, while a number of local celebrities visited the site, including local boxing champ Carl Frampton. The new station includes a branch of Greggs, Burger ...

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Maxol post office to fill gap in branch network

Mark Gibson, public affairs manager of the Post Office; UUP councillor Paul Michael; licensees of the station Rhonda and Charles Henderson; and Maxol NI retail manager Kevin Paterson The opening of a seven-day-a-week post office in a Maxol forecourt in Ballymena will be the first to serve the local community. The post office at Maxol Townparks Service Station at 15 ...

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Topaz celebrates 100th Re.Store

Irish fuel and convenience retailer Topaz has launched its 100th Re.Store outlet in Ballincollig, Co Cork. Cork footballer and local Daniel Goulding was guest of honour at the official opening, which marked a €25million investment in the convenience concept. Since its launch in April 2015, Re.Store has offered a wide choice in food and coffee to people on the move, ...

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BWG ‘reach out’ with charity cycle

Senior BWG figures are to join a charity cycle in support of an organisation helping young people. Pat Towey of Spar Express Ballaghaderreen is hosting the cycling event on May 22 in association with Reachout.com and the Ballaghaderreen Cycling Club. Willie O’Byrne, managing director of BWG, is joining the cycle, along with Spar’s national sales manager, Colin Donnolly. The event ...

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Maxol investment to create ten new jobs

Forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol has announced a £1.25million investment to upgrade shop facilities in eight of its company-owned service stations across Northern Ireland. The investment will see Maxol extend its fresh chilled food and convenience offering in conjunction with its symbol partner Spar at each of the stores, while creating ten jobs in the process. Maxol is also planning ...

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PRA welcomes fuel duty freeze

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has welcomed a freeze to fuel duty until April 2017. Chancellor George Osborne announced he will hold off increases to the duty on motor fuel for 12 months during Wednesday’s Budget. PRA chairman Brian Madderson said his association had been lobbying Government and the Treasury on the issue for sometime, outlining the potentially damaging effects on the economy and ...

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Topaz telematics deal to boost fuel card efficiency

A deal between Irish telematics company Transpoco and Topaz is to give a major boost to the efficiency of the fuel retailer’s fuel cards. Worth an estimated €250,000 a year, the agreement will see Topaz adopt Transpoco’s Synx technology, integrating GPS software with fuel card data to provide cost-saving intelligence. SynX, which was developed following a €1m investment programme, uses ...

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Maxol creates 80 jobs with Mulhuddart and Donabate sites

Maxol has announced the opening of two new sites, including the largest in its 100 year history. The forecourt convenience retailer said 80 jobs will be needed for the sites at the N3 at Mulhuddart, and Donabate in North East Dublin. The permanent positions include retail supervisors, shop sales assistants and deli sales positions. The Mulhuddart Services on the N3 ...

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Topaz awarded workplace prize for 11th year

Topaz, the country’s largest fuels and convenience retailer, has been recognised as one of the best workplaces in Ireland for the 11th time. During the 2016 Great Place to Work Awards, the forecourt brand was selected as a winner from the list of Best Large Workplaces in Ireland in 2016. Topaz, which was acquired by the Couche-Tarde Group late last ...

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Forecourt forum finalised for March 3

A forum discussing all things forecourt will be taking place on March 3 in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. Hosted by the Petrol Retailers Association, the forum will hear from chairman Brian Madderson on the latest developments for the sector and the outlook for the year ahead. Mr Madderson will be joined by two senior research consultants from Accenture following a ...

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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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