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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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