Interviews

  • NR talks to octogenarian fruit & veg legend Sydney B Scott

    Sydney B Scott still comes into work every day. Smartly dressed, and in an office adorned in pictures from his fruitful past, 87-year-old Sydney is...

  • Born and bread – NR speaks to the man behind French Village

    Baking is not easy. It means long hours; early starts; always fighting against time. Bakers know more than most the clock is always ticking, but...

  • NR visits The Lunch Box in Belfast

    Could you sandwich a business into your lunch hour? David Toner tells Neighbourhood Retailer how he manages to run a new sandwich shop while working...

  • Irwin’s bread on the rise

    Irwin’s chief executive Michael Murphy Step into any bread aisle in Northern Ireland and there will be a loaf undergoing a delicate pressure test for...

  • Standing The Test Of Time

    There aren’t many people who can say retail is truly in their blood. However Belfast retailer Niall Creighton was actually born and raised on a...

  • Martin Swadling, Premier

    It’s fair to say that the Premier symbol is well established in mainland UK. With more than 3,000 stores nationwide the group has now added...

  • Mark Durkan, DOE Minister

    Planning is always a fractious issue in Northern Ireland’s retail sector. The majority of town and city centre retailers across the country have faced the...

  • Paul Hoy, CashZone

    As many retailers in Northern Ireland will have noticed, independent ATM operator Bank Machine has changed its name to CashZone. Global ATM services provider Cardtronics...

  • Janet McCollum, Moy Park

    When it comes to a leading business in Northern Ireland, they don’t come any bigger than Moy Park. With a turnover of £1.5 billion in...

  • Trevor Magill, MRPNI

    The number of Mace convenience stores in Northern Ireland has been increasing in recent months and this year has already seen a number of new...

  • Paul Gibson, Lidl

    The discount supermarkets have achieved phenomenal growth in the recent years and Lidl – which has 170 stores throughout Ireland, 36 of which are in...

  • Charlie Henderson

    Charlie and Rhonda Henderson have run the Townparks Service Station on the main road into the town since 1998. The 24-hour Maxol/Spar – which was...

  • Paul Hollywood

    As a young man, Paul Hollywood initially refused to follow in his father’s footsteps and assume the baking mantel. Persuaded to change his mind, however,...

  • Neal Kelly, Henderson Group

    These days, modern convenience retailers take the challenge posed by the grocery multiples in their stride. They’ve long ago identified those elements of their offering...

  • David Wilson, Mauds Ice Cream

    You would be forgiven for thinking that the ice cream business is a seasonal one. Whilst sales do spike when the sun shines, it seems...

  • Christine Tacon, GCA

    We’ve all heard the stories about suppliers being stuck in contracts with the big supermarkets, being delisted overnight or taking a hit on in-store promotions...

  • Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton

    Recently appointed Finance Minister Simon Hamilton discusses the challenges for independent businesses and looks ahead to helping build a new economy… In the current Programme...

  • Trevor McCrum, Premier Bakeries

     Whilst 2013 has been a challenging year for the bakery industry, Trevor McCrum, business unit director at Premier Bakeries (Ireland) is pleased to report that...

  • Brian Donaldson, Maxol

    Brian Donaldson is upbeat as Irish oil firm, Maxol, presses ahead with its multi-million, five-year plan to expand and streamline its operations across the island...

  • Glyn Roberts, NIIRTA

    Giving a view of the Northern Ireland retail landscape, NIIRTA CEO Glyn Roberts looks back at the wins in 2013 and how the trade organisation...

  • Frank Gleeson, Topaz Energy

    As Frank Gleeson prepares to leave Topaz after 12 years with the company, he talks to NR about his time in convenience retailing and how...