Interviews

  • The driving Force of local retail – Food Force Ireland

    Ahead of their annual Trade Show on September 28, trading controller Debra Johnston tells NR about the unstoppable rise of Food Force Ireland.   “We’re...

  • Why don’t you come on over, Valerie?

    NR speaks to the CEO of Patisserie Valerie, one of Britain’s most recognised bakery chains, as it prepares to open its first outlet in Northern...

  • 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...