Interviews

  • 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...

  • Nigel Briggs, MRPNI

    Nigel Briggs, managing director, Musgrave Retail Partners NI, looks back over 2013 and what’s in store for the coming year… Over the past year, Musgrave...

  • Paddy Doody, Henderson Group

    NR speaks to Henderson’s sales and marketing director Paddy Doody about the Group’s performance in 2013 and why value remains top priority… From the outset...

  • Amanda Jones, Nisa

    Amanda Jones, chief operating officer of Nisa talks to NR about ‘outstanding growth’ and relaunch of the retail group’s own brand products It’s been another...