Irish Distributor Profiles

Taking action in Ireland

Being proactive rather than reactive was one of the really strong messages conveyed to an audience of over 60 fuel oil distribution staff who attended last month’s Fuel Oil News Distributor Debate in Northern Ireland, writes Irish correspondent, Aine Faherty Read more »

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A rise and a fall at Maxol

Following Maxol’s announcement that it plans to invest 50 million euros expanding its all-Ireland service station network and rebranding its image, Irish correspondent Aine Faherty spoke to chief executive, Tom Noonan about the company’s move from loss to profit-making In the news Read more »

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A better strategy for Irish distributors

Having read January’s Irish column ‘with interest’, a concerned Irish distributor sent the following tongue in cheek comment. We Republic of Ireland (RoI) distributors are currently experiencing something of a bloodbath in terms of heating oil – this has been on Read more »

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Oil v gas

With heating oil consumption already in decline in Northern Ireland, plans to extend the gas network are not a welcome development to distributors already under pressure reports Irish correspondent, Aine Faherty. Market share peaked in 2005 with 75% of households Read more »

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The battle to offer a competitive product

Cash conscious consumers, rogue traders dealing in washed diesel and a sharp rise in the use of solid fuel, ensures that oil distributors in the Leinster region are feeling the heat this winter, writes Irish correspondent Aine Faherty Martin Daly, Read more »

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Taking a different approach

Ireland scenery

Speaking to many fuel distributors in Ireland recently, the most frequently used word to describe the current market was ‘challenging.’ “It’s been a tough year to date,” said Donall O’Connor, managing director of online distributor www.ValueOils.com based in County Antrim. Read more »

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Rationalisation in Irish oil distribution

David Blevings

Rationalisation of the Northern Ireland (NI) oil distribution sector has stepped up a gear. Several businesses have been acquired by former competitors and one has gone into liquidation ________________________________________________________________ Recent sales Eastside Fuels was purchased by Morrow Fuels in April Read more »

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Morrow Fuels – goes the extra mile

Next year, the Morrow family celebrates 100 years of oil retailing in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. And throughout the decades, the business, which eventually became Morrow Fuels, has proudly guarded its family ownership and has striven to live up to its Read more »

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Thompson Fuels – providing service with a smile

With a company slogan, “more smiles per gallon”, Northern Ireland based Thompson Fuels has established a reputation as a happy and helpful team, willing to go the extra mile (and smile!) for customers. The company has evolved during the years. Read more »

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Doherty Oils – fail to plan, plan to fail

Last winter’s weather conditions throughout the island of Ireland were unprecedented with sudden and long-lasting frozen spells – accompanied by thick snow and treacherous road conditions. In the thick of it – literally – were home heating fuel distributors who Read more »

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