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Petrogas Global is a privately owned company and Ireland’s largest independent forecourt retailer with over 110 sites trading in the Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom. It currently employs over 1,200 people and has grown rapidly since its establishment in 1992. With its innovative Applegreen brand, it continues to set standards in the forecourt industry across the UK and Ireland as well as globally.

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Leadership team

Bob Etchingham

Bob Etchingham

Bob Etchingham

Bob had a vision for the forecourt industry when he set up Petrogas in 1992. After many years working as an economist to the industry his decision to strike out on his own was prompted by a deep understanding of where the industry needed to go. With the creation of the Applegreen brand in 2005 this vision really began to take shape and the company has since gone from strength to strength, culminating in Applegreen being awarded the contract to operate Irelands first motorway services in collaboration with the NRA.

Joe Barrett

Joe Barrett

Joe Barrett
Retail Director

Joe is very well known in the forecourt and convenience retail trade. Since setting up Petrogas with Bob Etchingham in 1992, he has been the face of the company, as well as its overall Operations Director. He has been instrumental in the creation and success of the Applegreen brand. Joe is a regular presenter at industry conferences and a member of numerous retail groups including CSNA and Retail Excellence. He has become a regular spokesman for the industry on many important issues.

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Applegreen is Ireland’s largest Irish independent forecourt retailer. It offers consistent customer value via its ‘low fuel prices, always’ commitment at the pumps and in store via the long term value promotional campaigns.

Currently Applegreen operates 75 service stations in Ireland and 34 in the UK. In September 2010 Applegreen opened and now operates Ireland’s first 6 Motorway Service Stations, securing 370 new jobs across the six sites. Applegreen are Burger King®, Costa Coffee® and Subway® franchisees, and the company is continually looking for business opportunities to partner with the Applegreen brand. Applegreen plans to expand, predominantly, through acquisition of existing sites.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

The establishment of Applegreen Charitable Fund in 2009 signalled a clear long-term commitment by the Company to Corporate Social Responsibility. Since then Petrogas Global’s desire to give back something to local communities and organisations has become an inherent part of the Company’s culture.

Applegreen’s Charitable Fund raises valuable funds for its chosen charities by donating one cent per transaction on all shop only sales, all combined shop and fuel sales and all aCafe sales in Applegreen sites (excluding fuel purchases, tobacco, lottery and baby food).

Petrogas Global takes a partnership approach to the relationship, supporting the chosen charities at various events. Petrogas Global staff volunteer their own time, and the company promotes the charities’ fundraising events in Applegreen stores and on its website.

Petrogas Global encourages employees to organise activities on-site to supplement the company’s Applegreen Charitable Fund. This additional fundraising activity has the added benefit of being fun for both staff and customers alike.

Industry recognition

Recent accolades include:

  • Retail Excellence Award for Company of the Year Industry Leader 2012
  • Envirocom Awards for Engaging Communities 2011
  • NACS International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award 2010

For more information on the company's achievements, please visit the Applegreen Press page

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