Rivington named 2nd best in the UK

Euro Garages Rivington North Services have been named 2nd best in the UK after comprehensive customer research conducted by travel watchdog Transport Focus.

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Transport Focus conducted a study of 112 motorway service stations across the UK. During the survey, 8,700 customers were questioned on key factors including staffing, food and facilities.

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Rivington Services, located on the M61, has come a long way since being voted the worst in the UK back in 2000, before a well-publicised takeover by Euro Garages. In the intervening years, both the north and south-side locations have been demolished and rebuilt to provide road-weary travellers with multiple food and shop options, including Starbucks, Burger King, Greggs and Subway, a dog walking area and electric vehicle charging points. On the north side, which is connected to the south side via both a driving and a walking bridge, there is also a budget-friendly hotel for those looking to take a longer break.

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This is a huge achievement and we’d like to say a big thank you to the team at Rivington who have helped to ensure that their site made it to the top of the list.

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Intervias Group and Esso Italiana S.r.l.

Intervias Group has reached an agreement with Esso Italiana S.r.l. – an ExxonMobil company – for the purchase of the going concern consisting of 1,176 Esso branded service stations, located in several Italian regions.

A long-term branded fuel supply agreement will retain the Esso fuel brand allowing consumers to continue to purchase the same high quality fuel products.

Through this acquisition, Intervias Group will further expand its brand retail network, enhancing fuel and non-fuel business value.

The purchase is subject to the competition authority approval and is expected to take a minimum of five months to complete.

Mohsin Issa, Founder and Co-CEO, Intervias Group expressed, “The Esso brand has a leading presence in Italy and the existing network represents an excellent strategic fit for our business, allowing us to expand our network and reach even more customers with a strong fuel, retail convenience and food-to-go proposition. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Esso and cementing our position as a leading Branded Wholesale partner across Europe.”

Intervias Group is based out of the United Kingdom, and represents one of the strongest retail operators in Europe, was formed in 2016 after Euro Garages Ltd (EG) merger with European Forecourt Retail Group (EFR), and operates nearly 1,550 petrol forecourt sites, of which more than 100 motorway sites.

Intervias Group ha raggiunto un accordo con Esso Italiana S.r.l.– una società del Gruppo ExxonMobil – per l’acquisto di un ramo d’azienda costituito da 1,176 stazioni di servizio a marchio Esso, ubicate in diverse regioni in Italia.

L’accordo include un contratto di fornitura di lungo termine. Il marchio Esso continuerà quindi a essere presente e i consumatori potranno continuare ad acquistare prodotti di alta qualità.

Attraverso quest’acquisizione, Intervias espanderà ulteriormente il proprio network di punti vendita con marchio nel settore retail, migliorando il valore dell’offerta sia per le attività fuel che non-fuel.

L’accordo è soggetto all’approvazione dell’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato e si prevede che le attività necessarie al perfezionamento della vendita richiederanno almeno cinque mesi.

Mohsin Issa, fondatore e co-CEO di Intervias Group ha dichiarato: “Il marchio Esso ha una presenza di primo piano in Italia e la sua rete rappresenta un’eccellente opportunità strategica per il nostro business, consentendoci di espandere il nostro network e di raggiungere ancora più clienti con una forte offerta carburante, convenience retailing e food-to-go. Siamo felici di rafforzare la nostra relazione con il marchio Esso e di consolidare la nostra posizione di importante Branded Wholesaler in Europa.”

Intervias Group ha sede nel Regno Unito e rappresenta uno dei principali operatori europei nel settore retail. Il Gruppo si è costituito nel 2016 dopo la fusione di Euro Garages Ltd (EG) con il Gruppo European Forecourt Retail (EFR) e gestisce circa 1.550 punti vendita, oltre 100 dei quali autostradali.

Plans Revealed for New EG Head Office

Euro Garages has submitted plans to build a three-storey office block and two drive through restaurants in Haslingden Road, Blackburn, close to the hospital and our existing head office. The plans include enough parking spaces for 349 cars, 26 bicycles and 17 disabled spaces and, if given the green light, the proposed plans will create 260 full-time and 40 part-time employee positions.
HOCllr Phil Riley, head of regeneration on Blackburn with Darwen Council, said the plans were a massive boost for the town.

He said: “The office is for Euro Garages European headquarters. We are absolutely delighted they have chosen to build in the borough. They are a huge business, not just in the town but across the country. It is encouraging they want to put their headquarters in Blackburn. They are advancing across Europe and it is a good story for everyone here.”

Khalid Saifullah, chairman of the Blackburn and Darwen Hive Ambassadors Network, said: “It is absolutely incredible news for our town. I want to see the business grow from strength to strength and continue to see its influence in the town. It shows a lot of confidence from its owners who were made in Blackburn – they grew up around here. Euro Garages is one of the country’s biggest success stories. They had the chance to set up their international base in Manchester or London but it shows they have faith in East Lancashire, which gives the town a huge boost of confidence.”

Within a planning document, a spokesman on behalf of Euro Garages, said: “The site will act as additional office accommodation for the applicants growing company. The positioning of the main office building also allows for the maximisation of parking areas, while offering glimpses of the reservoir on approach down either side of the building. The main expanse of parking also offers uninterrupted views of the reservoir to visitors arriving by car. The use of more modern materials are used to express the progressive business use of the building, while maintaining colour tones in keeping with the surrounding areas.

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EG FC: History and Achievements

Euro Garages FC

Club History & Achievements
EGFC1Established 2012

By Masihullah Patel

 

Introduction

2012 marked a memorable year for Euro Garages FC. A year when two, young, courageous and ambitious friends (Sajid Desai and Faizal Ali) from Blackburn set out with a dream to help the young wider community of Blackburn showcase their potential and talents in the Blackburn and District Football Combination League. In order to realise this dream, it was quickly evident that it was not fully possible alone and the need of a senior, father figure to guide and mentor the team became apparent. The importance of supporting, guiding and developing the young team both on and off the pitch was critical in their early time together. In search of this mentor, the club were very fortunate and privileged to welcome to the team Arif Ramzu, a very respected and devoted senior member of our community.

It was under the guidance of Arif and the leadership support of the clubs more experienced members, that core values such as desire, discipline, respect and trust were instilled into the minds of the youngsters from the very beginning. Thus, it is no surprise that we see the success that is being delivered by this young group of player‟s season after season. More importantly, the practice and implementation of these core values now sees a priceless and unbreakable bond formed within the players, management and those associated with the club.

 

Season 2012/13

The team played under the sponsor name of IMO and began their journey representing a proud community in the Blackburn and District Football Combination League.

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League Performance

The club finished fifth in their debut season. It was a great opportunity for the young team to have their first taste of competitive senior football the Blackburn Combination League together.
EGFC2Cup Competition

The club also had a great cup run which saw them dump out the Premier Division leaders in the semi-finals. In the final IMO put up another spirited display against another Premier Division side Blackburn Olympic. Unfortunately, this proved a step too far as the game finished 4-2 to winners Blackburn Olympic.

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Season 2013/14

The club kicked off the 2013/14 season with the team competing in the Annual Forbes 11 a- side tournament. The tournament was held at Pleasington Playing Fields and currently hosts team from all over the borough at all age levels.

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Despite losing to AMT in the group stage, the team came through the final to take the game to penalties. The young side then made sure they converted all but one of their penalties to take the game to sudden death to complete a 5-4 win.

The first silverware for the team is always considered to be the most sentimental and cherished.

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IMO Show off Their New Kits Sponsored By Tauheedul Islam & KQF

League Performance

In the second season of participating in the Blackburn & District Combination League the club finished in a respectable third place, level on points to runners up Clayton Park (courtesy of some point deductions). Overall, on reflection it was a positive and energetic league performance from the team considering their short tenure as a club.

However, it was quite evident from some of the league defeats suffered during the course of the season that the group lacked experience. This was something the club was quick to address by welcoming on board four experienced league campaigners Imran VA, Aaroon Hussain, Ahmed Seedat AKA Cola and Muhammed Ameen Patel AKA Fletch.
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Cup Competition

In 2012/13 season the club missed out on reaching two cup finals by suffering defeats in two separate cup semi-finals. The first defeat came in the Sports Council Cup semi-final to Hole Ith Wall, who were the eventual winners.

The second defeat came in the Eddleston Cup semi-finals to eventual cup winners Alexandra Hotel.

Although there was no league silverware to celebrate for the season, the club, its players and supporters received abundant praise and acknowledgment from opposing teams, supporters and the league management on how the club conducted themselves both on and off the pitch.

 

Season 2014/15

A defining year for the club, as we welcomed and proudly announced our clubs new headline sponsors Euro Garages Ltd.

Zuber Issa the CEO of Euro Garages said “We at Euro Garages strongly believe and pride ourselves in giving back to the community by supporting the young generation in their personal development and achieving their full potential”.

We, as a club were overwhelmed with their desire and ambition along with the willingness to support and we hope and pray this partnership continues and becomes a means of providing further opportunities and creating unity through the power of football in our community.

EGFC8The Club Welcome New Sponsors Euro Garages

Based in Blackburn, Euro Garages were founded in 2001 by brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa, with the acquisition of a single petrol filling station in Bury, Greater Manchester. Since then, Euro Garages has established itself as one of the UK‟s fastest growing and most recognisable forecourt operators, with an expanding portfolio of 341 freehold-owned sites located throughout mainland UK.

Alongside an innovative approach to roadside retail property, Euro Garages has forged high- profile relationships with nationally and globally recognised retail and convenience brands, now operating in excess of 67 Starbucks drive-to and drive-thru restaurants, 50 Burger Kings, 153 Subway sub-stations and 104 Gregg‟s bakeries.

Forbes Solicitors Pre-Season Tournament

Now playing under the name Euro Garages FC, the club began the season with a bang by defeating local rivals Blackburn United FC in the final of the pre-season tournament. It was the second season on the bounce the club had won the tournament.

Trailing 1-0 with a minute to go Euro Garages equalised through Junaid Dalal before winning the game 5-3 on penalties.

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Euro Garages Celebrate Retaining The Forbes Solicitors Trophy

League Performance

Under the new sponsor Euro Garages, the club achieved promotion to the Premier Division by finishing runners to eventual league winners Cabin End.

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EGFC11Euro Garages FC Secure Promotion To The Premier Division

Cup Competition

Having already sealed a place in the top flight, the 2014/15 season saw the club continue to have another brilliant cup run. It was the second year running whereby the club had managed to reach the Sports Council Cup semi-final and to be drawn again against last year‟s cup winners Hole Ith Wall. Although we put up a spirited fight, Hole Ith Wall proved too strong on the day and defeated us to reach the cup finals for the second year running.

Having tasted defeat in the Eddleston Cup semi-finals last year, the club and its players were hugely determined to improve against a tough Worth Avenue side. Going into the finals as favourites, the club lived up to the billing going 2-0 up at the break, thanks to a wonder strike from Zain Patel and a Justine Chapel own goal.

But Worth Avenue showed they weren‟t there just for a cup final outing and had the otherwise excellent Kevin Brown shown more composure in front of goal, it could have been a different outcome. But the truth was that Worth Avenue made a fight of it while Euro Garages FC made hard work of it. Club captain Muhammed Amin Patel stood out with a man of the match performance, patrolling the centre circle and distributing the ball with minimum fuss but maximum impact.

The final eventually finished 2-1 and Euro Garages were crowned the new Eddleston Cup champions. The clubs first major silverware since forming in 2012.

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Special Young Player of the Year Award

The club was honoured and privileged to have one of its young talented players receive an award of recognition by the Blackburn and District combination league. Without doubt, Nasif Ahmed was one of the clubs promising prospects whom consistently separated himself from the rest each season.

Firstly, from a footballing point of view, he has the natural ability of a leader wherein he never fails to give in, in any situation and this has been backed up by his consistency in producing match winning performances week in week out.

Secondly, and more importantly from a personal point of view, he has always taken pride in ensuring he and the team conduct themselves with the highest level of professionalism both on and off the pitch. A trait, which has been recognised and acknowledged by the league, management, opposition teams and the supporters that follow the club.

On a final note, his positive attitude and behaviour sets him apart from the rest and this makes him a real example and inspiration for the up and coming new generation of footballers.

EGFC13Nasif Ahmed Voted 2015 Young Player Of The Year

 

Season 2015/16

The club had its first taste of top flight football and were proud to announce and secure the services of two very senior and experienced campaigners, Kalim Hafeji and Amir Feroze.

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League Performance

The Premiere Division proved to be a welcoming challenge in which the club finished at a respectable 4th position, a point behind 3rd place Anchor. The highlight of the season coming when the club defeated league champions The Ivy 2-1 at Roman Road, considered to be the most hostile and challenging venues to play football in this league.

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Cup Competition

The 2015/16 season will be remembered as the year in which history was created. It was the first time in the history of Asian football an ethnic minority team had successfully accomplished a cup double in the Blackburn and District Combination League. In the space of four days the club were crowned winners of the Cotton and Birtwistle Cup. A proud accomplishment that has never been achieved by any ethnic minority team to date.

In the Cotton Cup it was Captain Junaid Dalal who bagged a brace to help the club continue its collection of silverware. Having lifted the Eddleston Cup last season, Euro Garages added the Cotton Cup as Junaid Dalal scored in each half to seal a 2-0 victory against Lord Raglan at the AFC Darwen‟s Anchor Ground.

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Euro Garages Team Line Up For The Birtwistle Cup Final

Having already won the Cotton Cup, Euro Garages had their sights set on more silverware but they were up against a Rishton United side who are no strangers to a few final flings themselves.

In a hugely anticipated cup final against Rishton United, it was Shakeel Butt who showed nerves of steel to score a dramatic extra-time penalty winner as Euro Garages completed a Combination cup double. With the match seemingly heading for the dreaded penalty shootout, Dalal won a penalty which Butt then converted with virtually the last kick of the game.

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Asian Image Championship 2016

It was the first time the club were participating in the Asian image cup and the club could not have asked for a tougher draw to start their campaign. In the opening round, Euro Garages were drawn against none other the tournament‟s most successful and eight time finalists Coppice United.

Going into the opening round, the club had very little knowledge and experience about the tournament and its history. However, what we did know was we were up against the pre- tournament favourites who lacked no experience and were seen as the most feared team.

The game ended in defeat for the club. However, Coppice United had to earn their victory as it was Euro Garages that had more of the possession and the better chances. For 30 minutes the game was bossed by Euro Garages FC who would have gone ahead if it wasn‟t for some good defending from the 2015 finalists. A goal soon settled Coppice nerves and the second half was a different story altogether. Coppice finally showed why they were labelled tournament favourites by netting in four second half goals to motor into the semi-finals.

Never the less, it was a good experience for Euro Garages.

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Season 2016/17

A season of mixed emotions, even with it being only the clubs second season in the top flight, there were a lot of expectations that each individual in the club had set themselves – which collectively meant “…we can do this…”. Let‟s face it, the team had now established themselves as credible competitors for the championship and why not?

So, how did we do…?

League Performance

The season was a belter, some fantastic performances and results meant that Euro Garages FC had every right to be in the run in for the title and led the league for a period of time also.

Throughout the season the league was well contested between Euro Garages FC and Longshaw. However, the season will be forever marred by an abandoned game between Euro Garages FC and Clayton Park.

A game that will never be erased from history, irrespective of the outcome. A game that will always be remembered as the victory that was taken away, a game where “injustice” is the only word that best describes its eventual outcome.

With being 1-0 up and 8 minutes remaining a brawl followed that was instigated by the opposition and sadly resulted in the game being abandoned. The league concluded to void the points, a decision that would prove to be defining in the outcome of the league champions.

Even though, going into their final game the club beat Longshaw 3-2 at their home ground Roman Road, it proved to not be enough.  With 80 minutes played on the clock, Euro Garages were trailing Longshaw 2-1 before an eventful finish to the game saw the club overhaul the 2-1 deficit. Although, Yaqoob and the impressive Malik stole the points for Euro Garages FC in a stunning final five minutes of the game, the season came to a sad end.

Longshaw were crowned Champions on goal difference – but, it is widely recognised and acknowledged that Euro Garages did more than enough to be crowned champions.

Cup Competition

The 2016/17 season saw the club fail to defend the Birtwistle Cup losing to league rivals Longshaw in the cup semi-finals. The scores were level after 90 minutes of play and nothing could separate the two after extra time. It was Longshaw who came on top in a one sided penalty shootout and went onto lift the Birtwistle Cup.

On the other hand, it was the first time in five attempts the club had reached the Sports Council Cup Final. The previous best for the club was reaching the cup semi-finals on two separate occasions. However, it was not meant to be as the club suffered their second cup defeat to the hands of Longshaw.

In what has been one of the closest and exciting battles for the league title in many years, the Sports Council Cup Final sadly failed to live up to the hype and drama that was witnessed days earlier at Roman Road when Euro Garages beat Longshaw 3-2 in an unforgettable match.

In the final it was Longshaw who made the better start coming nearest to scoring when they hit the cross bar in the opening exchanges. However they could not turn their pressure into a goal and the game remained goalless at half time.

It was much the same story in the second half with neither team finding the cutting edge to find that crucial break through. The game seemed to be drifting towards extra time when after 82 minutes Longshaw took the lead through Mark Slater. Euro Garages tried vainly to get back on terms but in the 90th minute Jamie Chapman hit a superb shot from just outside the area which settled the victory for Longshaw.

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Asian Image Championship 2017

In the second year of participating in the Asian Image Cup, the club were drawn against a well drilled and disciplined AFC Preston side. It was a disappointing and below par performance from the Euro Garages FC players who seemed to have used up their energy levels in an attempt to win the Blackburn and District Combination League for their first time.

Going into the tie as underdogs, Preston never really looked in any trouble in this 2-0 victory. It was a well-deserved win for the Preston side who came with a well thought out game plan. A well taken goal and a brave header put AFC into the next round who eventually went on to reach the finals.

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Euro Garages defence led by the experienced Kalim Hafeji put up stiff fight. However, the game will be long remembered by the many in attendance for the historic battle it produced between Adam Mahetar AKA Badaam and AFC Preston’s Naeem Patel AKA Rodger.


The journey goes on… Thank you!

Desire, discipline, respect and trust, these were the values we embraced at the beginning of our journey and these values continue to be the ones we hold in front of ourselves as we continue forward.

Our victories make us humble and our defeats make us stronger.  We continue to learn as we mature and hope that what we achieve together results in more than just trophies on a shelf, but a platform for future generations to be inspired to realise their own potential in their own special way.

I want to also take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt appreciation and warmest gratitude to every single person that has been with the club and supported the club at any step of the way.

Without your support and help, none of this is even possible.

Terrorism Response Procedures – Part 2

Further to our post earlier today, we’d like to take the time to remind all staff and colleagues of the procedures in place should a bomb threat take place.

In the event of a bomb threat, take the following action:

  • Stay calm. Don’t panic and don’t cause others to panic.
  • Carefully write down the EXACT words used, including any code words.
  • Try and ask the following:
  • Where exactly is the bomb placed?
  • When is it due to go off?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • How did you get it into the building?
  • Dial 999 and ask for POLICE/FIRE SERVICE.
  • Evacuate the premises to a BOMB THREAT ASSEMBLY POINT – this must be at least 500 metres from the site – 5 minutes brisk walk, ideally an open space and away from glass/buildings. Brief your team on where this is. Display the Bomb Threat Location with your Fire Assembly Point location.
  • Cone off access to site.
  • Inform your Site Manager and Area Manager as soon as you can, following the escalation process if required.
  • Prevent people entering site/shop/restaurant and do not allow customers to return to their vehicles until the incident is over.
  • Do not return to site/shop/restaurant until the all-clear is given by the police.
  • Report the incident to the Petroleum Licensing Authority by telephone as soon as possible if you are a PFS.
  • Complete an Incident Form.

Thank you in advance for your ongoing commitment to safety within Euro Garages. Should anything change, we will inform you immediately.