Tobin's Spar Express named Best Forecourt Retailer in Ireland for Hygiene and Food Safety

Letterkenny business recognised in National Q Mark Awards

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Tobin's Spar Express named Best Forecourt Retailer in Ireland for Hygiene and Food Safety

Irene Collins, EIQA MD, with Eddie and Annette Tobin and members of the team from Tobin's Spar Express .

Tobin's Spar Express Letterkenny has just been named as the Best Forecourt Retailer in Ireland for Hygiene and Food Safety at this year’s National Q Mark Awards.

Hailed as “The Olympians of business excellence”, the team from Tobin's SPAR Express Letterkenny received the winner’s medal during an awards ceremony held in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin.

The Q Mark Awards are associated with quality and excellence in the minds of Irish consumers and it is the only system which allows businesses to monitor 100 per cent of their processes and procedures 100 per cent of the time. 

Established in 1980, Tobin’s Service Station is a family run business which incorporates a modern attended forecourt, car wash facility, convenience store and 60-seat café/deli. They employ 37 staff and have been in the Q Mark programme since 2009.

The Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar TD, who attended this year’s awards, said, “At the heart of the government's strategy is supporting Irish businesses through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Quality standards and good governance enables this growth and competitiveness and it is exciting to see companies in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors competing side by side. These are the modern Irish businesses that are driving the engine of our recovery, and I wish them every success in the future.”

Eddie Tobin, owner of the store said, “The Q Mark for Hygiene and Food Safety is an integral part of our business’s DNA and we are delighted that our standards are worthy of this prestigious national award yet again.”

Irene Collins, managing director of The National Q Mark Awards said, “It seems that the harder Annette, Eddie and the team work the luckier they become. The team have a fantastic work ethic and an unwavering commitment to operational excellence.”