1989 Amstel Lager Ireland

Amstel Brewery  is a Dutch brewery founded in 1870 on the Mauritskade in Amsterdam,The Netherlands. It was taken over by Heineken International in 1968, and the brewing plant closed down in 1982, with production moving to the main Heineken plant at Zoeterwoude.

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1987 Knorr Sauces Ireland

Knorr was founded in 1838 by Carl Heinrich Theodor Knorr. Knorr headquarters is in Heilbronn, Germany. Products previously sold under the Liptonbrand are now being absorbed into the Knorr product line. With annual sales topping €3 billion, Knorr is Unilever’s biggest-selling brand.  In cooperation with Slimfast, also owned by Unilever, Knorr markets a line of low-calorie products.

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1984 First National Building Society

First Active was founded in 1861 as the Workingman’s Benefit Building Society. It was incorporated in Ireland in 1875 under the Building Societies Act, 1874. In 1960 the name of the Society was changed to First National Building Society. Over a period of years First National grew both organically, through expansion of its branch network, and by the acquisition of the business of five small building societies:

  • Grafton Savings and Building Society, acquired in 1974
  • The Guinness Permanent Building Society, acquired in 1984
  • Ireland Benefit Building Society, acquired in 1984
  • Irish Life Building Society, acquired in 1993, and
  • Postal Service Permanent Building Society, acquired in 1985.

In 1994 First National acquired Mortgage Trust Limited, a UK centralised mortgage lending business. In 1995 a deposit taking subsidiary commenced business in Guernsey, Channel Islands. The Group’s UK operations were expanded in 1996 through the acquisition of The Mortgage Corporation. A retail deposit taking operation was established in England in 1996 to obtain sterling deposits to fund the Group’s growing mortgage business in the UK.

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1978 Access Credit Card

Access was a credit card brand originally introduced in the United Kingdom in 1972 by a consortium of National Westminster Bank, Midland Bank (now HSBC), Lloyds Bank (now Lloyds TSB), and The Royal Bank of Scotland, as a rival to the established Barclaycard (VISA). It was also issued in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland by Ulster Bank, a subsidiary of NatWest, Northern Bank, then a subsidiary of Midland; and Bank of Ireland, which was unconnected to the founder banks.

The card scheme was run from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England, by the Joint Credit Card Company Limited. It participated in the Eurocard/MasterCard systems.Europay International SA has since been taken over by MasterCard International itself.

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1950s Butlins Commercial

Butlins (also Butlin’s) is a chain of large holiday camps in the United Kingdom. Butlins was founded by Billy Butlin to provide affordable holidays for ordinary British families.

Between 1936 and 1966, ten camps were built, including one in Ireland and one in The Bahamas. In the 1970s and 1980s Butlins also operated numerous large hotels including one in Spain, a number of smaller holiday parks in England and France, and a revolving restaurant in the Post Office Tower in London.

Tough competition from overseas package holiday operators, rising operational costs, and rapidly changing demand forced many of these to close in the 1980s and 1990s. Three of the original camps remain open under the Butlins’ brand in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. They are now owned and run by Butlins Skyline Ltd a subsidiary company of Bourne Leisure Ltd which also operates other leisure brands in the UK includingWarner Leisure Hotels and Haven Holidays.

Butlins runs a variety of “family fun activities” and entertainments, many of which are included in the price of a holiday. Redcoats provide entertainment, organise activities, and act as hosts.

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