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Budget must build on Retail Sales Momentum

Carlow Chamber has welcomed today’s (29/08/13) CSO figures which show a 6.1% rise in the volume of retail sales between June and July and urged the Government to build on this momentum by supporting retailers and SMEs in the budget.

John Brophy, President of Co Carlow Chamber said, “While we would expect sectors such as clothing, books and stationery to record an increase at this time of year, it’s encouraging to see that there was also a significant year on year increase of 4.7. The earlier date for Budget 2014 should reduce the anxiety felt by many consumers in the run-up to the vital Christmas period. This should allow retailers to capitalise on the positive trading period reflected in these figures.

“These positive figures provide the Government with the perfect opportunity to support continued improvement through Budget 2014. The Chamber has already made a number of recommendations to this effect in our pre budget submission including:

  • Mandating the introduction of ‘free parking windows’ in town centres where the first two hours are free would be of significant benefit to retailers in town centres;
  • The introduction of a targeted rates reductions for companies located within town and city centres, which provide much needed employment and contribute to the quality of life in these areas, would have a considerable impact on retailers; and
  • Rapid implementation of the transition to epayment coupled with the abolition of stamp duty on payment cards and an increase in duty charges for cheques.

Chamber networking

Our networking event in the Co Carlow Museum proved a really successful event as we marked Carlow 800.

The event was held in the Museum to honour Carlow's long and proud industrial history - much of which was centered around the Castle and the Barrow.

Museum curator Dermot Mulligan gave an incredible tour through the ages as we visited the exhibits of Corcorans Mineral Waters, Governets Boot Facotry and Irish Sugar. The lives of Carlow's notable international achievers, the engineer William Dargan and renowned scientist John Tyndall were also outlined by Dermot and the occasion was rounded off with a visit to the Mike O Donoghue collection.

All in all it was a fascinating opportunity to reflect on the contribution of business to the life of the Town and County.

If you haven't been to the museum, it's really worth a visit!

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Sean Swan of Swans Electrical

Here's an interesting interview with local business man Sean Swan of Swans Electrical. In business since 1967, Sean has been very inventive in his approach to marketing his business

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Chamber Education

Have you enrolled yet?

Our next course will again be in IT Carlow and will be an NQF level 8 Course in Online Marketing.

The aim of the course is to introduce the participant to the dynamics and challenges of the principles, practices of online marketing and digital media in marketing. It aims to equip the participant with the skills to create, develop, maintain and critically evaluate an excellent online marketing communication strategy.

Anyone looking to improve their Online presence - this is a great learning opportunity for your business.

Full course details available on request.

You can book your place now by filling in the online application below.

This programme is supported by Carlow County Enterprise Board

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Inches A Weigh

Chamber member Inches A Weigh are planning to produce a charity calendar in aid of, Breast Cancer, Irish Heart foundation, Down Syndrome Carlow, Carers, Children's Leukaemia and Organ Donor Awareness. They are seeking sponsors to help alleviate the printing costs.

Linda can be contacted at and 085-1497314

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Don't forget to pick up next week's Nationalist and see our profile of Kehoe Auctoneers

If you would like to be included at some stage please contact us and let us know!