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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.
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!
Sean Swan of Swans Electrical
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