RGDATA: Gov must recognise the value of local shops

RGDATA director general Tara Buckley
RGDATA director general Tara Buckley

A delegation of shop owners from around the country led by RGDATA director Tara Buckley will present to TDs and Senators in the Dáil next week highlighting the importance of local shops to the country

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A new report titled True Value of Local Shops will be presented to TDs and Senators in Dáil Éireann next week, on Wednesday 5 October, by a delegation led by RGDATA director Tara Buckley. The report, prepared by economist Jim Power, will highlight key issues and areas of concern for local shop owners and independent retailers. These key issues as per the report include:

  • Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

This Bill is causing significant concern among independent shop owners, who believe the proposal for structural separation in mixed trading shops is unfair and an unnecessary imposition on their businesses that will imact their costs, as well as health and safety in their shops.

According to RGDATA, the objectives contained within the bill can be achieved through other means than structural separation.

  • Insurance Costs

RGDATA’s Shop Insurance Survey 2016 highlighted significant issues for retailers regarding unsustainable increases in insurance premiums, along with frustrating practices related to claims payouts.

In its presentation to the Dáil, RGDATA says it will propose changes to policy and regulation to tackle this issue.

  • Town Centre Revitalisation

A point of passion for Tara Buckley and RGDATA, the revitalisation of town centres and rural revitalisation is of significant concern in the organisation’s upcoming presentation. RGDATA says it will highlight the vital role that independent grocers, convenience stores and supermarkets play in towns and villages throughout Ireland, and also make the case for a national programme of town centre “health checks” and other measures to promote local SMEs.

 

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