Phase 2 of Ireland’s recovery comes into effect today. This is great news for businesses which have been closed for the past three months but we are not out of the woods just yet. A report this morning mentioned it could be three years before we see a steady pick up. Some of our SME’s will not survive another three more months let alone three years. SME’s are the life blood of our economy and need our support.
Seeing businesses like the iconic Bewley’s on Grafton Street close, with the loss of over 100 jobs, is one example. I realised that it had been years since I went there - even though it was part of my childhood. It has made me reflect on the things that I, as an individual and business person, could/should do to support local businesses. So, here’s a few things that I’m looking to do to change/‘wear the green jersey’…
Books: Rather than ordering books on-line from one of the big multi-nationals, I am buying online from my local book-shop (and the delivery is much quicker these days).
I have been more conscious than ever to look at the Irish-based alternatives in our supply chain. From stationary to software.
What can you do to help support your local businesses? There is a myriad of options and here are a few…
Check out Mark Fielding – he has a list of 10 easy things to do - including suggesting where possible to avoid refunds and try to reschedule. The fans at Munster Rugby did this and The Irish Examiner reported on it last Friday.
Another great website for all things local - https://justbuyirish.com/ - Some great innovative businesses!
And we wouldn’t be commercial if we didn’t mention – if you are looking for any finance hires, to use a local firm, ideally PeopleSource!
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