Minister Damien English was at launch of the Tralee Health Check where he praised RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley and Ali Harvey from the Heritage Council for initiating the Town Centre Health Check pilot. Click here for the podcast.
An RGDATA delegation led by President and MACE retailer Colin Fee and including SuperValu retailers Liam Ryan and Luke Moriarty, RGDATA Director and SPAR retailer Louis Byrne and Director General Tara Buckley met with Minister for Insurance Michael D'Arcy to discuss the urgent need for reforms to address spiraling shop insurance costs. The Minister said he was committed to introducing reforms to address retailers' concerns and to bring insurance premiums down.
RGDATA has urged Finance Minister Paschal Donoghue to invest in urban renewal and town centre regeneration; reduce the commercial rates burden on local shops, tackling the black market and upskilling local entrepreneurs to deal with Brexit and the digital economy. Click here to read the RGDATA Budget Submission
Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit takes place in The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin, on Wednesday 6 September 2017. Book before 9th August to avail of this members only offer. Click here for details.
An RGDATA delegation led by President Colin Fee and Director General Tara Buckley will meet with the new Minister for Insurance at the Department of Finance on Thursday next. RGDATA is campaigning for radical changes to stop the unsustainable increases in shop insurance costs and halt the rise of the "compo culture".
Concerned about shop insurance costs? Do the short RGDATA survey here and let us here your views.
RGDATA has urged Tanaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Frances Fitzgerald to halt the Government led increases in business costs. "Independent retailers are facing significant cost increases due to Government policy. There is the proposed 27% increase in the PSO Levy; a recommendation to increase the Minimum Wage by 30 cent; significant increases in commercial rates in some areas and proposals to reduce plastics that all have significant cost implications for independent shops," Buckley told the Tanaiste.
If you sell or advertise food online, you are responsible for the food information you provide to the consumer. Click here to download.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland in partnership with safefood, is hosting a conference in Dublin Castle, Thurs 5th and Fri 6th October, 2017. Tickets are limited, so register early. Click here for details.
RGDATA has written to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan seeking a meeting to discuss the proposed Waste Management Bill and ensure that measures to reduce the use of non recyclable cups and other utensils and the proposed bottle bring back scheme do not impose a costly burden on shops.
The Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has identified the Cost of Doing Business as one of its priorities for consideration in the autumn session. The Committee has written to RGDATA to make a submission on independent retailers' concerns regarding the cost of doing business.
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