As part of the Sustainable Business Programme for South Dublin a series of local Retailers Forums will be carried out during 2015, in your local area. The forum will last no longer than 90 minutes, and is a chance to have your voice heard on local and countywide issues, in an impartial environment – hosted by the Local Business Chamber and County Council for South Dublin.
During 2014 a full Economic Survey of South Dublin County was carried out under the Sustainable Business Programme for South Dublin – a free business support programme led by South Dublin Chamber in conjunction with South Dublin County Council and the Local Enterprise Office. The aim of this survey was to quantify and get a better understanding of the types, locations and needs of local businesses in our County. Surveyors called to over 4500 business premises and spoke to the owners. As part of this Economic Profile, the surveyors identified that 36% of businesses in the County were in the Retail Sector – the largest sector in South Dublin.
As such, following feedback from business owners and from retailers about the need for opportunities to voice their concerns and challenges about doing business in South Dublin the series of local retail forums and meetings for businesses was identified as a priority in 2015.
Speaking about the forums and the opportunity for Retailers and Business Owners to meet, Mr Peter Byrne – CEO of South Dublin Chamber – said “Sharing knowledge and experience of Retail Excellence is critical for the growth of retail in our county and we see the Forums as a way to facilitate and achieve this, through networking”.
During the forums, retailers will learn more about the current Chamber/Local Authority Initiatives around in Economic Development for South Dublin, including the Economic Profile Survey 2014, the Shop Local Initiative, the Villages Scheme and Age Action. In addition retailers will be asked about their opinions on the supports required specific to retailing in South Dublin.
Upcoming dates for Retail Fora:
18th March 2015, Bewleys Newlands Cross, 8.30am – 10am
19th March 2015, Iona Centre, Knocklyon 8.30am – 10am.
25th March 2015, South Dublin Chamber Offices – Whitestown, Tallaght 8.30am – 10am
31st March 2015, Citywest Hotel 8.30am – 10am.
8th April 2015, Lucan Spa Hotel, 8.30 – 10am
More dates and locations to be confirmed during March and April 2015.