The Retail Grocery Dairy & Allied Trades Association (RGDATA) has put forward its pre-Budget submission in an effort to dissuade the government from introducing new VAT or excise increases. The submission recommends keeping the 9% VAT rate in the hospitality sector to assist businesses that are struggling to survive.
RGDATA director general, Tara Buckley commented, ”It is vital for the survival of the independent retail sector that the measures adopted in Budget 2014 facilitate recovery and growth, encourage positive consumer sentiment and do not add to the cost of employment or of running a small business.”
The submission also calls for the introduction of an incentivised parking scheme in urban areas, and asks the government to address the issue of succession planning, as well as the introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol products. RGDATA is the representative association for over 4,000 independent family owned grocery shops, convenience stores, forecourt stores and supermarkets in Ireland.
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