RGDATA has released a six-point report on what the next government needs to do to support independent grocery retailers. The group believes that the recent recession has hit independent grocers the hardest, and that political parties and groupings should commit to introducing measures that will help these retailers grow into the future.
Foremost amongst the assurances sought is that there will be no added State imposed labour costs during the lifetime of the next government. A reduction in employers PRSI for part-time employees in retail grocery outlets and the introduction of new back-to-work schemes are also called for by the group.
It also wants commercial rates and local government charges reduced by 25%, as well as a commitment to implement Retail Planning Guidelines that will help regenerate Irish town centres.
Furthermore, it calls for the introduction of a Town Centre Management Association Strategy to provide training for local authorities and traders, with mentoring and expert support provided by planners and architects.
In terms of regulation, the group is seeking a 25% reduction in red tape for Irish grocery retailers by the end of the second year of a new government’s term, with retailers being consulted about any new regulatory proposals.
The report also asserts that the self-employed require greater support than they currently have, and so the next government should remove any discrimination against them in the tax and social welfare systems.
A new programme of supports and initiatives for entrepreneurs seeking to trade within Ireland is also promoted.
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