Kildare’s shop owners deserve a better deal from the government, the Kildare town-headquartered Convenience Stores & Newsagents Association (CSNA) has said.
The Government must curb the endless red tape imposed on shop owners throughout the county as the vast array of legislation and compliance regulations makes the cost of doing business incredibly time consuming and expensive, said chief executive, Vincent Jennings.
Wages in the sector account for 65% of total overheads and any upward pressure on wage costs will seriously impact on the future of many shops more severely than any other cost increase, claimed the organisation. Business is down 20% over the past four years and 800 shops have closed during that time, it added.
Every five to seven years shop owners used to revamp their premises but many can no longer afford to do this, Mr Jennings told the CSNA’s annual general meeting in Dublin last week.
Mr. Jennings urged the Government to make a special case and lift the recruitment embargo on the customs service in order to tackle tobacco smuggling, illicit alcohol, fuel laundering and video piracy.