‘Government part of problem for SMEs’

Pubs have become more competitive despite two increases in the Minimum Wage and two increases in excise duty, yet the government is exhorting pubs to watch their prices!

This anomaly was pointed out as part of the new VFI President Pat Crotty’s opening address to this year’s VFI conference in Wexford recently.

“The VFI has a strong case to make about this,” he told conference delegates, “Reducing the excise duty on alcohol will allow us to grow and re-invest in our businesses.”

The government remained part of the problem for small businesses, not part of the solution.

“It’s OK at the moment but what happens if the price of oil goes shooting up again or inflation begins to rise sharply?” he asked.

“These issues require all of us to make our voices heard, not just your President.”

He pointed out too, in regard to the national tourist board, that the only significant service provider in the tourism industry is not at the table today.



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