Cllr. Michael Murphy welcomes extra funding for retail sector

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Murphy welcome extra funding for retail sector

Fine Gael Councillor Michael Murphy has welcomed the announcement by South Tipperary County Council of a budget of €30,000 being made available for distribution between towns and villages across South Tipperary to support the implementation of targeted retail activity over the Christmas period.

According to Cllr Murphy, it is extremely important that STCC works closely with the various town and village forums to research, prepare and implement practical business actions to consolidate and strengthen retail activity in the area.

As part of its overall Retail Strategy, this is an excellent example of the Council putting in place the financial supports to assist the various towns and villages plan and deliver events that will encourage the local community to remain in their area and support their local businesses over the festive period.

“I can also confirm that the Council, along with the County Enterprise Board, have put in place an additional fund to provide a training programme to support retailers in South Tipperary.

This will take place over a six week period that will commence in the coming months and will cover such areas as social media, customer relations and stock management to name a few .

Both of these initiatives are on top of the significant support given by the Council to the various festival and events throughout the year across South Tipperary estimated to be in the region of €200,000.

“The retail sector continues to be under pressure throughout Ireland and South Tipperary is no different.

The implementation of the Retail Strategy and the roll out of initiatives as outlined above is vital in terms of sustaining and growing retail activity in the local area,” concluded Cllr Murphy.

For further information on any the initiatives above – Contact Kathleen Prendergast, Economic Development Officer, STCC, 052 6134455.