‘Black market’ workers making business difficult

A Mountmellick hairdressing business is facing fierce competition from people working from home, outside of the tax net.

A Mountmellick hairdressing business is facing fierce competition from people working from home, outside of the tax net.

Siobhán Clinton from Bella hairdressers asked Senator Feargal Quinn how they could compete, during a question and answer session in the community arts centre last Tuesday, July 16.

“Council rates are crippling businesses, there are 26 people working outside the tax net (in hairdressing) in this small locality. Its like a black market, we are competing while paying taxes and VAT. It’s hard to keep a smile up,” she said.

“You have to make people feel it is in their own interest to shop locally. People won’t shop with you unless you make it attractive for them,” said Senator Quinn. He urged businesses to work together.

“In Drogheda where we did the Local Heros tv show, they got together and co-operated, it lifted the town up,” he said.

His advice to proprietors was to set the tone from the top down.

“Put a smile on your faces, thank your customers and staff, pick up litter as you walk by. Give them such a good experience that they come back,” he said.