ON PAGE 20 I RESURRECTED THIS POST TO TALK ABOUT SAME AT THE END OF 2017
This is directed towards people here who are involved in local business, SME's and the like. Either own the biz or are working for same or are customers of these local business'es.
I am a small biz, just me based in south end of the country ..
Recently, in general chit / chat with clients in different kinds of business'es and others I have been getting feedback that this year so far has not been great, especially last month or two, particularly since and around St Patricks day.
Since the bust, business still has not settled to an even keel, those I talk to still find it up and down from one week to the next. Quiet a few say they are still just surviving, not making a huge amount. Some have said - peculiarly - that 2013 was relatively good, but a slight downward curve since rather than up.
I did notice - this year more than last few years - conversely, quiet alot more people off to Lanzarote during easter break with the kids as it was a long break. Are people selectively saving / spending money for certain things?
A small few business'es particularly in industrial supplies / services, construction & Legal / Solicitors said business has been good of late.
Who I am asking is people on the ground in small local business all over the country, those who work for them and/or are customers.
- Are things on the up for your business or not?
- Are things getting alot better or just a little better or same or worse?
- Have you noticed an upturn in business this year / recently? Have you noticed a dip this year / recently?
- Does any of the things I mention above said by some small businesses ring true or not?
- Footfall up/down but spending vs Footfall up/down but not spending
- Is this private debt ( both biz & Household ) at 258% of GDP in the third quarter of last year holding back local commerce or not? http://www.nerinstitute.net/blog/201...edy-of-hamlet/
- Is this a factor? No loans to help the cashflow or to expand? - http://www.independent.ie/business/s...-34659148.html
"Fear of rejection" is a factor in discouraging borrowing by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the European Union, according to a study of 6,287 businesses.
Non-application for fear of rejection was: Ireland 44pc; Germany 24pc; Greece 19pc; Belgium 18pc; Austria 17pc; and Spain 17pc, the study found.
I just want to get a genuine feel for how local business / SME is like on the ground in 2016.
Please, none of this doomster type comment, this post is genuine real Qs to small business / SMEs, not about talking down the economy ... its about realism in the small business community whether things going great or not