Kildare tourism businesses must receive additional supports in light of VAT increase

kildare-townAdditional funding allocated to the tourism sector must be targeted to support areas of the industry potentially affected by the increase in the VAT rate in Budget 19.

This increase in VAT will be devastating to those small hoteliers in Kildare. Places like Leixlip, Naas, and Johnstownbridge all have fantastically successful hotels who will see a significant increase in their tax bill. However, unlikely the surge in booked up hotel rooms in Dublin this has not extended to Kildare at the same level. The increase in VAT for hotels across the country is unwise. Continue Reading →

Sallins Business Association Launched

I was delighted to host the first meeting of the Sallins Business Association which took place on Monday 6th January. This is something I had organised over the past few months for which the main focus of the association to simply make Sallins a better place to do business.

The meeting was well attended with over 30 local retailers and business owners. A special thanks to Tara Lane from the Kilcock Business Association who offered some advice on the night about their experiences setting up a similar group. I have seen the idea work elsewhere and with the number of businesses now trading in Sallins I felt it was definitely worth a go here too.

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