Mark Fielding CEO. ISME.
Thurles, Co. Tipperary born Mr Mark Fielding, Chief Executive of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) has warned that while inflation remains low, business costs are steadily rising.
“Increasing costs are one of the most pressing issues facing SMEs at present. It is difficult for small businesses to grow and hire new staff, when their cost base is continuously rising and their margins reduce,” said Mr Fielding.
ISME warn of rising business costs despite new figures showing low inflation levels. Consumer prices increased by just 0.1 per cent over the year to December, according to latest figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Transport-related costs fell by 4.3% over the year,due to a decline in the prices paid for petrol, diesel and air fares.
Motor Insurance premiums increased by 31% in the year to December, due to insurers continued to hike prices.
Clothing and Footwear costs were down 4.1%, due mainly to heavy discounting by retailers, while household-related items, e.g. furnishings fell by some 1.5%.
Alcoholic Beverages sold in Supermarkets and Off-Licences were lower in the period.
Education, Miscellaneous Goods and Services demonstrated the largest yearly price increases, with same up 3.8% and 2.6% respectively.
Fuel related prices and Communications costs rose by 2.1% and by 1.7% respectively over this same time frame.
Mark Fielding: As well as being Chief Executive of (ISME) Mr Mark Fielding is a member of the Company Law Review Group, the High Level Group on Business Regulation and the Advisory Group on Small Business. He also sits on the administrative council of UEAPME, the European employers’ organisation, latter a recognised European Social Partner representing more than 12 million enterprises, while employing 55 million people across Europe.
A reminder to those intending to use the Thurles to Nenagh road tomorrow (Monday August 31st); same will be closed from outside Borrisoleigh until possibly Friday (September 4th), at the earliest.
Motorists expecting to travel between Thurles and Nenagh will face detours, while a stretch of the R498, between Ballyroan bridge and Kearn’s Cross, outside Borrisoleigh, is being reconstructed.
Motorists are being advised to use the R501 Borrisoleigh to Templemore road and the N62 towards Roscrea and back along the M7 motorway.
This very necessary repair work involves the reconstruction of surfaces on the bends on the Nenagh side of Borrisoleigh, stretching for 3.5km to Kelly’s of Fantane, so do allow extra time for your journey and arrive safely.
Be AWARE – “National SLOW DOWN Day”, supported by the Road Safety Authority and other stakeholders, will come into effect from 7.00am on March 27th to 7.00am on March 28th next.
An Garda Síochána will now conduct an intensive national speed enforcement operation for this 24 hour period.
The objective of Operation “Slow Down” is to reduce the number of speed related collisions and reduce the number of injuries and related deaths, caused by driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds on our rural roads and motorways.
Last year saw a further increase in road deaths, resulted in 190 fatalities. Excessive and inappropriate speed is the major contributory factor to road traffic collisions, resulting in loss of life. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision taking place. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed brings about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving our road safety record.
Invitation to Public and Private Sector Fleet Operators
Public and private sector fleet operators have been invited to participate in this initiative by circulating their employees with one key message, “Slow Down” and whether driving for business or private purposes; always drive within the prescribed speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the weather and other prevailing conditions.
This operation initiative will consist of high visibility speed enforcement activities on both national primary and secondary roads. All speed enforcement technologies will be fully utilised, including all laser hand-held speed detection devices, ROBOT vans and Cleartone/Puma in-car speed detection systems.
You have been warned!
Picture above shows Left- Right: Mr Justin Blackwood (Bowe Travel), Mrs Catherine and Mr Michael Bowe (Owner/Manager Bowe Travel), M/s Nikita Purcell (Latter accepting a €500 Holiday prize voucher on behalf of her sister Fiona Purcell), Mr Martin Penrose (Rep. ‘If Only’), M/s Aisling Kennedy (Bowe Travel) and M/s Catherine Ryan (Bowe Travel).
As we informed you on February 20th 2015 renowned Irish travel agents ‘Bowe Travel‘, latter situated in Friar Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary [Map Ref.] held a ‘Global Wonders Event’ in the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on Thursday last.
This successful event was held to offer expert advice to all those intent on planning their Honeymoon, a Luxury Holiday Cruise or indeed an Adventure Family Holiday. Several hundred people turned out to this well planned event on the night, all partaking of the refreshments freely on offer, while also taking the opportunity to chat with numerous expert holiday planning professionals, readily provided.
At the end of this very informative evening M/s Fiona Purcell was drawn as the lucky winner of a €500.00 holiday voucher which will no doubt greatly assist in her 2015 holiday plans.
Can’t help wondering will Fiona need someone to carry her suitcases in the coming weeks? Congratulations Fiona and yes, with only a few moments notice, we can provide you with essential case carrying assistance, if and when required.