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  • REINSTATE THE 4.25% EMPLOYERS' PRSI: RGDATA URGES JOBS COMMITTEE
    since 1 January this year has added 20 000 80 000 to RGDATA members wage bills This money has to come from the wages bill so it adds up to a lot of hours and a lot of jobs in the retail sector 2 200 further retail jobs have been lost in the most recent CSO statistics Reinstate this lower rate of Employers PRSI and independent retailers will create new jobs Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA told the TDs and Senators The RGDATA delegation included Colin Fee an entrepreneur from Co Louth with shops and businesses in Dundalk and Drogheda Hugh Doyle a second generation retailer from Donnybrook Fair with businesses in Dublin and Wicklow and Eamonn Gavin a town centre supermarket owner from Ballinagh Co Cavan The group asked the policymakers to fulfill the promise of a 25 reduction in business regulation costs RGDATA said that retailers have not seen any evidence of this reduction All we hear about is new additional charges or red tape We understand that the Health Minister was at the Cabinet meeting today seeking to impose an additional new annual tobacco licence costing 500 1 000 even though retailers are already registered and regulated by the Office for Tobacco Control and have paid a 50 fee said Tara Buckley The group also raised the issues of banking charges electronic payments charges car parking commercial rates town centre regeneration policies and incentives and upward only rents Let business people get on with running their businesses creating new employment and serving their communities The State needs to take a light touch to adding any new rules regulations or costs that impact on the sector Local authorities need to adopt a more holistic approach to town centre management and retail and demonstrate to people that they are

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/120-reinstate-the-4-25-employers-prsi-rgdata-urges-jobs-committee (2016-02-18)
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  • NEW PROTOCOL NEEDED FOR NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN BANKS & SMALL BUSINESSES IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES
    number of viable farm businesses there must a fundamental change in the process of negotiation with the banks Both the borrower and lender must be prepared to contribute to a sustainable solution with negotiations entered into on the basis of reaching full and final settlement The President of the Vintners Federation of Ireland Noreen O Sullivan said For too long there has been inadequate engagement by the banks towards finding sustainable solutions Commitment to this protocol by all parties will lead to better and fuller solutions to the problems facing many small and medium sized businesses RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley said Viable business will close and jobs will be lost unless the banks are forced to change their approach to customers in distress The problem is particularly acute with customers of foreign banks that are winding down their Irish businesses All banks must be forced to be reasonable in trying to reach a resolution with co operative customers The banks should be stopped from driving retailers out of business through withdrawing credit facilities and rushing to forced sales It s time the banks focused on helping not hindering these retailers who are the heart of the majority of town centres in Ireland IPOA Chairman Stephen Faughnan said Financial institutions are not adhering to the current codes and lack a basic understanding of the pressures that vulnerable people face This is an opportunity for joint consultation to reach a satisfactory conclusion While it may not solve all cases it should go a long way to resolving the majority of them on a mutual basis Pain will have to be endured on both sides if these issues are to be resolved PROTOCOL FOR THE RESOLUTION OF CREDIT DIFFICULTIES Lenders must adhere to the existing Code of Conduct for Business Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises 2012 which states that A regulated entity must ensure that in all its dealings with customers and within the context of its authorisation it 1 acts honestly fairly and professionally in the best interests of its customers and the integrity of the market 2 acts with due skill care and diligence in the best interests of its customers 3 does not recklessly negligently or deliberately mislead a customer as to the real or perceived advantages or disadvantages of any product or service 4 has and employs effectively the resources and procedures systems and control checks that are necessary for compliance with this Code 5 seeks from its customers information relevant to the product or service requested 6 makes full disclosure of all relevant material information including all charges in a way that seeks to inform the customer 7 seeks to avoid conflicts of interest 8 corrects errors and handles complaints speedily efficiently and fairly 9 does not exert undue pressure or undue influence on a customer 10 ensures that any outsourced activity complies with the requirements of this Code 11 without prejudice to the pursuit of its legitimate commercial aims does not through its policies procedures

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/119-new-protocol-needed-for-negotiations-between-banks-small-businesses-in-financial-difficulties (2016-02-18)
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  • INDUSTRY GROUPS DEMAND GOVERNMENT ACTION ON UPWARD ONLY RENTS
    been a recent boost in consumer spend with positive news on retail sales and employment but we need the right conditions to achieve a sustainable recovery High rents which can only go up costs jobs and impedes growth We are demanding today that the Government honours its commitment in the Programme for Government and enact legislation to deal with the legacy issue of upward only rent reviews We have Senator Quinn s Bill which is a means of rectifying the problem It needs to be enacted without further delay Regarding the constitutional hazards of legislating in this area the spokesperson added Advice from Senior Counsel provided some time ago on this topic has made it very clear that legislation to address upward only rents would be Constitutional Our position is that the legislation should be enacted and by all means let it be referred to the Supreme Court ENDS Note to editors The Group The group comprises the following Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association Irish Commercial Tenants Association Design Crafts Council of Ireland Irish Exporters Association Irish Franchise Association Irish Hotels Federation Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association Retail Excellence Ireland Retail Ireland RGDATA Small Firms Association Programme for Government At page 10 of the Programme for Government under the heading Supporting SMEs the Government parties pledged We will legislate to end upward only rent reviews for existing leases Senator Feargal Quinn s Bill Senator Feargal Quinn s Upward Only Rents Clauses and Reviews Bill 2013 was passed by the Seanad on 26 February 2014 The purpose of Senator Quinn s Bill is to address the problems posed by upward only rent review clauses which are contained in commercial leases entered into before 28 February 2010 Senator Quinn s Bill does two things firstly it introduces a special rent review

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/118-industry-groups-demand-government-action-on-upward-only-rents (2016-02-18)
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  • RGDATA WARNS GOVERNMENT TO HEED CEDRA RURAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS
    Rural Irish towns and villages need immediate action not another report full of good intentions that is put on a shelf to gather dust said RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley Rural Irish Towns and villages need swift action to address the problems of closed shops and businesses and high unemployment which is severely impacting on local economic and community life The hearts have been ripped from many towns by out of town developments and town centers have been neglected This CEDRA report recommends that the Government make a clear and committed rural economic policy statement RGDATA urges the Taoiseach and the Government to do this as a matter of urgency said Buckley CEDRA rightly points out that we have had reports in the past that have made excellent recommendations about tackling these important issues but they have failed due to a lack of appropriate support delivery and co ordination mechanisms We need a Government Minister to take ownership of this vital policy initiative and much tighter co ordination between state agencies to ensure that we work together to revitalise our towns and villages provide opportunities for Irish family owned businesses to thrive and survive and create rural jobs and rebuild

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/117-rgdata-warns-government-to-heed-cedra-rural-development-report-recommendations (2016-02-18)
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  • AN POST IS CURBING COMPETITION: RGDATA TELLS COMPETITION AUTHORITY
    the representative body for the independent retail grocery sector in Ireland has made a complaint to the Competition Authority regarding an order by An Post to its retailer network to stop providing services from other parties which compete with services offered by An Post In a letter to its retailer network An Post threatens recipients with a termination of their contract with An Post if they continue to provide these services including electronic top ups bill payment services and mail services RGDATA believes that this correspondence and the threat sanction that it proposes represents an abuse of dominance by An Post and is a clear attempt by An Post to restrict competition innovation and choice to the detriment of consumers and competitors said Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA This letter has caused significant concern among retailers who have a contract with An Post given that some have contracts with other providers who offer services that are not provided by An Post or its subsidiary PostPoint For example it is not possible for such retailers to access services to sell Leap Cards gas cards and ESB top ups The Competition Authority has assigned a reference number to the complaint and must

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/116-an-post-is-curbing-competition-rgdata-tells-competition-authority (2016-02-18)
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  • AN POST URGED TO COME CLEAN ON POST AND PAY DEAL WITH UK MULTIPLE
    that the selection of Tesco as a partner for An Post amounted to a strategic decision by the State company to de prioritise the provision of postal services in Irish town and village centres RGDATA also called on An Post to confirm how the arrangement concluded with Tesco was addressed under public procurement arrangements Tara Buckley RGDATA Director General said In a week when it was announced that An Post was awarded the new contract to deliver cash payments on behalf of the Department of Social Protection there are increasing concerns that An Post has taken a decision to move away from Irish town and village centres through a new strategic link up with Tesco Given the importance of the post office to the vitality and viability of Irish town centres we need an assurance from An Post that they remain committed to Irish towns and villages and that they are not engaged in a process of effectively outsourcing their post office services to a major UK multiple We also need to see the nature of the agreement reached between AN Post and Tesco An Post is a semi state company that is bound by public procurement protocols and as

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/115-an-post-urged-to-come-clean-on-post-and-pay-deal-with-uk-multiple (2016-02-18)
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  • RETAIL GROCERY JLC RETENTION IS FLAWED: RGDATA WARNS MINISTER
    Court In a letter to the Minister RGDATA advised that any new Employment Regulation Orders issued by a reinstated Retail Grocery JLC will be vulnerable to legal challenge and could be stuck down by the courts According to RGDATA this is because it involves a level of discrimination between different businesses operating alongside each other without any justification for doing so It also involves imposing discriminatory terms between employees of

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/114-retail-grocery-jlc-retention-is-flawed-rgdata-warns-minister (2016-02-18)
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  • RGDATA SEEKS 'LOYALTY PAYMENT' FROM NEW LOTTERY OPERATOR
    by its members in growing the business It would seem only fair that if the staff of the National Lottery and the new operators of the lottery are in line for a significant return on the new investment the retail agents who play such a central part in the success of the lottery should also be recognised says Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA RGDATA stipulated that the proposed payout to

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/113-rgdata-seeks-loyalty-payment-from-new-lottery-operator (2016-02-18)
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