As you will know, the network of Chambers from around the country, including Shannon Chamber, have been conducting a series of surveys over the last eight weeks to understand how the Covid-19 crisis has been affecting businesses. The data emanating from these surveys has been used to help redirect Government policies to those areas that will be most impactful in keeping businesses open in these difficult times.
The data from our earlier surveys has been critical in our arguments that have shifted Government policy away from loans and towards restart grants, they have been key to our discussions with government and local authorities on Commercial Rates, and were hugely important in the reforms of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.
We feed this data into government through the Central Bank, the Department of Business, and the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service, so it has a direct role in shaping the policies which are being formulated.
We strongly urge you to participate in this latest survey because without these kinds of data we are all flying blind through this crisis.
As we reopen the economy, the divergences between sectors and regions will become stronger and there needs to be clarity on where action is needed most.
In this survey, we are trying to get a sense as to how businesses are doing (who is open, who is re-opening, and who is not), issues around employees, and your experiences with the government policies that have been introduced.
It typically takes about seven minutes to complete the survey (link below), so in anticipation of that, thank you for your time.
The survey will close at noon on Monday, 1 June.
CEO, Shannon Chamber
Detailed reports from our earlier surveys are available via the links below: