Ennis Chamber Launches Business Survey

Ennis Chamber is surveying its members about what supports will be needed to restart businesses around the county.

One of the questions asked raises the prospect of pedestrianising Ennis Town Centre, to allow for social distancing.

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The survey seeks to map out the effects that the COVID-19 restrictions are having on local businesses, many of whom have been forced to shut their doors.

It comes after a separate national survey, published by Chambers Ireland, found that a majority of businesses expect to lose 25% of their revenue over the next three months, while a quarter of businesses expect to lose as much as 90% in the same period.

But this exercise, which is being conducted by Ennis Chamber and is supported by Clare FM, is looking to take a snapshot of the local picture.

It asks if banks and insurance companies are being co-operative; about the supports that businesses are seeking from central and local government, as well as about the impact of the current pandemic on trading.

President of Ennis Chamber, Allen Flynn, says that a plan on how to proceed is essential, as no business has been unscathed by the current crisis.

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Interestingly, the survey also poses a series of questions on whether Ennis Town Centre will have to be pedestrianised to allow the town re-open.

Some may feel that the narrow streets will make social distancing difficult, as Ennis Chamber CEO, Margaret O’Brien outlines

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Businesspeople are invited to respond to the survey, wherever they are in the county.  Non-Chamber members are welcome.

More details are available here and the survey can be completed at this link.