The headline is not a mistake. In fact if you don’t know what the headline means you could be a member of the outgoing or incoming government – because they appear to know so little about e-retailing. ISME members with teenage daughters will, however, be very familiar with packages from websites BooHoo, MissGuided and Rat and Boa arriving at their doors. And with each packages arrival it means more money haemorrhaging from the Irish economy as almost all these leading clothing websites are based outside of Ireland.
Earthquakes, volcanoes and revolutions
SME owners inhabit a different world to those political pundits who took over the airwaves for the last couple of days. Business owners did not see any volcano, feel any earthquake nor were they rattled by claims of revolutions. It’s business as usual for our members as businesses don’t have the luxury of taking time out. There’s business to be done and there are customers waiting. No matter what the complexion of the next administration business owners will learn to adapt.
A land of saints, scholars sans broadband
While the new lot, or the old lot, spend the next days or weeks preening, posing and pouting with their own self-importance one non-party, non-political, issue is screaming to get fixed. There are large swathes of this country, which the political class is deluded in believing is a world leader in digital, that can’t get proper broadband. It’s no exaggeration that in this day and age for businesses not having excellent Internet access is the human equivalent of not having air to breath.
Broadband wires are crossed
As the representative body of the indigenous business community we watch with great interest the in-fighting amongst the big Internet providers. The latest wheeze by one of these companies would suggest that it’s trying to mess up the very long awaited rural broadband tender – and they may get away with it because of the inexplicable delays in getting that tender issued. Nature hates a vacuum and all that.
Give us one good inquiry
For the price of just one good inquiry the new Government could get immediate kudos from the thousands who work in the retail sector. For them, ISME is asking that they double the number of retail online vouchers to 5,000 for all SMEs and not just those with under 10 employees, and that there’s a massive increase in online retailing training. The maths are simple. If the government doesn’t give help to the indigenous retail sector there won’t be one. If there isn’t one then they won’t be paying any VAT. If VAT isn’t being paid there won’t be any money for politicians to fight over. For once we would thank politicians if they could be self-serving and kick off with a kick start for ecommerce.