Data Crucial to Obtaining Supports for Business – Chambers Ireland Launches Latest COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
Chambers Ireland is today (27 May) through its Chamber network, launching its latest Covid-19 business impact survey.
The target of this survey are the business owners and operators around the country, both those whose businesses have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis, and those whose businesses have not.
With Phase 1 of the reopening of our economy underway, we are seeking to understand the struggles that businesses are experiencing, including those that are reopening, those that have remained closed, and those that have managed to continue through the restrictions.
The survey will close at noon on Monday, 1 June and seeks feedback on revenue, employment issues, and the Government’s policy agenda.
Speaking earlier today Letterkenny Chamber President, Jimmy Stafford said,
“This series of surveys have been incredibly useful in shaping Chambers Ireland’s engagement with government on a variety of policy issues. Hard data significantly strengthens our hand when we are advocating on behalf of the business community; we have been able to highlight the divergences between different sectors of the economy and also different regions of the country.
We are hugely grateful to our member companies and businesses across Donegal for the time that they have spent participating in these surveys. In the last survey we doubled our returns from the County and we know that that has added some very valuable regional knowledge as Chambers Ireland advocates on our behalf at the highest levels of Governement.”
Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said “The data has resulted in our successes in obtaining and advocating for supports such as the business restart grants, the commercial rates holiday, and the Wage Subsidy Scheme, go some way towards assisting business continuity in these difficult economic times. These schemes are not perfect, and we are continuing to work with members of all political parties to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the circumstances that businesses face throughout the cities and regions of Ireland.
While hopefully the worst parts of this pandemic are behind us, the most challenging time for the business community lies ahead of us, as we try to navigate the challenges of the low-touch economy.”
Letterkenny Chamber President concludes “We urge every business owner or operator to engage with our survey, it will be the best ten-minute investment of your day.”
• This survey is the fourth in a series of surveys which have been conducted by Chambers Ireland since the beginning of the Covid-19 Crisis – the direct link to our survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CI_Letterkenny