Back in business: New campaign to kickstart local economy as restrictions are lifted
Wicklow County Council and Greystones 2020 have launched a campaign to restart the local economy in Greystones Municipal District.
A wide range of resources have been introduced to support businesses in Greystones and the villages of Delgany, Kilcoole, Newcastle and part of Newtownmountkennedy as Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease.
These include the following initiatives:
- A new business hub on the website www.greystones.ie/business-hub with full information, including details of financial supports, to assist businesses in the Greystones district to thrive again;
- An invitation to join their local business WhatsApp group that will offer support and help when it’s needed;
- A “Think Local, Buy Local campaign” throughout the area, local media and social media;
- An invitation for all businesses to be on the website if not already listed.
Wicklow County Council is providing ground markings in order to help businesses implement queuing measures to encourage social distancing. Businesses wishing to avail of same should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .
In addition, to assist local businesses expedite the required consent for use of public spaces for seating and tables, and social distancing measures; the Council has introduced a fast track licence application procedure for the above usage of public space only. All fees will be waived for a period of three months, application forms can be downloaded from Wicklow.ie and submitted online with a site location map attached to email@example.com
Changes to parking and pedestrian facilities are also being introduced to support local business.
Both Greystones Municipal District and Greystones 2020 are committed to supporting the local business community in any way possible.
Cllr Tom Fortune, Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District, welcomed the collaborative approach of this community-based initiative to help address the challenges facing businesses as they emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Greystones District Manager, Michael Nicholson, encouraged everyone to support local businesses and to adhere to social distancing and hygiene protocols
Grainne McLoughlin, Chairperson of Greystones 2020, said: “‘We know that small businesses may find it particularly difficult to understand how to adapt and remain resilient in such a rapidly changing situation. We in Greystones 2020 are committed to supporting them in any way we can. Think Local-Buy Local. Together we are stronger – Ní neart go cur le chéile.”