BELFAST CHAMBER HOSTS TALKS WITH HARD PRESSED TRADERS

Union flag protestor's message to politiicans on Saturday

Union flag protestor’s message to politiicans on Saturday

THE Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce has invited traders in the city to a meeting this week to discuss falling revenue.

As Belfast Daily revealed last week, the meeting is being hosted in the Europa Hotel on Wednesday, January 16 at 6pm.

Chamber President Joe Jordan said the meeting would debate the downturn in trade prevailing due to “Belfast City Council’s lack of recognition of the needs of the Belfast business community.”

He urged all businesses in the city to send a representative to express their views during the debate.

Mr Jordan said the meeting will also discuss the “continuing hardship on the business community”.

“There is no doubt that the past two months have been incredibly difficult for traders in Belfast,” he said.

“We want to hear the first-hand experience of businesses, along with their views and opinions on the current crisis.”

On Friday, Belfast City Council announced a rates freeze for the first time ever for hard pressed businesses who have lost trade since the start of the Union flag protest.

The Confederation of British Industries (CBI) estimate that since December 3, traders have lost £15 in lost revenue.

 

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