After a very difficult 2020 for many businesses, we must look hopefully to the New Year for a better future. We can only hope that the current lockdown measures will work to reduce the infection rate and, coupled with the introduction of a vaccine, we may be in a better position by March.

In the meantime, we hope that you can sustain your business in this final period of stress and please ensure that you avail of any supports available, in particular the EWSS and CRSS schemes.

Christmas Shop Local Campaign

Again, thank you to everyone who participated in our social media campaign. The Chamber video went viral and presented Malahide as a great place to visit and shop. Particular thanks are due to Deirdre (Irish College of English) and Stephen (Vision Media) for an excellent production.

We followed this with our ‘Face of Malahide’ campaign on Facebook. The purpose was to show the real people that provide our town with such a varied and interesting array of businesses. In all, this campaign reached 70,729 people with very positive feedback.The campaign was especially effective when the businesses featured pushed out the ad through their own social media outlets.

It is still vital that we continue to promote our local business, especially those in retail and hospitality. With the success of the Christmas campaign, we will look to running another similar campaign when the lockdown ends. We will give you more information and a chance to participate when that happens. Also, as always, the Chamber seeks to be all inclusive and this offer is open to all businesses in Malahide, whether Chamber members or not.

Fingal consultation

Unfortunately, we still are finding it difficult to get Fingal to engage with the concerns of the Chamber about how the New Street pedestrianisation is being rolled out. We will continue to represent the views gathered in the survey from earlier this year. That view was that there should be part pedestrianisation but with one way traffic allowed.