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John Perry in depressing interview on Clare FM


Clanrickard

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John Perry is the minister for small businesses has just been interviewed and he was asked repeatedly what could be done to aid small businesses. His answer was nothing. Support local businesses was the size of it. Nothing on rates. Red tape will stay. Absurd health and safety won't be touched. Even the interviewer seemed stunned at the sheer lack of initiative. What is this guy for?
 

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John Perry is the minister for small businesses has just been interviewed and he was asked repeatedly what could be done to aid small businesses. His answer was nothing. Support local businesses was the size of it. Nothing on rates. Red tape will stay. Absurd health and safety won't be touched. Even the interviewer seemed stunned at the sheer lack of initiative. What is this guy for?
Himself it seems.
 
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John Perry is the minister for small businesses has just been interviewed and he was asked repeatedly what could be done to aid small businesses. His answer was nothing. Support local businesses was the size of it. Nothing on rates. Red tape will stay. Absurd health and safety won't be touched. Even the interviewer seemed stunned at the sheer lack of initiative. What is this guy for?
You run a small business, don't you? (Electronics store if I recall)

What small changes would you introduce that would make a real difference to you?
 

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If it were up to me, I'd be offering all small start ups rent free office space in their choice of (currently idle) NAMA owned office buildings for one year, so long as they pay for maintenance themselves.

It'd cost the state nothing, and the state gets their nama assets maintained by someone else ensuring that they don't fall into a bad state. I would also change the minimum wage laws so that gigantic multi nationals like Tesco for example, have to pay staff, say 9.50 p/h where as small start ups can pay 7.50 p/h.

I would also reform immigration to make it easier for Irish people to take low skilled jobs. This would involve refusing non EU nationals a visa for low skilled labour and introducing a cap on the number of EU nationals that can work here, giving preference to those with skills. There are lots of Irish people looking for part time work either as students or to supplement their family income, they should be encouraged.

Alas the government wouldn't be keen on any of these proposals.
 

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John Perry is the minister for small businesses has just been interviewed and he was asked repeatedly what could be done to aid small businesses. His answer was nothing. Support local businesses was the size of it. Nothing on rates. Red tape will stay. Absurd health and safety won't be touched. Even the interviewer seemed stunned at the sheer lack of initiative. What is this guy for?
The lack of imagination in the area of help for small business is stunning.
 
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How about applying rates at a penal rate (after a grace period if advisable) to empty commercial buildings?
Would prevent people sitting on commercial property and make it cheaper to rent a premises as nobody would want to sit on an empty unit for too long.
 

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What is this guy for?
(i) He was not a bad appointment, considering he himself has a shop, a hardware store, an undertaking business, a farm, some woodlands, and a hotel presumably with a licence, and various apartments! It sounds a bit Frank Fahey-esque!

(ii) He isn't known for great radio performances, but this is an improvement on his previous form of just hanging up...

http://www.politics.ie/forum/fine-gael/161935-junior-minister-john-perry-hangs-up-middle-interview-ocean-fm.html
 

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I would also change the minimum wage laws so that gigantic multi nationals like Tesco for example, have to pay staff, say 9.50 p/h where as small start ups can pay 7.50 p/h.
That would probably fall foul of the equality laws as the Ombudsman interprets them so rigidly. Mind you, it is a good idea.
 

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John Perry? A complete unknown. Banish him to the backbenches.
 

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The problem is that our politicians have absolutely no understanding of how businesses are run and the obstacles they face. This isn't an attack on the current government (the previous ones were equally inexperienced), but look at those at the top.

Kenny, Noonan and Howlin were all teachers. Absolutely no business experience whatsoever.
Richard Bruton did economics at college and worked PJ Carrroll and CRH for a couple of years before becoming a TD at 28. Again no experience of running a business.

Until our public representatives have on the ground experience of what it take to run a business and the obstacles that business face, there will be no improvement and jobs will continue to be lost.
 

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The problem is that our politicians have absolutely no understanding of how businesses are run and the obstacles they face. This isn't an attack on the current government (the previous ones were equally inexperienced), but look at those at the top.

Kenny, Noonan and Howlin were all teachers. Absolutely no business experience whatsoever.
Richard Bruton did economics at college and worked PJ Carrroll and CRH for a couple of years before becoming a TD at 28. Again no experience of running a business.

Until our public representatives have on the ground experience of what it take to run a business and the obstacles that business face, there will be no improvement and jobs will continue to be lost.
It appears from an earlier comment that Perry does run businesses but that has not helped his performance.
 

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They could quite easily link rates for small businesses to turnover.
Problem solved.
 

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The lack of imagination in the area of help for small business is stunning.
And it is most certainly not helped with banks trying to force small businesses to turn small overdrafts into term loans thus making it increasingly harder for such cash businesses to be viable. I had a recent argument in my local bank over my own business overdraft being less than some of my customers who have secured credit cards from the very same bank and with a limit well in excess of my overdraft facility! I could attempt to attain the moral highground and play judge and jury with some of these people, who do not work, yet were able to secure a credit card with an eye-opening limit. I shudder to think of the problems that potentially lie in waiting down the road for one or two of these people.....but my point remains that it seems the Banks have no problems in giving out credit cards to people yet have tightened the noose ridiculously so on small viable businesses.
 

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You run a small business, don't you? (Electronics store if I recall)

What small changes would you introduce that would make a real difference to you?
Rates could be reduced. There could be a rate holiday for those that improve their business. New businesses could berate free for the first three years. Car parking should be payable at all commercial premises and that should reduce the payments for in town parking. Red tape could be cut. The amount of "helt and saffitty" nonsense is remarkable. In the north there are special levies on tp of rates for the large supermarkets to help small businesses. Also we could get tougher on the way the large multiples treat suppliers allowing them to bully people into giving them discounts and demanding "hello" money even though it is technically illegal. There should be caps on large premises and restrictions on what they can sell. Alcohol should be sold in separate premises and not in the main supermarket or garage. Furthermore the groceries order should be re-introduced.
 

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The problem is that our politicians have absolutely no understanding of how businesses are run and the obstacles they face. This isn't an attack on the current government (the previous ones were equally inexperienced), but look at those at the top.

Kenny, Noonan and Howlin were all teachers. Absolutely no business experience whatsoever.
Richard Bruton did economics at college and worked PJ Carrroll and CRH for a couple of years before becoming a TD at 28. Again no experience of running a business.

Until our public representatives have on the ground experience of what it take to run a business and the obstacles that business face, there will be no improvement and jobs will continue to be lost.
John Perry actually owed and ran several small businesses (maybe still does) and that's why he was given the job.

Someone else, maybe a local, might be able to provide more information on what type of businesses etc.
 
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Rates could be reduced. There could be a rate holiday for those that improve their business. New businesses could berate free for the first three years.
What did you think of Tonics suggestion of linking rates to turnover? Would it be useful for the bad times or too expensive for the good times?
Car parking should be payable at all commercial premises and that should reduce the payments for in town parking.
Should car parking rates not just be binned, at least in small towns? I'm old enough to remember when there were no rates and when we went to town we had a browse to see what was in the shops and what new shops there were. These days I'm on the meter so I just go where I'm going and get back to the car.
Surely it pretty much defeats the purpose of being in high footfall areas if all those people are rushing past your door?


Red tape could be cut. The amount of "helt and saffitty" nonsense is remarkable.
There is that. Wouldn't know enough about it from first hand experience to be able to give solid examples but I have heard it said often enough to believe it to be true.

In the north there are special levies on tp of rates for the large supermarkets to help small businesses. Also we could get tougher on the way the large multiples treat suppliers allowing them to bully people into giving them discounts and demanding "hello" money even though it is technically illegal.
I have also heard a lot of people giving out about the credit terms these companies demand. One way or the other, there is no longer any denying that large supermarket chains and their purchasing power can have an overall negative effect on both the competition and on pricing as any gains are soon lost when monopoly is achieved.
Whether we should prevent large premises though is something I'm not sure of.

There should be caps on large premises and restrictions on what they can sell. Alcohol should be sold in separate premises and not in the main supermarket or garage. Furthermore the groceries order should be re-introduced.
I would be in favour of a system which prevented some buyers from selling goods at less than others can buy them but we would have to be careful about it. The alcohol thing I'd rather not go worry about though as i like the convenience. I'd like to see the restricted selling times removed though as I see them as counterproductive and annoying.
 

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The problem is that our politicians have absolutely no understanding of how businesses are run and the obstacles they face. This isn't an attack on the current government (the previous ones were equally inexperienced), but look at those at the top.

Kenny, Noonan and Howlin were all teachers. Absolutely no business experience whatsoever.
Richard Bruton did economics at college and worked PJ Carrroll and CRH for a couple of years before becoming a TD at 28. Again no experience of running a business.

Until our public representatives have on the ground experience of what it take to run a business and the obstacles that business face, there will be no improvement and jobs will continue to be lost.
But do small business owners put themselves forward for election? I mean if they aren't on the ballot paper then how can they get in. I suppose a solution would be a list system or some way that people could be nominated into ministerial roles. Unfortunately I don't trust our politicans enough and am convinced they would stuff the nominations with their mates.
 

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There is that. Wouldn't know enough about it from first hand experience to be able to give solid examples but I have heard it said often enough to believe it to be true.
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I work in telecoms, mostly desk based, network design type stuff. Every two years I have to do a safe pass course, where I am asked about the min spacing between scaffolding poles, what a banksman is for, and a shed load of h&s legislation type questions, most of which is completely irrelevent to my job and delivers nothing.

I then have the embarrassement of having to wait outside the training room, having completed a muiltiple choice "exam", for the trainer to call me in to tell me if I passed or not. Its cringeworthy, he sits you in front of him, asks how you think you did, then gives an X factor like pause, before putting out his hand for a shake and a congrats. I almost think he wishes he could get us to don the cap and cloak!

Complete waste of fnking time!! That, and I can tell you all about the distance between railway tracks, the 5ft, the 6ft etc, but thats another story!
 
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But do small business owners put themselves forward for election? I mean if they aren't on the ballot paper then how can they get in. I suppose a solution would be a list system or some way that people could be nominated into ministerial roles. Unfortunately I don't trust our politicans enough and am convinced they would stuff the nominations with their mates.
Amy small business owners I know have had at least a one or two failures, have left people owed money, have made use of creative accounting at varying stages in life or have other skeletons that would be dragged out of the closet if they annoyed anyone.

Much easier to stay clean when your a virgin than a pornstar but I can guess which'd give you the better ride.
(sorry, that analogy just fell out)
 
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