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Victory over red tape for retailers in Ireland

NFRN Ireland is celebrating a welcome victory on the 25th August following the news that the government plans to slash red tape for retailers.

The government has signed a contract with An Post and its technology partner Escher Groups to provide a new licensing portal that will create a single resource for registering and applying for licences retailers are obliged to have to run their businesses.

NFRN Ireland District President Peter Steemers said: “We are delighted that, after years of campaigning for a single administrative location for licences, the government has finally seen fit to introduce such a system.

“The retail sector is subject to a multitude of licences; for selling wine, beers and spirits, for music and video rentals, for waste and for food operators. By incorporating all of these licences in one administrative process the government will be supporting small retailers, saving them time and money and helping them to run their businesses much more efficiently.”

The system is expected to be available to retailers in December 2015.

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