How many Irish shops in the UK are still open?
4/19/17 4:07:03 A survey conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research shows that there are currently no Irish shops open in the United Kingdom.
The survey polled over 1,000 adults across the UK and Ireland and found that only 1.7 per cent of the respondents said they are currently “open” in the country, compared to 16.5 per cent in 2016.
It was also found that while 38 per cent said they have been in the store in the past month, only 15.7 percent of respondents were open to the idea of opening a shop.
This is in contrast to the findings from the previous year, when almost 40 per cent responded that they are open in 2017.
According to the institute, the lack of Irish shop owners in the City of London is one of the major reasons for the low number of Irish shops opening.
“The main reason for this is that the City’s shops do not attract the right kind of customers,” said Professor Andrew Smith, one of two professors in the institute who carried out the survey.
In the past year, the number of British shops closing in London has more than halved compared to 2016, to 518, while the number in the Republic of Ireland has more, to 3,099.
Since the Great Recession, the Irish community in the capital has grown by more than two-thirds.
Irish shops have been left out of the global expansion of retailers and online platforms, such as Amazon, Apple and Netflix, according to the Irish Government.
At the same time, Irish shops are struggling to find suitable tenants, especially in major cities such as London and Dublin.
Over the past six years, the City has become home to about 100,000 Irish nationals living in London, according the Irish Times.
However, it is still an expensive proposition for many to be able to find an Irish shop in a big city.
A spokesperson for the British Retail Consortium said that there is “an increasing demand for local and independent Irish-owned businesses, and for Irish-based businesses to compete with the dominant multinationals”.
“Irish shops can also provide a range of benefits to the local community.
They are popular with young people who want a place to learn, socialise, socialize with friends, or to work,” the spokesperson added.
There are also a number of factors that are also holding back the establishment of Irish retail outlets in the city.
“For one, the supply chain for Irish products is still fragmented, with many retailers having limited knowledge of how the local market works,” said Dr. Andrew Smith.
He added that it is “impossible” for Irish businesses to offer services that cater to all sections of the market.
Smith also said that Ireland has become the largest trading partner for UK multinationals such as Wal-Mart, Target and Tesco, as well as large online retailers such as Google, Apple, and Netflix.
Overall, Smith said that the lack in Irish shops is “a real issue that is affecting Irish communities across the world”.