County Tipp Chamber Warns Of Housing Crisis Impact On Business Growth

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The County Tipperary Chamber is warning that businesses in the county are struggling to expand due to a lack of housing for staff.

The Organisation’s CEO says employers who cannot offer remote working are finding it hard to hire staff due to a lack of rental accommodation.

Michelle Aylward fears that businesses will start to leave the county and go elsewhere, which will lead to a stalling of recruitment and investment if the housing supply doesn’t improve.

Michelle is currently lobbying the government to increase the threshold of the First Home Scheme for the county to encourage more construction of homes.

Meanwhile he County Chamber says the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme doesn’t go far enough as many businesses continue to be impacted by high energy costs.

The scheme was announced in Budget 2023 with the aim of assisting businesses with their electricity or natural gas (energy) costs during the winter months.

The Chamber CEO is encouraging those struggling to seek grant support through Enterprise Ireland or themselves.

Michelle Aylward says although the weather has been mild, it likely business will be using more energy as the temperatures drop.