first_imgLinkedin Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Team Up For TheoNext articleWired FM winning on the double at National Community Radio Awards Staff Reporter BusinessNews#ShopLimerick – Small business group launches shop local campaignBy Staff Reporter – November 30, 2020 102 ISME chief executive Neil McDonnellLIMERICK retailers are being asked to join the ‘Shop Local – Not Just for Christmas’ campaign launched by small business group ISME which highlights the importance of supporting Irish businesses throughout the year.ISME hopes that their members in Limerick offering business to business services, consumer products and services across the retail, hospitality and personal grooming sectors will join this initiative and avail of the opportunity to promote their business free of charge.Every €10 spent on Irish products generates more than €40 of benefit for related businesses, which highlights the importance of shopping local to maintain employment in local communities.As businesses face into the Christmas shopping period, ISME is encouraging consumers to not only shop locally this festive season, but to make a conscious effort to continue to support local businesses throughout the coming year.Small businesses are facing significant pressure with closures and other restrictions associated with Covid-19 and this is further amplified by rising insurance costs and Brexit.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ISME chief executive Neil McDonnell said the purpose of the campaign was to encourage consumers to continue to support Irish SMEs beyond the Christmas period and throughout 2021.“The difficulties faced by Irish businesses since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic are very serious, and SMEs have had to make significant investments in enabling online offerings, purchasing equipment, and implementing procedures to adhere to Government guidelines, including screens, PPE and outdoor dining facilities,” he explained.“ISME is encouraging Irish consumers to think of the bigger picture when supporting Irish businesses. As well as employing local people, SMEs also carry a high percentage of locally produced goods and revenue and employment is generated in other local services and suppliers and other small firms.“Since March, Irish consumers have largely moved away from international online shopping, as 53 per cent estimate that they have done most of their online shopping with Irish SMEs. Buying Irish-made goods and services helps to ensure their quality, traceability, and value-for-money. Over the coming months, we are calling on Irish consumers to continue this trend and make that effort to shop locally, both online and in person,” Mr McDonnell concluded.Read the Limerick Post Newspaper’s guide to local retailers HERE Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Print Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgFrom left, friends Richard Flinn, John Concannon and Jim McKeon are anxious to see the airport improved. By Donald WittkowskiA private jet landed at Ocean City Municipal Airport last summer carrying a VIP passenger, who, after stepping off the aircraft, was whisked away in a limo to a restaurant in Cape May.The passenger was none other than pop superstar Taylor Swift, according to John Concannon, whose house at 27th Street and Haven Avenue is across the road from the airport.That someone of Swift’s uber-celebrity stature would fly into Ocean City shows just how important the airport can be in attracting visitors to town, Concannon said.“There’s no reason not to come here,” he said in an interview Sunday at the airport.Recognizing the airport’s importance as well, the city is discussing tentative plans to give the facility a facelift that would make it much more attractive.Mayor Jay Gillian’s five-year capital plan, approved by City Council on Feb. 8, proposes spending $2.3 million in 2020 to replace the tiny airport building that currently doubles as the airport’s operations center and a quaint diner.“The city definitely recognizes the need for improvements there. But at this point, there’s not much more detail to share. It’s still a few years out, and we’re still working on a vision for how much exactly we can accomplish there within the budget plan,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said of the airport project.The airport’s modest building doubles as the operations center and a diner.Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer, told Council during a presentation on the capital plan that the new airport building would house the operations center, the diner and a pro shop for the municipal golf course next door to the airport.The capital plan is considered a sweeping blueprint for city projects that may be built in the future. Although it proposes spending $2.3 million for the airport in 2020, the money is not committed for the project and would have to be approved by Council later on.More immediately, the capital plan calls for spending about $135,000 in 2018 for improvements to airport’s fuel facilities, known as the fuel farm.“They need to improve the fuel farm,” said Richard Flinn, a pilot who lives in West Chester, Pa., and has used the airport. “You wouldn’t have to wait for a fuel truck to pull up. It would be self-service for your plane.”Pilots and passengers arriving at the airport are greeted by a “Welcome to America’s Greatest Family Resort” sign.As a pilot, Flinn is even more excited about the possibility of the city adding a new building that would serve as the airport’s centerpiece.“It would be better if they made it a little bigger,” he said. “We need this place to be updated, for sure.”Flinn was at the airport’s diner Sunday afternoon sharing lunch with Concannon and another friend, Jim McKeon, of Malvern, Pa.It was after the three friends had lunch that Concannon told the story about Taylor Swift landing at the airport last summer. Concannon insisted the story was true.Swift has well-known connections to the Jersey Shore. It has been reported by the media that her parents owned a summer home in Stone Harbor when Swift was growing up.Built in 1935, the modest, bayside airport handles mostly single-engine planes flown by ordinary pilots. But its nearly 3,000-foot runway is long enough to accommodate private jets, perhaps some even carrying VIPs such as Taylor Swift.“You’ll see some fancy jets,” Concannon said.A solitary plane sits on the tarmac Sunday, although the airport usually bustles with aircraft during the summer vacation season.These days, the airport’s claim to fame is that it is the only one in New Jersey located on a barrier island. Its location along Bay Avenue puts it only blocks from Ocean City’s beaches. It is not uncommon in summer to see people get out of their planes holding beach chairs and umbrellas.On Sunday afternoon, a small plane was the only aircraft occupying the tarmac. But during summer, the airport comes alive with planes carrying vacationers and other visitors to town. It also serves as the headquarters for the city’s annual air festival and airshow in September, two events that draw thousands of spectators.While the airport’s operations may be quiet at this time of year, the diner is bustling with activity. A nearly overflow crowd packed the cozy restaurant for lunch Sunday.An awning inscribed with the words “OC Airport Diner” greets customers entering the building from the parking lot side.Ocean City residents Carol Shelly and her husband, Paul Wysong, enjoy eating at the airport diner about twice a month.Two of the diner’s regular customers, Carol Shelly and Paul Wysong, a married couple who live in Ocean City, were excited to hear that the restaurant may be upgraded as part of the airport’s proposed $2.3 million makeover.“I’d like it as long as it keeps its coziness. Don’t make it too big,” Shelly said of the diner.Shelly and Wysong have a house at 30th Street and Haven Avenue, close to the airport. They said they eat at the diner a couple times a month.“I like the staff. They are real friendly,” Shelly said. “I think the food is great, too. We also like the atmosphere. The fact that the diner is connected to the airport is very cool.”Wysong, while agreeing with all the points made by his wife, also noted that the diner’s location close to their home makes it convenient for them.“It’s better than having to go downtown to eat, especially in the summertime,” he said.The quaint diner is packed with a lunchtime crowd.last_img read more