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‘We cannot afford to pay any more than we’re paying now’ – SMEs face perfect storm

From hikes in the minimum wage to an increase in the hospitality Vat rate, some say it’s never been harder to be in business

Laura Kelly, from Kali Coffee Bar in Salthill, Galway, and her partner, Enda Johnston: ‘We have never experienced a 13.5 per cent Vat rate, so it is a shock for us.’ Picture: Andrew Downes/xposure