Sunday August 9, 2020

Businesses find opportunities in the thick of a crisis

From exercise equipment suppliers to joinery firms, many companies have adapted to survive and, in some cases, even thrive in the face of coronavirus

14th June, 2020
Kerrie Delaney of M&C Joinery in Kildare town, which switched from making bespoke windows and stairs to producing perspex screens, hand sanitising equipment and other Covid-19 safety supplies Picture: Barry Cronin

As shops reopen and hotels and restaurants prepare to follow suit, businesses around Ireland are taking stock of the commercial wreckage of the last three months.

It has been a torrid time for almost all of them, large and small. Close to a quarter ceased trading either temporarily or permanently, while just the sales of just over 70 per cent were affected. A national unemployment rate of 26 per cent tells its own story.

That being said,...

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