Klassic Cleaners’ proprietor, Liam Stephens, is a proud member of Roscommon Chamber having previously served as its PRO and treasurer and believes small, independent businesses are vital to the local economy.
“In general I’d like to see a little more support for small businesses in rural towns, especially businesses that have a huge labour element and bring people to the town.
“Roscommon is a good town to do business in and we have huge amounts of people from the likes of Longford, Galway and out the Athlone side coming here to do their shopping. They love the free parking and the fact that it’s safe and of course most of the services and shops they need are here,” he said.
Free parking is a huge ‘selling point’ for Roscommon town and the introduction of one-hour free parking spaces outside businesses has also helped, according to Liam.
“The one-hour free parking spaces have been a huge success and everyone seems delighted with them. We’d love a few on Church Street and I know some of the other traders feel the same!”
In terms of the personal touch, Liam says it’s difficult to beat the relationship smaller businesses can develop with customers.
“Smaller independent businesses are generally friendlier and have more of a connection with customers and the local community. From a customer’s point of view, these businesses support their local clubs and groups. Most small businesses look to do whatever they can to support their local clubs”.
Speaking of local business people supporting local causes, the Community Sports Park at Lisnamult continues to go from strength to strength.
“At the moment we have gone to tender for community rooms and changing rooms at the AstroTurf and we are very hopeful that they will be finished by the end of next year,” he said.