DUNDALK Town Centre Commercial Manager Andrew Mawhinney has expressed his disappointment with last Tuesday's Budget and admits that a tough year lies ahead for businesses in the town.
While the Budget was always going to make things more difficult for businesses throughout the country, the TCCM feels it did not do enough to encourage custom.
"I was slightly disappointed with it. I thought there might be more incentives for businesses but there's nothing really there at all.
"We knew the VAT rate would be on hold for two years from before the Budget and that was positive but I don't think there's enough there for businesses and I thought the government could've done a bit more to encourage people to spend.
"Next year will be tough but we'll fight it."
Mr Mawhinney said that the revamp of the town's Market Square next year would be a huge plus for the town and stressed that those involved would do their utmost to ensure that the disruption to businesses during the construction phase was as little as possible.
"There's a nine month build time and it's important to keep business operating as smoothly as possible during that time."