|Restaurants Improve Business says RAI|
|Written by Frank Corr|
|Monday, 16 April 2012 08:07|
Almost half of restaurants saw an increase in their business last year but the vast majority are still not making a profit, according to the Restaurants Association of Ireland which holds its annual conference to--day.
RAI has also appealed to the Government to maintain the lower VAT rate for 2013, claiming it has created hundreds of new jobs. Last summer the VAT rate on tourism-related businesses was cut from 13.5pc to 9pc.
"The VAT issue is hugely important. Seventy per cent said the reduced rate had helped their business and 30pc said they had hired more staff as a result," said RAI chief executive Adrian Cummins.
His members are expected to voice opposition to the proposed calorie count on menus at to-day's agm..
"Eighty-five per cent of restaurants have said they will not introduce calories on menus," said Mr Cummins. "It's a draconian money-making racket which will cost each restaurant €5,000 to implement. We're on a collision course with the department on this issue."
RAI has also set out proposals for a "fast-track" chef/restaurant training scheme that will look at the possibility of taking 1,000 people off the Live Register under a work placement scheme.