Approximately 580 small to medium sized businesses ceased trading in Kerry in 2011.
In the same year, about 380 new businesses were set up, according to figures from the CSO’s Business Demography Data. The figures, published last year, indicate a net decline of 200 SMEs in the county in 2011. However, since then Kerry County Council says there has been a decline in the number of business ‘deaths’ and a rise in business ‘births’, reflecting a recovering economy. The figures were requested by Independent Councillor Michael Cahill, who is asking the local authority to initiate a Shop Local Day.