Retail Business - Strategy Support Programme

Introduction Retail

New for 2017, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is seeking expressions of interest to participate in this short retail support programme, designed to give your business expert advice and strategic focus. It might now be time to challenge what you are currently doing within the business, and look at real ways to improve your sales growth and profitability. 

You may have participated in a retail programme in the past, however this programme represents brand new material delivered through a short seminar and one to one bespoke advice for your business which will allow you to revisit and update your strategy. Alternatively it might be your first time participating in a support programme. Either way, this programme is for you.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of a three hour early morning seminar which will look at global innovation for retail/consumer facing businesses. There will also be a section of this seminar dedicated to practical sales and marketing tips. The objective of this seminar is to learn from what others are doing and implement new ideas for your business.

Site Audit/Training Session

Each participant will also receive a two hour site visit/audit from retail expert James Burke. This session is to facilitate customised training of each of the participants in response to their own individual needs. The visit will include a detailed business analysis including, identification of growth opportunities, competitor analysis, opportunities to differentiate, management skillsets, customer service initiatives, etc.

Target Participants

This programme is targeted at the owner/manager of any business which is consumer facing e.g. retailers from all sectors, cafés, restaurant and foodservice outlets, hotels, beauty salons and hairdressers, gyms, opticians and other service providers, etc.

This programme is for business owners and managers only (not for front line staff)


Cost for participation in this programme is €100

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown are now taking Expressions of Interest for this programme. If you are interested, please complete and return the Expression of Interest formto Eoin Roche, Economic Development, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council,

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 5pm on Friday, 29th September 2017