July 17, 2024

Kilkenny retailers can boost their business by signing up to Age Friendly programme for free

RETAILERS across Kilkenny city and county are being urged to become accredited Age Friendly businesses.

According to estimates, some 1.4 million people will be aged 65 and over by 2041 – more than one-in-five of the total population.

Kilkenny has played an active role in a campaign by Age Friendly Ireland to build ‘age friendly’ societies across Ireland since 2010.

This has involved consulting with older adults and developing a nationwide strategy and action plan in response to needs identified in areas linked to social inclusion, transportation, housing, employment, community supports, health services and communications.

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce President Marion Acreman said: “Becoming an Age Friendly business isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s also good for business.”

“There are over one million people aged 55 plus living and shopping in Ireland and older customers often have more time to shop, show greater loyalty towards local businesses and typically outspend younger customers”.

Ms Acreman invited all retailers and service businesses across Kilkenny city and county to sign up to the Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme for free.

Participating businesses are required to nominate an ‘Age Friendly Champion’ to undergo a short online training course, attend an Age Friendly Workshop, consult with customers, and implement three Age Friendly actions.

Research shows many simple, and often zero or low cost practices, can make shopping and doing business generally much easier for older customers. Examples include making your business easier to find, enter and move around within, using larger fonts on print materials and signage or having designated Age Friendly parking.

After successfully completing the programme, Age Friendly accredited businesses can display their certification and accreditation window sticker at their business premises. They will also be listed on the agefriendlyireland.ie website.

Businesses can sign up to the programme by Thursday, January 31 by contacting Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce on 056 7752767 or by emailing admin@kilkennychamber.ie.

Pictured above: Faith Almond and John Coonan on Kilkenny’s High Street  

Kilkenny Age Friendly Steering Committee is supported by Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny, Kilkenny Tourism and a number of local retailers, businesses and stakeholders. For more information or further comment in relation to this press release, please contact Marion Acreman on 086 040 7639 or marionj@macdonaghjunction.com


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