A NUMBER of Kerry's larger towns are to be included in a major survey of consumer and business sentiment that is being organised by Retail Excellence Ireland (REI).
REI, with the support of Independent News and Media and 6,000 retail stores across the country, will be calling on people across Ireland to rate their local town and have their say as to what makes their home place great town and what can be done to improve it.
Researchers will be sent out to Ireland's 100 most populated towns, including Tralee, Killarney, Listowel, Dingle, Kenmae and Killorglin to gauge how both the local public and business owners feel their local town or city is performing.
People can also provide feedback by visiting the REI website and completing a very brief survey.
This measurement of town management performance is the second phase of the REI Town and City Management Framework, which was launched in July to help revitalise towns and cities across Ireland.
Once the survey is complete REI will publish the findings, disseminate best town management practice in Ireland and actively promote such practice in all towns and cities across Ireland.
"REI is committed to continuing to support and enhance the consumer retail experience by developing initiatives, such as this, and promote a vibrant and competitive world class retail industry in Ireland. I encourage everyone to get involved and complete this survey so the feedback can be used to rank Ireland's Top100 Towns and Cities and provide guidance as to what makes a town great," said REI CEO David Fitzsimons.
Among those on the board overseeing the survey is Tralee's own John Walsh the Managing Director of Walsh Brothers Shoes in Tralee.