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Up to 47 per cent of Irish adults have less than €100 to spend by the end of the month once bills are paid. The Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) also found that  45 per cent said they were struggling to cover the cost of keeping their cars on the road as a result of increases in motor tax and a dramatic rise in the price of fuel in the Republic, while 7 per cent were considering giving up or selling their car altogether. Two-thirds of motorists said they had put off servicing their car because they could not afford it. While 64 per cent said they would be open to using public transport instead, 47 per cent said public transport options in their area were poor.

 

Will Budget 2013 will sort this problem out? Maybe it really will take black and white figures like these to make our government wake up.

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Jun/06

11

Your feedback is important to us

www.handyhaulage.ie will be one year old on the 23rd of June! The year has absolutely flown by so quickly and its hard to believe that this time last year we were rushing around trying to get get everything ready for our launch day!

Feedback on www.handyhaulage.ieKey to our success is having a website that is easy to use. We get feedback from people from time to time and make little tweaks to improve the website. We sent out an eshot to all our users in January asking for feedback and we got a great insight into what people think of the website and we made changes based on a lot of the recommendations.  Several people mentioned that we need more adverts on the site, so advertising and SEO is top priority for us at the moment.

So if you use the site and if you have any suggestions on how we can make the website work better for you, then please let us know. Comment on this blog, post a comment on our Facebook page or send an email to ray@handyhaulage.ie! We would love to hear from you!

 

Feb/02

03

Need Hay or Straw? Look no further

I came accoss this website last week and just wanted to give it a mention on our blog! 

www.hayandstraw.ie have been in the Hay and Straw business for over 30 years, making and sourcing the finest quality hay and straw. www.hayandstray.ie are based in South Kildare and can arrange delivery country wide typically, in 4 or 8 tonne loads.
 
www.hayandstraw.ie
 
Hay
They have hay ideal for sheep and a more leafy variety which would be suitable for cattle. Silage and haylage are also available. To order all you need to do if fill in a form and they will call back with a quote to deliver! 
 
Straw
They stock barley and wheat straw with pea and oat straw also available; all of which are grown on some of the best land in Ireland just outside Athy, Co Kildare.
 
www.hayandstraw.ie is Irelands fastest growing marketplace for hay and straw. Check it out!
 

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The Irish Road Haulage Association recently asked the Government for help in sustaining the transport industry. It said their "backs are now to the wall, and they are at the end of their tether" in their efforts to compete in what they deemed "an unfair environment".  Truckers from all over ireland are planning a protest in Dublin on the 22nd of  february. The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) also plan to raise the issue with politicians when it meets the Oireachtas Transport Committee on Wednesday.

Fuel prices hit record highs as VAT bites - Latest News, Personal Finance - Independent.ie

I think the entire country will get behind this protest as it effects everyone. The increases in carbon taxes and VAT on fuel is having a seriously negative effect on peoples pockets and therefore the wider economy.

  

 

 

Exports boost for haulage industry. I came across this article on Irish Trucker news website. It's nice to read some positive news for the haulage industry in Ireland.

2011 proved to be a record in the export of foods from this country as €8.85 billion worth of goods was shipped out of Ireland to foreign lands. Haulage companies involved in the food industry benefited from this at a time when badly needed, given the rising costs of diesel and insurance.

Irish food and drink exports grew by €1bn last year, reaching €8.85bn. That 12% surge followed 11% growth in 2010, with Irish beef sales growing at almost twice the European average. The top categories were dairy (€2.6bn), meat (€2.59bn), prepared foods (€1.5bn) and seafood (€420 million).

While global food prices soared last year, export volumes accounted for 25% of these Irish gains. While beef output is expected to fall by 3-4% and global food commodity prices are likely to soften in 2012, Ireland’s food and drink exporters believe they can, at the very least, retain the 25% gains of the last two years.

Mr Cotter said told the Irish Examiner: "The optimism among Irish food producers is justified. Ireland exports up to 90% of its food output, whereas most other European countries are primarily dependent on their domestic markets.

"The primary sectors of beef, milk and dairy account for about two thirds of overall exports. We also saw 12% growth in prepared foods, while seafood is up by 13%. Our surveys have shown that seven out of 10 exporters will roll out new products this year. These factors are all very encouraging."

 

Exports boost for haulage industry. I came across this article on Irish Trucker news website. It's nice to read some positive news for the haulage industry in Ireland.

2011 proved to be a record in the export of foods from this country as €8.85 billion worth of goods was shipped out of Ireland to foreign lands. Haulage companies involved in the food industry benefited from this at a time when badly needed, given the rising costs of diesel and insurance.

Irish food and drink exports grew by €1bn last year, reaching €8.85bn. That 12% surge followed 11% growth in 2010, with Irish beef sales growing at almost twice the European average. The top categories were dairy (€2.6bn), meat (€2.59bn), prepared foods (€1.5bn) and seafood (€420 million).

While global food prices soared last year, export volumes accounted for 25% of these Irish gains. While beef output is expected to fall by 3-4% and global food commodity prices are likely to soften in 2012, Ireland’s food and drink exporters believe they can, at the very least, retain the 25% gains of the last two years.

Mr Cotter said told the Irish Examiner: "The optimism among Irish food producers is justified. Ireland exports up to 90% of its food output, whereas most other European countries are primarily dependent on their domestic markets.

"The primary sectors of beef, milk and dairy account for about two thirds of overall exports. We also saw 12% growth in prepared foods, while seafood is up by 13%. Our surveys have shown that seven out of 10 exporters will roll out new products this year. These factors are all very encouraging."

 

What to do when your going the wrong way down a tight country road!!!!

Jan/01

10

Are you the best truck driver in the world?

It was just announced that The Scania Driver Competition is open and ready for registrations!  More than 55,000 drivers will compete to be declared the world’s best truck drivers. The contestant who drives most efficiently and accurately, possesses the most knowledge will be awarded a brand new Scania R-series truck!! It would be great to get a few Irish truck drivers on the list!!!

Register for the best truck driver competition here >>
 

Dec/12

06

Budget 2012 Calculator

KPMG's released its easy to use budget 2012 calculator today. It's not 100% accurate but it will give you a rough idea of how todays budget will effect you.

Check out http://www.independent.ie/national-news/budget/your-income-calculator-budget-2012-2954137.html

 

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