Anna Daly has spoken about the closure of her husband’s business due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Her partner, Ben and his siblings owned and ran the family run business, Mothercare Ireland.
In an interview with the Irish Mirror Anna spoke about supporting Irish this year; “You know I caught myself there when I said it’s hard for small businesses, people would have seen Mothercare as a big household name.”
“But sometimes when you have multiple stores like that and you are perceived to be this big brand, especially because you are reflecting some of the stores in the UK or internationally and it seems much bigger than it is, but you just couldn’t possibly maintain all those stores.”
“So to see the Mothercare story go was very difficult and a very hard time for the family.”
Speaking about the impact the pandemic has had on small businesses she said; “It is a frightening time for so many people, so many businesses, especially the smaller ones.”
“We have lost a lot of household and well known high street brands in lockdown one and this year.”
The Ireland AM presenter has been encouraging people to support local, Irish brands this year in the lead up to Christmas.
“So it is not about just the small companies. But I suppose it made us more mindful of shopping local and choosing Irish businesses and suppliers when you can.”
“And you know, highlighting the importance of that.”
“It’s a sign of the times, everyone is online. I think we are all in agreement we have never seen so many An Post or delivery vans coming.”