The owners of one of Dublin city center’s best-known indoor marketplaces are offering a Ukrainian businessman a unit in the building rent-free until he can get back on his feet.
Wen Layden and her family own the legendary George’s Street Arcade.
In the last few days, the Layden Group has published a message online, offering “a free business start-up unit” with “no rent or costs and full start-up support” for recently arrived Ukrainian business owners starting in Ireland would like.
Ms Layden said the family have been making offers like this for “years and years”.
“In a mall, it’s very easy to let someone open for free at the beginning, and you pay that cost, and the person gets off the floor and then they’re ready to go,” she said.
“We’ve been doing this for years. In the arcade I have people from Palestine, India, Libya, Italy, Brazil, Venezuela, China, Korea, Poland, Nepal and of course Irish… so it’s kind of a happy UN (United Nations).
Speaking of RTÉ News at OneMs Layden said she wanted to make Ukrainian people aware that this “is something we do”.
She said everyone who arrives in Ireland has something “special and unique” to offer.
She urged potential business owners to “bring what you love, do what you love” and don’t let language act as a barrier.
“Don’t be intimidated by bank reports or anything like that, it doesn’t mean anything to me. I look someone in the eye and trust is the most important thing,” she said.
“A decent person with good prospects brings something special to Ireland and we are excited about the new nationalities. They are such an addition and I just hope they know that, but you can’t bog them down with regulations or deposits.
“I would advise anyone to give people a chance, but don’t ask for deposits, don’t ask for bank statements, don’t ask for them to speak your language, just let them thrive in their own way. ”
Interested business owners can email Gwen Layden at email@example.com.
During the height of the ongoing pandemic, the Layden Family Group was widely praised for not taking rent from its 42 dealerships during the lockdown.
Even after the restrictions were lifted, the rents were offered at reduced rates and only gradually returned to the normal level. The Laydens had previously negotiated rent reductions for their tenants during the recession.
The Layden family announced this in December last year Irish Independent that generosity during the pandemic has cost them almost 500,000 euros, which they have funded from their own resources.
https://www.independent.ie/regionals/dublin/no-rent-or-cost-to-start-georges-street-arcade-landlords-offer-help-to-ukrainian-businesses-41563750.html ‘No rent or start-up costs’ – George’s Street Arcade landlords offer help to Ukrainian businesses