Convenience retailer Centra spent over €11.6 million in local communities around its 15 stores across County Donegal in 2013.
Centra’s ‘Community Impact Study’ shows this contribution is made through a combination of payments to local suppliers, acquisition of local business services, wages, charitable donations and local sponsorships.
The study reveals that Centra stores in Donegal sourced almost €3.5million worth of products from local suppliers and contributes nearly €135,000 in donations or sponsorship commitments to over 244 local charities, community groups, schools and sports clubs. As well as supporting local suppliers, stores also spent €769,500 with businesses in Donegal communities where its stores are located in 2013.
Also revealed by the study, Centra is one of the country’s leading employers with 11,280 people employed across its network of stores. In Donegal, Centra employ 540 staff, almost 42% of which are full time staff. Centra plans to expand its network of stores and to create and sustain approximately 300 additional jobs across the country by the end of the year.
Boyce’s Centras in Donegal, owned by Shaun Boyce, are three of the 15 stores to contribute substantially to the local community.
Speaking about his store’s contribution, Shaun commented; “At Boyce’s Centra we are extremely happy to support the local community as they are so good in supporting us. We all work together for the greater good of the community!”
Centra Managing Director Martin Kelleher commented, “Our study shows Centra is spending almost a quarter of a billion euros in communities all over Ireland, that’s over €524,000 per store. We now have solid data demonstrating the significant economic importance and impact of our stores up and down the country.
Unlike some other retailers whose profits leave Ireland, our customers’ hard-earned euros are going back in to the community, like Boyce’s Centra in Donegal supporting the local community. We value their business and try in every way possible to share our success with them. For the last 35 years, support of communities has and will continue to be, at the very heart of what makes Centra a successful business. We have ambitious growth plans and if performance continues as we expect, €1 billion will have been invested back into communities between 2013 and 2016.”
Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, said: “This week’s announcement by Centra that it is creating and sustaining approximately 300 jobs in stores across the country is a further signal of growing confidence in the recovery of consumer demand. These jobs, and the millions spent on locally produced goods and services, has a significant knock-on economic benefit for communities, towns and villages across the country, and is the latest in a series of signs that domestic demand is starting to recover and economic growth is beginning to impact on every county. This is hugely important because a central part of our Action Plan for Jobs is to ensure that all of the country can benefit from the jobs growth that is happening and it is encouraging that in 2013 every region saw jobs growth. Crucial in this continuing recovery however is consumer demand, which is why Centra’s commitment to further investment and jobs around the country is welcome.”
Earlier this year Centra announced a 3.5% boost in sales in 2013 to almost €1.5 billion1. Over €1 billion of goods sold last year were sourced in Ireland, including €130 million of fresh Irish food. As a result of this recent performance, Centra project €1 billion will have been invested in local communities in the four year period to 2016.