Interesting thoughts these by Zoe Faulder at Blackhall Publishing:
3. Mutual support
The independents are possibly among the hardest hit; with limited resources very little capital can be put towards development and innovation as it is all being put into the basic running and survival of the business. One way to tackle this is by joining forces with other independents and spreading the resources. In a small market like Ireland it will also bring down the number of individual players working against each other. This idea seems to have been bandied about over the years but very few seem willing to take the plunge. With this option the independence of the business is diminished, which can be quite an unattractive side effect.