Chamber seeks assistance for business to deal with coronavirus

In the last week or so the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce has received calls, emails and spoken to a number of members about current trading. The situation is developing very quickly and some local businesses have already seen a dramatic fall in sales and prospective sales as a direct result of the spread of the corona virus in western Europe. The Chamber board is currently considering a number of possible measures which it believes could help local companies through what is likely to be a severe but short term period of difficult trading conditions. Chamber President,...

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Chamber to offer free English language classes

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce is launching a new initiative for its members to help their employees improve their English language skills. The main focus will be on frontline staff who are in customer facing roles, particularly those in the retail and hospitality sectors.  Members from other sectors will also be eligible, but priority will be given to those in these sectors at the outset. The overall objective is to help non-native English speakers improve their spoken English skills and in turn, give customers a better shopping experience.  Classes will be for basic,...

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Chamber launches new members’ magazine

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce has published the first issue of its new members’ magazine, Gibraltar Business.  The magazine will be published on a quarterly basis and will cover news and features on what is happening in Gibraltar’s thriving business community. The magazine has been several months in the planning and care has been taken to achieve an editorial balance covering established businesses and start up businesses across as many sectors as possible. The launch issue is packed with news and features on the introduction of private pensions, Gibraltar’s shipping...

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Chamber supports Public Service reform

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce welcomes the announcement by the Chief Secretary earlier this week that he will roll out a major reform programme of the Public Service.  This is something that ultimately will be of benefit to everyone in the community: individuals, businesses and organisations. The announcement confirms that the government is committed to invest for the long term in training and developing the civil service workforce to a higher level than any previous government. Part of the reform will aim to ensure smooth succession planning.  Too often in the past,...

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Chamber publishes 2019 Election Wish List

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Chamber hits out at hike in customs fees

The introduction of additional customs administration fees which come into effect from 1st September are yet another example of the government championing increases in government efficiency whilst lumbering the private sector with yet another tax. The new taxes, although relatively small, will cost some businesses thousands of pounds a year and will make Gibraltar less competitive for goods imported for onward delivery known as T1 shipments. Fees are also being levied for processing temporary import licences and for export licences. These  taxes are an additional cost for local freight...

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