Amendment to Q2 BEAT measures

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement on the 8th April by the Government that the BEAT measures to assist businesses were being extended for a further three months until the end of June. In the Government’s statement on 8th April there was no mention of measures relating to the extension of discounts for commercial rents.  The Chamber sought clarification from the Government on this. Before the Chamber issued its statement on Friday 9th April, the Government had confirmed verbally to the Chamber that existing rental discounts would also be extended for the...

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Chamber welcomes continued support for local business

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce welcomes the announcement by the Government that the BEAT measures to assist businesses have been extended for a further three months until the end of June. The Chamber has been working closely with the Government since March 2020 on the various Beat measures and it is gratifying that the Chief Minister acknowledges that these measures have been extended as a direct result of the Chamber’s incessant lobbying. This is what our members expect.  This is what the Chamber will continue to do on behalf of all of its members. The Government has also...

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Chamber hits out at Together Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce has been aggrieved by recent comments made by Together Gibraltar about its work on the Government’s Treaty Liaison Advisory Committee (TLAC). In an interview on GBC, speaking on behalf of Together Gibraltar, Mr Craig Sacarello said that there were no retailers or wholesalers represented on the Government’s TLAC committee. In response to this comment, Chamber President, Christian Hernandez said, “This is too serious a misrepresentation and it does our work a grave disservice.  We want to set the record straight of the work which the...

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Chamber welcomes ‘In Principle’ Agreement on Schengen

The Board of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce welcomes the ‘In Principle’ Agreement between the Governments of the UK and Spain with regard to Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU which was announced on New Year’s Eve. It offers the possibility of preventing a hard border and also of unlocking the full potential of both Gibraltar and the Campo area so that the entire region becomes a magnet for greater investment leading to fuller employment and growing economic prosperity for all. As clearly highlighted in both of the Economic Impact studies which the Gibraltar Chamber...

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Chamber welcomes the full reopening of Line Wall Road

The Chamber of Commerce applauds the Government for its announcement that it will reopen Line Wall Road to all vehicles in both directions as from Monday 9th November. When the Government brought in restricted access to Line Wall Road four months ago, the Chamber took the decision not to prejudge the effect it might have on local businesses and local residents. Over the last few months the Chamber has received numerous comments and complaints from members about how the restricted access has adversely been affecting their businesses. Before deciding on what actions the Chamber could...

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Unite’s comments on employers are unfounded and irresponsible

Once again Unite has chosen to cause unnecessary distress and alarm with unfounded allegations about local employers.  In doing so, the union also seeks to increase the burden of costs for local employers at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet. It is utterly reprehensible for the union to allege that companies are using the current pandemic to make workers redundant unnecessarily.  To do so would cost employers even more money which many do not have. If this were the case, who would do the work? At a time when the majority of local companies have seen...

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