Chamber calls for more visible police presence

Following several complaints from Chamber members and members of the public generally over the summer, the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce is calling for a much more visible police presence in Main Street, Casemates and other pedestrian areas.  With heightened security concerns in recent months certain measures and procedures have been introduced to protect the public.  Although these have caused additional costs to many local businesses our members have adjusted their operations accordingly. What is disappointing though is that there has not been a concomitant increase in police presence to...

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Gibraltar Chamber joins COBCOE network

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce has been welcomed as a member of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE). With around 35 British Chambers of Commerce member organisations around Europe, COBCOE provides a unique and powerful international network of more than 7,000 businesses, ranging from major multinationals to small and medium sized enterprises. Discussions between the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce and COBCOE have been ongoing for several months and following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union in 2019, the board of the Gibraltar Chamber took the...

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Chamber responds to 2017 budget

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Chief Minister’s 2017 budget speech as it clearly illustrates, once again, that the private sector is the engine of the economy and is driving Gibraltar’s growth, success and prosperity.  The continued confidence which has been shown by investors and companies in Gibraltar, particularly since last year’s EU referendum result gives some reassurance although many uncertainties remain. The announcement of a record surplus is good news, and the Chamber urges the government not to increase recurrent expenditure, but to invest these additional...

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Business Groups Call on European Commission to Stop Excessive Border Checks

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce and Apymell (The Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in La Linea, Spain) want to express their great dissatisfaction over the last twelve months at the unacceptable level of delays to commercial goods being cleared into Gibraltar. Both organisations are receiving multiple complaints from businesses on both sides of the border which have experienced frequent and repeated delays caused by the physical inspection of goods  by Spanish customs officials. The delays in the clearing of goods are caused by disproportionate checks on goods coming from...

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Chamber welcomes British PM’s speech at Lancaster House

The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce welcomes the clarity that has emerged this week in respect of the Brexit debate following a speech given this week by Theresa May on the subject at Lancaster House in London. A Chamber spokesman explained that “much of Theresa May’s description of the UK in her Brexit speech reflects the reality in Gibraltar in that, like the UK, Gibraltar is internationalist in its outlook, is ethnically very diverse and takes much of its strength as a nation from this very diversity. We agree with Mrs May’s appeal to the EU to respect Europe’s wide cultural...

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Employment Tribunal Reforms

The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see the recent changes to reform Employment Tribunals and commends the government for updating this important piece of legislation. Chamber board members have spent considerable time and resources working with the Ministry of Business and Employment and with Minister Costa over the last couple of years to ensure that the interests of our members, as well as those of all local employers, are upheld in as balanced a manner as possible and also to ensure that these reforms do not impose an unnecessary burden on them in terms of time and money. We are...

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