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Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses

Helping Businesses in Gibraltar

The GFSB is a non-profit organisation that exists to help small businesses in Gibraltar to start, grow and thrive. We represent the business community and pressure Government on our members behalf.

If you run or are starting a business in Gibraltar you should consider joining us.

Main Street Review

Read the Main Street review for 2018.

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A key part of our service is offering our members excellent opportunities to network. With our regular speed networking events and our breakfast clubs, getting  your business known is easy.

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Advice & Support


Starting and running a business can be challenging we are here to help you with practical advice and support to make sure that you have all the knowledge you need to give you the best chance of success.

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We have a growing discount scheme.

The goal is to aid companies to do business with each other at reduced rates.

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We are continually holding events for our members. From our informative and interactive breakfast clubs to our training sessions. GFSB Events are a great place to network and grow your business contacts.

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For your business related meetings & training, get in touch today to rent now

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The GFSB Innovation Awards further promotes quality standards, business improvement, innovation and achievement for its members.

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We offer regular subsidised training on a large variety of topics.

Save 40-50% on regular costs of training in Gibraltar.

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We represent Gibraltar businesses on many Boards, we apply pressure on the Government to try to get the best deals we can and can help you solve a great deal of business issues.

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GFSB Pre-election Wish List 2019

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GFSB Pre-election Wish List 2019

We want to make Gibraltar an attractive place to do business, keeping costs and bureaucracy down as much as possible. It needs to be easy for businesses to start and flourish. We believe the Government can really help to encourage businesses which in turn help Gibraltar PLC. Below we have gathered a wish list from members of things we would all like to see.


Social Insurance contributions. Government to commit that there will be no further increases above inflation, and these to always be in July to tie in with most companies’ financial year.
No above-inflation increases to utilities or minimum wage.

A review of the import duty rates and guidelines. Possibility of lower rates for local traders as opposed to personal imports on some retail items. To be discussed with GFSB.

Nurturing Scheme to be revived and funds to be provided in a reasonable time frame.

Funding schemes beyond Business Nurturing Scheme in combination with the private sector.


Implementation of the new Business Licensing / Fair Trading Act reduced bureaucracy and full online facilities.

Remove fees to register vacancies and new employees of a business and commitment that Employment Services fees will not rise further, nor add further fees.

E-Gov – to have full online facilities for employment, corporate tax, PAYE and social insurance within a realistic timescale. Already two elections have gone by and this is yet to be delivered.

Gazette to be published online for free use by the public and to implement an Open Government Licence for Gibraltar Laws, Gazettes and Gibraltar Case Reports.

One-Stop-Shop – This is still not in place. Too much-repeated paperwork. Work with GFSB to make this a reality

Remove annual fees to remain on Government procurement list.

Online list or document explaining all incentives/tax relief schemes available to businesses.

General reduction of costs and hurdles for micro and small businesses.


Facilitate tourism from non-EU destinations by providing “special tourist visas” for a limited period for visitors from countries such as China, India, Thailand, South Africa, Russia, Ukraine etc.  

Open discussions with regards to improved city taxi service with the GFSB.

Clearer communication with the GFSB of cruise call reductions and reasons.


Continued support for the BID and a commitment to match BID members’ investment pound for pound.

Cruise terminal duty-free shop should be reconsidered as it has an unfair advantage and is affecting business.


HMGoG to support all Gibraltar service providers in international campaigns / representation.

Incentives and/or support for Gibraltar based small companies and/or startups in this sector, particularly for business owners who suffer most due to large upfront regulatory fees. For example, tax incentives on income received from properties built in a particular time period were given in previous years. Why can’t similar support be given for other new particular sectors?


More emphasis on technology in school education.

Better education and training in schools to include vocational qualifications in essential skills e.g. plumbing, car mechanics, childcare, elderly care, hospitality, retail management, customer care etc 


All government procurement of goods and services to be via public tender with standard minimum timelines – an end to expressions of interest and extremely short periods of time within which to respond to invitations. 

Make the tender process as transparent as possible. Particular consideration for conflicts of interest between civil service and those being awarded tenders.

UK Double Taxation Agreement

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GFSB welcomes UK Double Taxation Agreement announcement

The GFSB notes and welcomes the recent announcement of the intention to draw up a Double Taxation Agreement (“DTA”) between Gibraltar and the UK. The GFSB believes that such an agreement would modernise tax arrangements with the UK and simplify matters for those of its members that do business with the UK.

Whilst the details of the final DTA are important, any agreement should encourage trade between Gibraltar and the UK and, as such, the GFSB makes itself available to assist HM Government of Gibraltar with the upcoming process.

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PR: Main Street BID

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Main Street BID

Over the last eighteen months, the GFSB has received many complaints from our retail members about worsening trading conditions. It is a well-publicised fact that town centres throughout the world are facing similar difficulties.

With this in mind, the GFSB contracted retail analyst Kerching in 2018. The brief was to conduct a review of Main Street and propose changes to make our town centre a more attractive destination.

One of the key recommendations in the report was to form a Business Improvement District (BID), which could manage and co-ordinate the proposed improvements.

We are delighted to announce that we have now appointed Mosaic, leading experts in this field, who have prepared and managed more than one hundred BIDs throughout the world.

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the process up to now, especially the Government of Gibraltar, who have shown their commitment and enthusiasm for the benefits that a BID can bring by making a significant financial contribution to get this initiative off the ground.

GFSB spokesperson said, “The Federation looks forward to engaging with all stakeholders – trading bodies, retailers, members of the public and others to make the BID a reality. Our aim is to transform our town centre into a world class destination so that it benefits everyone in Gibraltar, local residents, businesses and visitors alike.  We want everyone to BACK THE BID!”

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We have been members of the GFSB for several years now and find it a valuable membership for our business. Getting to use the training room facilities and all that they provide there is a great help for us in our business. The admin team are always very friendly and helpful to us if we have any questions. We particularly like the regular breakfast meetings and the speed networking events which allow us to meet other members and learn valuable information.

Brenda CubyBC Training

We have found the GFSB to be a very useful resource for obtaining local business advice, as well as networking opportunities. They have been instrumental in helping us to shape our business.

Paul JenningsRock IT

The GFSB networking events are of tremendous value to our business development strategy, having opened doors and provided very interesting leads from local companies, who have in turn shown a strong demand for our services. They have helped us both grow and further promote our local business and services to a wider corporate audience.

Brendan GoltElitech

“We are a new local business still in our first year of trading. We joined the GFSB following a recommendation from another member and we are very pleased that we did. It offers great value for money, the staff are friendly and helpful and the events they have organised thus far have provided excellent networking opportunities as well as helping us to gain valuable insight into various local industries.”

Jake JulianCityGuide