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GFSB MEMBER BENEFITS

Find out some of the advantages of being a member

Networking

NETWORKING

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

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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Discount System

DISCOUNT SCHEME

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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Events

EVENTS

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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CONFERENCE ROOM

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

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INNOVATION AWARDS

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

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TRAINING

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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YOUR VOICE

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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LATEST NEWS

UK Community Renewal Fund

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UK COMMUNITY RENEWAL FUND

PRESS RELEASE

A total allocation of £500,000 from the UK Community Renewal Fund has been made available to Gibraltar.

Funds are available for projects that fall under the following priority criteria:

  1. Investment for local businesses, communities and place: Assistance for business start-ups and expansions. Ensuring that there is always an element of job creation whilst improving the environment at the same time.
  2. Supporting people into employment and investing in skills: Providing training courses that will ensure people are upskilled, obtain a qualification and/or are guaranteed a job as a result. For those finding barriers to access employment, the creation of a Job Support measure to assist overcome them.
  3. Investment in public sector projects of a community nature: Particularly to those which regenerate outdoor spaces and areas for the benefit of both residents and tourists alike, and which at the same time generate sustainable employment through their tourism potential.

The bidding round for applications closes at midday on Friday 9 July 2021.

More information and application forms can be found on the Gibraltar Expansion and Development Secretariats website www.geds.gi or by phoning the Funds Advisor on 20073255.

Digital Skills Gap Survey

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We have partnered with Stewart Harrison from the Gibraltar Digital Skills Foundation to carry out this survey to ascertain the digital skills gap that exists within the workforce and future careers. This will allow us to look at ways to close the gap and have a better idea of the type of skills businesses need and are currently lacking.

Please help us by filling in the survey at the following link;
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q7TGMWX

The survey is anonymous and results will be used to help students and businesses train and fill the skills gaps where possible with potential new methods.

GoG announcement on Rent Discount and Rent increase

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RENT DISCOUNT SCHEME

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar (HMGoG) has confirmed that the rent discount scheme operational in April and May 2020 will be extended one final time to 30 June 2021. The scheme applies to prequalifying commercial tenants of private landlords as well as HMGoG’s commercial tenants.

This confirmation follows the announcement on 15 April 2021 when HMGoG extended the measure to the end of May at the request of the Chamber of Commerce and agreed with them to further review the position for the period to 30th June 2021. That review has now been concluded and a decision has been taken to extend the scheme one last time, to 30 June 2021.

Government is extremely grateful to private sector landlords who have stood shoulder to shoulder with Government in supporting local businesses to withstand the chronic challenge of this pandemic. This has no doubt been a significant burden to landlords but they have assisted Government and sustained their tenant’s businesses by providing these discounts.

The rent discount scheme will not be formally extended beyond 1st July. However, HMGoG encourages private landlords to work closely with their tenants over the coming months and to consider extending varying discounts on a case by case basis to further support their tenants in the coming months as Gibraltar works to recover business levels to normality.

MORATORIUM ON RENT INCREASES

HMGoG has also confirmed that the moratorium on rental increases to HMGoG commercial tenants will be extended to 31 December 2021. The moratorium was last covered in HMGoG’s press release of 9 April 2021, where it had been extended to 30 June 2021. On further reflection, HMGoG has sought to defer the rent reviews to its own tenants until no earlier than 1st January 2022. Therefore the Government can confirm that any commercial entity which has been invoiced a rent increase as from 1 July will now receive a credit for the equivalent amount.

RATES

The additional 25% early rates payment discount that was previously applied to all certain business sectors has also been extended to all business sectors for the next quarter (to cover the period 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021). This discount does not apply to supermarkets and pharmacies.

The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC, said: “I truly appreciate the huge effort our landlords have made in extending rent discounts to their tenants at this challenging time. This is a prime example of how our community pulls together and I am confident that given time, we will all emerge stronger. Gibraltar has started to see tourism return and the spending power that these tourists bring with them is warmly welcome. As our businesses recover, the need for Government to legally enforce a rental discount scheme dissipates. This will now be the final period for the rent discount scheme at law. But we do hope that landlords continue to work with their tenants to apply the rent discount scheme on a case by case voluntary basis.”

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TESTIMONIALS

"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 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

"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 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
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