Your Gibraltar TV– In this episode John speaks to Neville Dalmedo, Secretary of the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses.
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welcome the new Beat economic assistance package for quarter 3 announced by Government in Parliament last week as well as the changes to the import duty structure announced on 30th June. These measures follow close consultation between the Chamber and the GFSB, Government and the Unions as part of the range of measures discussed at CELAC. They are aimed at protecting employment by giving businesses a fighting chance in the current economic crisis and fit with the current “Support Local” campaign organised and funded by the Chamber, the GFSB and the Government.
Whilst business costs in Gibraltar remain high, we urge all local traders to use the removal of import duty to make their products as price-competitive as possible and also to encourage Gibraltarians to support local businesses in these challenging times.
The Chamber and the GFSB are pleased to announce that they have also negotiated with the Government for free parking for local residents in the Mid-Town Car Park for up to three hours per day. This will enable people to go to town to eat, or have a coffee and do their shopping in a hassle free manner whilst also enabling them to take their purchases home with them more easily.
All these measures as well as the ones which the Government has introduced over the last four months have been aimed at generating economic activity locally so that employment levels can be maintained as much as possible with the consequent economic benefits for the community at large. Every individual and every business has had to make sacrifices in the last few months but where we can support each other we should do so for the good of the whole community.
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The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar to launch a marketing campaign to support local businesses after several months of lockdown.
The campaign is aimed at encouraging the community to spend locally and to highlight the connection between local spending and local consumption on our economy. This economic activity enables the Government to continue investing in the field of education, our healthcare system, policing and other essential services and local infrastructure that we all benefit from.
The campaign is not just about buying from local shops or dining in local restaurants, there are many goods and service companies which supply the local market. Every local company is going to need the help of the community to rebuild their business. The Chamber and the GFSB would like local consumers as well as local businesses to, where possible, consider using local suppliers first, before sourcing goods from elsewhere. This keeps money circulating in the local economy and the multiplier effects are beneficial for the community as a whole.
Vijay Daryanani, Minister for Business said, “At a time when many local businesses have been forced to close for several months due to the pandemic, it is critically important that we all continue to unite as a community and try and support as many local businesses as possible.” Echoing this sentiment Christian Hernandez, President of the Chamber added, “Supporting local business goes hand in hand with ensuring that we have an dynamic and healthy economy which creates jobs and generates revenues for the Government.” Similarly Julian Byrne, Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses said: “We have done well so far but there are still some big challenges ahead and we need to support each other to meet them successfully.”
The campaign will run for a period of 5 months on social media supplemented by offline media.
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