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Government confirms increased Business Support Measures for February 2021

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HM Government of Gibraltar is pleased to confirm that the BEAT support measures will continue for the month of February as announced by the Chief Minister in his press conference last week. The BEAT measures will comprise of the following measures;

  1. Businesses that have remained closed for the month of February by Government order (for example restaurant businesses that remain closed)
  2. Businesses that have been able to open in February but as a result of the ongoing restrictions on movement continue to require increased support (for example retail businesses)
  3. Businesses that have been open and are trading but require continuing support (all other participating businesses)

February BEAT grant payment

The BEAT grant scheme for February will be applied as follows:

  • Businesses that have remained closed in February by Government Order

These Businesses shall receive a BEAT grant payment on a 100% basis for February 2021 as they did in January 2021. These businesses are able to enjoy a waiver of PAYE on earnings up to £1,155 and a waiver of Social Insurance. This waiver applies to the February payroll that is payable mid-March. The PAYE waiver is limited to earnings of up to £1,155 per employee with the balance being taxed at the normal rate. The waiver continues to apply as it has done previously.

  • Businesses that have opened in February but as a result of the ongoing restrictions on movement continue to require increased support;

These retail businesses will receive a payment calculated on a 50% basis of their BEAT grant payment increased from the December grant of 30%, for the month of February only. These businesses will require to settle their PAYE and Social Insurance payments for February payroll in full, as normal.

  • Other businesses in receipt of BEAT Grant support;

All other businesses participating in the BEAT scheme that have not been ordered to close by Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar shall receive a BEAT grant payment that is calculated on a 30% basis, These businesses will require to settle their PAYE and Social Insurance payments for February payroll in full, as normal.

Making a BEAT grant claim for February
The BEAT grant payments for all participating businesses for the months of February are automatic and do not require any further action to be taken by participating businesses. As with previous BEAT payments, HMGoG will aim to make payments on or before the end of the month.

In addition to the above grant payments, businesses will also be entitled to the following support measures.

Rental discount scheme
Businesses that have been ordered to close for February 2021 will also have the benefit of the increased rental discount scheme continued for the month of February 2021. Private landlords are encouraged in the same manner and on the same terms and conditions as previously stated to also provide a 50% discount to their tenants for this month. It is intended that this discount will be reduced to 25% for the month of March 2021 after which the rental discount scheme is expected to be terminated. Government commercial tenants that have been ordered to close will receive a 100% discount for February 2021 and a 50% discount for March 2021.

Existing Measures
These measures complement the existing measures that have been made available to businesses throughout the pandemic, as announced by the Chief Minister’s Statement to Parliament on the 10 December 2020:

  1. The existing measures are as follows;
  2. BEAT payments;
  3. A 100% waiver of payment of rates for the wholesale, retail, hotel, bar & restaurant sectors for Q1 2021;
  4. For all other sectors an additional 25% early rates payment discount (except for supermarkets and pharmacies);
  5. A restriction on all rental and licence fee increases;
  6. A waiver of tables and chairs licences fees on Government owned premises and a 50% reduction on private sector premises;
  7. Continued import duty waiver scheme for businesses;
  8. 10% import duty on personal importations;
  9. Waiver of work permit and registration and administrative fees;
  10. Moratorium on Insolvency claims;
  11. Bank Guarantee Scheme to enable lending to Covid related distressed businesses;
  12. Self-isolation pay scheme for self-employed people who are directed to self-isolate; and
  13. Self-isolation pay scheme for employees who have exhausted all their statutory full day sick pay and who are directed to self-isolate.

Statements
The Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and The Port, the Hon Vijay Daryanani, stated: “This support will be a welcome boost to the catering and retail sectors in what I hope is the last stage of restricted business before they ramp up their operations. We know that these are deeply challenging times for businesses, the lockdown may keep the virus at bay but it is also stifling traditional business. As a Government, we are preparing ourselves so that there is a customer base for these businesses to come back to. We have recently announced the arrival of two new airlines, Wizz Air and Eastern Airways, and we have also seen the announcement of a new route to Edinburgh. I am confident that as we emerge from this pandemic, the Government will continue to work hand in glove with the business community to continue Gibraltar’s success story.”

Further information
Any queries in connection with the BEAT grant scheme can be directed to beatcovidgrants@gibraltar.gov.gi. Any queries in connection with the self-isolation pay scheme can be directed to selfisolationpay@gibraltar.gov.gi.

The Nautilus Project- Gibraltar Sustainable Awards in collaboration with the GFSB

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World Oceans Day is a yearly celebration to raise awareness of the vital importance of our oceans and the role they play in sustaining a healthy planet. It looks to bring people and organisations together across the globe in a series of events highlighting how we can all help protect the oceans.

The Nautilus Project are really excited to announce that after the last two year’s great successes, we will be hosting our 3rd consecutive Gibraltar Sustainable Awards in collaboration with the GFSB. The theme this year will be Life and Livelihoods.

We are on the lookout for local businesses, organisations, charities and clubs that have implemented the highest number of green initiatives including minimising their carbon and plastic footprints.

Examples may include (but are not limited to):

  • Awarded the most TNP certificates since accreditations began.
  • Implemented Energy Saving practices.
  • Cutback on single use plastics.
  • Recycling within workplace.
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions.
  • Sustainability within the workplace.

Prizegiving ceremony is set for World Oceans Day 8th June 2021. A slight setback due to Covid-19 took place last year causing a month’s delay but the awards evening is presently on track.

Deadline for entries is: Monday 17th May 2021  (end of the working day)

Entries are to be sent via power point presentations to info@thenautilusproject.co on or before the above date.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Last years’ nine finalists were a true testament to the diverse representation on how the Gibraltarian community is engaging with our environment. We trust that this year is yet to supersede.

Gibraltar Sustainable Awards History
2020 Award Recipients #NewDecadeNewHabits
Gibbeau – Award For Innovation
Eroski Center Gibraltar – Green Business Leaders Award
Europa FC – Sustainability Team Of The Year Award
Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park – Environmental Stewardship Award
Playtech – Daring To Be Greener Award
Rotary Club of Gibraltar – The Green Beacon Award
OTWO – Sustainability Influencers Award
SM Seruya – Sustainability Vision Award
Hassans – The Gibraltar Sustainable Business Award 2020

2019 Award Recipients #TogetherWeCan
Price Waterhouse Coopers -Daring To Be Greener Award
Morrisons Gibraltar – Sustainability Vision Award
Jyske Bank – Green Business Leaders Award
Ramboll and Gamma Architects – Green Builders Award
University of Gibraltar – Sustainability Team of The Year Award
Eroski Center Gibraltar – The Gibraltar Sustainable Business Award 2019

Kind regards,

Melanie Soiza-Stagnetto
Co-Founder

Mobile: +350 54002262
Email: info@thenautilusproject.co

Guidance Note on “The Rights of Individuals under the Gibraltar GDPR”

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The Data Protection Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement of data protection law in Gibraltar and upholds the rights of individuals and their privacy.

To help organisations comply with data protection law, the Data Protection Commissioner’s office periodically publishes guidance notes on the Gibraltar General Data Protection Regulation (the “Gibraltar GDPR”) and the Data Protection Act 2004 (the “DPA”).

Therefore, please find attached a copy of our most recent Guidance Note titled “The Rights of Individuals under the Gibraltar GDPR” (the “Guidance Note”), to be distributed within your association/professional body. As the title suggests, the guidance aims to assist individuals in better understanding their privacy rights. The Guidance Note is equally useful for organisations, to assist them in determining how best to process personal data to ensure the rights afforded to individuals under the applicable data protection legislation are upheld.

In addition to the above, please also be advised that the Data Protection Commissioner’s office launched a “Privacy Rights Campaign” on Data Protection Day 2021. To accompany the aforementioned Guidance Note, the Data Protection Commissioner released a collection of short videos and infographics to further highlight the importance of an individual’s privacy rights. The videos may be viewed on the GRA’s YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO958LkccAK48VwKvKS5Djg) and the infographics may be downloaded from the following page: https://www.gra.gi/data-protection/general-dpr/gibraltar-gdpr-dpa-23-guidance-on-the-rights-of-individuals

GDPR & DPA (23) Individuals’ Rights.PDF

GFSB Business Innovation Award sponsored by Gibtelecom

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The GFSB is happy to announce the opening of applications for this years GFSB Business Innovation Award sponsored by Gibtelecom The online application form can be found on our website here https://www.gfsb.gi/benefits/awards/awards-online-application-form/ and needs to be submitted before Friday 28th May 2021.

Recent winners have included, EBike Gibraltar, Hempassion and Buytickets.gi. All showing that business innovation is still active in Gibraltar.

This year we believe we will see just as much or more innovative businesses due to the challenges of COVID and look forward to seeing what great ideas existing and new businesses have come up. We are also very happy to continue our partnership with Gibtelecom the sponsors of this award who will be giving the winner an amazing prize of £2,000 worth of IT and communications equipment.

GFSB & DAWN hold a joint Breakfast Club

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The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses (GFSB) held its Breakfast Club last Thursday. Francis Buttigieg and Victor Gonzalez were the guest speakers representing Dignity at Work Now (DAWN). The online Zoom meeting was well attended by GFSB members. Most aspects of bullying in the workplace were presented and discussed followed by a question and answer session. 

GFSB and DAWN hope to jointly produce standardised Dignity at Work policies designed to meet the needs of the range of small businesses in Gibraltar and in compliance with the BULLYING AT WORK ACT. Developing a training programme for business managers was also considered as a possible future project. 

Both the GFSB and DAWN look forward to working closely together towards these aims.

GFSB welcomes the launch of the new Business Liaison Unit (BLU)

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The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses (GFSB) welcomes the launch of the new Business Liaison Unit (BLU) announced by the Minister of Business, Tourism and Transport the Hon Vijay Daryanani.

We welcome this step which responds to the request of the GFSB and our members that such a unit be set up. We look forward to seeing it in practice and would like to offer our assistance and support to the BLU to make it as efficient and successful as possible.

Minister for Business launches Business Liaison Unit to assist startups

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A Business Liaison Unit at the Ministry for Business has been launched as a One Stop Shop for business startups. It will assist with the formalities of setting up a new business making it hassle free for the individual. The Team will help with all the documents required and will liaise with the relevant Government Departments to ensure everything is processed in a timely manner.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the One Stop Shop will be launched in two phases.

The first phase will launch on Monday with consultations via email on businessonestopshop@gibraltar.gov.gi.

The second phase will launch once COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, with an appointment service. This will do away with the need for individuals to visit all the different government departments to obtain the relevant documents.

Minister for Business, Vijay Daryanani, said he was delighted to announce the launch after representations were made by the private sector on the need to expedite the setting up of a business for our entrepreneurs.

Government announces opening of non-essential shops, gyms and beauty salons

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Here is an extract of the CM’s statement:

For those reasons, we are all also agreed that we will open non-essential shops, gyms and beauty salons as from the 1st of February.
We will, however, not permit non-essential retail to operate on Saturdays or Sundays.
Those were the days when we experienced accumulations of people in Main Street at the time of the last unlocking.
To avoid that, we will permit the opening of non-essential retail only from Monday to Friday for the first three weeks of the month.
Again, after the 22nd, we believe we may be able to take a different position.
We will review this every 7 days also.
But we expect we will not permit Saturday and Sunday opening until the 27th and 28th of February.

To see the Chief Ministers full statement please visit:

https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/press-releases/chief-ministers-script-press-conference-29th-january-2021-1042021-6650

Government announces New BEAT 5.0

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The new BEAT 5.0 measures are targeted at those businesses that have been closed down, and further providing increased support to other firms for the month of January.

All of these new measures are in addition to the existing support that businesses have been receiving which cover the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021, as announced by the Chief Minister’s Statement to Parliament on the 10 December 2020:

The existing measures are as follows;

1. A payment of 30% of the original BEAT grant scheme;
2. A 100% waiver of payment of rates for the wholesale, retail, hotel, bar & restaurant sectors;
3. For all other sectors an additional 25% early rates payment discount (except for supermarkets and pharmacies);
4. A discount of 50% on all Government rent and licence fees, and 25% for private landlords;
5. A restriction on all rental and licence fee increases;
6. A waiver of tables and chairs licences fees on Government owned premises and a 50% reduction on private sector premises;
7. Continued import duty waiver scheme for businesses;
8. Waiver of work permit and registration and administrative fees;
9. Moratorium on Insolvency claims;
10. Bank Guarantee Scheme to enable lending to Covid related distressed businesses.


The above measures were designed and intended to assist businesses that were open and whose customers were not locked down. These measures were designed and intended to provide support as businesses were beginning to start to ramp up their activity towards the levels experienced prior to the pandemic. The tighter restrictions announced on 27 December regrettably directed a significant additional number of businesses to close down.

As a consequence of that direct intervention, Government has put together a package of further measures that is being made available to those affected businesses and more generally to increase support to others also affected by the latest lockdown. This new package of measures generally compliments and adds to the existing measures listed above and will have the effect of meeting a very significant part of the costs of these businesses during this time.

BEAT 5.0 – INCREASED BEAT PAYMENTS

The January BEAT payment for businesses that were closed by Government order on the 28th December 2020 will be increased from 30% to 100% for the month of January only.

For those businesses not required to close and who remain able to operate, the January BEAT payment will be automatically increased from 30% to 40%.
Government hopes and expects that businesses will reopen by the 31st January, at which time all BEAT payments will revert to the 30% previously being paid and these payments will continue until 31st March 2021.

MAKING A CLAIM

All businesses that were required to close down, and others currently in receipt of BEAT support payments, will receive an email from Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar inviting them to claim for these measures by completing the appropriate form that will be attached to that email. Catering and restaurant businesses are also able to apply. The deadline for receipt of these applications is 15 January 2021.
The scheme is also open to self-employed people who are working within any of the sectors that the Government have closed down.

New businesses (including newly registered, self-employed persons) from these sectors that have not previously received BEAT are also invited to apply by requesting the claim form from beatcovidgrants@gibraltar.gov.gi

To facilitate the process businesses are encouraged to complete and submit the form in Excel format.

IT MUST BE NOTED BY CLAIMANTS THAT HMGOG REQUIRES THAT BUSINESSES IN RECEIPT OF THE 100% BEAT PAYMENT HONOUR THE CONTRACTED SALARY PAYMENTS THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES BASED ON THEIR TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT OR THE PAYMENTS PROVIDED FOR UNDER BEAT 1.0 FOR THOSE ON ZERO HOUR OR AGENCY CONTRACTS, UP TO A MAXIMUM OF £1,155.

Participating businesses may, however, retain any surplus solely and exclusively for meeting their ongoing business expenses.

Businesses will be required to confirm that they are up to date with their tax and social insurance obligations but PAYE (on earnings up to £1,155) and social insurance will be waived for the month of January only. This will follow the same mechanism that was adopted for BEAT 1.0.

As with previous BEAT payments, HMGoG will aim to make payments on or before the end of the month.

RENTAL DISCOUNT SCHEME

For the month of January only, the rental discount scheme will be increased from 25% to 50% for private tenancies matching the discounts being provided to Government owned premises for those businesses that have been required to close. Government sincerely appreciates the continued support of our private landlords in providing this discount. This is expected to be a temporary increase to the rental discount scheme for the month of January only.

LOAN & MORTGAGE REPAYMENTS

The Government will also be asking all lenders to work positively with any borrower who might need a one month repayment holiday in respect of business loans, mortgages or other borrowings.

WAIVER OF RATES FOR VOID PROPERTIES

Following representations made by the Gibraltar Landlord’s Association at the latest CELAC meeting, Government will be introducing a rates waiver for any business premises that are vacant and unoccupied from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021. Applications to claim this relief should be made to the Valuation Officer at LPS’s Rates Department.

The above was taken from the BEAT 5.0: GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES INCREASED BUSINESS SUPPORT MEASURES FOR JANUARY 2021 – 25/2021
https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/press-releases/beat-50-government-announces-increased-business-support-measures-for-january-2021-252021-6568

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