Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses launches podcast
The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses will launch a six-part series of podcasts on Tuesday 21st September.
Aimed at small business owners and the wider community, listeners can expect an insightful interview with a different business leader each week. Each show will be different and will include anecdotes, tips as well as some lesser-known information about the individuals and companies featured. As is the case with all GFSB initiatives, this podcast aims to add value and shine a light on Gibraltar’s independent businesses and entrepreneurs too.
Speaking about the upcoming series, Chairman of the GFSB, Julian Byrne said “We are always looking for new ways to engage with our members and the business community in Gibraltar. Sharing important information, providing helpful tips and guidance on business lessons others have learnt is a big part of what the GFSB does. Our social media platforms, website and Intouch magazine reach a wide range of people and businesses, these podcasts will help to expand our reach.
In keeping with the times, we felt it was a good time to launch a new way to engage with our members via the GFSB Business Podcast. Our hope is that members will enjoy the podcasts and that this new platform will grow from strength to strength. We wish to thank the Gibraltar International Bank for their sponsorship and David for all his hard work.”
The first series of the GFSB Business Podcast is supported by the Gibraltar International Bank and features interviews with senior leaders at the Bassadone Automotive Group, MH Bland, Eroski Gibraltar and more. The podcast series will be hosted by David Revagliatte. David has been a freelance writer for the GFSB’s Intouch Magazine for the last three years and has in-depth knowledge of Gibraltar’s business community. He said, “I am super excited to be working with the GFSB on these podcasts. Those tuning in can expect a personal take on local business, learn lots about the companies they have heard of and discover new businesses too.”
Gibraltar International Bank actively supports the community through its work with local charities and public service projects. Speaking about its collaboration with the GFSB, its Chief Business Officer, David Bruce said, “We think the series of GFSB Podcasts is an excellent initiative to create new ways of connecting the business community. We are delighted to be involved in such an innovative approach.”
The GFSB Business Podcast is available on the GFSB website www.gfsb.gi and Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts as from next Tuesday 21st September and a new episode will be released every Tuesday for six weeks.
The Main Street & Surrounds BID Business Plan is going to ballot next month!
Here’s George Russo, BID Task Group Chairman and Director at International Franchises Limited on why his businesses will be voting yes and supporting the BID: https://player.vimeo.com/video/591473186?h=b39cb9e739
You may have now received a “Notice of Ballot” letter from Isolas, who will be conducting the month-long, independent postal ballot for the BID Business Plan. Ballot papers will be sent out at the beginning of September, and you’ll have up till 5pm on 29th September to return these to Isolas and have your say on whether you’d like the 5-year BID project to go ahead.
Want more information?
- Watch our explainer video on how a BID works here: https://mainstreetbid.com/faqs/
- Download a copy of the 5-year business plan here: https://mainstreetbid.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/MainStreetBID-BusinessPlan-June2021.pdf
- Find answers to the Task group’s most recent frequently asked questions here: https://mainstreetbid.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/MainStreetBID-NewsletterFour.pdf
For any questions, more information on the BID Business Plan, how the BID will benefit your business, what your business’ annual BID levy will be or for anything else, please reply to this email or get in touch with BID Project Manager, Jade Edinburgh, on email@example.com
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The GFSB notes the measures in the budget and understands that these come in the context of trying times. The Federation would have preferred and had requested, for the minimum wage increase to be postponed for at least a year and for no increases to be made to the cost of utilities.
Aside from these matters, the Federation does not have any significant concerns with the measures in the budget and welcomes the employment and capital tax allowances announced.
However, it does feel that these measures are overshadowed by the large increases that were made to social insurance prior to the budget, which imposes significant additional costs on its members.
Please note we will no longer be sending you any PAYE forms by mail. All necessary forms are available on our website. They can be filled online and sent to us by email. The forms may be accessed through the following link https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/income-tax-office/employers-and-trusts/employers
P8 Form 2020/2021
Following last year’s electronic and interactive versions of the P8 form, this year it will be made available via our website and can be downloaded via the following link https://tax.egov.gi/uploads
Additional guidance notes can be found via www.gibraltar.gov.gi/employers. A service to upload completed forms directly and securely through an online platform will be available via website link – https://tax.egov.gi/.
Form P10/10A – Tax year 2020/2021
You are required to complete Form P10/10A and submit that form to the Income Tax Office by not later than the 31 July 2021.
In Form P10/10A you should include details of all expenses, perquisites and benefits paid in cash or otherwise to each of your employees during the tax year 2020/2021.
You should complete section 3 of Form P10/10A, if you have opted to pay the tax on the benefits paid to your employees in accordance with paragraph 74, Chapter 9, Schedule 7 to the Income Tax Act 2010. Payment of the tax due must be made by no later than 31 July 2021.
Form P12 – Tax year 2020/2021
You are required to complete Form P12 (Details of Pension Scheme Contributions Form) if you have paid contributions for yourself and/or your employees during the tax year 2020/2021 into a pension scheme that is approved by the Commissioner of Income Tax.
You should submit Form P12 to the Income Tax Office by not later than the 31 July 2021.
You need to confirm whether your employees contribute towards an occupational pension scheme (OCC), personal pension scheme (PPS) or Retirement annuity contract (RAC). Furthermore, please ensure that all employees have their correct taxpayer references listed in your reports.
You should complete Form P7 and give it to each employee as stated in the form. Form P7 should show the total remuneration, tax and social insurance contributions and benefits in kind (if applicable) paid for the tax year 2020/2021.
If an employee leaves before the end of the tax year, you should complete Form PZA as stated in the form. Part 1 should be submitted to the Income Tax Office and Parts 2 & 3 should be given to the employee.
Remittance Advice Slips for PAYE & Social Insurance Payments
Payments should now be made through our online facility available via the following link https://tax.egov.gi/. Please refer to the guidance and instructional video within this landing page for our e-services.
Submitting PAYE Forms to the Income Tax Office
You can submit the completed PAYE P10 & P12 Forms to the Income Tax Office by email.
The P10/10A and P12 forms needs to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure that the Employer’s name and PAYE reference number are clearly shown on all forms submitted.
A Bacrese Morgan for Commissioner of Income Tax
Income Tax Office • HM Government of Gibraltar • St. Jago’s Stone Block, 331 Main Street. Gibraltar GX11 1AA
t +350 20074924 e email@example.com w gibraltar.gov.gi
The GFSB has written to the Minister for Business and the Minister for Civil Contingencies regarding the recent cancellation of “large events” announced by Government on 22 July 2021 and the call for “private bars, restaurants and nightclubs to be cautious in the events that they hold, to strictly control numbers and to ensure that clients are vaccinated AND have a negative COVID-19 test result.”
These measures, which effectively put an end to business in the large events sector for the foreseeable future, come just days after the Government was giving permission to events to operate at full capacity and have created considerable uncertainty in the food and beverage sector as to what measures they should now be implementing.
It is not the role of the GFSB to give public health advice and we recognise the fact that Covid cases are rising as are hospitalisations. The Federation is, however, concerned that policies that fundamentally affect the ability of an entire sector to operate can so rapidly go from “full capacity” to “nothing at all”. It is also concerned that bars, restaurants and private venues are being called on to police much stricter criteria for entry, whilst at the same time being given no practical guidance as to what “being cautious” means in practice or how and when it should be implemented.
The business community is facing amongst the most difficult operating conditions of recent times with the combined challenges of Brexit uncertainty, the pandemic and increased taxes and social insurance announced in the recent budget. It is quite clear that the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic is not over and that a return to business as usual may yet be many weeks, if not months away. In those circumstances it is absolutely vital that the Government work with businesses to reduce uncertainty, enabling them to plan as much as is reasonably possible. We, therefore, ask the Government to;
Conduct meaningful engagement with the business community before rolling out any further public health restrictions;
To work with the business community to establish sector specific measures to be implemented as and when required;
To establish key public health indicators that set out the basis for implementation and easing of restrictions;
To publish that information in a “Lock / Unlock the Rock” document similar to that which was published in 2020.
The GFSB members are acutely aware of the personal tragedies and deaths that Covid has already caused in our community. We also recognise as much as any other sector, the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic brings. It is our members who have seen their businesses closed, their incomes collapse and their plans in tatters. We recognise the hard work being done by Government, public authorities and agencies to control this pandemic. However, as it becomes clear that those challenges may remain for many weeks and months, restrictions must be implemented in as predictable and specific a manner as possible and in accordance with established criteria.