Tag "Chamber of Commerce"

Cutting the cost not the quality

THE size and cost of the public sector has long been a bugbear of States critics, including this newspaper. Despite assurances by government that it runs a tight ship compared to other jurisdictions the FTP savings process left staff costs, the States’ biggest expenditure, unscathed. Even in the last five years, as ministers repeatedly warned islanders that belts needed to be come in by several notches, States pay swelled from 51.7% of total revenue spend to the latest figure of 53.3%. In 2015, that amounted to £213.7m., up by £10.6m. or 5.2% year on year.

The moment Sunday changed

FINALLY the great debate on Sunday opening has closed, following this week’s landmark States vote for total deregulation. Despite decades of controversy, seven-days-a-week unrestricted retail trading was carried 25-19.

Sustainable Sark needs negotiating

‘THE Sark Chamber of Commerce, and no doubt all residents, were delighted to hear in the press release issued by the Sustainable Electricity Policy Development Team, that this project remains very much active, is progressing and a priority objective’ said president of the Sark Chamber of Commerce, Alan Jackson.

‘Put consumer interest first’


CONSUMER interest should be at the heart of States policies, the chief executive of the island’s competition regulator has told business leaders.

Confidence in local economy has fallen

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SLOW decision-making within the States has resulted in an increased lack of confidence in the Guernsey economy, according to the director of the Chamber of Commerce.