Tag "Chamber of Commerce"

Focus does need to be on growth

ONE of the worrying figures used by the Treasury minister recently when he was separately talking to the Chamber of Commerce and Institute of Directors was the decline in the number of people working in the financial services sector. That fell by more than 130 last year alone and seems to suggest an industry that, if not actually in decline, is going through significant change.

C&E board to hear tourism's population control concerns

Luke Wheadon

TOURISM industry representatives will tell the Commerce and Employment board of their fears about new population control measures face-to-face next week. Luke Wheadon, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce’s hospitality and tourism sub-group, has already met C&E chief officer Jason Moriarty, and will make the industry’s case before Minister Kevin Stewart and his full board. Mr Wheadon, pictured, has also met other ministers, including Chief Minister Peter Harwood, and senior officers to discuss the population policy proposals as part of a Chamber delegation. He said that the industry had three major concerns: the perceived rigidity of the proposed permit system would make it impossible to employ staff because of delays in paperwork; the proposed new short-term permit – removing the established ‘nine months on, three months off’ system – does not allow for the seasonality of the industry; and changes to open market lodgings being restricted to five years.

'Two-tier' economy warning

Deputy Dave Jones, left, and Treasury and Resources minister Gavin St Pier at the business trends survey seminar. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1323212)

A ‘TWO-TIER’ economy could be developing in Guernsey, the Treasury and Resources minister has warned.

Tourism with a passion

Luke Wheadon

THE tourism sector needs to be positive about its prospects, according to its new representative on the Chamber of Commerce council.

Tapping into the digital economy

COULD Guernsey become a player in the global technology marketplace and join the ranks of London’s ‘Tech City’ – or even Silicon Valley?

The really difficult challenge

IN JERSEY yesterday, the head of the Chamber of Commerce there called for an immediate cut in the goods and services tax of 2% to put more money back into circulation and boost the island’s struggling economy.