Tag "Chamber of Commerce"

Concerns should be answerable

A REAL nervousness is apparent in those behind the new population management regime. They fear it being hijacked at this late stage, six years after the work began on replacing what is a toothless system when it comes to population control. When professional bodies such as the Chamber of Commerce and Confederation of Guernsey Industry speak up, as they have done in the last week, deputies tend to take note.

Population growth is a balancing act

IN NOVEMBER 2015 we wrote to the Guernsey Press outlining our concerns regarding calls from the IOD for the island’s population to be permitted to increase to around 70,000 people. Now we see the same arguments being made by the Chamber of Commerce, only now they want it to rise to perhaps 90,000. As the arguments remain the same, perhaps we might be forgiven if we remind members of both organisations of a few simple truths. We said then that trying to resolve the demographic ‘riddle’ by increasing population would be a mistake. We offered the view that this was comparable with those on a sinking ship inviting yet more passengers on board to make bailing that bit easier. We said we should not make the mistake of thinking one can alter part of the economic puzzle in isolation without creating a domino effect elsewhere.

Arrivals figures are actually worse than they appear

I REFER to the report in the Guernsey Press on 2 August concerning an 18% fall in sea passengers. Mike Hopkins and Paul Luxon will be thankful that the report did not focus on the differences in arrival numbers for 2016 compared with 2014 when the Weymouth route and two vessels were running. For example, if you compare 2014 and 2015 you will notice that there were 35,977 less sea arrivals year on year. If you now add today’s news of further falls, year to date, of 30,922, the real picture of what is happening to Guernsey’s sea arrivals (and Guernsey tourism) since the introduction of the Liberation becomes apparent.

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’

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