Ian Le Moigne

Open Letter to States Deputies from G5 re Anti Discrimination Proposals

Dear Deputies On behalf of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Guernsey Chamber of Commerce, Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA), the Confederation of Guernsey Industry (CGI) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and ahead of the debate regarding the proposed approach to anti-discrimination legislation, we would like to draw your attention to a joint statement we made in June. In addition to the points made in our previous statement and below, we would like to be clear that we hope the legislation will progress without any further delay. These are the key themes: We have always been clear in …

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Covid-19: States plans for phase 6 of exit framework

The States has asked us to circulate details to members of the current position in relation to opening the Island’s borders and returning to normal. These are the latest measures:  A set of criteria has been established for travel on compassionate grounds. Individuals are asked to contact Public Health at publichealth@gov.gg for a risk assessment of their request and advice.  A set of criteria has been established for health related travel for critical and time-bound treatment. Individuals are asked to contact the Medical Director through population@gov.gg for advice. For clarity this does not automatically apply to all travel …

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A joint statement from the G4 business groups

FOLLOWING the publication of the policy letter outlining the proposed approach to anti-discrimination legislation, the island’s business groups welcome the changes made by the Committee for Employment & Social Security (ESS) and the significant amount of work done to date on this project. We have always been clear in our support for appropriate anti-discrimination legislation, and over the last two months, the G4 and the CIPD have been able to consider these revised proposals and the policy letter due for debate in July. We have been keen advocates for the adoption of the Jersey system as we believe this has …

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States agrees to continue financial support measures for worst hit sectors

The payroll co-funding scheme and other financial support measures will continue beyond June 30th to support sectors that are expected to face significant ongoing pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The payroll co-funding scheme is being continued until at least the end of September for businesses that are still experiencing a significant downturn in the following sectors. They can continue to apply for either 80% or 100% of the minimum wage for employees depending on the extent to which the business is impacted. The expectation is that businesses within these sectors that are more reliant on tourist trade will be …

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Covid-19: States extends support for local businesses

The States has announced this morning these additional funding measures from Monday 04 May: Businesses that see turnover reduce to below 40% of normal levels will be able to apply for up to 100% of minimum wage for employees through the Payroll Co-funding Scheme. This upper threshold will be extended to 50% for those businesses most in need and able to demonstrate that support is still necessary. Businesses with turnover in excess of 40% and up to at least 70% of normal levels will continue to be able to apply for up to 80% of minimum wage for employees. This …

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CGi backs States approach to borrowing but emphasises caution

THE Confederation of Guernsey Industry supports the States’ approach to borrowing announced last week, particularly in this first phase. There is a clear and immediate requirement to address the impending cash flow shortfall given the considerable sums that are being spent in helping businesses and the economy in general coupled with a simultaneous reduction in receipts. The States should be credited for its swift response to tackling the economic issues faced and also its willingness to engage with industry and take on board feedback. As far as the second tranche of borrowing is concerned, we broadly support the need to …

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Covid-19: States outlines businesses that can now operate

New guidance for businesses and workers has been issued, which supersedes all previous guidance given and outlines which types of business can operate from 25 April 2020 if public health requirements on social distancing and hygiene are met. Types of business that may resume full or partial operation – subject to using the social distancing and hygiene requirements below: Gardening, building and other trades with no household contact Building wholesale and supply Vehicle servicing, maintenance and repairs (including cars, bikes and marine) Property sales, rentals and business transactions Business activities which are not permitted: Services requiring personal contact – non-essential …

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Richard Digard’s column – What about the other virus victims?

Richard Digard, ex-Guernsey Press Editor, produces a regular column in the newspaper. His latest article, published on Friday 17 April, includes a number of the key recommendations the CGi has been making to the States of Guernsey to help kick start the economy in light of the current restrictions. His column can be viewed here: https://guernseypress.com/news/voices/richard-digard/2020/04/17/what-about-the-other-virus-victims/

CGi Membership fees

Given the unprecedented times we are all currently facing, and the financial impact it is having on our businesses, the CGi is willing to delay the settlement of the 2020 subscription fees for members. Please contact Peter Miller, treasurer, via enquiry@thecgi.net

April update from CGi Chairman

Dear all I write to update you with progress on our discussions with politicians and senior civil servants as we collectively look to support our local industry. Thank you for all of your feedback over the past two weeks, all of which has been relayed to these contacts. The States are working extremely hard in extraordinary times. The business measures introduced are just the first of these programmes as the States tries to support us through the crisis and also plan for the potential of a longer haul recovery. The initial measures may not be considered sufficient in some eyes, …

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