History of the Cgi

CGi History

The CGi was formed in 1995 by 25 companies under the original title G-MEX. At that time, the contribution to the Island’s economy by the finance, horticulture and tourism industries was generally understood and appreciated at a local level.

However, the activities and financial contribution of the industrial sector were less well-known. During this period, the States of Guernsey commissioned a report to study the structure and value of the industrial sector to the Island.

This report concluded that:

‘the sector makes an important contribution to the economy’ and recommended that it ‘can help itself by developing a representative body’.

We provide a voice for local business within the Island

By representing our members we can formulate a common position on key issues.

We play an important role in lobbying the States to adopt policies supportive to our members

Considerable time has been devoted by the committee to speaking with key politicians, CGi members and the local media to raise our concerns over certain aspects of Population Management Law and the work has been successful in bringing this to the forefront of public debate and discussions over recent weeks.

Whilst the law was passed in 2017 and some amendments are now being made, we still wish to see further changes.

We contribute to the key political and commercial debates

Our chairman spoke publicly earlier this year on the  shortcomings of the proposed introduction of GST, reflecting the views of CGi members in the media.

By raising this and other topics, we keep in the public domain issues that are important to not only our members but also for Guernsey in general.

We support the next generation

The CGi strongly supports the future generation of entrepreneurs and works in partnership with a number of agencies to promote business in the Island. We are also keen to engage and continue to develop a proactive dialogue with the States.

WE OFFER Member benefits

In addition to promoting the best interests of the federation, members of the CGi are also entitled to benefits including an annual discount card at local retailers.

See our list of member benefits

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