Main Street Project

A SMALL business board will be created to aid local traders, new business minister Vijay Daryanani has announced.

As a former Main Street shopkeeper, Daryanani’s appointment as minister for local business has been applauded by the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses (GFSB).

“I have started engaging with the Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and with the BID Group for Main Street,” said Vijay Daryanani. “I’m in the process of setting up a meeting with them so I can discuss things in greater detail to see how we can progress.

“We will be launching the small business board very soon so people can tell me what their challenges are.”

He said he wanted a ‘fruitful relationship’ that took in all ideas along with his own experience.

The GFSB applauded the surprise addition to the GSLP/Liberal slate for the election held on October 17.

“We would like to thank the Government for their assigning of a Minister of Business who has a wealth of experience and knowledge as a local businessman,” said the GFSB.

“The GFSB has been asking to reinstate a Minister of Small Business for some time, and are pleased to see that this has happened directly after the election campaign.”

The body headed by Julian Byrne hopes that the Main Street Business Improvement District (BID) will now be matched ‘pound for pound’ by the government.

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