Chamber bites Updates from Chamber partners

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Employers pocket guide introduced

The Chamber of Commerce has published an Employers’ Pocket Guide. Reviewed and endorsed by the Department of Labour & Pensions and developed by the Chamber in partnership with Appleby and Baraud, the 20-page booklet provides employers with easy-to-read information about the Labour, Pensions, Health Insurance, Immigration and Gender Equality laws. Copies were mailed to all members in March and are available at the Chamber of Commerce in Governors Square and the Department of Labour & Pensions offices.

“This guide is designed to help you stay well within the legal boundaries when dealing with employee matters,” said President Chris Duggan. Director of Labour & Pensions Mario Ebanks commended the Chamber and the sponsors of the booklet for their great spirit of corporate citizenship.

“I have been a long term advocate for quick and accurate access to information resources on the fundamentals governing proper workplace relations; key amongst those are employment contracts and employee handbooks.”

Electronic copies of the booklet are available at www.caymanchamber.ky.

National Infrastructure Plan under development

The Infrastructure Driver Group for the Future of Cayman economic development initiative continues to work towards the objective of developing a national infrastructure plan for the Cayman Islands. The group, which includes representatives from key government and private sector agencies involved in infrastructure development, met in March and reviewed and updated the actions for the driver group.

Co-Chairs, Tristan Hydes and Barry Bodden, encouraged the group to review the latest update to the United Kingdom’s infrastructure plan which can serve as a template for the Cayman plan. Originally produced in 2011, the UK plan sets out a new approach to meeting the infrastructure needs of the UK economy. The plan has three elements: effective planning for the medium term across all sectors; mobilizing financing and funding for infrastructure investment and the Government taking an active role in ensuring the infrastructure in the plan is delivered. The Infrastructure Driver group meets monthly.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the Chamber at 743-9122.

Join the Small Business or Local Producers Committees

Small businesses and local producers represent a unique and important sector of the local economy. They introduce new products and services, create new jobs and promote the development of locally made and grown products. The Chamber has established two committees to address both of these sectors: the Small Business Committee (SBC) and the Local Producers Committee (LPC). In early April, the SBC participated in the Department of Commerce and Investment’s Small Business Expo at the Family Life Centre and is now working to develop a small business awards programme to recognise businesses in the sector. The LPC is addressing issues such as trade marking, shipping, financing and determining what should be classified as a “locally made product.”

Anyone interested in joining either of these committees can call 743-9122.

Chamber Pension Plan launches new website

The Chamber Pension Plan has launched a new updated website www.chamberpension.ky in March which significantly enhances the communications between plan members and employers. The site was developed based on market research which included a broad spectrum of members, human resources managers and business owners. The interactive site includes editable PDF forms for members and employers to easily download and complete. Members and employers can log into the site and view their statements.

Businesses wishing to join the Pension Plan, contact William Fleury, COO and General Manager, at 743-9125.

Training Course FYI

Next month (May 2013) the Chamber’s sole overseas facilitator, Alexander von Reumont, will be visiting its Professional Development and Training Centre (PD&TC) facilities. The courses facilitated by Mr. Von Reumont are: Mastering Negotiations–28 May 2013; The Art of Public Speaking–30 May 2013 and Self-Branding & Corporate Image Design–31 May 2013.

Also visiting the island next month are representatives of Key Consulting Inc., an overseas member business. Related Project Management courses are scheduled are:

  • Project Management Fundamentals–29 April to 1 May 2013;
  • Using MS Project to Plan and Control your Projects (Levels 1 and 2)–2 to 3 May 2013;
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Preparation Course – 13 to 17 May 2013 and
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Preparation–13 to 17 May 2013

For further information on courses offered at the PD&TC, persons may visit www.caymanchamber.ky/training

Establishing business ties with Qatar

Chamber President Chris Duggan and CEO Wil Pineau, CCE travelled to Doha, Qatar from 22-25 April to attend the 9th World Chambers Congress and promoted the benefits of investing, visiting and conducting business in the Cayman Islands. The International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Congress is organised every two years in a different region of the world.

It is the only international forum for chamber leaders to share best practice experiences, exchange insights, develop networks, address the latest business issues and learn about new areas of innovation from chambers around the world. The Congress addresses at a practical level how chambers can serve strengthen and support their member companies. The conference in Qatar assembled delegations from more than 100 countries.

“Chambers around the world develop innovative ways to serve their members by developing programmes and services that make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world,” Mr. Duggan said.

“The Cayman Chamber can be justly proud of our achievements when compared to other Chambers in our region and around the world. We have an extremely active Chamber at the advocacy, enterprise and community levels.”

Mr. Pineau, who has worked in the Chamber industry for nearly 19 years, says he enjoys learning best practices from other Chambers.

“It is always interesting to discover the impact that a Chamber of Commerce has in the community in which it serves,” he said.

“I always pick up new innovative ideas and approaches and share them with local business leaders so we can improve our offerings so we always remain relevant and attractive as a place to live and conduct business.

 

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