The chairman of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce Small Business Group, David Warr , Jersey Hospitality Association president Robyn Lapidus and a cross-section of businessmen from the hotel, catering and building industries have condemned the States for imposing a growing burden of paperwork upon them.
The Income Tax Installment Scheme (Itis) and the new employment and competition laws have compounded the administrative problems of small concerns already feeling aggrieved by the shackles of the Regulation of Undertakings Law’s five-year residency restrictions on employment.
And with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) looming in 2008 they have spoken out.
There are around 4,500 small businesses in Jersey which employ fewer than ten people, including around 2,000 one-man operations.
Mr Warr said: ‘What was always good about Jersey is that it was a simple place for a business to operate – but that’s certainly no longer the case.’