Press Release: More consumers shopping during Black Friday but average spend lower
26 November 2022
This Black Friday is the closest one to pre-Covid levels with shoppers flocking the streets...
The business community in various localities in Malta is
suffering a series of power outages practically every day, some for a few hours
others for days. The amount of complaints received in the last few weeks
was incredible. In Valletta only reports of power outages started in June
sometimes leaving business people with no option but to close their
shops/restaurants/coffee shops and send their employees home.
It is very
depressing for these people who have already too much on their plate such as
the outside City Gate project, embellishment works, road works etc taking place
in our Capital City.
GRTU has viewed all the excuses given by Enemalta and by
the Malta Resources Authority and
is not convinced. Business pay and pay at high rated to be served and served
all the year and all the time. Using the period of high temperatures as
an excuse is simply not acceptable. It's a question of professional management.
Either the people in Enemalta and at the Public regulator's office know what
they are doing and they are capable of a professional performance required by a
modern economy or else they leave and pass on the job to others better
qualified and more capable. This is the language business understands. The
crucial point is that when a report to the Authority concerned is filed the
information of how long the power cut will be is most of the time misleading.
Most of the time GRTU is informed that it will be only for a couple of hours
which in particular cases results in days.
Enemalta is even unprofessional and incompetent at
handling consumer affairs.
In today's day and age business people who are also tax
payers expect to get a better deal. We expect Enemalta to be more proactive and
understand that our members cannot sustain such continuous losses. GRTU is now
confident that under the new Collective Redress law that the matter of
compensation will now be addressed by the Courts. Business cannot continue to
suffer losses due to the incompetence of others.
The Malta Chamber of SMEs represents over 7,000 members from over 90 different sectors which in their majority are either small or medium sized companies, and such issues like the one we're experiencing right now, it's important to be united. Malta Chamber of SMEs offers a number of different services tailored to its members' individual requirements' and necessities. These range from general services offered to all members to more individual & bespoke services catered for specific requirements.
A membership with Malta Chamber of SMEs will guarantee that you are constantly updated and informed with different opportunities which will directly benefit your business and help you grow. It also entails you to a number of services which in their majority are free of charge and offered exclusively to its members (in their majority all free of charge).