As weeks go, there’s been a fair bit for us to get our teeth into across Guernsey and Jersey over the past seven days.
There’s small matter of Jersey’s 2018 budget including controversy over ‘that’ retail tax which has got some shopkeepers warning prices could go up, investment could go down, and some outlets could close.
Elsewhere, plans to prepare for cyber attacks were revealed by Guernsey’s government. It’s a reminder that while things that happen overseas may seem irrelevant – Russian hacking and the NHS malware are just two examples – we must all be ready should the worst happen.
Then there was the issue of Apple, Netflix et al charging UK VAT to Channel Islands customers when we buy their digital services, such as music, movies and apps, on our devices. Politicians this week agreed to ‘urge’ these global giants to change their ways. It has a David and Goliath feel about it, but if they manage to sort it, we’ll all be financially better off.
In our first Weekend Extra, here’s a round up of our ten most viewed stories this week, for your weekend-reading pleasure. We’ve let go of control of this list – it’s based entirely on who read what on Business Eye CI over the past seven days:
- Apple urged to stop charging islanders VAT
- Oxfam calls for Jersey to be tax blacklisted but Guernsey escapes
- Nationalities of Jersey’s wealthiest immigrants revealed
- Jersey’s 2018 budget at a glance
- Taking off: Jersey Airport’s £42million regeneration plan
- Jersey to be Internet of Things testbed
- Channel Island PR firm wins consultancy gong
- Retailers in St Helier support accessibility night
- Animal lovers can now fly their pets from Europe to the Channel Islands
- Guernsey business bosses give it some Strictly
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