Founded in 1948, the Malta Chamber for SMEs, formerly known as GRTU, is today a fully recognised constituted body and social partner at law, representing its members on Malta’s Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD).
With over 7,000 members, the Malta Chamber for SMEs represents the largest group of retailers of goods and services, contractors, distributors, wholesalers and independent technical and professional services. The Malta Chamber for SMEs is today considered to be the major organisation that continually campaigns for the rights of enterprises on a sectoral, local and national level.
The Malta Chamber for SMEs intention is to promote small enterprises in Malta and Gozo and act as a national representative voice with the ability to negotiate a
betterment of current and future business prospects. Its target is to organize licensed businesses in Malta, particularly those in the retail, wholesale and service sector, so that they can achieve higher levels of efficiency and standards of operation.
The Malta Chamber for SMEs policies have always been geared towards the fostering of private venture and the advancement of small and medium-sized owner-managed enterprises. The Malta Chamber for SMEs believes that greater prosperity is within reach if commercial principles and practices rather than political ideology guide policy-making. In recent years, the Malta Chamber for SMEs has embarked on a decentralization programme in which entrepreneurs from different areas meet on a regular basis to discuss their problems. Each zone elects its representative whose aim is to co-ordinate between the locality and central administration.