Our support and advice is comprehensive and confidential, and with assistance tailored to each situation and swift communications you can be confident that the process of moving your business to Jersey will be as smooth as possible.
If you would like to know more about the criteria for a business relocating to or establishing in Jersey, please see, Criteria for Businesses.
Get in Touch with Locate Jersey
We recommend that any business considering moving to or establishing in Jersey contacts Locate Jersey for a free and confidential discussion.
This helps us understand what it is you are looking to do on the Island and gives us some background to your business, which will help us to tailor our advice appropriately. This first stage makes sure no time is wasted.
Alternatively, you can contact us via your intermediary for initial discussions and introductions.
Prepare your Application
Next: we will guide you through the application process, advising you or your intermediary how to prepare your business plan and supporting documentation.
At this time we can also arrange meetings with relevant business contacts, liaise with other Government of Jersey departments on your behalf and make introductions to any relevant regulator and technical specialists within the appropriate sector-specific representative bodies.
Submitting your Application
If we believe that your application meets Jersey’s requirements it will be submitted for evaluation, with our recommendation.
We facilitate the submission of your application form, business plan and company formation/registration documents, requests for essential employees, and any other supporting documents, to the Business Licensing team.
The Approval Process
Business Licensing will assess your application against the Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law 2012 and any other relevant policies or legislation and will make a decision.
Locate Jersey will communicate the decision to you as soon as it is received. This will then be followed by a formal confirmation letter from Business Licensing.
Locate Jersey provide aftercare and advice as you set up your business in Jersey, with access to networking events, partnership working opportunities and assistance with any additional requirements.
You will also need to register with Income and Tax Social Security and obtain your Jersey ‘Registration Card’. For more information see Living & Working in Jersey.
How Long Will It Take?
We will work with you/your intermediary for as long as is required to get your application into its best possible shape, but we usually allow 4-6 weeks from the point of first enquiry.
If all the information required for the business application, including the supporting documents are all in order, the evaluation process by Business Licensing will be completed within 10 working days.
However if the application has significant resource implications or is deemed contentious in any way, it could be referred to the Government’s ‘Housing & Work Advisory Group’ (HWAG) which meets approximately every 2 weeks. This may add additional time to the decision process.
Renewing Your Business Licence
The Business Licence consent is normally granted for 3 years and is renewable based on the performance of the business against the original business plan. Once you have completed your first 3 years and it is time to renew you licence, get in touch with your Locate Jersey contact to begin the process.
For more information about moving to and living in Jersey see ‘Living & Working in Jersey’. Information about what you should do when you first arrive in the Island is available on Practical Information for Moving to Jersey. Alternatively you can contact a member of the team on +44(0)1534 440604 or firstname.lastname@example.org