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Jersey for Start-ups & Entrepreneurs

With unrivalled connectivity, world-leading broadband speeds, a digitally-focused economy, vibrant culture and stunning natural surroundings, Jersey is the ideal location for you and your business.

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Why Start-up your Business in Jersey?

If you could, theoretically, do what you do from anywhere in the world, the sweet spot of location versus lifestyle is the one that matters.

The island of Jersey, a British Isle just off the coast of France, offers all the benefits of island life where you’re never more than ten minutes away from a beach or bay, while being a short hop away from London and a myriad of other regional connections any time you need them.

And in an island where a 3,000-strong digital community champions that entrepreneurial spirit, you’ll be right at home with your start-up in Jersey.

Income Tax Benefits

In Jersey your tax rate is calculated based on what you earn, with a maximum personal income tax rate of 20%. In reality, your personal rate could be much lower. There’s also no capital gains tax or inheritance tax. The idea is to keep the system simple and fair, and we’re here and ready to go through all the detail to help you understand the benefits to you.

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Free Desk Space

As a Digital Jersey member, free hot-desking space comes as standard, with permanent desk rental options also available. Our desks, in the heart of the Digital Jersey Hub, mean you’re among like-minded tech professionals with the always-on support of our own team who are there when you need them.

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Digital Community

The beating heart of Jersey’s digital community is the Digital Jersey Hub in the island capital of St Helier. It’s here you’ll be immediately welcomed into our world to grow your new on-island network, meet people who’ve previously made the move, and others who are ready to collaborate and support your continued growth and success.

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Support & Investment

Digital Jersey will connect you with investors, expert support and no shortage of resources to remove the barriers to your growth and success, with a ‘make it easy’ attitude in our world-class, well-regulated environment. It’s all about making you feel a part of the island community and digital community from day one.

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Eligibility Criteria

Doing what you do in Jersey is surprisingly simple. We actively welcome applications from those who have a start-up business from early seed to early stage – that’s approximately three years or less.

All we ask is that you are a British or Swiss national, or have EU/EEA citizenship and that your focus is on digital or technology.

Beyond that, let us sort the rest for you.

  • Must be early seed – three years or less with a focus on digital or technology.
  • Are a British or Swiss national, or have EU/EEA citizenship.
  • Develop a scalable business and create local employment.
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A New Home For Your Business

We know how stressful it can be to start a new business this is why Digital Jersey will provide dedicated support throughout your relocation and beyond. From housing and schools, to staffing and networking, our teams are connected to the right people at the right time and have a ‘make it easy’ approach to welcoming you to our island home.

We’re in the same time zone as London, we use a major global currency (GBP) and we speak English. Those business advantages sit in an environment that feels distinctly different, with our golden beaches and bays, tranquil leafy lanes, rich culture and history, and love of dining and entertaining.

Connected to the World

Jersey’s super fast fibre all-home broadband is rated the third fastest in the world, supported by three 4G providers and 5G roll-out. Always on, always connected, all-island coverage, meaning doing business on your terms comes as standard, whether at home, in the office, or down the beach.

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Be part of the tech community

Welcome to your new digital community! With more than 3,000 people in Jersey’s digital workforce, a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and a community centred around Digital Jersey, from fintech to medtech, crypto to e-commerce, our tech ecosystem is ready to welcome you.

 

Embrace Jersey's way of life

With Jersey’s short commute you can commit to a full days work and yet still be able to have the time to enjoy what the island has to offer. Being able to maximise your days and reset the internal clock is priceless. Whether it’s a long evening stroll along one of the island’s stunning beaches, a cycle around the quaint green lanes or simply a top-notch meal in any one of the amazing restaurants.

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We've got your back

Digital Jersey will connect you with investors, expert support and no shortage of resources to remove the barriers to your growth and success, with a ‘make it easy’ attitude in our world-class well-regulated environment. We’ll also offer you a free permanent desk in the Digital Jersey Hub for your first 6 months on the island.

Want to know more?

Our Policy Manager Audrey Lescot is here to answer any questions you may have about starting up your business in Jersey. Email audrey.lescot@digital.je or request a callback below.

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Life in Jersey

Jersey is the place where getting business done is not at odds with making the most of all our beautiful island has to offer. You want true work-life balance? This is the life.

Work-life Balance

Whether you choose to work from home, an office, coffee shop or the beach, when it’s time to switch off, the Jersey life begins. Get active in or on the water, or stroll or cycle our tranquil lanes and awe-inspiring cliff paths. There’s plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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Vibrant Culture

Jersey has a packed history dating back from neolithic ages with Dolmens dotted around the island, through the years of island defences being developed from Martello towers and castles, right up to the German bunkers built during the Occupation and World War II. Discover Jersey’s heritage which has something fun for all ages to explore.

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Food & Nightlife

Explore Jersey’s vibrant nightlife and renowned food culture, from real ale country pubs and speak-easy style cocktail bars to Michelin-star restaurants and beach cafés with sea views.

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Family Resources

From our world famous Jersey Zoo to 12th century castles, adventure parks, stunning beaches and a full range of sea activities there are so many choices for the whole family to enjoy.

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Case Study

Hear what other start-up success stories have to say

Hubbell Ventures Limited

At the beginning of 2019, Heather-Anne and John Hubbell relocated to Jersey, forming Hubbell Ventures Limited. Jersey’s international finance centre, campus-like environment, unrivalled connectivity and relaxed, friendly approach to doing business made it the ideal location for the Hubbells’ next venture. With dedicated relocation support from Digital Jersey, including providing networking opportunities with local investors, the Hubbells were able to further their impressive standing in the fintech and health-tech markets.

Testimonials
C. Witthoft, CEO at Digi-Fu - a Digital Marketing Agency
J. Gums, CEO at Syntax - a Software Development Agency

“My family and I decided to immigrate to Jersey from South Africa. We committed to this huge decision at the end of September 2018. Indeed, after meeting with Tony, CEO at Digital Jersey, I was left with the confidence that I would have access to an environment that could support me during this transition.

Over a few months I worked closely with the team who assisted me in providing a compelling business plan to enable my business to launch and receive the correct licences. The next chapter was moving and launching my start-up in Jersey. Being greeted by a friendly and welcoming team in the buzz of the Hub was such a stress relief and the team instantly helped me settle in and get networked.”

“What I hadn’t anticipated when moving to Jersey, was the overwhelming sense of community and drive for collaboration within the tech sector.  Everyone has been extremely welcoming. Thanks to the Digital Hub and other collectives like TEKEX I have been lucky enough to meet like-minded individuals. In a rather small but diversely and highly talented population, it’s hugely beneficial being able to network in small circles and be introduced to the right people at the right time. Jersey is really a great place to organically build relationships which I believe are the fundamentals for any start-ups.”

Your Start-up Journey

Digital Jersey will support and endorse digital businesses applying for the necessary licensing permissions to operate in Jersey. Please get in touch with our team.

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Contact Digital Jersey

Check our eligibility criteria and contact Digital Jersey who will bring you up to speed with the local Digital Sector and the support available for star-ups.

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Submit business plan

1. Complete and submit our online business plan form

 

2. Send us the business license form associated:

  • Sole Trader/Partnership form
  • Limited Liability company form
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    3. Register your business name at the JFSC.

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    You are on your way to Jersey

    After 10 working days only, our team will inform you if your application has been successful.

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