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Start-up Support

Jersey is the perfect place to launch your start-up business. Our start-up initiative supports entrepreneurs who are looking to launch innovative, scalable and tech-driven businesses.

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Why choose Jersey for your start-up business

Jersey offers a great environment to launch and grow your start-up. The Island is home to a vibrant network of tech organisations and entrepreneurs, forming a thriving community for business, collaboration and growth.

 

Jersey's unique benefits

Jersey offers unique benefits, not just for businesses but also for achieving a sustainable work-life balance. 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.

Some of the many benefits include:

100% of broadband connections are gigabit fibre to the premises with guaranteed download speeds of 250 megabits per second

3 x 4G networks

3 x dedicated IoT networks (NBIoT and two LPWANs including LoRa)

Favourable tax regime with low personal tax rates, a 0/10 corporate tax regime, and no capital gains tax

A top class education system and comprehensive health service

36 daily flights from more than 20 airports across the UK and Europe including 14 daily flights to London

48 miles of stunning coastline and beautiful countryside to enjoy in your down time

Multiple co-working spaces

Tranquil, safe and secure environment

Dedicated Start-up Support

Digital Jersey work closely with our local government partners and our network of industry experts to ensure that your start-up business is supported every step of the way.

  • Business plan support
  • Assistance with obtaining working permissions and housing rights
  • Advice on Jersey company structures and formation in association with the Jersey Financial Services Commission
  • Recruitment support to help you source skilled local talent
  • Dedicated space and access to meeting rooms at the Digital Hub
  • Access to the Digital Jersey Xchange, a dedicated IoT innovation lab, research centre and showcase area
  • Service support in areas such as legal, accounting, banking and more
  • Build invaluable business connections through our network of mentors and industry experts, as well as access to networking events throughout the year
  • Access to a senior mentor to support your start-up’s growth
  • Connection with private investors
Who can apply?

We welcome applications from Jersey or EU / EEA citizens who have a start-up business from early seed to early stage (approximately 3 years or less). Your company must be operating in any digital or technology sector, with a fast growth potential and willing to create local employment.

Some examples of start-up business sectors who have benefitted from our support are:

    • Tech start-ups
    • Fintech start-ups
    • IoT start-ups
    • Digital Health start-ups
    • Digital marketing and web start-ups
Living and Working in Jersey

Jersey has it’s own independent government, which means that work and housing laws are unique to the Island.

Digital Jersey work closely with our partners to ensure that your start-up and its employees have the relevant work and housing permissions as part of our Start-up Support scheme.

There are four categories of residential status in Jersey. These are important to consider when filling out the Organisation Structure section of your Start-up Support application form.

Digital Jersey can support you to get a business license with associated licensed work permissions for yourself and/or your business partners. Depending on your business plan, you will be eligible for a ‘licensed’ work permission which entitles you to only lease property or a ‘licensed’ work permission which entitles you to buy, sell or lease any property. If you require any employees they would be entitled to work in Jersey.

Please note that the business license and associated work permissions will be reviewed in 3 years by our regulator.

Launch your start-up in Jersey
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Check eligibility

Criteria:
1. Your Start-up must have a technological or digital focus.
2. Your business should have a maximum of two Jersey or EU / EEA citizens involved in the enterprise.
3. Your start-up should be no older than 3 years in operation.

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Submit business plan

Your application will be reviewed by the Digital Jersey team who will provide feedback within 5 working days based on the following criteria:
1. Business innovation
2. Product/service scalability
3. Market size and potential
4. Applicant skills, expertise and education
5. Create local employment

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Evaluation and feedback

If your business is eligible to receive dedicated start-up support you will need to:
 

1: COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING

  • Start-up Support Application Form
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    2. REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS IN JERSEY

  • To register as a Sole Trader/Partnership, complete the
    Business Licence Application Form (NB 01 V1).
  • To register as a Limited Liability company, complete the
    Business Licence Application Form (CHWL 01)
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    3. REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS NAME IN JERSEY WITH THE JFSC
    Businesses must be registered with the Jersey Financial Services Commission Companies Registry. If you wish to form a Jersey ‘Limited’ company and are currently resident outside of Jersey, a local professional service provider can act on your behalf.

  • Reserve your business name
  • Register your business name
  • To get started on launching your business in Jersey, please click the button below to access the Start-up Support application.

    Next Steps

    Our Start-up Support Team is here to help and we will stay in contact during each key stage of the process. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Digital Jersey support team member if you have any questions throughout this process or require any additional guidance.

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