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Starting up a new business

​​​​​​​​​Help and advice for new businesses

If you're setting up a business, Jersey Business provides free, confidential advice. They can guide you on which business structure is most appropriate for you

You can also contact the Population Office for advice.

Apply for a business licence: sole trader or partnership 

If you’re registering your business as a sole trader or partnership, you'll need to apply for a business licence.

You can fill in the new business application form online, but you'll need to print off and sign the form before you submit your application.

You can submit your signed application by:

  • email
  • post
  • bringing it into the Social Security building in La Motte Street

We’ll review your application and we may need to contact you to check or update your residential status.

For more information, read our sole trader and partnership application guidance notes

Registering a new business name

If you’ve indicated on your form that you’re registering a new business name as part of your application, we’ll pass your application onto the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC).

The JFSC will contact you to take a £50 registration fee before your business name can be registered.

You’ll either receive a certificate confirming that you’ve registered your business name, or the JFSC will contact you if there is a reason why your requested business name has been refused.

You should check that your preferred business name is not already registered, and that it complies with any guidance issued by the JFSC. You can do this by looking at the company search on the JFSC website.

Registering to trade as a limited company

For information on how to set up a limited company, contact Jersey Business or the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC)

Your company must be approved and registered with the JFSC before you can apply for a business licence.

Once your company is set up, complete an application form for a business licence and return it to us by email, post, or by dropping it into the Social Security building.

Business licence guidance notes

If you're registering to trade as a limited liability company, use our business licensing guidance notes to help you or visit the pages listed below.

Registering as an employer for contributions

Paying Class 2 contributions (if you’re self-employed or don’t pay Class 1 contributions)

Paying employers’ ITIS

Employing staff

Find information about this on our employing staff page

You can also find out how to use Back to Work Recruitment to help you find staff.

Setting up a business if you're on Income Support

If you’re receiving Income Support and you have started up a business, you need to let us know what your profit and loss accounts are. This is so your Income Support payments can be changed if necessary.

Let us know using the form below.

Profit and loss accounts form for self-employed people on Income Support

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