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Starting up a new business

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

​If you're setting up a new business, Jersey Business provide free, confidential advice. They will help you to:

  • decide which entity to trade as (eg sole trader, partnership or limited company)
  • set up your business
  • evaluate your business idea
  • find premises
  • understand your requirements
  • be aware of any additional licences your business may legally require

Start-up on the Jersey Business website

Guide to types of trading entities on the Jersey Business website

​Registering to trade as a sole trader or partnership

If you're registering as a sole trader or partnership, you'll need a business licence. You can f​ill in the application form online, but you'll need to print off and sign the form before you submit your application.

You can send your signed application by email or post or bringing your application form to the Social Security building in La Motte Street.

Your application for a business licence will be reviewed by the business licensing team. They may need to contact you to check or update your residential status.

If your business licence is granted, your application will be passed to the:

  • Jersey Financial Services Commission (if you've indicated that you are also applying for a registered business name)
  • Social Security Department (to assess your personal contribution liability and register the business as an employer, if you are employing staff)
  • Taxes Office (to set up a record if you're employing staff and update your personal tax information)

If your business licence is refused, your application will not be processed any further.

The business licensing team will write to you and confirm this.

Download sole trader and partnership application form (size 116kb)

Download sole trader and partnership application guidance notes (size 109kb)​

Appealing our decision

If your business licence application has been refused, you can appeal the decision. Details of how to do this can be found in the business licensing guidance notes.

Registering a new business name

If you have indicated on the form that you are registering a new business name as part of your application, the business licensing team will pass the 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 will either receive a certificate confirming the registration of your business name, or be contacted by the JFSC 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.

Company search on the JFSC website

Registering to trade as a limited liability company

For information on how to incorporate a limited company (body corporate) in Jersey, you can contact Jersey Business who can provide free, confidential business advice. 

Once your company is incorporated, you must complete the application form for a business licence and return it to the Social Security building.

Forms and guidance​​

Use the forms and guidance below if you're registering to trade as a limited liability company.

Guide to a limited company incorporation on the Jersey Business website

Registering as an employer for Social Security contributions

Paying contributions if you're self-employed

ITIS for employers

Application form for a business licence by a limited company

Registering a business name by a body corporate form on the JFSC website (size 234kb)

Business licensing guidance notes (size 547kb)​

Setting up a business if you're on Income Support

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

You can let Social Security know using the form below.

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

Using Back to Work Recruitment to help you find staff

Back to Work Recruitment can help to fill any vacancies that you have within your business. They are similar to a regular recruitment agency - matching locally qualified job seekers to a role - but offer all services free of charge. A range of incentives are available to employers using this service.

Back to Work Recruitment: meeting employers' recruitment needs

Application for additional staff

An employee will need a licence or registered permission to work, even if they work for less than eight hours per week.

In order to engage registered and / or licensed staff, you'll need to complete an application form along with supporting documentation (as detailed on the application form).

Fill in the application form and either email, post or bring your application form to the Social Security building in La Motte Street.

Application for registered and/or licensed staff

Business licensing guidance notes​

Application as a non-resident undertaking

A non-resident undertaking licence is required if you intend to come over to the Island and carry out activity for a resident business and / or individual. The licence must be granted prior to any activity taking place.

Check the application form for terms and applicable fees.

A minimum of 10 working days is required to process the application.

Application for a Non-Resident Undertakings Licence

Application as a non-resident trader

A non-resident trading licence is required if you intend to buy and sell goods and / or services in the Island. The licence must be granted prior to any activity taking place.

Check the application form for terms and applicable fees.

A minimum of 10 working days is required to process the application.

Application for a Non-Resident Trading Licence (size 260kb)

Application as a hawker (buying and selling door-to-door)

A hawkers licence is required if you intend to buy and / or sell goods​ door to door.​

Check​ the application form for terms and applicable fees.

A minimum of 10 working days is required to process the application.

Application for a Hawkers Licence (size 94kb)

Processing your new business registration data

Where an application for a business licence is successful, information provided to the Population Office will be securely shared with other States of Jersey departments and the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC), in order to:

  • ​process the application for a business name with JFSC
  • register the business with Social Security (as an employer and to assess your personal contribution liability), the Taxes Office (for Income Tax and ITIS purposes)
  • improve the services we provide to our business customers

As we improve our processes, the departments notified may change. Check gov.je for the latest updates​ on the New Business registration process.

The security of the information you provide is of paramount importance to us, therefore if you have any questions regarding how your information may be used, contact us.​

Tell Us Once Data Sharing Agreement (size 663kb)​

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