JERSEY Chamber of Commerce

JERSEY Chamber of Commerce

Our Profile

About Us :

Established in 1768, we are the largest independent business membership organisation in Jersey, representing businesses of all sizes and sectors.

Our diverse Membership is at the heart of what we do; we ensure Members’ views are heard in Government through our Committees and lobbying work, ultimately; we seek to promote trade and build our Island’s prosperity.

For 252 years, our Members have helped shape the business landscape with great results. We celebrate our heritage and embrace the future; believing our opinions and independent respected voice will continue to bring prosperity and new opportunities for trade and commerce.

Our collective strength ensures Members’ voices are heard. Our diverse membership body and our Committees are made up of some of the finest business minds in the island. Together, we can navigate change and embrace the future by proactively identifying new commercial opportunities for our island.

We host the most well attended regular business networking events in Jersey. Critical briefings and Chamber Lunches continue to be at the heart of the local business communities creating valuable opportunities for people to meet, dialog, connect and network.

Our History :

The archive of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce is an invaluable source for local historians and a vital tool in understanding the business history of the Island.

Enriched in Chamber’s long and illustrious history are the values we still hold today; that is, to promote trade and build on the prosperity of the island.

These values have been part of the fabric of our history for centuries, much of what we celebrate today is a testament to the hard working merchants who founded Chamber back in 1798.

Chamber started with a group of public spirited ship merchants getting together to protect the interests of the Island’s maritime trade. They were dissatisfied with the representation by the ruling elite in the States who had little interest in assisting merchants, ship owners and traders.

There were many difficulties to overcome such as fishing trade, industrial, pirates, the French Revolution, the development of the Island’s harbours and the safety of their vessels during wartime.

They became a forward thinking and dynamic organisation interested in the pursuance of better trade conditions for the Island’s merchants.

Throughout the early years, the main work of the Chamber was promotion and protection of shipping as the community was mainly composed of ship-owners.

Chamber was active and forward looking. The ordinary 18th century Islander, whatever his class, had little contact with the outside world, whereas members of Chamber, in contrast, were citizens of the world.

As business and trade developed in the Island, so did the scope of Chamber’s activities.

Today Chamber represents a diverse community across a number of sectors including finance, building & development, digital, transport & tourism, hospitality and retail. It is dedicated to the promotion of trade, commerce and the general prosperity of Jersey and is the largest employer representative organisation in Jersey.

Our Office :

Chamber House, 25 Pier Road
St Helier,Jersey

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