Starting a business

Find the right guidance and support for starting your business in Guernsey

Do you have an idea for a business but need help knowing what to do next?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here at the Digital Greenhouse you can find a variety of information and resources to help you understand how to start a business in Guernsey, step by step. 

You can visit our Entrepreneurship page to read articles and listen to podcasts about how to start a business in Guernsey, including details about registration, finances and marketing. Whilst you are there, take a look at our local case-studies for a bit of inspiration and some wise words of experience. 

We also work in partnership with Barclays Eagle Lab Guernsey to facilitate the Business Accelerator programme and Starting-Up Saturday bootcamp sessions where you can receive expert mentor advice, practical methods for developing your business idea and meet fellow start-up companies to network and share experiences with each other. 

If you would like a face-to-face meeting to find out more about our services and help you work out which support would be best suited to your business please fill in the enquiry form below and a member of the team will be in touch or email team@digitalgreenhouse.gg 

Want to develop your business? Find out more about our Business Accelerator

Business Accelerator

Registering a Business

Operating as a sole-trader

The States of Guernsey have put together a full guide of the process and requirements when starting up a business which can be viewed using the link below.

Starting a business guide

 

Creating a company

The Guernsey Registry have guidance notes on process of incorporating a Limited Company, along with a list of Corporate Service Providers.

Guernsey Registry

Tax and Contributions

If you are starting a business you should register with Revenue Services, you can find a full guide for businesses, companies and employers via the link below. The guide gives information on what you need to submit, how to submit and in which format.

Tax for business, companies and employers

 

Below is a link to the States of Guernsey starting a business page giving an overview of the position for contributions (which goes to the Social Insurance fund). This will give you an overview of what is required when setting up.

Find out more about contributions

Intellectual Property

Whether its your logo, strap line, product or design, you can protect it through registering your Intellectual Property.

Find out more information through the Guernsey IP Office website or the IP Guide which gives an overview of what you can register and how.

Guernsey Intellectual Property 

IP Guide

Growing your network

Here on Guernsey there are a great range of networks and people to help you in your journey, no matter what stage you are at.  Here at the Digital Greenhouse, we work to provide a one-stop-shop on our website, showing all upcoming events, workshops and networking opportunities from across all business support groups.  Visit one of the links below to get more information about specific groups and if you have an upcoming events and would like it included, please click here.

 

Digital Greenhouse Event Calendar

Chamber of Commerce

Eagle Lab Guernsey

IOD Guernsey

Startup Guernsey

Young Business Group

Useful contacts

Trading standards laws cover a wide range of areas, find out more about specific matters relevant to your business by clicking through the link below.

Trading Standards

 

The pages below provide practical and useful advice on employment and workplace issues. In addition, it explains current Guernsey employment laws and helps you access further information.

Employment Relations

Relocating to Guernsey

If you are looking to relocate your business to Guernsey, Locate Guernsey acts as your one point of contact within the island’s government, the States of Guernsey, to coordinate and assist with all of your business and personal relocation enquiries.

Locate Guernsey

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