A new association for retailers operating on the island of Jersey has been handed a £100,000 grant by the Economic Development Department.
The Jersey Retail Association is chaired by David Elliott, director of Jersey’s largest department store Voisins, who has been working for several years to build interest in the group.
Voisins sells lingerie and swimwear by Calvin Klein, Chantelle, Freya, Heidi Klum Intimates, Panache, Passionata, Seafolly and Shock Absorber.
The Jersey Retail Association will be affiliated to the British Retail Consortium in the UK and the one-off grant of £100,000 will be used to appoint an executive officer for the association and pay for set-up costs, as well as marketing and promotion and a new website, reports the Jersey Evening Post.
In future, funding will be paid for by members through an annual subscription and in return, retailers will receive help with training, promotions and the ability to act as a consortium to lobby for improvements to infrastructure and regulations that affect their businesses.
As well as Voisins, Jersey is also home to lingerie boutique Plums Lingerie and lingerie retail chain Ann Summers.