Does Jersey work as a corporate destination? Having not visited the Island of Jersey before, we were certainly intrigued as to what the Island had to offer and if it could really compete with other UK coastal or European locations.
It is a destination that, prior to the trip, had prompted many “oh its beautiful there” from older generations so we were not sure if it could be a serious contender from a corporate perspective. Travelling to Jersey couldn’t be easier with flights available from 20 airports in the UK and Ireland with a minimum of 10 flights a day from London. It is also serviced by a number of low cost carriers with EasyJet offering flights from £60 return.
One of the great positives of Jersey is its size – it doesn’t take long to get anywhere. Being only 9 miles long it removes long transfer times from the airport and the dreaded need to transport your delegates on long coach journeys to activities or events.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Radisson Blu Waterfront, which has one of the best locations in Jersey, as it’s situated in the quiet Elizabeth Marina with amazing views of St Aubin’s Bay. The centre of St Helier is a 10 minute walk away so gives great options for the evening without the need for transport.
The hotel has 195 bedrooms, many of which have sea views and is contemporary, comfortable and spacious, ideal for our corporate clients. There is an outside terrace with comfy outdoor sofas that would be great for a BBQ or drinks reception. It has one of the most amazing views from a meeting room. Le Hocq’s floor -ceiling windows offer uninterrupted views over St Aubins Bay and the room can accommodate 24 people boardroom style.
For a larger event the hotels main meeting room on the ground floor can accommodate up to 400 theatre style. Jerseys vast array of hotels ensure that all corporate budgets and preferences could be accommodated and with prices comparable to regional areas of the UK, makes a cost effective choice.
So what does it have to offer in terms of team building & activities? A lot….. Jersey feels, to a certain extent, like the coastal areas of Brittany and the huge beaches create a great platform for outdoor pursuits. There is kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, abseiling, orienteering, rock climbing, go-karting to name but a few options. Archery at Mont Orgueil Castle is a popular activity. The castle is also one of a number of Jersey Heritage venues that can be utilised for dinners and team events. The views are magnificent and would make a spectacular spot for a gala dinner.
So does Jersey work as a corporate destination? It’s a resounding yes! It’s close proximity to the UK, the cost and speed of travel combined with the number of hotel and activity options available makes it a serious contender with its European counterparts.