Fire Precautions - Jersey Law 1977 - Designated Premises
The Fire Department are making contact with owner/occupiers of hospitality businesses and other companies regarding fire certificates and there could well be implications for the parts of the accommodation sector. Discussions have taken place with the Fire Department who advise they are targeting units that have inadequate services in place.
Sprinklers will not be mandatory, however smoke detectors linked to the master system will. They have advised that the plan will have a "phasing in" process and the underlying aim is to reduce risk. We are awaiting a formal reply and will update you further.
New Employment Law outreach advice service
A new outreach advisory service has been launched by the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service (JACS) to help small businesses comply with the essential requirements of the Employment Law, such as providing staff with contracts and pay slips.
The outreach service will be available at times and places to suit the employer, such as out of town workplaces, either within or outside normal office hours, and will be offered proactively to employers, typically those employing ten or fewer employees. Employers can also contact JACS direct to request the service.
The purpose of the outreach advisory service is to give straightforward and practical advice to employers and to help them develop an essential toolkit of employment documents, including terms of employment, pay slips and policies and procedures, such as a disciplinary and grievance procedure. The outreach adviser will help employers to get their paperwork in order so that they can meet the requirements of the Employment Law when recruiting, or when difficulties arise.
For more information, please contact JACS:
Telephone: 730503: Email:
Come and dine at the Academy Restaurant – Highlands College
At the time of going to press, the following dates are available:
6th 12th 13th Lunch
19th 20th Spanish Lunch
26th Women's refuge charity lunch
28th Christmas Dinner
3rd 4th 10th 11th 17th 18th Christmas Lunch
19th Christmas Dinner
Lunch £10.50 three courses
Dinner£14.50 three courses
Woman's refuge charity lunch £20.00
Christmas lunch £13.50
Christmas dinner £17.50
For more details or to make a reservation please call Mihaela on 608560 or
JHA 55th Anniversary Gala Event Thursday 3 October
The JHA's 55th Anniversary celebrations took place on Thursday 3rd October 2013 at the Royal Yacht Hotel.
The evening was very well attended with over 160 guests celebrating in style. The support we received from industry was brilliant and we were really well looked after by all the team at the Royal Yacht. We had a lovely Champagne reception followed by a film show with a trip down memory lane, a superb dinner and everyone then enjoyed music from Take This and a disco.
A great way to celebrate 55 years of service to the hospitality industry - many thanks.
British Beer and Pub Association
In the UK, the British Beer & Pub Association's (BBPA) Statistical Handbook 2013 has shown that alcohol consumption in the UK continued to fall, declining 3.3% per head to 8 litres of alcohol per capita. Despite the fall, 165 new breweries started taking the UK total to 1,113 breweries. The report found that duty on drinks has risen by 61% since 2000, with the average price of draught lager coming in at £3.30 (£3.50 in London & Home Counties) in 2013 and draught bitter averaging £2.87.
32 AA Rosettes – Well done Jersey
The island's restaurants now have 32 AA rosettes in total, making Jersey one of the most highly awarded holiday destinations in the whole of the British Isles. Along with four Michelin stared restaurants? Congratulations to the recent edition Ormer in St Helier. This year has not been without challenges; restaurant wise we started the year with shocking wet spring although this was halted by one of our warmest summer for years. Restaurants with alfresco dining have had a glorious time as everyone headed outside for some much needed sun. Last minute bookings were also a welcome boost as a result.
Restaurant Round Up
Surprisingly September trading seems to have been somewhat tough after the good summer trading period .
Rising costs such as energy and produce along with reduced customer spending have presented different challenges as the prolonged recession continues, we do however see the relatively modest return of corporate entertaining, if a little less flamboyant than a few years ago.
Tennerfest in its 16th year continues to dominate the restaurant scene in the autumn for six weeks, with some unbelievable deals in many restaurants.
Suppliers are beginning to help in offering some help during Tennerfest whilst establishments trade on reduced margins, which is a welcome sign.
We hear Christmas bookings are pretty strong but seem to be concentrated to some extremely busy weekends with majority of parties wishing to stay in St Helier. Perhaps transport costs availability is an issue here.
Trip advisor seem to have changed their policy and are being much more accommodating when restaurateurs have complained about unjust and malicious online comments and some restaurateurs bolstering their own reviews. This is very welcome as it is a powerful marketing tool for restaurants and unjust sometimes spiteful reviews are damaging too.
In the UK, the results of the Triennial Review of Stakes & Prizes for gaming machines saw the prize for Category C fruit machines rise from £70 to £100.
We have fed this increase into the Jersey Gambling Commission who are running a consultation process regarding the potential introduction of AWP machines into pubs.
We are due to hear the results of this consultation by early November.
Following the current JD Wetherspoons listing, The Liberation Group has Liberation Ale in Fullers estate as a guest ale for November whilst South Island & Rouge are in the Mitchells & Butlers Nicholsons estate for their Autumn beer festival.
This year's Christmas Ale which launches on 28th November should be featured in the BBC One Show which is being filmed at the Jersey National Trust Black Butter making event on 25th October.
Grand Jersey GM is IOD's Young Director of the Year
The accolade this year has gone to the General Manager of the Grand Jersey, Eamonn Elliott.
The JHA sends many congratulations to Eamonn, what a fantastic achievement and it is the second year running that a young Jersey Director has won the award.
Eamonn was chosen as winner from a shortlist of ten - this is a true celebration of exceptional achievement and to qualify for the finals, the contestants had to win a category in the IOD's regional awards programme.
Review of the Draft 2014 Budget Statement
JHA has recently responded to Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel as follows:
Thank you for your letter dated 8th October 2013 inviting the JHA to make a written submission regarding the Draft 2014 Budget proposals. Our submission relates to the planned duty increases of tobacco +11%, Beer (5%abv+) and spirits +11% and Beer below 5%abv and wine +5%. If applied we will see more duty being paid on a pint of 5% beer in Jersey than in the UK, whilst spirits will see Jersey third in the European duty league behind Finland & Sweden. Conversely, Guernsey is seeking increases of Tobacco +5.7% (3% above RPI) and Alcohol +5%.
Our Committee have reviewed various statistics and updates regarding market conditions, the local and UK trading position and various other details relating to the detrimental impact these increases would have on the licensed trade, the tourism industry and the public of Jersey. In this regard, a more detailed industry response will be completed to enable the lodging of an amendment to these proposals within the appropriate timeframe.
Trading wise, the Tourism Industry in 2013 had a very difficult winter and spring. We experienced improved trading through the key summer months; however, this improvement will be affected if these increases are adopted by the States. The hospitality industry in Jersey faces high operating costs compared to our competitor markets so it is important that our sector of the economy is not constrained further through excessive above inflation duty increases (RPI in June was 1.5%) and we are allowed to remain competitive particularly as we expect significant challenges again in our core UK market in 2014.
The Jersey Hospitality Association believes that raising alcohol duty will not tackle the underlying issue of alcohol consumption. In fact, as the gap grows between the on and off-license sector it simply encourages people to move away from the regulated environment of licensed premises and drink cheaper 'off-licence' alcohol at home.
Recently, the importance of Tourism to our society has been highlighted when faced with rising un-employment. Collectively and diligently, businesses large and small have rallied to assist where possible by encouraging and accommodating more locally qualified people to seek gainful employment in the sector – a policy which will continue until it is entwined in our culture provided the industry is appropriately supported at times like these.
Thank you for taking the time to consider our position.
Jersey Hospitality Association
Work has taken place in reviewing the qualifying criteria for the issue of work permits in the hospitality sector. Careful consideration was given to the views previously expressed by the "JHA", notably that the current policy be maintained in order to give businesses the opportunity to recruit from outside the European Economic Area. A paper was submitted to the Minister in July, outlining a number of options for his consideration.
The Minister accepted that change was needed and was persuaded that the skill levels and pay thresholds for chefs and other hotel and catering occupations should be increased in line with the changes introduced in the United Kingdom. He asked that Immigration develop detailed policy guidance for his consideration. Immigration is very mindful of the need to strike a balance between the need to control non-European Economic Area immigration whilst at the same time allowing businesses to grow.
The proposed policy change will, if approved, take effect from 1 January 2014 and will:
Apply transitional arrangements to allow permit holders, who are in Jersey prior to the change in policy, to have their applications to extend their employment assessed under the previous criteria.
Increase the skill levels and pay thresholds for chefs and other hotel and catering occupations, broadly in line with current Home Office criteria for similar occupations:
Chefs – Executive, Head, Sous or Specialist (ethnic) chefs limited to 1 per establishment, with a salary of at least £25,000 after deductions for food and accommodation. 5 years' relevant experience in a role of at least equivalent status, references to be verified. Knowledge of the English language to level B1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework for language learning, unless exempt.
Other hotel and catering occupations - The new eligibility criteria will be that the job is in a senior management role only, where it is at Bachelor or higher degree level or equivalent, NVQ level 6, and the job is paid at or above the appropriate rate set by the industry.
JHA has responded further – please note response.
Immigration - Work Permit Response - 25.10.13.pdf