ZEDRA Jersey has moved its 140-strong team to new offices in La Colomberie. The move consolidates their two original offices into a larger, modern environment that will allow for further team expansion.
The move has been enthusiastically received by other local businesses who have seen a number of companies leave the area over recent years. The arrival of a major company such as ZEDRA, is proving a boost to the east of town business economy.
Ashley Cox, Managing Director, ZEDRA Jersey, says: ‘Our search for a new home began last year and we are thrilled to now be in our new building and have our team together under one roof. It’s plain to see that the new offices and facilities have proved a great boost to morale and the team are clearly very proud of our new home. It’s been a positive decision to move to the east of town where there is a thriving business community and we are pleased to be able to invest in an area of St Helier where we can make a difference.’
Colomberie business The Taste cafe was due to move out of the area but ZEDRA’s arrival has now improved trade. Owner of The Taste, Emanuel de Jesus, says: ‘The Taste has been operating in Colomberie for the past seven years. In that time, business has been up and down as companies have moved in and out of the area, mainly to the Esplanade. The arrival of ZEDRA to Colomberie has been really encouraging and hopefully others will follow, giving a boost to all local businesses. The increased footfall is helping our business and will also help to regenerate the area.’
Wayne Olwage, Managing Director, Carrefour Metro Gym, has launched a corporate membership for ZEDRA. He says: ‘We are a business that is heavily reliant on footfall. Carrefour Metro Gym has witnessed a great amount of recent investment to the east end of town. To name a few: ZEDRA, R Fresh, and the Co-Operative, which have all played a part in the development of the area. We have also witnessed development towards the residential area, which in-turn will feed all these new service industries, including the corporate entities.’
The ZEDRA team are spread over four floors at 50 La Colomberie. The expansive floor space has been well received by staff, providing a large, bright and comfortable working environment, staff rooms on every floor and modern wet room and changing facilities to encourage staff to walk or cycle to work. There is also a dedicated client suite and reception area which has created an additional receptionist position.
In line with their sustainability programme, ZEDRA has purchased the existing, high quality furniture with the building. Considerable thought has also gone into looking after the wellbeing of the ZEDRA team, including facilities such as a parent/baby nursing room with views of the sea.
ZEDRA will officially launch their new office with an event on Thursday 13th July. The event will also celebrate their corporate charity, Les Amis. The charity relies on assistance from volunteers and donations to fund their services, that are not supported under the new long term care law, so that they can support Islanders with learning disabilities in more innovative ways. ZEDRA’s contribution will help the charity to expand their facilities.
The office launch event will include an impressive art auction with works designed by Les Amis members. The Les Amis artists have created ten pieces of art for a silent auction and it’s hoped that significant funds will be raised for the charity. ZEDRA have also commissioned Les Amis to produce a large piece of art work which will take pride of place in the new ZEDRA reception area.
Shaun Findlay, Managing Director, Les Amis, says: ‘Without volunteers and donations the work of Les Amis would not be possible, so support from businesses like ZEDRA are crucial for us to provide professional support and care for the vulnerable Islanders who need it. It is important to understand that disability does not mean inability. In many circumstances, people with learning disabilities are more than capable of achieving their goals as well as meeting the expectations of employers. We are extremely grateful for ZEDRA’s support which will play a pivotal role in expanding a variety of our services and community programmes, ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to positive and equal opportunities in Jersey.’
Ashley Cox, Managing Director, ZEDRA Jersey, concludes: ‘We are delighted to announce our partnership with Les Amis. Building trusted relationships, encouraging entrepreneurial spirit and promoting equality is part of our ethos at ZEDRA, so we have great synergy with Les Amis and are proud to be sponsoring their incredible work.’