As a member of the British Shops and Stores Association, the store hosted a special seminar headed ‘Think Smart – The Route to Prosperity’ which was attended by around 40 representatives of non-food stores in the UK.
tore manager Tom Brown explained the history of Voisins from its humble beginnings on 15 April 1837 to today’s multi-floored department store – now the oldest independent store in the British Isles.
fter delegates were given an insight into the family-owned business, details were also released about plans for the future, which include increasing trading space by 8,000 sq ft, introducing a men’s hairdressers and increasing the men’s wear department to two floors.
ollowing the seminar, they were taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the store, visiting all departments and seeing working areas such as the in-house design studio, finance and accounts department and the personnel and training areas.
r Brown said: ‘Voisins is thrilled to have the opportunity to present its business to the BSSA and its members.
To bring a business study tour to the Island shows that the BSSA rightly recognises Jersey as a strong and diverse retail market place, while we can highlight how a business such as ours would not look out of place in the UK high street.