The Jersey Centre is situated in the prosperous capital of St Helier at the entrance to the prestigious new Liberty Wharf retail development which links the old town and the waterfront. It has a decked area with fantastic harbour views, providing an excellent location for events. Neighbouring businesses include leading names from the financial sector. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, a proudly independent state less than 14 miles from France and under an hour from London, with frequent flights to all major European business centres. Although tourism, electronic commerce and agriculture all make an important contribution, the economy is dominated by financial services. The island is a leading offshore financial centre with some of the lowest direct tax rates in Europe. It is also a centre of excellence for professional services. Thousands of leading business professionals, including accountants, lawyers, trust and investment specialists and bankers are based here.