We aspire to create a vibrant economy in which our local businesses thrive. We encourage you to shop local.
Council provides a range of programs and services to support new, emerging and established local businesses.
Starting a new business
Council is producing information guides to help answer common questions about starting a business within the Municipality.
- Starting a Skin Penetration or other Personal Appearance Business
- Food businesses - Information Guide
Easy to do Business - support for cafes, small bars and restaurants
Council has teamed up with Service NSW and the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner to launch Easy to do Business – a great support for anyone wanting to open a café, small bar or restaurant in Woollahra!
Through one online portal you will receive step-by-step guidance and support across local, state and federal government requirements to open and grow your business. The service is free and gives you peace of mind by letting you know upfront the time, fees and effort involved.
Visit the Easy to do Business website or call 13 77 88.
Council's Placemaking Grants program is about supporting local business to enhance the experience of visitors to our shopping and commercial areas and contribute to them being vital public destinations.
The Placemaking Grants program is open for all of our shopping and commercial areas. Grants up to $7,500 will be offered once per year for placemaking initiatives.
There are many unique shopping precincts throughout Woollahra. From thriving villages to the largest commercial centre in the Eastern Suburbs, there is something for everyone.
Enjoy fresh produce and gourmet delights at the Double Bay Organic Food Markets. The markets are held 9am to 2pm every Thursday in Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay.
The Paddington Markets, established in 1973, are held on Oxford Street every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Find more local markets and street fairs as they are scheduled in local events calendar.
Business support networks
- Sydney East Business Chamber
Sydney East Business Chamber is a a non-for-profit organisation that supports, promotes and champions local businesses, activates places and attracts people to our district.
- Visit Paddington
Visit Paddington is a marketing initiative of the Paddington Business Partnership. The Partnership works to support, educate and facilitate a healthy, vibrant business community with an emphasis on placemaking for the betterment of Paddington.
- Double Bay Networking Group
The Double Bay Networking Group is a not for profit organisation aiming to strengthen the local businesses of Double Bay through regular structured networking meetings.
Further business support
- Double Bay Working Party
The Double Bay Working Party (DBWP) is an advisory body that oversees the preparation and implementation of a strategic action plan for the Double Bay commercial centre.
- Oxford Street Working Party
The Oxford Street Working Party (OSWP) is an advisory body that assists with the revitalisation and reinvention of Oxford Street.
- Community and cultural grants
Grants supporting programs and projects that work towards a connected, liveable, vibrant and creative community.