We aspire to create a vibrant economy in which our local businesses thrive. We encourage you to shop local.
Council supports a range of programs and services to support new, emerging and established local businesses.
Important update for all businesses
With the growing risk of COVID-19 in the community, new measures are in place across NSW. It is important that all businesses regularly check the NSW Government's website for the latest information and to understand how these measures impact you.
Recent measures include a stay-at-home order for the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong areas). This means that some businesses in these areas will not be able to open.
Businesses outside these areas are also subject to additional public health measures including the one person per four square metre rule, wearing masks and no singing or dancing. A full list of measures can be found at the NSW Government's website.
This is a critical time to remind all businesses that can remain open to:
Have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place
It’s strongly recommended all businesses have an up-to-date COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. For some businesses it is mandatory. It provides you and your customers the confidence that you are doing all you can to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Once completed, you can register your business as COVID Safe.
Use the NSW Government QR code
Once you’re registered as COVID Safe, you can access the NSW Government QR code This makes it quick and easy for customers, staff, delivery drivers and contractors to check in and plays a vital role for our contact tracers if an outbreak was to occur. For some businesses this is mandatory.
Practise COVID safe behaviours and get vaccinated
COVID safe behaviours are just as important as ever. Wash or sanitise hands regularly, wear a mask, and importantly, get vaccinated as soon as it is your turn. Staff must self-isolate and get tested immediately if unwell even with mild symptoms, then follow the health advice on when they should return to work.
These are critical measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and everyone's actions will make a difference.
Government support for businesses
For the latest news and updates on support packages for businesses affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns, visit the Small Business Commissioner website.
Subscribe to our quarterly Small Business News and get updates delivered straight to your inbox.
COVID-19 resources for businesses
Food service training COVID-19 Awareness
The NSW Food Authority has partnered with NSW Health to develop COVID-19 awareness for food service training.
It is a FREE voluntary online training course to support food businesses in providing a COVID safe environment.
The course includes key advice, links to relevant resources and has a quiz at the end. An acknowledgement certificate is generated on completion of the course.
The COVID-19 awareness for food service training course aims to provide useful information to help food businesses understand the changes that have come into effect and what they need to do.
Posters for public display
- Help us stop the spread (PDF)
- Have you washed your hands? (PDF)
- Keeping your distance (PDF)
- Physical distancing (PDF)
Information for staff
Supporting small business
Woollahra Council have extended a range of relief measures for local small businesses to help ease the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19.
Tag @woollahracouncil in your social media posts supporting local businesses. We can help share the love.
Many local small business owners work from home and there are a wide range of public and private resources for businesses and start-ups to use as they grow and expand their network.
We suggest local small businesses make contact with the local chamber of commerce:
The NSW Government’s NSW Small Business Strategy 2020 Discussion Paper includes many additional resources for supporting small businesses along with other relevant information.
Your business may be eligible for a council grant – for more information visit our grants page.
Visit Businesses and employment for more support and financial relief announcements from the NSW Government.
Service NSW for Business provides free, personalised support to small business owners as they start, run and grow their businesses, and as they adapt and recover in times of crisis.
If you are concerned about not being able to pay your next rate instalment at the end of May due to financial difficulties, don't be. Just email us when you receive your rate notice and we can discuss a payment plan that suits your circumstances which may include waiving overdue interest charges for the instalment.
If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay your rates, find out more about our Financial Hardship policy and how we may be able to assist.
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 Easy to do Business or call 13 77 88.
Mandalay Flowers, Double Bay
Business Connect - start or grow your business
Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides advice, training and events to help you start or grow your business.
Find a Business Connect advisor to access practical, highly subsidised business advice from an accredited advisor who will come to you.
Find a Business Connect event to get skills and training to improve your business.
Whether you are starting a business or looking to expand and grow, the services from Business Connect can help you on your journey to business success.
Visit the Business Connect website for more information.
Women in Business - fully subsidised online program
Women in Business is a NSW Government and TAFE NSW initiative that offers a fully subsidised online program for women who are looking to establish a micro business, a small business, or who are already operating a business.
You'll hear from some of Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs sharing their own business experiences, while also accessing information about upcoming events and services available to assist in setting up and growing your business.
Visit the Women in Business website for more information and to check eligibility.
Council is producing information guides to help answer common questions about starting a business within the Municipality.
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.
New Business Assistance with New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
New Business Assistance with NEIS helps eligible individuals setup and run their own small business.
NEIS can help them create a business plan, provide them with accredited training in small business, and business advice and mentoring for the first 12 months. All of the training at Sydney Business is at NO COST, and they will also provide them with access to training materials.
Sydney Business is an approved NEIS provider with specialist trainers, advisors and mentors who ensure that your business has the very best chance of success. Sydney Business services the whole Sydney metropolitan area including Central Coast and the Nepean region.
This opportunity is open to everyone, people curious about business, looking for guidance with their business idea, those that are not in employment and those seeking education or training.
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.
Business support networks
- 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.
- Office of the Small Business Commissioner
- Startup events in Sydney
- Service NSW for Business