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.
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COVID-19 support for small businesses
The current Public Health Order (1 July 2020) stipulates that cafes and restaurants are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The plan will detail how each business will keep customers and workers safe.
The plan must be available for inspection by an authorised officer as requested.
Mandatory electronic check-in for businesses from Monday 23 November 2020
From Monday 23 November 2020, customer check-in at businesses must be completed using electronic methods e.g. a QR code.
The Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in is strongly recommended to businesses as a free, secure and convenient system, but businesses are free to choose any electronic system that meets the record keeping requirements.
Please visit the customer record keeping and QR codes webpage for further information.
COVID-19 Safety Plan template (this should be completed in consultation with your staff).
Council’s Food and Health Officer is available to assist you with your plan. Call us on 9391 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All COVID safety plans can be accessed from the NSW Government Covid-19 website. More information about safety plans for restaurants and cafes (including access to translated versions) is also available.
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.
Resources to assist your Business
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
Grants to connect our people and the places they share
The 2021/22 Placemaking Grants will open for applications mid-2021.
To receive updates and information on the Woollahra Placemaking Grants Program, subscribe to our Small Business News email newsletter.
Supporting small business
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:
- Sydney East Business Chamber (Double Bay and Rose Bay)
- Paddington Business Partnership
- Queen Street & West Woollahra Association
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 placemaking or council grant – for more information visit our grants page.
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.
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
- 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.
- Office of the Small Business Commissioner
- Startup events in Sydney