Grow Your Business with a Little Help from Council
2018 Business Support Program
Could your business use a helping hand? Would you like a better understanding of local data and demographics? Perhaps you’re interested in connecting with people or programs that can assist with business planning?
The Hills Shire Council is proud to present our ‘Grow Your Business’ program – designed with your business in mind!
If you’re looking to improve your understanding of the business environment you work in, gain insights into the local market or connect with like-minded people, ‘Grow Your Business’ could be just right for you.
What’s on offer?
After we officially welcome you to the region, we want to empower you with the tools you need to grow your business and make informed business decisions – and we’ve developed the following programs specifically to meet your needs.
Our Business Visits Program is our point of difference. We can meet one-to-one with you to discuss your challenges and opportunities, tailoring business intelligence specifically to your individual needs. A business visit can also provide economic insights and market trends, act as a point of contact with various sections of Council to provide regulatory, planning, legislative and other information or even refer you to the right people within Government departments. A range of economic/industry and demographic information is available to assist you with business planning and marketing strategies, and a customised report can help understand the region from an industry perspective.
Council partners with a range of education providers and Chambers of Commerce to create workshops and opportunities for you to improve your knowledge and skills including:
Smart Start - prepare your new business for success
Smart Operate - create business efficiency
Smart Grow – plan for the future
Digital Series – create social media and marketing strategies
Governance Series – understand tax essentials, record keeping and more
Sydney Hills Business Chamber Series – engage in networking, introductions and more.
Access Government Minds
Our annual meet-and-greet event - involving key State and Federal business agencies including ASIC, ATO, AusIndustry, Office of State Revenue and SafeWork NSW – gives you the chance to seek advice and ask questions in one convenient place.
Hills Business Performance Survey
The Business Performance Sentiment Index (designed and conducted by McCrindle Research) is an ongoing measure of business performance, conditions and sentiment. It helps give you an understanding of economic conditions, regulatory settings and infrastructure in a local context.
It’s Easy to do Business
This new joint initiative between the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Customer Service Commissioner, the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner and Service NSW brings agencies, Councils and industry bodies together to make the process of opening or expanding a small business simpler and faster. It creates an online, one-stop-shop for business customers and reduces the time it takes to open or grow your business.
Awards and Recognition
Recognition with a local business award can help build your profile - The Sydney Hills Local Business Awards celebrates business excellence and provides an opportunity to be recognised.
Need a network?
We can link you with local business networks so you can make connections, find new clients, share knowledge and meet like-minded or associated businesses.
Connect with us
A newly created initiative, you can now have an online business listing with us and maximise your visibility alongside other key businesses. We also offer a wide range of online resources including business news, events and information.
If you’re interested in accessing any or all of these programs, we’re here to help! Get in touch with The Hills Shire Council’s Economic Development team today on 9762 1108 and start growing your business.
by Stephen Garrard