Business Support

Council can assist businesses starting up, expanding your current business or relocating to the Parkes region.

Starting a business in the Parkes Shire can be rewarding, both personally and financially. The Parkes Shire business environment consists of a varied mix of international, national and local businesses, with sectors including mining, hospitality, agriculture, retail, government services, tourism and transport.

Parkes Shire Council prides itself on providing an environment supportive of growth innovation and development, and can assist with a range of information about business start-up or expansion. Council can also direct you to organisations and services that can provide advice on education and training, workforce planning and grants that are currently available.

The NSW State and Federal Governments offer comprehensive resources and tools to new business start-ups, covering everything from sample business plans, to finances and taxation.

Easy to Do Business Program

Council has teamed up with Service NSW and the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner to launch the new program, that aims to provide personalised step-by-step guidance and support via an online portal, to help you open and grow your business.

Potential new or existing business operators interested in opening or growing a café, bar or restaurant in the Parkes region can now sign up to access free personalised assistance to help you get started, including advice on licensing, regulations, what approvals are required, as well as the time, effort and fees involved.

Find out more about the easy to do business program via their website

Registration and Licensing

To comply with the law, your business will likely need specific registrations, licences or permits. Licences and permits are designed to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment

The type of licence your business will need depends on your business structure, its location, whether your business employs staff and the type of business you're operating.

The easiest way to obtain all NSW, local and Australian government licensing information is to visit the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS).

For more information about support Council can provide to new businesses, see the Business Support section of the website.

Opening a New Business

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Food Business

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