Business Programs

Inner West Council provides a range of programs and services which support emerging and established businesses. 

Small Business Workshops Made in Marrickville Enterprise Connect Target SustainabilityRenew LeichhardtBusiness AwardsAccess AwardOff BroadwaySustainable Shopping GuideUrban Centres





Small Business Workshops

The Inner West Council is pleased to partner with the Australian Tax Office to offer FREE business workshops at our Ashfield Service Centre.

To attend one or all three workshops please click on the links below for the workshop details and to register.

Made in Marrickville

The Marrickville Manufacturers' Association was established in 2010 to support, promote and connect local manufacturers. The first 'cluster' established was the food-manufacturing industry.

Factories in Marrickville's industrial areas produce quality products for airlines, hotels, restaurants, caterers, clubs and homes. Hand-made chocolate, silky gelato, crusty pies, velvety pasta, fresh cheese, cultured butter and mouth-watering smallgoods are just some of the range available. Many have factory shops which you can visit.

Enterprise Connect

Enterprise Connect supports manufacturers through a tailored advisory service, workshops and grants program. An independent Business Review is available to eligible businesses at no charge.

Target Sustainability @ Marrickville

Target sustainability @ marrickville is an environmental program specifically for local businesses. It is voluntary and free to join for all businesses in the Marrickville local government area. To participate, businesses must commit in any one or more of the following areas:

  • Reduce their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduce their water use
  • Reduce their waste
  • Contribute to community and social sustainability

Businesses receive free sustainability advice and support from the Sustainable Business Team, promotion in the target sustainability business directory, and will be eligible for the annual environmental excellence awards for businesses and organisations if they achieve any reductions.

Benefits of participating may include:

  • Save money on energy, water and waste bills
  • Free business sustainability advice
  • Demonstrate leadership and commitment to your community
  • Build networks with other businesses
  • Increase your customer loyalty
  • Access free marketing opportunities

Renew Leichhardt

Renew Leichhardt is a program that aims to activate currently underutilised spaces by finding short-term uses by creative enterprises and independent local initiatives.

The program was rolled out in Norton Street and the Italian Forum in Leichhardt.

As a property owner the benefits are huge. Not only does the program support local economic development and employment in the area it brings properties to life, enhances potential rental returns, improves safety and security for the property and ultimately makes the property more attractive to potential commercial tenants. It’s a win-win proposal.

Inner West Local Business Awards

The Inner West Business Awards are conducted over an eleven-week period and showcase the diversity and quality of our local businesses.

You have the opportunity to nominate your favourite local businesses in a selected category or you can register your business for entry.

Finalists are chosen via online and printed nominations received in each specific category.

Benefits to your business by participating

The Local Business Awards are based within the local community. The awards give local businesses the opportunity to:

  • Promote their business and its strengths.
  • Display their range of products and services.
  • Provide in-store displays of their Local Business Awards success.

The Local Business Awards brings together businesses, the local community and Awards sponsors to celebrate excellence and quality.

Leichhardt Community Access Award

Part of the Inner West Business Awards program.  This is a special category for

Off Broadway Precinct

The ‘Off Broadway Precinct’ is home for Independent artists of Sydney.

Inner West Council is partnering with The Sydney Fringe Festival to launch a new creative arts precinct along and around Parramatta Rd; from Catherine Street Leichhardt to Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown.

The Off Broadway Precinct is the ideal location for Sydney’s indie creative and cultural precinct. It’s close to the CBD, sits on one of the City’s main public transport routes and has limited residential properties..

It's home to live music venues, performance spaces, record and instrument shops, artist studios, galleries, rehearsal spaces, creative industries and artisan shops.

It will grow as we welcome more creatives into the area, building the capacity of our creative sector and live performance industry.

The Off Broadway Precinct seeks to support existing businesses and help foster new an intimate performance and music venues, as well as encouraging a range of other ancillary and complementary business into the area.

Join the Off Broadway Precinct

Do you have – or do you manage -  a business or property on Parramatta Road in Annandale, Leichhardt, Camperdown or Stanmore?

Do you want to be part of the Off Broadway Precinct and take advantage of this exciting new business and creative imitative?

Off Broadway Report

The Off Broadway Report was produced in February 2017. We are currently reviewing the report and considering the recommendations. Council will consider the report at its May 2017 Ordinary Meeting.

You can read the Off Broadway Report (PDF 59.1MB) here

Leichhardt's Sustainable Shopping Guide

Businesses and community enterprises paving the way to a brighter future. This is your go-to guide to the most sustainable food and drink, shopping and community endeavours the area has to offer.


Urban Centres

Based on a special rate levy, the Urban Centres Program relates to the suburbs of Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Petersham and Newtown.

The Program's aim is to encourage more people to use the local centres, ensure their continued success and enhance the attractiveness and appeal of the urban centres (and villages) by:

  • improving the amenity of each precinct;
  • establishing a consistent approach to the development of the precincts;
  • developing effective partnerships between businesses, Council and the community;
  • ensuring Marrickville Council is a business-friendly council; and
  • creating a strong local economy to increase employment within the Marrickville area.

For further information please contact Council's Economic Development Unit:

Phone: (02) 9392 5000


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