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The City of Holdfast Bay has a key role to play in strengthening the capability of existing and new businesses. We focus on building partnerships with other levels of government as well as business and industry to provide an environment where businesses can succeed and our city can prosper.

On this page you will find information on our economy and support options for businesses.

Operating a Business in Holdfast Bay

Depending on the type of business you operate or plan to operate you may need development, planning, and permit approvals.

There are various regulations, guidelines, registrations, fees, and inspections that apply to some types of businesses.
For information and a guide to your business requirements visit our Development and Planning overview

The Australian Business License and Information Service (ABLIS) provides an easy step-by-step licensing guideline for all business types.

A diverse and resilient local economy

Economic prosperity has been a core element of council's strategic planning and is reflected in the council's 'Our Place 2030' Strategic Plan as a core pillar to ensure 'A diverse and resilient local economy'.

In July 2018 council endorsed the Economic Activation Plan 2018-2023 focusing on five strategic directions and working objectives that form the plan. These strategic directions form the basis of a five-year action plan for the delivery of collaborative economic development programs and initiatives, resulting in ongoing economic prosperity for the city in the following key areas;

  • Business Capacity Building
  • Investment Attraction and Growth
  • Innovation and Digital Evolution
  • Regional Collaboration
  • Adelaide’s Premier Seaside Destination

Business Confidence Summary Results

330 businesses took part in a citywide business confidence survey in October 2017. The information gained will assist in the development of an Economic Activation Plan 2018-2023 for Holdfast Bay that will focus on key issues, opportunities and help determine the future economic direction of the city.

Businesses have a key role to play in shaping the future of employment, access to goods and services, and ensuring our retail precincts remain vibrant.

Small Business Friendly Council Initiative

On 5 December 2017, we became the first metropolitan council to join the Small Business Friendly council initiative being coordinated through the Office of the Small Business Commissioner.

For businesses this means a commitment by council to liaise with small businesses on a regular basis, offer training, forums, and networking events, prompt payment of accounts, commitment to local procurement wherever possible, and having policies in place to work with businesses regarding dispute resolution should they arise.

Initiatives already in place include introducing the Small Business Grant for new and existing businesses, improved processes and contact points to ensure that it's easy for local businesses to access information and interact with us, and engaging with businesses and industry leaders to set the economic direction for Holdfast Bay over the next five years.

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner runs a series of events and training on a range of topics to assist businesses.

Business Grants

Small Business Development Grant

The City of Holdfast Bay offers Small Business Development Grants to new or existing businesses. The grants are available to businesses who can demonstrate an ongoing benefit to the city, create increased participation by the local community, and those who are keen to work collaboratively and foster new partnerships across the city. The program encourages businesses to propose innovative, creative, and sustainable business initiatives.

Shopfront Grants

City of Holdfast Bay Shopfront Fund Grants scheme assists the owners and/or tenants of buildings within Jetty Road Brighton, Jetty Road Glenelg, and Broadway Glenelg South precincts to enhance their exterior appearances.


GrantGuru is a comprehensive business grants database offering a one-stop-shop for grants. GrantReady is an easy-to-understand portal for businesses to assess their eligibility, chances of grant success, and the benefits of your efforts.

Jetty Road Mainstreet Committee (JRMC)

This committee was established by council for the benefit of traders on Jetty Road Glenelg and funded by a separate council rate. It is through the establishment of the JRMC that the Jetty Road Glenelg precinct has become recognised across South Australia and beyond as an industry leader.