Sutherland Shire Council conducts a biennial business survey of local business operators and owners. The survey provides us with a great insight into business trading conditions, challenges and opportunities in the Sutherland Shire. Together we will continue to ensure that Sutherland Shire is a prosperous, fulfilling, diverse, resilient and self-sustaining local economy.
Thank you to the 660 local business who completed the 2018 Business Survey. It is our 4th survey of a biennial series which began in 2012.
Key findings of the 2018 survey
- 43% of business are home businesses,
- ‘Co-working’ premises significantly increased to 4% from 1% in 2016
- 70% of businesses within the Shire have been in operation for 3 years or more years
- The majority have located their business within the Shire to be close to home.
- Fulltime employees have significantly increased from 33% in 2016 to 44% in 2018
- Contractors have shown the greatest decline from 19% to 8%
- The average turnover increased from $388,041 in 2016 to $544,995 in 2018
- 28% of businesses have experienced skill shortages. Most are skilled trades specifically mechanics, chefs, engineers, IT sales, builders and carpenters.
- Opportunities in the next 5yrs are business growth, expansion and capitlasing on the growth of increased customer base and awareness.
- Challenges in the next 5yrs are increased competition, overcrowding, quality affordable business space, regulations and staffing.
- 61% of businesses have taken steps to make their business more accessible and inclusive.
- 82% utilise their website to promote their business outside the shire. Facebook the most popular social media platform (70%)
- 93% prefer e-newsletter/email as the preferred method of communication from council.
See the full report here.
Enquiries can be directed to Sutherland Shire Council's Economic Development Unit on 9710 0892 or firstname.lastname@example.org