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8 October 2019

Making it easier to grow your business

We’re supporting café, restaurant and small bar owners to grow their business – including quick and affordable liquor licences, ways to save money, business connection services and training.

Quick and affordable liquor licence options

Restaurants and cafés can grow their business by applying for an Occasional Extended Trading Condition to serve alcohol later than usual on one-off occasions, an Extended Trading Authorisation to serve alcohol until midnight, and a Primary Service Authorisation to serve alcohol without meals.

The fast-tracked outdoor dining application offered by the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner and Service NSW streamlines applications for outdoor dining, and is available in six areas of NSW. We provide quick approval of new liquor service boundaries following council approval, so restaurants and cafés can start using their outdoor space sooner.

The pop-up liquor licence is creating more opportunities for business to thrive and diverse entertainment options in key Sydney centres. Cafés, restaurants and small bars can use the $165 licence to run fun and creative events for up to six weeks outside of their usual venue. It’s a great opportunity to try out new business or entertainment concepts.

Businesses who held an on-premises or hotel (general bar) licence before 1 September 2018 can also consider a free small bar licence conversion. This offer was recently extended for another six months. Businesses may be better suited to a small bar licence, which has the bonus of lower annual liquor licence fees.

Taking up catering licence options can add another income stream to a restaurant or café’s business model.

To use part or all of their venue to hold private functions like weddings and birthdays, restaurants and cafés can get a catering class added to their liquor licence.

To cater and sell alcohol at another venue, like a function centre or at an event, a Sale on Other Premises Authorisation can be added to a licence.

Save money on your energy costs

If your café, restaurant or small bar is considered a small business, you could be saving money on your electricity bills by installing energy efficient LED lighting.

The NSW Government has a discounted lighting offer for small businesses that subsidises the cost of the installation, and once the lighting is installed the business will enjoy lower electricity costs.

Use industry connections and support

The NSW Government supports small business through initiatives like the Business Connect program – a dedicated and personalised program that provides trusted advice to help businesses start and grow.

Program advisors have the experience and knowledge to tackle a range of business challenges, including advice around how to access finance. The first four hours of one-to-one advice are free.

Businesses can browse the network of advisors, workshops and specialised events by region, topic, location or industry. Register online to book an appointment, or find more information on the website.

A list of other support options, such as grants and tax relief, is also available online.

Options to train and upskill

Skills for Business, an initiative by the NSW Government and TAFE NSW, offers fully subsidised business management, digital and financial skills training for small businesses – including cafés, restaurants and small bars.

Business Bytes are another option – free video tutorials that complement the accredited Skills for Business program. They provide up-to-date information on topics important to help small businesses grow and expand.

Our Licensee and Advanced Licensee Training can also be used by anyone in the industry to upskill and meet the challenges of operating a licensed business.

This is the second article in a series on making it easier for cafés, restaurants and small bars to do business – read about getting your business up and running.