Engaging local traders to foster a diverse evening economy

Social Planning

JOC Consulting recently engaged businesses across Newtown, Glebe and Redfern on the City of Sydney’s newly launched Business Support Grant focussing on Night-time Diversification. The Grant offers up to $30,000 matched funding to support businesses delivering innovative programming and activations to create a vibrant and safe high street, after dark.

Speaking with over 100 businesses across the Villages (through face-to-face surveys), JOC discussed the current evening economy, trading hours extensions and future activation opportunities to diversify the Village’s night-time offering. Engagement largely focussed on the retail and professional services industries with ideas around ‘meet the maker’ events and trader collaborations popular with local businesses owners.

An Open and Creative City - Discussion PaperFigure from the City of Sydney’s ’An Open and Creative City’ discussion paper

A diverse and active night-time economy is essential in creating a safe and vibrant evening culture across the City. At JOC Consulting, we believe ongoing engagement with businesses and communities will ensure an inclusive night time economy provides something for everyone.

To take a closer look at the City of Sydney’s ’An Open and Creative City’ discussion paper, click here.

Image: Foley Street ’We Are Here’ launch party / Jamie Williams