Information for Business

Unley is a premier shopping destination and home to some of the best retail shopping districts in South Australia. 

Business in Unley


The City of Unley is active in promoting, encouraging and supporting business within the area. An eclectic mix of professional services, retail, cafes and dining experiences, make the City of Unley a great place to do business.

The City of Unley region is a higher socio-economic area (higher income, lower unemployment) with 25.9% of households earning more than $2,500 per week and 11.4% of individuals earn $2,000 or more per week compared to 13.5% and 4.4% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

These factors, combined with the wide variety of Mainstreet buildings and floor space options available on our five Mainstreet Precincts, you will be sure to find the perfect location for your business to succeed!

For current commercial leasing opportunities, visit the following real estate websites:

One of the many benefits of locating in the region is the eligibility to participate in the Find Your Everything (FYE) Program.

FYE is Unley’s award winning digital platform that supports our “bricks and mortar” businesses, the heart of the shopping precincts of Unley.

Small Business Friendly Council

In our commitment to support local businesses, the City of Unley is now part of the Small Business Friendly Council Initiative, a program of the Office of the Small Business Commissioner that is specifically designed to assist with fostering relationships with and supporting small business.

We recognise that small business owners and operators create local employment, provide essential goods and services and help create attractive, liveable communities. We are excited to be a part of this program as we commit through a Charter Agreement to support small businesses by adopting eight initiatives that drive local economic development.

For more information about the Small Business Friendly Council Initiative visit the Office of the Small Business Commissioner website.

To discuss how we can assist your business, please contact a member of our Economic Development team on 8372 5427.

Traders Associations

Mainstreet Trader Associations are available to help assist potential and existing businesses operating in our mainstreets.

After all, Unley is known as a destination for all types of business, and as part of that, the Trader Associations are the strength behind their precincts.

Unley Road Association Inc.
Meet on the last Wednesday of the month 5.30pm at various
venues on Unley Road
Contact: Marketing Coordinator Alex Hammet
Phone: 0401 679 528
Email: unleyroad@gmail.com
Vist the Only Unley Road website.
Goodwood Road Business Association Inc.
Meet on the second Tuesday of the month
6pm at various venues on Goodwood Road
Contact: Marketing Coordinator Helen Lewis
Phone: 0418 891 901
Email: helen.lewis@goodwoodroad.com.au
King William Road Traders Association Inc.
Meet on the third Tuesday of every second month
6pm at various venues
Contact: Project & Community Manager Chelsea Mattner
Email: info@kingwilliamroad.com.au
Visit the King William Road website.
Fullarton Road South Traders Association Inc.
Meet on the second Wednesday of the month
6pm at Fullarton Park Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton
Contact: Marketing Coordinator Alice McDonald
Phone: 8338 2444
Email: alice@flowersbyalice.com.au

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Unley Road Association
13 November 2019 at 6pm
La Scala Cafe, 169 Unley Road, Unley
All committee positions will be vacated and nominations for the coming year presented.
To nominate, please email hello@onlyunleyroad.com.au
 
 

Business Training & Support

There are a number of other organisations that provide support for local businesses by offering training development programs, events, and policy and advocacy services.
  • Business SA
    Business SA is known as the voice of business in South Australia.

    Formerly known as the South Australian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business SA is there to assist organisations of all sizes to manage people and tackle the issues faced in today’s competitive business environment.

    Their highly skilled professionals provide hands-on assistance to identify workplace challenges and drive growth at every stage of the business lifecycle.

    Their diverse membership base includes professional services, manufacturing, retail and emerging sectors, and they get actively involved in every facet of industry and commerce across the State.

    Services offered cover many operational and specialist areas including Human Resources, Work Health and Safety, and International Trade. This is implemented through Training, Consulting, Publications, the International Business unit and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

    For more information visit the Business SA website.
  • SA Department of State Development
    The Department of State Development helps industry, business and communities identify and capitalise on opportunities for job creation and growth.

    The Department of State Development is driving research, education and skills initiatives to create jobs and build the skilled workforce South Australia needs to support industry.

    It brings together the expertise across government to attract and serve international investors in our diverse economy.

    For more information visit the Department of State Development website.
  • Mainstreet SA
    Mainstreet SA, is a state branch of Mainstreet Australia, and is a highly respected and energetic association for business owners, providing valuable networking, education, support and strategic direction for all stakeholders.

    Mainstreet SA aims to reinforce this vision through recognising that our Mainstreets are ‘Living Spaces’ giving us, their ‘custodians’, a sense of meaning, reminding us of our past and inspiring us for our future.

    For more information visit the Mainstreet SA webpage.

Unley Business Breakfasts

The Unley Business Breakfast series is a joint initiative of the Hyde Park Rotary Club, Business SA and the City of Unley.

Over a hot breakfast in the Unley Town Hall, hear guest speakers provide tips to help you and your business succeed, and make new connections with like-minded business people.

The breakfasts are held six times each year. Upcoming breakfasts will be listed on this page as details are announced. Enquiries phone 8372 5111.


Entrepreneurship in South Australia and the FIXE strategy
 
Guest Speaker: Jim Whalley, South Australian Chief Entrepreneur 

Tuesday 3 December 2019
7am for a 7.15am start until 8.30am
Unley Town Hall, 181 Unley Road, Unley
$25 - includes breakfast
Bookings essential by 5pm Friday 30 November. Book online.

CitySwitch Green Office Program

Now more than ever, there is a need for the Australian business community to lower its exposure to energy pricing impacts and shift their focus to more efficient and sustainable operations. 
  
If you are an office-based business looking to reduce carbon emissions and improve business performance through sustainability practices and technologies then CitySwitch is for you. 

  • About CitySwitch
    CitySwitch is a free program that assists office-based businesses to reduce their environmental footprint. 

    City Switch is a national program with greening support for desk based offices, whether in owner/occupier or leased arrangements.

    This free program provides tools, guidelines and incentives to assist businesses to improve their sustainability which can have multiple benefits for the environment, staff, marketing and bottom line.  It also enables networking access to over 800 signatories nationwide.

    Levels of involvement range from behaviour changes through to infrastructure changes. View this short video by the City of Adelaide to learn more about the program including examples from signatories.
     
  • Join CitySwitch
    Joining up to CitySwitch is free. Members have access to a dedicated program manager and receive a range of resources and case studies to help improve their sustainable business operations.

    To join the CitySwitch program and become a CitySwitch Signatory, office-based businesses in the City of Unley need to follow these simple steps:
    1. complete the CitySwitch Letter Template
    2. complete the CitySwitch Overview Form and
    3. email them together with your corporate logo to the CitySwitch contact at the City of Unley UnleyBusiness@unley.sa.gov.au
    Upon receipt and processing of your letter, you will be acknowledged as a new signatory and receive a Commitment Certificate from the Mayor.

    For further questions, please contact the Greater Metro Program Manager for CitySwitch on 03 9658 7821 or email danielle.king@melbourne.vic.gov.au
  • CitySwitch Commitment

    To become a CitySwitch Green Office signatory, organisations are required to commit to:

    • Commence a benchmark indicative NABERS Energy tenancy rating of their office within 3 months
    • Develop and implement an Energy Action Plan to achieve and maintain a 4 stars or higher accredited NABERS Energy tenancy
    • Appoint an Energy Manager to monitor actual performance
    • Request a NABERS Energy base building rating from the building owner/manager
    • Promote energy efficiency to staff, customers and suppliers and share their experiences with other Signatories
    • Provide feedback on their success in an annual Progress Report
  • Sustainable Business Consultant
    A limited number of complimentary visits from a sustainable business consultant are available for City of Unley businesses that sign up to CitySwitch.

    This incentive includes support to calculate an indicative NABERS Energy Rating and a site visit to help identify useful sustainability actions, resources and incentives that your organisation may wish to utilise/implement to get you started with CitySwitch.

    This service is available once the signatory form is received. 

    Please note, this is a limited offer until the allocation has been exhausted.
     
  • CitySwitch Annual Reporting & Awards
    Each September/October is the annual CitySwitch Progress Reporting Period. This is a time when businesses measure their performance over the previous 12 months.

    In November CitySwitch holds annual CitySwitch Awards to showcase signatories that have demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership. The awards give recognition to those who have improved, maintained or achieved their NABERS Energy tenancy or whole building rating and have reported significant energy savings.

    Signatories are judged at a state level across a number of categories, with winners from each state going into the running for National awards.
     
  • More Information

    Contact the Greater Metro Program Manager for CitySwitch on 03 9658 7821 or email danielle.king@melbourne.vic.gov.au

Age Friendly Business

Age Friendly means people of all ages can live healthy and independent lives for as long as possible and participate in the community as they grow older. Age Friendly initiatives benefit children, parents and younger people with disabilities, whilst recognising the specific needs of older people.

40% of total City of Unley population above 50 years of age.
Great majority of disposable income held by those over 60.
South Australian population ageing faster than any other mainland state.
Older people are more likely to shop locally.


Wealth is concentrated in the older population; the great majority of disposable income is held by those over 60 and Baby Boomers are the wealthiest generation in our history. Older people represent a large market segment that is also likely to reward businesses that meet their needs through repeat custom. Additionally, older people are more likely to choose to patronise local shops, rather than travelling further afield or shopping online.

Age Friendly Business Recognition Program
The City of Unley’s Age Friendly Business Program recognises businesses in the City of Unley that are implementing strategies to improve the customer experience of older people. The aim of the program is to increase understanding of the needs of older patrons and the benefits of implementing age friendly improvements to business premises and services.

Businesses that commit to the program will be recognised and promoted, receive an ‘Age Friendly Trader’ sticker which they can display in their shop windows with pride, and receive offers for free educational workshops to further their understanding.
 

City of Unley Free WiFi

The City of Unley has partnered with Telstra to provide 19 WiFi points strategically placed along King William Road and Unley Road.
 
Locals, visitors and businesses now have free access to fast and reliable internet, for 30 minutes per device per day for free, via their smart phones, tablets and laptops.
 
The WiFi range is approximately 50m in each direction of the transmitters along Unley Road between Fisher Street and Young Street and along King William Road between Park Street and Mary Street.
 
To connect, search for the connection called ‘City of Unley Free WiFi’. A password is not required for access. Users will need to agree to terms and conditions on a landing page to continue. WiFi sessions using the network will not be limited by data and Telstra Air customers will be able to connect at hotspots with no time restrictions. 

  • Data Collection

    We use Location Based Services (LBS) to understand traffic patterns in venues. The location data we capture helps us to understand venues, such as how long customers stand in line and how they generally move around an area, enhancing operational efficiency and improving user experience.

    Our provider is a member of the Future of Privacy Forum, which means they follow best practice and adhere to the Mobile Location Code of Conduct. Find out more from the Purple website. Alternatively, you can opt out of location analytics using Smart Places.