SHBC and Hills Shire Council Alliance Partnership

About the SHBC and THSC Alliance Partnership:

The Hills Shire Council (THSC) and the Sydney Hills Business Chamber (SHBC) enjoy a long-standing relationship working in Alliance to increase the range of support activities and opportunities for growth for businesses in the Hills Shire.

Both organisations deliver activities and projects that aim to increase local jobs for residents and attract the right types of investment, businesses and industries to our region, to the overall benefit of the local economy and community wellbeing of Hills residents and businesses.

Strategic alignment

THSC prioritise their activities under the theme Building a Vibrant Community and a Prosperous Economy. Our Alliance Head Agreement supports the following strategies.

Promote the awareness of the region’s business opportunities and provide information and support to attract new investment and jobs.
Support existing businesses and business networks to increase business capacity and capabilities to grow jobs.
You can find more information about the Councils Economic Development strategies and business support programs at

The SHBC serves our members and the entire Hills business community through our 3 core pillars: Influence, Access, and Community.

Influence – having the right seats at the right tables to influence decisions that impact local businesses.

Access – facilitating access for all businesses to support, information, education to enable them to thrive.

Community – providing opportunities for businesses and their leaders to connect, collaborate, and celebrate success.

The Alliance Partnership relationship was renewed in early 2023 for another 3 years and is established in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation, for the mutual benefit of both organisations and the business community.

Both organisations will work together to develop and promote programs that align with the THSC and SHBC’s strategic objectives.

The following Chamber programs are proudly supported by The Hills Shire Council

Regional Business Summit 315

The SHBC will run, in collaboration with THSC and an outsourced Events Management company (GEM Events), a full day conference summit event (during Small Business Month in October 2024).

Program will include a Full Day Conference – Key Elements: Breakfast for SME’s/new business welcome, Regional leadership and future forecast connection event, Plenary sessions, and workshops in between main events.

Job Skills and Employment Pathways 1 Day Forum 2024

A key issue for all businesses in the Hills is the challenging jobs and employment market. SHBC in collaboration with THSC, and other Chambers across Northwest Sydney will host a 2024 Jobs Skills and Employment Pathways 1 Day Forum bringing together all the stakeholders who need to be involved in developing a practical and cohesive approach to improving the current and future job skills and employment pathways.

This forum is building on from the successful 2023 Jobs Forum event held in October as part of WEXPO

Business Spotlight Series

SHBC will deliver a Business Spotlight Series of interviews through the Chambers Business Minds Podcast as a Special Series of interviews with category winners from the Local Business Awards – Hills District. 12 winners of Local Business Awards Hills will be interviewed and the recording will be shared through the SHBC podcast and social channels and through the THSC website. SHBC’s Business Minds podcast is a professional platform and process through which the interviewees (award winners) will be interviewed to find out about them and their road to success as business in the Hills.

Business Leaders Lunches Series 2024

SHBC’s Business Leaders Lunch Series for 2024 will include 7 events spilt across the following themes/industries: Sales & Marketing, Professional Services, Health, Aged Care and Medical, Building, Construction & Trade, Information Technology & Advanced Manufacturing, Financing Your Business, and Connecting Businesses to the Western Sydney Airport. Each lunch program covers key themes relevant to the economic climate and the challenges impacting, or opportunities for businesses in the region. Business Owners, and senior executives of the sectors, small medium to large businesses are invited to the lunches to network and share insights.

A panel of private and public sector influencers and decision makers share important information and Q&A answers with attendees. The Business Leaders Lunches for 2024 are aimed at showcasing the Hills as an economic center of excellence, to encourage business opportunities, investment, and job growth in the Hills.

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