Business Start Up Tips for Sunshine Coast
University of the Sunshine Coast
12 July 2018
Setting up your own business can be an exciting time but can involve a level of uncertainty and risk.
Before you start, save yourself time and money by being aware of what's involved in running a
To give yourself and your business every chance at success, you need to fully understand what is
required through research and planning before you begin operating so you can make the best
decisions for your business.
Council is committed to supporting local businesses For sale to flourish and supporting new entrants
to the market. Outlined below is key information for the Sunshine Coast and nationally.
A new small and medium business grant is now available from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
government. It might be the ideal way to get help with growing your business for sale. Below are
all the details you need to assess eligibility and to understand the application process for the
Business Growth Fund Program.
2 Why Sunshine Coast?
A destination enshrined in nature yet with the capability and infrastructure of a progressive
regional centre, there are many reasons to host your event on the Sunshine Coast.
Attracted by the same naturally refreshing assets that make the Sunshine Coast a magnet for
tourists, the region has attracted thousands of businesses for sale and renowned academics in
the sectors of health and wellbeing, aviation and aerospace, food production, creative
industries, innovative manufacturing and clean technologies.
The Sunshine Coast has evolved into one of Australia’s leading aerospace hubs, boasting many
diverse and globally-focused companies which specialise in manufacturing, project
management, charter services, mechanical design, emergency services, airline crew training and
maintenance. This has fuelled a global reputation and attracted national and international
businesses for sale such as Aeromil Pacific and Machjet International.
This breadth of local expertise makes the Sunshine Coast a natural choice for aviation, airline
and aerospace-related conferences. This is being cemented with a major expansion of the
Sunshine Coast Airport to be completed by 2020. The expansion will benefit event organisers
with many more direct flights from additional Australian locations, plus from across Asia and the
Western Pacific. With the destination’s popularity continuing to soar and the region preparing
for more visitors, it is no wonder that the Sunshine Coast Airport is officially Australia’s fastest
Health and wellbeing
The Sunshine Coast’s healthy lifestyle was given a shot in the arm in 2017 with the opening of
the new $1.8 billion 450-bed Sunshine Coast University Hospital – a hospital that enjoys co-
location with the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, operated by Ramsay Health Care,
and Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel, a full-service corporate hotel. These facilities are part
of Australia’s largest project in healthcare infrastructure. More than $5 billion is committed to
the construction of the hospitals, hotel, plus the USC Skills, Academic and Research Centre
(SARC) and other health facilities within a 100-hectare greenfield health destination known as
Oceanside Kawana Health Precinct. With stress proven to be a health concern, the Sunshine
Coast Council is also playing a part in making life restful and comfortable. Plans for a light rail
system will see residents and visitors quickly and efficiently transported along the coastal strip
between Maroochydore and Caloundra. The first stage, to connect the Maroochydore City
Centre with the Oceanside Kawana Health Precinct, is planned for completion by 2025.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) will revolutionise healthcare on the Sunshine Coast
and offer a range of free public hospital services. When SCUH is fully commissioned, an
estimated 10,000 fewer patients each year will no longer have to travel to Brisbane for complex
admitted patient care. To download the lates information please click here
The Sunshine Coast has become the natural choice for businesses for sale that provide
innovative products and services that measure, reduce or rectify negative environmental
impacts. World-leading Sunshine Coast green technology companies provide environmental
management services, sustainable building design, renewable energy, energy efficient
manufacturing, LED lighting innovation, and water management.
On the back of this innovation, the Sunshine Coast Council has built a 24-hectare solar farm – a
first for an Australian local government organisation. Completed in early 2017, the farm
generates sufficient power to offset all of Sunshine Coast Council’s electricity demand - that’s