Founded in 1997, the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce (PUCC) aims to create a thriving, sustainable business community in the precinct. The Chamber’s vision is simple: make Pyrmont Ultimo a place where people love to eat, work, learn, explore, shop and transact business.
The PUCC advocates sustainable economic growth, engaging with all levels of government, offering support, networking opportunities, access to information and input into government policy making.
The Chamber strives to increase awareness of Pyrmont Ultimo’s small, medium and large businesses, local traders, and educational facilities. By promoting Pyrmont Ultimo as a creative business hub and a dining and tourist destination, the PUCC aims to enhance overall economic benefits for the precinct.
The PUCC plays a key role assisting the local business community in advocating sustainable economic growth. The Chamber engages with all levels of government in promoting the local area and is active in consultation with other stakeholders. As one of the most influential business groups in Sydney, the PUCC includes member representatives from media and educational facilities, restaurants, international hotels, accommodation and professional services.
With strong connections with the City of Sydney council and other levels of government, the PUCC makes representations on behalf of members to advance their interests in promoting and maintaining business growth in the area. From public domain improvements to business opportunities; tourism promotion to commerce development; city planning to cultural enhancement, the Chamber is a strong representative for the local business community.
The PUCC represents the interests of its members by:
- Providing inspirational leadership for the business community;
- Providing opportunities to promote commerce on the peninsula;
- Championing local business opportunities;
- Advocating on issues that strengthen the local business environment;
- Championing the workplace of choice for employees; and
- Supporting and enhancing the interests of the local community.
The Chamber is a completely independent not-for-profit organisation that cooperates readily with local government and other bodies to promote and safeguard the interests of the Pyrmont Ultimo business community and local residents.
We welcome all businesses, large and small, as members, as well as individual operators who aim to enhance their own business opportunities and who recognize the value of working collectively through the PUCC to create optimal quality-of-life for the local community as a whole.
Our monthly networking evenings and social events, usually hosted in rotation by PUCC members and featuring a topical guest speaker, offer an ideal platform for meeting, discussing and promoting business services and products.
Our Executive Committee consists of a team of hardworking volunteers who want to ensure that PUCC is a creative and dynamic business force, which is well structured and creates plenty of events, programs, services and networking opportunities for our members. Our committee also ensures annual government funding is received and disbursed back into the business community. We work hand in hand with local organisations and other chambers and welcome new members.
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The Pyrmont-Ultimo Precinct
Pyrmont-Ultimo is dynamic and diverse, an attractive place for people to eat, work, live, study, play and stay. With its close proximity to the Sydney CBD, the extensive precinct continues to be a preferred location for large business enterprises as well as the small and medium enterprises that characterise Pyrmont Ultimo as Sydney’s IT and creative hub.
Over the past two decades the peninsula has grown into a densely-populated mixed residential and employment precinct – with a large combined residential, employment and student population that exceeds 50,000 students, 30,000 workers, 20,000 residents and 3,000 businesses.
Pyrmont Ultimo has changed dramatically since PUCC was founded and incorporated in 1997 by a handful of local business people. Despite its rich early history, it was by then a colourless, dormant area with a shrinking population.
Totally transformed over the past few years, it has become Sydney’s recognized media and creative centre, where television presenters and movie producers mix with entrepreneurs, IT managers, architects, artists and accountants in lively lunchtime restaurants and bars.
Pyrmont-Ultimo’s top five ranking itself is impressive but more so considering the region was outperformed only by the production powerhouses of (in order): the CBD, North Sydney, Macquarie Park and Parramatta.
Ultimo in particular is heralded as the largest concentration of IT start-ups in Australia, with Fishburners alone boosting more than 150 ‘Silicon Valley-style’ start-up businesses sharing working space, and is set to grow to a planned 300 in 2016 in a warehouse building nestled between UTS and the Powerhouse Museum on Harris Street.
Pyrmont-Ultimo is home to a number of significant not-for-profits and change-making organisations, including Vibewire, WWF Australia, Barnardos and Pyrmont Cares. It is also the home of several internationally significant cultural and educational facilities, including the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s new ‘Goods Line’, the Star Casino, Powerhouse Museum, Culture at Work, Sydney Heritage Fleet, Australia National Maritime Museum, Sydney Fish Market, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, the historic Union Square, Sydney TAFE, UTS and Notre Dome University.
It is a leading technology and creative hub with clusters of media agencies, IT, and digital creative, together with leading iconic brands including Network 10, Channel 7, Google, Accenture, Mirvac, Fairfax, Tabcorp, NOVA DMG Radio, Macquarie Radio, American Express, OMD, Toga Group, Medina, and Shine Productions.
Pyrmont–Ultimo will be closely integrated into the massively redeveloped Darling Harbour complex in 2016, including the recently opened Goods Line that connects SHFA, The Powerhouse which is creating a new Darling Harbour-facing public entrance, UTS with its striking new Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building, the ABC and Lend Lease’s new Darling Square and Darling Island Live.
On the western side of the Pyrmont peninsula, the precinct also will be a gateway to one of Sydney’s next major urban renewal projects, the much-anticipated Bays Precinct. In fact, Pyrmont-Ultimo is enveloped by over $13 billion in urban renewal that forms a horseshoe starting over the water at Barangaroo, stretching south to Central Station and Broadway, then wrapping around north to the Bays area. Pyrmont-Ultimo sits at the heart of all this, an important local economy operating in close parallel to the CBD, and playing a strong supporting role in the City of Sydney’s ‘Green, Global, Connected’ vision and the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Plan.
PUCC Newsletter Submissions
The Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce welcomes submissions for the newsletter from area businesses.These could be about sales, promotions, special offers, changes in the business and other developments. A hi-res image (such as the company logo or staff) should accompany each submission.
Please also provide contact information: website, e-mail, telephone and address (if applicable).
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the third Friday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter.
The newsletter is published monthly in AMG publications and on this website, www.visitpyrmontultimo.com.au.
The PUCC e-mail database has over 2000 subscribers. Please note that inclusion is limited to space and timeliness.
For inclusion in the PUCC Business Directory please provide all relevant contacts, a short paragraph describing the business, and business logo, to email@example.com.
To join the PUCC, it’s as simple as downloading the membership form here.
For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org