Hub Australia is opening its flex-impact program for small or start-up businesses, offering free desks at its  locations to purpose-driven businesses working to make a positive difference to their community and environment.

Eligible businesses need to have been operating for 12 months.

Last year the organisation provided 62 memberships across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra recipients included inclusive fashion brand JAM.

The Access Group is also in give away mode. Small businesses can apply for one of the company’s $100,000 small business software grants, and any business that applies will receive a free software health check.

The 10 grant winners will “receive a $10,000 grant, redeemable on suitable Access software – from payroll to CRM and financial forecasting”

 According to the group, 81 per cent of the software products cost less than $10,000 a year, meaning the grant could help businesses cover the software cost for up to three years.

The grant is open to any Australian or New Zealand business with a turnover of $10 million or less.

Jobs in Queensland thanks to local councils working together

Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils on a new regional waste and resource recovery management plan to improve sustainable recycling and waste management for the region. The plan involves key actions and investments to better coordinate services and reduce household waste in landfills.

The state government has provided $300,000 to the CQROC to help develop the plan.

According to the blueprint, the plan will generate more jobs, education, waste sorting and collecting, and outcomes for regional and rural communities.

The six member councils include Banana Shire Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Gladstone Regional Council, Livingstone Shire Council, Rockhampton Regional Council and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council.

Monash University’s engineering faculty has launched a new research hub for Advanced Manufacturing of 2D Materials (AM2D). The hub will foster research and commercialisation of 2D materials like graphene into various applications, including batteries, coatings, paints, and sensors to support high-tech products such as energy storage devices, advanced anti-corrosion coatings and water treatment membranes.

AM2D’s organising partner, Monash University will join forces the University of Adelaide, RMIT, Queensland University of Technology, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Ceylon Graphene Technologies, Ionic Industries, NematiQ, Sparc Technologies, Industrial Innovations, Cientifica and CSIRO.

Property Council offering mentor programs

The National Mentoring Program by the Property Council is now open for applications from interested mentees and mentors. Those looking to give back to the industry as mentors or seeking opportunities for their staff to become mentees are encouraged to apply.

The initiative had been running for 10 years in Victoria before applications became available nationwide over the past two years. The program has now supported more than 500 mentees and mentors.

Mentees are expected to invest $1500 plus GST to join the event, but mentors can enter for free.

ReNu Energy

ReNu Energy is offering eligible shareholders the ability to participate in a non-renounceable pro-rata entitlement offer to raise $2 million to fund its new flagship Tasmanian green hydrogen projects and general capital.

The company hopes to transition to a low carbon future by investing in renewable and clean energy technologies identifying and developing hydrogen projects to produce green hydrogen for domestic use.

TNFD on the hunt for a new senior executive in the UK or US

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is looking for a new head of market engagement based on the US East Coast or any UK-based time zone. The organisation is known for its assessment, identification, and disclosure of nature-related issues, which are still nascent for companies and financial institutions across the globe.

JOLT is expanding to the UK

Australian EV charging company JOLT  is expanding to the Unite Kingdom. The organisation says it will roll out thousands of “free, fast and clean streetside EV charging kiosks” across London and other UK cities in the next few years.

The organisation is committed to delivering sustainable EV charging powered by 100 per cent renewable energy. Currently, Australian drivers can access seven kilowatts of free charge per day.

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