Join the Shared Work Hubs Association by 29th February 2016, Register online www.sharedworkhubs.com.au/membership

We are transitioning to our new Shared Work Hubs Association and will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday the 30th March 2016, where a new Board will be elected and the direction of the Association will be determined.

If you see a place for an Association to assist the industry grow and you want to play a role in determining its direction, then members need to join by the end of February. Our goal is to have 50 members from around the country before the AGM so that it can fairly represent the national interests of the shared work hub industry.

It is a year since we launched the Association and we have achieved much.

Highlights include:
• Successful launch at Macquarie Tower with over 50 people in attendance
• Monthly meetings held at host members to share best practice
• A successful trial with major bank completed with the possibility of an expanded trial in 2016
• An OH&S program developed with NSW Government assistance
• Sponsored a well attended GCUC Conference in Sydney and pitched the Shared Work Hubs Association proposal
• Held informative venue host forums
• Transitioned to Shared Work Hubs Association and conducted an interstate roadshow
• Developed our new web site www.sharedworkhubs.com.au, Facebook and Twitter presence
• Advocated our industry to Government

There is still much to do, and this year is shaping to be an exciting time as we embark on our challenge to represent the interests of smart work hubs, coworking spaces, incubators and serviced office venues in the new Shared Work Hubs Association.

Even though we have a blank page approach on how and what the Association might do, leaving it to the members to decide direction and priorities, the proposed initial activities of the Association might be:

1 Advocate for the industry to Government
2 Support an annual industry conference
3 Establish group buying opportunities for members
4 Conduct educational and networking events for members
5 Seek aggregated marketing and sales opportunities to corporates
6 Develop an accredited venue standard service system for members
7 And in response to our roadshow events, we have added the need to engage in research of the industry in Australia

I trust you will positively consider joining the new Association. It is important that for continued growth of this new industry that it is represented by a collective voice. Forming a well supported Association is one way of achieving that next step in industry development.

We have a Board meeting on the 29th February and I would like to present your application for approval. You can register on line at our web site www.sharedworkhubs.com.au/membership. Membership categories and fees are outlined and you will notice that we have tried to cater for the different size of facilities, types of supporters and cash flow. Fees will not be deducted till after the AGM.

If you wish to discuss your application further, please contact Graham Baker, Independent Chair, on 0457274043.

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