We support the development of cooperatives and social enterprises in Hackney. We realise that social enterprises employ more staff, are more agile, last longer, and are more innovative than ordinary businesses.
Check out the State of Social Enterprise reports published by Social Enterprise UK for details about how important social enterprises are in our economy and social life.
Our support for social entrepreneurs and cooperatives includes:
- Bespoke coaching and mentoring especially offering advice and support with start-ups
- Training and learning including study circles
- Networking offering fortnightly online networking events
Contact Douglas Racionzer at HCD for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Developments in 2021
This year, as we emerge from lockdowns and the multiple crises we have been experiencing, we are able to celebrate the formation of a number of cooperatives and support for the development of others:
Well done to the following:
Hackney Care Cooperative
Equal Care Cooperative
In addition, a number of newly formed social enterprises have emerged in 2021, including:
Red Roots Incubator
The Wisdom of Trauma
Recently HCD supported the London premiere of the Wisdom of Trauma film with Gabor Mate. The screening was followed by an 8-week study circle. The study circle participants have between them, started four new social enterprises supporting mental health in the community.
We also have agreed a great collaboration with another cooperative called Fairbnb
If you are already an airbnb host, it's really easy to register with Fairbnb and if you use airbnb as a guest, consider useing Fairbnb instead? Fairbnb shares its profits with us and we use this income to animate Gillett Square.
For tools and support, please look at our archive page on this website