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Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney

Targeting support where it makes a difference

HCD’s Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney programme delivers support to start-up co-operatives and social enterprises or those planning for or experiencing growth. The programme provides local co-operatives and social enterprises with the necessary skills and knowledge to grow their enterprise, in turn growing the local economy and the socially-owned share of the wider economy. We believe passionately that social enterprise in its many forms offers individuals the opportunity to come together to create businesses that are better for them and society and we are here to support those with the talent, ambition and commitment to succeed.

Typically, we will offer support to co-operatives and social enterprises that are:

  • Preparing to start trading
  • In their first year of trading
  • Planning for or experiencing rapid growth
  • Planning to move premises
  • Developing a new product, service or market
  • Wanting to change their management structure

We offer support in all areas of co-operative enterprise including business planning, governance, finance, environmental sustainability, fundraising, legal advice, marketing, property management, investment readiness, decision-making and social return on investment.

We advise from over 30 years of experience of working with local authorities, government agencies and community sector organisations to deliver development and regeneration projects, which has lead to such a positive change in the economic development and urban landscape of Dalston, Hackney.

We can share the expertise we have developed in our work in new-build and rehabilitating  buildings into a vibrant and extensive property portfolio of workspace and community assets, as well as leading on the development and management of new public  spaces.

We advise on all areas of fundraising and social investment, including supporting clients with bid-writing and developing Community Share Offers.

We help clients develop effective partnership work to tackle social problems, realise market opportunities and build support from the local community through outreach and engagement.

We can help you to develop the systems that will measure what is important to your organisation, and effectively demonstrate your impact to all of your stakeholders, including current and potential funders, your local community, your beneficiaries and even your own Board and team.

We are highly experienced facilitators, mentors and trainers offering group or one-to-one support.

If you want to apply for support for your co-operative or social enterprise, please contact our Social Enterprise Development Manager, Brian, at b.millington@hcd.coop

Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney is supported by UBS