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For information on the cultural and community events we run in Gillett Square, please visit the Gillett Square website.  

Social Enterprise in the City - 1st November 2017

On Wednesday 1st November 2017 Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC, in partnership with Hackney Council, will host the ‘Social Enterprise in the Inner City’ conference at Hackney House.

Using Hackney as a case study, the conference will explore how to develop a vibrant local social enterprise ecosystem in which social enterprises can address inner city challenges such as disengaged youth, social exclusion, food poverty etc. Through a series of talks, panels and breakout sessions the conference will identify key inner city needs, an inner city vision for social enterprise and the steps actors can take to grow the social enterprise sector. The day will also include an opportunity to work with the Mayor of Hackney to draft a social enterprise manifesto for Hackney.

Confirmed speakers include Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, Bharat Mehta CBE, CEO of Trust for London and Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK.

For more information or to enquire about becoming an exhibitor, sponsor or partner for the conference please contact Sophie Higgins at

Gaining Contracts Through Good Contacts 

Thursday 1st January, 2015, Ship of Adventures

Gaining Contracts Through Good Contacts was a Principle Six event hosted jointly by Co-operatives London and Hackney Co-operative Developments' Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney programme.

Principle Six events are a co-operative methodology applied to business networking that help you get the best out of your network and to grow it in order to make the links your organisation needs to gain new business, develop new opportunities or effectively reach you targets.


Launch of Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney 

Thursday 18th September, 7pm UBS

Our special evening reception welcomed more than 30 pioneering co-operatives and social enterprises, alongside key figures from Hackney Council’s commissioning departments, funders such as Trust for London, and social economy infrastructure organisations, both local and national to celebrate Hackney's social pioneers and the launch of this programme.


An Open Discussion on Public Space

Monday 7th July, 6pm, Vortex Jazz Club

An Open Discussion on Public Space showcased three exciting research projects that have focused on Gillett Square over the past two years and created an open forum to re-think and re-negotiate our perspectives and perceptions of the ambitions for public space in Dalston.