London Borough of Hackney awarded Social Enterprise Place status

Last week the London Borough of Hackney was awarded Social Enterprise Place status by Social Enterprise UK.  Its CEO, Peter Holbrook, presented the award to Mayor Philip Glanville at the Social Enterprise in the City conference at Hackney House in Shoreditch. 

Hackney joins 23 places in the UK that Social Enterprise UK (SE UK) has identified as areas where social entrepreneurship is thriving.

The Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership, which submitted the successful application, is led by Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC and supported by UnLtd among other organisations (Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC, Bootstrap Company, Hackney CVS, Hackney Roots, London Borough of Hackney Council, Shoreditch Trust, UBS, and Urban MBA).

These organisations are working to build a stronger local social enterprise ecosystem in Hackney that can improve levels of well-being and inclusion well beyond what the private sector could achieve on its own.

We've been working in Hackney for some time. Most recently we ran Hackney Connect, a UBS funded programme, that supported local Hackney social entrepreneurs to start up and grow. They tackled a wide-range of issues from unemployment to nurturing young people's creativity.

SE UK's CEO, Peter Holbrook, said "We’re delighted to announce that Hackney is now an accredited Social Enterprise Place. The award recognises the dedication and vision of the residents and partners of the Borough of Hackney in their commitment to cooperation and to building an economy of social enterprise. Throughout the country Social Enterprise Places are reinjecting life into local communities, creating opportunities, local wealth and changing lives for the better.”

And Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, commended Hackney was looking to further develop the ecosystem of social entrepreneurs. "However, as a borough, we have set our ambition even higher to build on this excellent work and develop a thriving social enterprise ecosystem in Hackney. I recognise that together we shall need to work hard over then next three years to realise that ambition."

With so many thriving social entrepreneurs in Hackney, it's easy to see why the award was made. Our recent Spaces 4 Change Explore tour invited a group of young social entrepreneurs who wanted to transform their local areas around some inspiring social venues in Hackney

Echoing Mayor Glanville, Hackney Co-operative Development CIC's new CEO, Edward Quigley, challenged the sector to continue tackling issues in Hackney. "We want the sector to rise to the challenge of generating jobs, opportunities and vital services for local people - especially for young people and for groups who do not yet benefit from the economic growth and gentrification recently experienced by the borough."

Nick Wright, Managing Director, Global /EMEA Community Affairs UBS, which supports HCD's social enterprise development work in the borough, said “This is a tremendous achievement and we are delighted that Hackney has achieved this accreditation. This is testament to the collaborative work between the partners involved in the Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership and to the positive impact that social entrepreneurs are making across Hackney.”

Meet the social entrepreneurs we've supported in Hackney

We support some inspiring social entrepreneurs across Hackney, click the map below to see an interactive guide to who they are and where they operate from:

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Flynn ButterworthCommunications Executive

I joined UnLtd in 2016 after previously working in China and for a UK government backed scheme to help people start their own business. I’m focussed on spreading the achievements of social entrepreneurs and sharing UnLtd’s stories. I want to see pragmatic responses to challenges facing society.

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