Business support and advice

The council runs a dedicated business portal for Hackney businesses and entrepreneurs which provides access to local business news, events, property search functions, signposting to free business support opportunities and business forum dates.

There are many organisations in London that can provide support and advice to Hackney enterprises on a range of issues, from how to start a business or work for yourself, to creating effective marketing or business plans, to raising finance. Support may be delivered through one to one sessions, workshops, over the phone or online.

See below for contacts and a brief summary of organisations or projects which can help you access support for your business.

Help with starting a business

Bright Ideas Trust

Bright Ideas Trust can help you start a business, gain access to mentoring and expert business support. Available if you are between 16-30 years old.  

Gov.uk

Gov.uk has lots of information on how to start a business, such as getting funding, researching your market, development and planning, setting up your business and how to find partners, suppliers and premises.

You can also find information about business finance, support, grants and loans.

HCD (Hackney Co-operative Developments)

Hackney Co-operative Developments supports the creation and growth of co-operatives and social enterprises in the borough as well as providing affordable workspace to a range of social and ethical organisations, local start-ups, cultural entrepreneurs and creative professionals.

London Growth Hub

London Growth Hub hosts an extensive database of organisations that support start-ups, source funding, provide workspace and business growth opportunities.

The Princes Trust

If you're 18-30, living in the UK and have a business idea or some ideas to explore then The Princes Trust enterprise programme could be for you.

Nwes

Nwes offers free business advice and support programmes to start-ups in London, and young businesses ready to scale-up.

Business support organisations 

Allia Serious Impact

Allia Serious Impact helps East London's entrepreneurs to innovate, start-up, grow and scale.

They offer two free support programmes to help local entrepreneurs and businesses.

British Library: Business & IP Centre

British Library: Business & IP Centre is a valuable source of information on intellectual property, advice sessions with experts and business training.

Business Debtline

Business Debtline offers free advice to help your business deal with debt or cash flow problems.

Business For London

If you are looking for work, other employment opportunities or you are a new or existing Hackney based business owner, trading less than 5 years, needing help, then Business for London can support you in finding a Mentor.

East London Business Place

East London Business Place is a support and supply-chain brokerage organisation which develops the business-competitiveness of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) across London and the Thames Gateway, enabling them to bid successfully for new contracts and works opportunities.

Get Set For Growth

GetSet is a specialist service tailored for small businesses with the potential and ambition for sustainable growth.

If you're looking for some expert support to help get your business to the next level, the GetSet teams of business, finance, marketing and sales strategists are ready to get to work.

Hackney Council regulatory services

We provide support and advice on regulatory services which include: business rates, business related licenses, registering your food business, trading standards, market trading and commercial waste collection.

Hackney Works

Hackney Works is our in-house recruitment service for businesses in and around the borough.

The team are dedicated to providing a straightforward, flexible and responsive employment support package for employers wishing to hire local people with the right skills and experience for the job.

Their employment service is a completely free service, regardless of the complexity involved in finding the right person for the job.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the Government department in charge of tax revenues.

They have information for businesses with tax or benefit questions.

London Growth Hub

London Growth Hub hosts an extensive database of organisations that support start-ups, source funding, provide workspace and business growth opportunities.

London & Partners

London & Partners is the official foreign direct investment agency for London.

They can help your business expand in London, by identifying opportunities and connecting you with expert advisors.

Open to Export

Open to Export is a community-driven service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) looking for support to grow internationally by exporting from the UK. Companies can work together and share information, advice and support about export market opportunities and means of entry.

The information, answers, advice and articles on Open to Export are all composed by the site's users, community and key contributors.

Business membership groups 

Business in the Community

Business in the Community is a business group which helps its membership to develop corporate responsibility and tackle some of the largest problems facing businesses in Britain. Telephone: 020 7566 8650 Email: information@bitc.org.uk

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is the UK's top business lobby. Membership with them confers a range of benefits and influence which can help your business. Telephone: 020 7379 7400.

East End Trades Guild (EETG)

The East End Trades Guild is an alliance  of 250 small independent businesses and the self employed.

As well as offering goods and services members provide social spaces, sustaining relationships between neighbours and making our streets safer and better places to be.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the UK's leading business organisation. It lobbies in support of self-employed and small business owners, and provides business services and legal advice to members.

Institute of Directors (IoD)

Institute of Directors (IoD) is a membership organisation for business leaders, offering training and development, business intelligence and premises across the UK.

How to do green business in Hackney

For more information about Council services that help you reduce business waste and your environmental impact in Hackney, see:

You may also be interested in selling or using Fairtrade goods.

Free business support from Green Light North London

Green Light North London can help you:

  • develop an action plan to save energy, cut waste and reduce water use
  • produce an environmental policy tailored to your business
  • gain accreditation to eco-standards, such as ISO 14001
  • understand and comply with legislation
  • market your green credentials and win more business

How to make your business accessible to disabled customers

There are over 35,000 disabled people living in Hackney, nearly 15% of the total population.

It makes good business sense to ensure that your premises and the goods and services you offer are accessible to disabled people.

Making your premises, goods and services accessible to disabled people 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission's guide focuses on making your premises physically accessible, while Invest Northern Ireland's guide to access and facilities for disabled people also explains how you can change the way you work as a business to accommodate a disabled person's needs. 

Employing disabled staff 

Gov.uk's guide to employing disabled people and people with health conditions provides all the information you need when employing disabled staff, including providing support with their career. 

Communicating with disabled people 

Gov.uk's guides on inclusive communications cover all areas of communication with disabled people from appropriate language and images, to channels and formats.

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