Business support and advice

Apply for the 2023 business support programme

The 2023 business support programme is now open.

Up to 250 small businesses and social enterprises will receive help to grow, go green or manage the cost crisis after we approved a new £700,000 support package for Hackney’s business community.

The investment, agreed by our Cabinet will fund a range of hands-on business help. This includes one-to-one coaching and mentoring, group courses and networking, and grant funding opportunities, particularly aimed at:

  • businesses most affected by increasing costs – including hospitality, arts, creative, retail and manufacturing businesses
  • socially-focussed businesses – such as social enterprises and cooperatives
  • businesses looking to go green and transition to net zero

Hackney Impact delivers the programme. They’re a partnership led by business specialists Allia. They work with local organisations including East End Trades Guild, Hackney Cooperative Developments, Hackney CVS, Better Futures and Social Founders to ensure it reaches across Hackney’s business communities.

Join the Hackney Business Network

The Hackney Business Network is a council-led network supporting our local business community.

We are working with businesses in the borough to enable them to grow and prosper and support our ambitions to create a fairer Hackney.

Join over 5,000 local businesses and become part of the Hackney Business Network.

Find support for your business

Below are a list of links and resources to help your business thrive against rising costs, energy prices and continued inflation. For more information, join the Hackney Business Network.

Take part in our Love Hackney, Shop Local campaign

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in the borough can receive support through our new shop local initiative and business directory.

If you would like to be part of the Love Hackney, Shop Local campaign, visit Hackney Business Network.

Find local staff, apprentices and training for your business

Hackney Council Opportunities is committed to working closely with businesses to create employment and training opportunities for local people.

If you want to offer jobs, training, apprenticeships, or work experience to Hackney residents, we can help you. We will provide advice and support to meet your workforce needs.

We want to help your business grow and prosper by tapping into the borough’s talent.

We can help you to:

  • recruit local people
  • meet your CSR and social value requirements
  • engage with schools
  • provide employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties and mental health conditions

Learn more about the impact of our previous business support programmes


Page updated on: 8 February 2024