Business support and advice

Cost of living – support for businesses

On 21 September the Government announced new support for households, businesses and public sector organisations facing rising energy bills.

Through the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, the Government will provide a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic customers (including all UK businesses, the voluntary sector like charities and the public sector such as schools and hospitals) whose current gas and electricity prices have been significantly inflated in light of global energy prices. This support will be equivalent to the Energy Price Guarantee put in place for households.

It will apply to fixed contracts agreed on or after 1 April 2022, as well as to deemed, variable and flexible tariffs and contracts. It will apply to energy usage from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023, running for an initial six-month period for all non-domestic energy users. The savings will be first seen in October bills, which are typically received in November.

As with the Energy Price Guarantee for households, customers do not need to take action or apply to the scheme to access the support. Support will automatically be applied to bills.

Business Support Programme 2022

Hackney Council has invested £2.5m into providing a number of funding and business support opportunities for small and micro local businesses using funding from the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). The ARG provided local councils with discretionary funding to support businesses severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions.

The programme is currently supporting 159 Hackney businesses to deliver funded projects. These projects support local economic recovery and growth, including supporting businesses to improve their environmental operations. The Council is also working with local providers to deliver a suite of business support opportunities for an additional 200 Hackney businesses across 2022.

Business networks and associations in Hackney


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.

Whether you are interested in offering jobs, training, apprenticeships or work experience to Hackney residents, we can advise and support you 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

Promoting your business events

We created a new way for businesses to submit events, activities or newsworthy pieces.

Submit an event, activity or news

Love Hackney, Shop Local

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 email

London Business Hub

London Business Hub runs a range of programmes designed to support businesses across the capital to start, sustain and grow. Their programmes cover a wide range of issues, such as accessing funding, acting on climate change, getting ready for growth and navigating common business challenges. 

Help to Grow

Learn new skills, reach more customers and boost your profits with the Help to Grow scheme. These two Government backed programmes support growth in management and digital skills.

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Business toolkit

Our mission is to make Hackney fairer, building a more inclusive and resilient economy, one that nurtures start-up businesses, provides continuity for established businesses, and supports growing and scaling up enterprises.

We have produced a toolkit which sets out our offer to businesses operating in the borough and how you can work with us to make Hackney a fairer place for all.

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.

Advice and support from external organisations

There are many organisations that provide 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.

Page updated on: 3 January 2023