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  • Hackney Co-operative Developments (HCD) is a local community economic development agency with a membership open for all those who subscribe to its co-operative goals and values. HCD works within our local community to explore ideas and opportunities to create a sustainable environment for Hackney’s communities to flourish.

    We support the creation and growth of co-operatives and social enterprises through programmes such as our ‘Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney’ initiative and use our agency role to network and connect organisations so that the movement can work together to grow the locally-owned social economy in our borough. We provide affordable workspace to a range of social and ethical organisations, local start-ups, cultural entrepreneurs and creative professionals, playing an important role in Hackney’s business ecosystem and ongoing urban regeneration. We run Gillett Square as a unique community-led public space in the heart of Dalston, East London, where an incredibly diverse range of people can meet on common ground.

    Our programming of community and cultural events plays a key role in the socially cohesive regeneration of this rapidly changing area of Dalston, and at the same time works to retain its diversity and showcase its creativity.

  • Address: Unit B1, 3 Bradbury St
    Greater London
    N16 8JN
    United Kingdom
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  • Social Impact Statements:

    Social Impact Statements

    The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.

    In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.


    Updated January 2017

    1) Pioneering social enterprise in Hackney

    HCD’s flagship social enterprise development support programme was established in December 2013 with the support of UBS, to grow the social enterprise sector in Hackney. Our support has targeted the key areas of need for the local social enterprise market, particularly business planning;

    • employment and staffing;
    • financial planning and management;
    • legal and governance;
    • growth

    Gaining Contracts

    Through Good Contacts is a series of business networking events for co-operatives and social enterprises. HCD’s Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney partnered with Co-operatives London and Principle Six to create events which use a co-operative methodology applied to business networking that help businesses get the best out of their network and to grow it in order to make the links they need to gain new business, develop new opportunities or effectively reach their targets.

    Employment through Small Business and Enterprise

    HCD worked with our partners, Hackney CVS and Hackney Refugee Forum, to produce an event to inform refugees, migrants and BAME interest organisations of the opportunities and practicalities of setting up their own social enterprise or business.

    Workshops on setting up a small business, creating a social enterprise and getting your business online were delivered by HCD’s Business Development Team. There were presentations on real-life experience of the early stages of running a social enterprise from Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney clients, as well as workshops on finding employment, business finance and impacts on your benefits when starting a new enterprise.


    HCD also offers support in all areas of co-operative, social and community enterprise including business planning, governance, finance, environmental sustainability, fundraising, legal advice, marketing, property management, investment readiness, decision-making and social return on investment.

    HCD is an accredited training centre providing into-work skills and support to those furthest from employment in Hackney.

    HCD is an active member of the Hackney ESOL Working Group and thanks to funding from the Tinder Foundation, HCD are also a UK Online Centre, part of a network of 3,000 Centre partners, and 2,000 Access Points that bring digital inclusion to the heart of communities.

    This year HCD have launched a new programme in partnership with Prevista to support people over 50 back to work. This service provides bespoke assistance to support people, who often have significant breaks in their recent employment or knowledge gaps around newer technology, to asses their existing experience,seek to up-skill where necessary and present themselves well in a competitive market.


    2) Key measures of support provided

    Though Pioneering Social Enterprise In Hackney alone we have supported over 40 social enterprises in 2 years. This includes establishing 30 new social enterprises over many different forms. Our support has also produced 25 business planning strategies.


    3) Enabling growth of social enterprise

    The planning strategies produced though Pioneering Social Enterprise In Hackney have enabled social enterprises to successfully start trading, grow, access finance or funding, or move to improved premises.

    Through events such as Gaining Contracts Through Good Contacts, Hackney’s co-operatives and social enterprises have been able to work together and develop our networks to grow as a movement and individually.


    Supporting evidence