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Social Enterprise in the City – a one-day conference

1 November 2017 @ 09:00 - 21:00

Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC is pleased to present the ‘Social Enterprise in the City’ conference in a partnership led with Hackney Council (for full list of partners see below).

Using Hackney as a case study, the conference will explore how to develop a vibrant urban social enterprise ecosystem in which social enterprises can address inner city challenges such as disengaged youth, social exclusion and food sustainability.

Through a series of talks, panels and breakout sessions this conference will identify key inner city needs, an inner city vision for social enterprise and the steps local actors can take to grow the sector. The day will also include an opportunity to work with the Mayor of Hackney to draft a social enterprise manifesto for Hackney.

Headline speakers include:

  • Peter Holbrook, CEO, SEUK; Bharat Mehta, CEO, Trust for London; Gemma Heard, Project Manager, Drivers for Change; Tony Armstrong, CEO, Locality and Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville.

Panel discussions:

  • Why should cities invest in social enterprise development? (Bobby Kasanga, Hackney Wick FC; Jude Williams, Hackney Pirates; Kemi Dowokpor, Mind Your Language (invited) and Gee Sinha, ReSpace Projects)
  • Are social enterprises equipped to operate in inner city markets? (Faisel Rahman, Fair Finance; Howard Lane, Green Net; Julie Brown, Growing Communities and Claire Martin, Mill Co.)
  • Supporting a social enterprise ecosystem – social & community leaders discuss conditions necessary for inner city social enterprise growth (Jake Ferguson, HCVS; Claire Witney, London Borough of Hackney; Jacqui Roberts, Shoreditch Trust; Nas Morley, UnLtd; Lindsey Hall, Real Ideas Organisation)


  • Open discussion: Growing the sector through collaboration and engagement. (HCD)
  • Open discussion: Drawing up an inner city manifesto for social enterprise. (HCD)
  • Three ways to finance your social enterprise (ALLIA);
  • Q&A: How to engage young people at risk of exclusion (Urban MBA, Hackney Wick FC and UnLtd);
  • How to measure and report social impact (CAN Mezannine);
  • Steps for changing your private business into a social enterprise (Co-operatives Assistance Network);
  • Bringing a product to market on a shoestring (Red Ochre)
  • Co-operative Working Principles (Calverts)

Thanks to partners: Hackney Council, Hackney CVS, Social Enterprise UK, Co-operatives UK, Locality, UBS, Loughborough University, UnLtd, Mediorite, Pioneers Post
Drinks reception sponsor: Global Digital Foundation
Delivery Partners: CAN Mezzanine, Red Ochre, Co-operatives Assistance Network, Allia and Calverts

Social Enterprise in the City
Wednesday 1 November
Registration: 09:15
Conference and workshops: 09:45 – 17:30
Lunch: 12:50
Drinks reception: 17:30 onwards

Tickets cost £10 or £8 concessions*. Refreshments are included.

Places are limited so please book promptly.

With any queries, please contact

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