On 1st November, the London Borough of Hackney was awarded Social Enterprise Place status by Social Enterprise UK.  Its CEO, Peter Holbrook, presented the award to Mayor Philip Glanville at the Social Enterprise in the City conference at Hackney House in Shoreditch [South Hackney].  

Social Enterprise Place status is awarded to global hotspots of social enterprise activity where local partners are committed to growing the sector further. 

The Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership, which put together the successful application, is led by Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC and brings together a group of organisations (Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC, Bootstrap Company, Hackney CVS, Hackney Roots, London Borough of Hackney Council, Shoreditch Trust, UBS, UnLtd and Urban MBA) who are working to build a stronger local social enterprise ecosystem in Hackney that they believe can improve levels of well-being and inclusion well beyond what the private sector could achieve on its own.

Peter Holbrook, CEO, Social Enterprise UK said: “We’re delighted to announce that Hackney is now an accredited Social Enterprise Place. The award recognises the dedication and vision of the residents and partners of the Borough of Hackney in their commitment to cooperation and to building an economy of social enterprise. Throughout the country Social Enterprise Places are re-injecting life into local communities, creating opportunities, local wealth and changing lives for the better.”

Mayor Philip Glanville said “I am proud of the Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership which put together this application; and am honoured on behalf of the whole borough that Hackney has been awarded Social Enterprise Place status.  However, as a borough, we have set our ambition even higher to build on this excellent work and develop a thriving social enterprise ecosystem in Hackney.  I recognise that together we shall need to work hard over then next three years to realise that ambition.”

“We are really excited by this award – Hackney has a long history of social enterprise activity”, says Edward Quigley, the new CEO of Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC.  “Nevertheless we want to grow the social enterprise sector further” …  “We want the sector to rise to the challenge of generating jobs, opportunities and vital services for local people – especially for young people and for groups who do not yet benefit from the economic growth and gentrification recently experienced by the borough.”

Nick Wright, Managing Director, Global /EMEA Community Affairs UBS, which supports HCD’s social enterprise development work in the borough, said “This is a tremendous achievement and we are delighted that Hackney has achieved this accreditation.  This is testament to the collaborative work between the partners involved in the Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership and to the positive impact that social entrepreneurs are making across Hackney.   

Kofi Oppong of Urban MBA, a Hackney based social enterprise and member of the partnership says: “This is recognition for the many years of hard work put in by social entrepreneurs throughout the borough.”  

To find out more about what this award means for Hackney contact socialenterprise@hcd.coop