Hackney Council partners with Allia to support local micro and small businesses in the borough to develop and grow

Allia has partnered with Hackney Council to provide another year of high-quality support, workshops and mentoring for 145 small and micro businesses in Hackney to help them develop, grow and achieve their impact aims.

Over 2022, Allia will run a range of programmes that will help local entrepreneurs to bring their business ideas to life; support established small businesses to grow revenue and gain more customers; and work with pre-seed or seed impact start-ups that aim to address the most pressing local and global challenges.

Most excitingly, Allia has launched a brand new programme in Hackney – the Green Business Programme – for those looking to adopt more eco-friendly and sustainable business decisions. The new programme will support businesses to explore key issues that relate to the climate and learn to incorporate sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint. Over the year, the Green Business Programme will be run four times – with all businesses supported to create green action plans, track and monitor their impact and work towards a green industry accreditation.

With a strong track record in the borough, Allia has worked with Hackney Council since 2017, when it delivered its programmes from a Future Business Centre in the community for four successful years. Its support has continued and grown – including running online programmes throughout the Covid crisis for businesses directly affected by the lockdowns, to enable them to pivot and build resilience.

Andrew Brisbin, Director of Ventures at Allia said We’re thrilled to be partnering with Hackney Council and are inspired by the vision they have to invest in the community’s vibrancy and transition to Net Zero. Allia’s programmes will support entrepreneurs from all stages of growth and will empower existing businesses to start their journey towards Net Zero with practical, actionable steps for entrepreneurs.”

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Delivery, Inclusive Economy and Regeneration said: “This partnership with Allia is an example of Hackney’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and businesses in the borough in achieving their goals and helping equip them to meet economic challenges. The Green Business Programme sets out to deliver the Mayor’s objective to help businesses in Hackney transition to low-carbon businesses and work towards a green industry accreditation whilst creating more sustainable jobs for local residents.”

Applications for places across the programmes to be delivered in Hackney are now open, but space limits apply and places are likely to fill up fast. To find out more and to apply, go to the East London section of the Allia website: https://futurebusinesscentre.co.uk/our-programmes/ or email the team at hello@allia.org.uk


About Allia

Allia Impact runs free business support programmes and innovative funded projects. Allia Future Business Centres offer flexible workspace and a vibrant community for small businesses who are creating change. Together, they are dedicated to supporting businesses to thrive, grow and create jobs, so that they can make a positive impact on their community, as well as addressing social and environmental global challenges.

01223 781 200 | hello@futurebusinesscentre.co.uk | www.futurebusinesscentre.co.uk

Media enquiries: Laura Rose, Head of Marketing & Communications, 01223 875200, laura.rose@allia.org.uk

Hackney Council For more information about Hackney Council, contact Business Communications and Engagement Officer James Scott on james.scott@hackney.gov.uk