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Hackney Council responds to results from Social Enterprise Manifesto Consultation

Hackney Council announces innovative partnership approach to further develop social  enterprise sector in the Borough 

On Wednesday 21st February, representatives from Hackney​’​s social enterprise sector were invited to meet Philip Glanville, the Mayor in Hackney Town Hall to present the results of a consultation to create a Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney.

Consultation on the Hackney Social Enterprise Manifesto, led by Hackney Co-operative  Developments CIC on behalf of Hackney​’​s Social Enterprise Partnership (Hackney Co-operative  Developments CIC, Bootstrap, Company, Hackney CVS, Hackney Roots, Hackney Council,  Shoreditch Trust, UBS, UnLtd and Urban MBA), has gathered ideas from over 250 social  enterprises for how Hackney Council, with support from the sector can work together to further  recognise the existing role social enterprise plays in the borough and to support the development  of social entrepreneurship and social ownership going forward.

Photo: Errol Hines, Director, Star Academy Solutions at the networking event following the presentation

The Consultation Results highlight three strategic aims for the sector locally: to promote  awareness & understanding of social enterprise, build capacity and reach within the social  enterprise sector and to provide a platform of resources and support for social enterprises.  Suggestions for Hackney Council include innovative approaches to areas such as planning,  procurement and communications.

Photo: Edward Quigley, CEO, HCD CIC at the presentation to the Mayor

“This is an exciting day for the social enterprise movement in Hackney with Hackney Council really  demonstrating their understanding of how much the social enterprise sector can contribute to the  social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Borough. We are grateful to all the social enterprises who contributed to the consultation and are pleased to be working with the Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership to push this agenda forward.”​ ​Edward Quigley, CEO, Hackney  Co-operative Developments CIC

The Mayor, Philip Glanville, who has supported the consultation since it was launched at the Social Enterprise in the City conference at Hackney House in November 2017, has welcomed the  suggestions and the efforts of the sector in undertaking this piece of work. Today, senior officers  from the Council have announced their plan to work collaboratively as part of Hackney​’​s Social  Enterprise Partnership to run a series of workshops to use the ideas generated from the  consultation to create a realistic and actionable action plan that the Council and social enterprise  sector can co-publish later this year.

Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville
Photo: Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

“I’m very pleased to see the results of this manifesto consultation with the social enterprise sector  and the significant steps taken to get here today. In light of recent budget announcements, it is  more important than ever that every penny spent by the council achieves maximum social value for  residents. By supporting the growth of this sector we hope to use more of their passion,  innovation, and expertise, to see more jobs for local people and the development of a more caring  society. Through our role in Hackney’s Social Enterprise Partnership, Hackney Council commits to  work with the sector to ensure the best of social enterprise thinking is embedded throughout  council policy and the everyday life of the borough.” Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Hilary Clayton, Shoreditch Trust
Photo: (left) Hilary Clayton, Director of Enterprise & Asset Development, Shoreditch Trust

Hilary Clayton, Shoreditch Trust says “This is a great moment for Hackney to celebrate the progress made so far, and to share how we plan to further develop social enterprise in the borough. Shoreditch Trust is proud to be a member of the Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership. We are looking forward to collaborating to develop and co-produce the action plan and ensure local people can engage with and benefit from the partnership’s work.”

Kofi Oppong, Urban MBA
Photo: (right) Kofi Oppong, Founder, Urban MBA

“Urban MBA is delighted to be part of the process in making Hackney a Social Enterprise borough. The only way to create change and champion for the less fortunate is to work together. This is a major step in that process!” Kofi Oppong, Founder, Urban MBA

This level of in-depth partnership work puts Hackney at the forefront of innovative local social enterprise development and follows best practice guidance from Social Enterprise UK who  awarded London Borough of Hackney recognition as an official Social Enterprise Borough in  2017.

Photo: James Butler, Public Affairs Manager, Social Enterprise UK

“Hackney has always been a tremendously creative place, ahead of the curve in so many ways and it’s no surprise to see such a strong and vibrant social enterprise movement in the Borough. This dynamic social enterprise landscape is making a real difference to people’s lives in many ways including helping people get into jobs and providing health and wellbeing services. The Council’s support for the sector has resulted in the Borough being accredited as an official Social Enterprise Place.

Embracing social enterprises is crucial if we’re to build genuinely inclusive communities – they are creating jobs where they are needed most and leading the way when it comes to pay, diversity and innovation. They represent the future of business and it’s great to see the Council working hand in hand with locally-based social enterprises in what I am sure will be strong and enduring partnership.” James Butler, Public Affairs Manager, Social Enterprise UK

Photo: Nick Wright, Head of Community Affairs EMEA at UBS

"I am both excited and thrilled to see the progress that has been made to date” says Nick Wright, Head of Community Affairs EMEA at UBS, which supports social enterprise through its Community Affairs programme, “and how by working collaboratively across the sector  significant strides are being taken to further develop social enterprises in the Borough of Hackney,  enabling them to address societal challenges more broadly."

About Hackney’s Social Enterprise sector

London Borough of Hackney is now officially a Social Enterprise Borough, thanks to recognition by Social Enterprise UK in 2017. There are at least 300 emerging and bona fide social enterprises operating in or from Hackney: co-operatives, CICs, community businesses, trading not-for-profits and social purpose trading arms. These range from tiny entrepreneurial luncheon-clubs to national enterprises such as HCT Group with a turnover of £43.7 million who run bus routes and community transport all around the UK.

See video from Social Enterprise in the City event 2017 celebrating Hackney winning Borough status: