Hackney Wick Business Forum
9:30 AM09:30

Hackney Wick Business Forum

Hackney Council launches its new quarterly forum for Hackney Wick businesses and entrepreneurs this August. Learn about the FREE business support available to you, hear about the new Creative Enterprise Zone proposals, the Hackney Wick Masterplan and get to know your neighbours

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6:00 PM18:00


How to create an active community around your business – and why you should.

Meet the people who’ve faced the isolation of running their own business – and overcome it – creating new ways to work and network.

In two keynotes, a panel session and Q&A, you’ll discover:

• How to find a community that’s right for your business

• How to build a network to support and grow your business

• How business communities are changing

• What networks already exist (and which ones should)

• And why people running businesses should look for local communities as well as digital tribes

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London Tech Week Hackathon - Dementia Friendly Hackney
1:30 PM13:30

London Tech Week Hackathon - Dementia Friendly Hackney

Join us this London Tech Week and support our aspiration to make Hackney a Dementia Friendly Borough! Hackney Council has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society to hold an afternoon Hackathon where the borough's greatest minds and creative thinkers will work together to come up with app ideas that will support the day to day lives of those with dementia.

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Hackney Council Digital Apprenticeships - employer event
8:30 AM08:30

Hackney Council Digital Apprenticeships - employer event

Hackney is committed to being a place for everyone and investment in employment and skills is a key priority for the Mayor and Council. To support this, the Council is planning to launch a new programme of digital skills opportunities which will enable Hackney residents to develop their digital skills and careers.

Hackney is fortunate to have a vibrant and growing digital economy, with sector leading companies choosing the borough as their base. The Council is keen to work with local digital employers to shape our Digital Apprenticeship programme

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Hackney House: London Technology Week Special
1:00 PM13:00

Hackney House: London Technology Week Special

The London Borough of Hackney is delighted to be re-launching its Curtain Road industry space, as Hackney House during London Technology Week. This will cement its place as the base for Hackney's growing business sectors of tech, design, fashion and food.

To celebrate, please join us for an afternoon of digital debate and networking at Hackney House, part of the London Technology Week official programme.

The event is supported by London & Partners, Tech Nordic Advocates, WP Engine, 33Seconds and Tech London Advocates.

The event is free with limited space so please book.

2pm - 3pm - Making the most of Hackney and London – a Nordic and Baltic perspective.

Join top Nordic and Baltic entrepreneurs from VidFlow, Edurio, Readly and Jeanette Carlsson from Tech Nordic Advocates to hear their unique insights into how they've made the most out of Hackney and London to find investment, partners and talent.

3.30pm - 4.30pm - Learn how they engage with their customers in ever-changing, ever-more sophisticated ways.

5pm - 6pm - How to pitch a story and cut through the noise; setting the news agenda, and tailoring your message to suit current trends. 



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Hiring and Managing an Apprentice
9:00 AM09:00

Hiring and Managing an Apprentice

Everything you need to know

People Skills and View Training Ltd are hosting this FREE event, where you will:
• find out more about Apprenticeships
• understand how Apprentices can be a real asset to your business
• hear from employers about their experiences with Apprentices
• take part in interactive workshops
• network with other SMEs, Apprentices and potential Apprentices



Wednesday, 20 April 2016 from 09:00 to 12:00


Open Kitchen Bar and Restaurant - 40 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6LR

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3:30 PM15:30

People Skills workshop: Managing Difficult Conversations in a Small Business

This will be a practical session, aimed at providing you with tools and guidance to help you get the best from your staff. During the session we'll use real life examples to explore issues such as the importance of boundaries, handling difficult conversations and knowing when to escalate matters.


The overall aim of the session is to support managers and help you to:

- Understand the importance of Trust, Empathy and Boundaries in staff management
- Learn how to handle conflict and difficult conversations
- Understand the different levels of listening and how to apply effective techniques
- Understand the process for giving feedback to staff

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Mayor's Civic Crowding Funding Workshop
5:30 PM17:30

Mayor's Civic Crowding Funding Workshop

The Mayor’s Civic Crowdfunding initiative is aimed at creating unique, quirky, human places shaped by local communities through crowdfunding. It works by inviting Londoners to publish their great ideas for transforming London’s shared spaces on Spacehive with the Mayor then pledging up to £20,000 towards the crowdfunding targets of the best projects.

Are you a community group, social enterprise, resident or trader association, Business Improvement District, Town Team, school, Neighbourhood Forum, local charity or other local organisation representing a diverse community? Thinking of crowdfunding a project? Want to learn how to run a campaign that could win you a pledge from the Mayor?

Then join the Spacehive team at City Hall for a special two-hour workshop that will offer all the advice you need on running a successful crowdfunding campaign, developing your ideas and attracting support from the crowd and the Mayor.

The workshop will cover:

  • The crowdfunding journey
  • Defining your audience
  • Creating and presenting your project
  • Case Study
  • Timeline
  • Next steps

Registration is at 5.30pm with the event starting promptly at 6pm.

It would be beneficial (but not essential) to have an early idea for a project in mind, and bring this to the session.

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Capital Talent
to Mar 19

Capital Talent

If you are a Londoner seeking a job or wanting to develop your career, you can meet the Capital’s best businesses and support organisations, offering thousands of jobs as well as the best possible advice. Free admission!

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How to get your business to the next level event
2:00 PM14:00

How to get your business to the next level event


Date: 26th November 2015

From: 2:00pm

To: 5.00pm (followed by drinks and networking)

Venue: BL-NK, 27 Curtain Road, Hackney, London, EC2A 3LT

Cost: FREE

Hosted by NatWest, you will hear from two of the UK’s leading authorities in the “Small Business” sector with their insights into what YOU and YOUR business need to do to get to the next level.

By attending this event you will learn:

1 / The critical things that EVERY business needs to do to become a finely tuned “business machine”

2 / How to improve your skills as a business owner to become a “Great Business Owner”

Presented by KPMG and Holdsworth Advantage the content will cover practical steps, techniques and ideas that you can use straight away and get immediate results. 

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Stoke Newington Music Festival
to Oct 24

Stoke Newington Music Festival

During the weekend of the 23rd-25th,  Stoke Newington’s vibrant and varied entertainment scene will take centre stage as the festival brings together the community and local businesses for a musical extravaganza stretching from Stamford Hill, Church Street and down the High Street.

The festival is raising money for the charity Brook that provide essential sexual health and well being services to young people across the United Kingdom, and is especially active in Hackney where they run the Come Correct scheme, which distributes free condoms to young people across the borough.

Donations can also be made at any time by texting ‘SNMF15 £5’ to 70070, which will donate £5 to Brook (to give more simply change the number after the pound sign.)

The stellar line-up features some of the most exciting bands playing across the UK and internationally at the moment from traditional music to hip-hop DJ sets, raucous guitar bands to harmonising trios, street-performing superstars to reggae selectors, it’ll all be a short walk away in one action-packed weekend.

One special feature of the SNMF is the inclusion of the under-18s Young People’s Venue, located in St. Paul’s Church on Stoke Newington High Street. This setting will be produced by and for under-18s, showcasing not just young musical talent but also young sound engineers. Along with the involvement of the charity Brook, this aspect of the festival means that from the start SNMF will be about investing in Hackney’s young people and ensuring a musical legacy that stretches far into the future.

So join in this October 23-25th and be part of something truly special as Stoke Newington comes alive with the sound of music and the spirit of community!

Website: http://www.stokeymusicfest.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StokeyMusicFest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StokeyMusicFest

Participating venues:

  • Mascara Bar
  • Ryan’s Bar
  • The Old Church
  • 125 Church Street
  • Stereo 92
  • Auld Shillelagh
  • Outside Busking Stage
  • The Waiting Room / The Three Crowns
  • St Paul’s Church (Under 18 Young People’s Venue)
  • The White Hart
  • The Others
  • Coach & Horses
  • The Lion
  • Many of the cafes and restaurants will be holding special events
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