Business Support in Hackney

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Hackney Council

Hackney Council can provide support and advice on: business rates, business related licenses (e.g. alcohol, shop front trading, MST, pet shop) registering your food business, trading standards, market trading and commercial waste collection.


Federation of Small Businesses

FSB offer their members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Their aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.


London Small Business Centre

London Small Business Centre is one of the leading enterprise agencies in the capital providing funding, workspaces, training and face-to-face advice and mentoring to aspiring and thriving entrepreneurs.


Hackney Co-operative Developments

HCD is a local community economic development agency with a membership open to all those who subscribe to its co-operative goals and values. They support the creation and growth of co-operatives and social enterprises through programmes such as our Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney initiative, and use our agency role to network and connect organisations so that the movement can work together to grow the locally-owned social economy in our borough.

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London & Partners

London & Partners are the experts on doing business in the capital, helping overseas businesses to set up, grow, and in invest in London. Their team can advise you on every aspect of how to start a business in the UK from locating to doing business in London, free of charge.

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Allia Serious Impact

Allia Serious Impact  helps East London’s entrepreneurs to innovate, start-up, grow and scale. They offer two free support programmes to help local entrepreneurs and businesses grow.

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Get Set For Growth 

GetSet is a specialist service tailored for small businesses with the potential and ambition for sustainable growth. If you’re looking for some expert support to help get your business to the next level, the GetSet teams of business, finance, marketing and sales strategists are ready to get to work.


Nwes - Enterprising High Streets Programme

The Enterprising High Streets programme, supported by JP Morgan, is a free, two year, business support initiative targeting early stage, high street businesses in the London boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham. Support is provided though bespoke one-to-one advice, grants to support trading at local markets and specialist masterclasses on topics such as pricing, visual merchandising and marketing. For more information or to book an appointment please visit the website.

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Hackney Works

Hackney Works is Hackney Council's in-house recruitment service for businesses in and around the borough. The team are dedicated to providing a straightforward, flexible and responsive employment support package for employers wishing to hire local people with the right skills and experience for the job. Their employment service is a completely free service, regardless of the complexity involved in finding the right person for the job. 

Help to Make your Business Accessible to Disabled Customers

There are over 35,000 disabled people living in Hackney, nearly 15% of the total population. It makes good business sense to ensure that your premises and the goods and services you offer are accessible to disabled people.

Please use the links below that provide a range of useful information:

Making your Premises, Goods and Services Accessible to Disabled People

The guide from the Equality and Human Rights Commission focuses on making your premises physically accessible, while these pages from Invest Northern Ireland also explain how you can change the way you work as a business to accommodate a disabled person’s needs.

Employing Disabled Staff

Employing Disabled People and People with Health Conditions provides all the information you need when employing disabled staff, and providing support with their career.

Communicating with Disabled People

These guides cover all areas of communication with disabled people from appropriate language and images, to channels and formats.