The Hackney Business Network with industry partners have put together a day of insightful learning and development sessions for Hackney based small businesses.

Held at the new BL-NK space in Shoreditch, the day comprises of three separate seminars covering Finance, Marketing and HR for small businesses. Each session is repeated twice with a drop-in clinic from each service for specific issues that businesses need advice for.

Each session will be followed by a refreshment break with a networking drink in the bar at the end of the day.

Please find more detail on each session below:


From Business Growth Service

Join Alasdair Inglis, director of the marketing consultancy, Grow, for a fast paced digital marketing seminar aimed at directors of growing businesses.

Choosing the right digital marketing strategies for your business can dramatically increase your business enquiries, sales and profits. During this Digital Marketing Seminar, Alasdair Inglis, will teach proven digital marketing strategies that get amazing results. Grow will explain these advanced strategies in detail, showing real world examples and successes.

Finally, you will have the opportunity to speak to one of the Business Growth Service's Business Growth Managers, who can discuss how you can access government-backed funding to help your business grow. Visit the website at to find out more about the support available.



From Get Set for Growth

If you’re looking to access finance in order to grow your business, a solid business plan and sound financial documents will all be essential to ensure your business is regarded as ‘investment ready.’

This session will give you a snapshot of the steps you can undertake to become investment ready. It will also introduce GetSet for Growth and the finance, marketing and business support on offer to SME’s in Hackney to strengthen your skills and put you in the best possible position to grow your business.


Gain the skills to attract, interview and bring in the right candidates for your business.

From People Skills

This will be an interactive workshop touching on:

  • Writing a job description
  • Writing a job advert
  • Where to advertise your job
  • Equalities Act 2010 – what you can and can’t ask
  • Interview questions and interview dos and don’ts
  • How to formulate and make an offer