Hackney Council has developed a series of Business Friendship Agreements with similar cities and districts around the world.  These agreements are designed to improve the prospects of Hackney's businesses for exporting and building new links that will increase the size of a business' markets.  Our first agreement is with Austin, Texas which has now evolved into the signing of a full Sister City agreement with the City.  In March 2014 we signed a Business Friendship Agreement with Oslo, Norway and similar agreements with Barcelona and New York are in the pipeline.

In 2013 this work led to the award by the Government's Business Innovation and Skills Department (BIS) for Encouraging Businesses to Export. 

Click here to see what we have achieved