East London borough awarded Social Enterprise Place status

The London Borough of Hackney has been awarded Social Enterprise Place status by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK).

Mayor Philip Glanville received the award from CEO of SEUK Peter Holbrook at the Social Enterprise in the City conference in Shoreditch (south Hackney).

Mayor Glanville said: "I am proud of the Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership which put together this application; and am honoured on behalf of the whole borough that Hackney has been awarded Social Enterprise Place status.  

“However, as a borough, we have set our ambition even higher to build on this excellent work and develop a thriving social enterprise ecosystem in Hackney. I recognise that together we shall need to work hard over the next three years to realise that ambition."

A number of social enterprises call Hackey home, including Urban MBA, which delivers enterprise and employability training for people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

Kofi Oppong, founder of Urban MBA, said: "This is recognition for the many years of hard work put in by social entrepreneurs throughout the borough."  

Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC runs a number of programmes to support the creation and growth of co-operatives and social enterprises in Hackney. Its new CEO Edward Quigley said: "We are really excited by this award – Hackney has a long history of social enterprise activity.

"Nevertheless we want to grow the social enterprise sector further… We want the sector to rise to the challenge of generating jobs, opportunities and vital services for local people – especially for young people and for groups who do not yet benefit from the economic growth and gentrification recently experienced by the borough."

Hackney joins 23 other towns, cities and zones across the UK, as well as Auckland in New Zealand, which have all been named Social Enterprise Places. The scheme was set up by SEUK to ‘promote, raise awareness, and build the markets for social enterprise at a local and national level’.

Peter Holbrook, CEO of SEUK, said: “We’re delighted to announce that Hackney is now an accredited Social Enterprise Place. The award recognises the dedication and vision of the residents and partners of the Borough of Hackney in their commitment to cooperation and to building an economy of social enterprise.

“Throughout the country Social Enterprise Places are re-injecting life into local communities, creating opportunities, local wealth and changing lives for the better.”


The Social Enterprise in the City conference was held in Hackney on Wednesday 1 November by Hackney Co-operative Developments. Pioneers Post is a partner to this event.

Photo: Shoreditch graffiti by DeptfordJon