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How to Start a Business in Hackney

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


How to Start a Business in Hackney

Starting a business in Hackney

If you are thinking about starting a business in Hackney or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Hackney contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Hackney since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Hackney

There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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Download the 2022 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy to read way.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don’t become one of them.

This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English.

There is also plenty of help available in the area and much of it is free - please do make the most of it.

Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.
Starting a business in Hackney

Key Contacts in Hackney

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business.

Hackney is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.


Lou Ellison
I am a Marketing Manager with 18 years of experience across a variety of sectors including automotive, engineering, FMCG, retail and non-profit. I bring to the table a diverse skillset, having worked in-agency, in-house and in my own business. I can help start-ups as a sounding board for the marketing segment of their business plan, channelling their ideas into a tangible strategy, defining clear objectives and deliverables. Providing advice on identifying their ideal audience, websites, social media and advertising.


London Borough of Hackney Business Advice
Our mission is to make Hackney fairer, building a more inclusive and resilient economy, one that nurtures start-up businesses, provides continuity for established businesses, and supports growing and scaling up enterprises. We have produced a toolkit which sets out our offer to businesses operating in the borough and how you can work with us to make Hackney a fairer place for all.


HCD (Hackney Co-operative Developments)
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. HCD works within our local community to explore ideas and opportunities to create a sustainable environment for Hackney's communities to flourish. We 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. We provide affordable workspace to a range of social and ethical organisations, local start-ups, cultural entrepreneurs and creative professionals, playing an important role in Hackney's business ecosystem and ongoing urban regeneration.


Hackney Business Network
The Hackney Business Network is a council-run initiative to support our local business community. Hackney has a thriving community of businesses, ranging from small independent enterprises to UK headquarters of some of the largest corporations in the world. Our mission is to make Hackney fairer, building a more inclusive and resilient economy, one that nurtures start up businesses, provides continuity for established businesses, and supports growing up and scaling enterprises. This council wants to work in partnership with businesses in Hackney to enable them to grow and prosper and build a relationship of investment and opportunity with Hackney residents and businesses.


MDP Accountancy Services LLP
MDP Accountancy Services, based in Liverpool St. provide specialist accounting services to New Start-ups, Freelance contractors, Medical professionals and SMEs. With our vast experience in accounting we understand that one size does not fit all. With fixed rate packages for those new to contracting and bespoke services to businesses and individuals with more complex needs, MDP Accountancy Services will take the worry out of your accounting responsibilities. Address: 12th Floor, Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EW E-Mail:
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