Businesses seek support from Hackney Enterprise Network

More than 150 local businesses attended the launch of the Hackney Enterprise Network (HEN) to find out how they can get support and advice to increase their competitiveness.

The network is run by HBV Enterprise on behalf of Hackney Council and offers tailored support and advice designed to help local entrepreneurs to make new contacts, enter new markets, grow and fund their businesses.

At the official launch event yesterday (Wed 17 Feb) small and medium sized businesses from the borough had the chance to network and to talk to representatives from major organisations, including Hackney Council, about supply chain opportunities.

They also heard from speakers including the Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe; David Pack, partnerships manager at the City of London Corporation; Jill Lewis from local training and conference centre City Edge; and Grant Findlay, operations director at Carillion which is building the 2012 media centres in Hackney Wick on the Olympic Park.

Support from HEN includes business to business networking events, business skills workshops, advice on enterprise growth, access to loans and small grants, advice for businesses hit by the economic crisis, and access to business information and initiatives from central Government.

Opening the event at Shoreditch Town Hall, Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “I am pleased that the Council is able to offer this extra support to the small and medium sized businesses which are at the heart of Hackney’s local economy. The Hackney Enterprise Network will provide advice and support that will help its members grow their businesses efficiently and effectively throughout the economic downturn and beyond.”

Richard Abbott, Chief Executive of HBV Enterprise, said: “We’re delighted that so many local businesses attended the launch and look forward to supporting them to become more successful. We aim to make Hackney Enterprise Network THE gateway to all the right connections for Hackney’s businesses.”

Businesses can register their interest in joining the Hackney Enterprise Network (HEN) by calling: 020 7241 7066, visiting the website: or e-mailing:

Alternatively, visit: HBV Enterprise Centre, 34-38 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3AZ.