Loughborough University London partners social enterprise conference

Loughborough University London is pleased to be a partner of East London’s 'Social Enterprise in The City' conference, taking place on 1st November at Hackney House in Shoreditch. The conference is being organised by Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC and Hackney Council.

Using Hackney as a case study, this one-day conference will explore how to develop a vibrant urban social enterprise ecosystem in which social enterprises can address inner city challenges such as disengaged youth, social exclusion and food sustainability.
Through a series of talks, panels and breakout sessions this conference will identify key inner city needs, an inner city vision for social enterprise and the steps local actors can take to grow the sector. The day will also include an opportunity to work with the Mayor of Hackney to draft a social enterprise manifesto for Hackney.
Headline speakers include:
Peter Holbrook, CEO, Social Enterprise UK; Bharat Mehta, CEO, Trust for London; Gemma Heard, Project Manager, Drivers for Change; Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville and Councillor Mete Coban 

Panel discussions

  • Why should cities invest in social enterprise development? (Bobby Kasanga, Hackney Wick FC; Jude Williams, Hackney Pirates; Kemi Dowokpor, Mind Your Language and Gee Sinha, ReSpace Projects)
  • Are social enterprises equipped to operate in inner city markets? (Faisel Rahman, Fair Finance; Howard Lane, Green Net; Julie Brown, Growing Communities and Claire Martin, Mill Co.)
  • Supporting a social enterprise ecosystem - social & community leaders discuss conditions necessary for inner city social enterprise growth (Jake Ferguson, HCVS; Claire Witney, London Borough of Hackney; Jacqui Roberts, Shoreditch Trust; Nas Morley, UnLtd; Lindsey Hall, Real Ideas Organisation)



  • Open discussion: Growing the sector through collaboration and engagement. (Hackney Co-operative Developments)
  • Open discussion: Drawing up an inner city manifesto for social enterprise. (Hackney Co-operative Developments)
  • Three ways to finance your social enterprise (ALLIA); 
  • Q&A: How to engage young people at risk of exclusion (Urban MBA, Hackney Wick FC and UnLtd); 
  • How to measure and report social impact (CAN Mezannine); 
  • Steps for changing your private business into a social enterprise (Co-operatives Assistance Network); 
  • Bringing a product to market on a shoestring (Red Ochre)
  • Co-operative Working Principles (Calverts)

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.

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Tickets are currently available at a cost of £10 per person. Loughborough University London students and staff can benefit from a discounted price of £8 per person. Places are limited so please book promptly.
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