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)

Book your place 

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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