We believe that it is possible to use our entrepreneurial energy and spending power to create a fairer society with less inequality. We envision a society that is built upon caring for ourselves, each other and the planet, where diversity is valued and everyone has an equal opportunity to flourish.
We who sign this manifesto see that strengthening the social enterprise sector in Hackney is a way to achieve this vision.
In 2017, London Borough of Hackney officially became a social enterprise borough. Hackney is home to over 300 social enterprises, from well-established nationwide organisations to award-winning start-ups. But this is only the beginning.
To accompany this manifesto we have asked local organisations what they can do to promote, develop and support social enterprises in the Borough.
But first, what makes a business a social enterprise?
There are at least 300 emerging and bona fide social enterprises operating in or from Hackney: co-operatives, CICs, community businesses, trading not-for-profits and social purpose trading arms. These range from tiny entrepreneurial luncheon-clubs to national enterprises such as HCT Group, who run bus routes and community transport all around the UK, with a turnover of £62.9 million.
Although not all businesses are social enterprises by definition, we realise that many businesses do make efforts to contribute and give back to the community. We encourage this. We hope that all businesses continue to make improvements to be more socially and environmentally conscious.