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Based in Hackney, supporting London

A Local Enterprise Hub, Starting, Funding & Growing Businesses

Local people are at the heart of what we do, and we help them change their lives.

"An Amazing Charity" - RR - August 2014
"I love HBV!" - CJ - July 2014
"Without HBV I would not be where I am. I am very grateful" - RK - May 2013
"Fantastic help" - DG - May 2013

We aim to post a new video featuring enterprising young people soon. In the meantime, you can meet just a few of our service users in this 2009 video:

Read about other entrepreneurs that we've helped here and here.

We’re an Enterprise Hub and Education Charity based in Hackney, which is London’s poorest borough.

Hackney is changing for the better, however some people need a helping hand, because the borough is also the number 2 most deprived area in the country.

We teach people about enterprise because it gives them new skills and better chances, and a potential route out of disdavantage. They become more employable, and some go on to start and grow their own successful businesses, creating jobs along the way. We also help local people finance and grow their businesses, which stimulates the local economy.

The Social Investment we make
Over each of the last 5 years, we have on average:-
• Answered 5,368 individual enquiries
• Delivered 1,320 advice sessions
• Given 833 days of training to local people

The Social Return on Our Investment
Since starting our Finance Service, we have levered £14.2 million of finance into local small businesses, creating and preserving 1,161 jobs.

Overall, HBV Enterprise has helped at least 1,703 businesses to start up, and create at least 2,470 new jobs.

Over each of the last 5 years, we have on average:-
• Supported at least 46 new business start ups that created at least 66 new jobs at the time of start up
• Sustained 57 further jobs that were at risk

• Over 2 years, Hackney Enterprise Network led to the evidenced growth of 55 local small businesses and the signing of a further 54 new business-to-business contracts.

Support Us
Corporates - we need partnership and support to sustain and expand our work into new and exciting dimensions. To find out how you can help, please talk to our Chief Executive Richard Abbott. Thank you.

Everyone - we are a small charity that makes a real difference and needs your support - please click on the Virgin 'Make a donation' button. Thank you!


Do you have an idea for a new enterprise, or want to know how to take your existing enterprise to the next level? Our services include:

  • Training and information for would-be entrepreneurs
  • Access to business seminars, workshops and training opportunities
  • One to One business counselling and advice (this is subject to availability, and a fee may be charged)
  • Hackney Enterprise Network - the place to grow business in Hackney
  • Enterprise Loans and finance-raising help for viable small firms
  • We're dedicated to helping local enterprises to start and grow. Call in, register with us, and find out how can we help you! Click the 'contact' tab above for details.


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