Wednesday 21 February 2018
'Hackney Council announces innovative partnership approach to further develop social enterprise sector in the Borough'

On Wednesday 21st February, representatives from Hackney ’ s social enterprise sector were invited to meet Philip Glanville, the Mayor in Hackney Town Hall to present the results of a consultation to create a Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney.

Urban MBA is delighted to be part of the process in making Hackney a Social Enterprise borough. The only way to create change and champion for the less fortunate is to work together. This is a major step in that process!” Kofi Oppong, Founder, Urban MBA “

Walthamstow Pop up Enterprise Shop November 2017

In November Urban MBA teamed up with Reddot UK and Waltham Forest to give our fashion entrepreneurs a chance to gain feedback on their product. We also changed the store to promote Sharee Lewis to showcase Art made wrong!

Unltd Spaces 4 change November 2017: We partner with Unltd to champion spaces for change

Urban MBA Receives Pioneering Hackney Social Enterprise Mark!

On Thursday 21st October Urban MBA were proud to be one of the first 15 Social Enterprises to receive the new Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney Mark. Certificates were awarded by Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney at the launch event organised by Hackney Co-operative Developments and hosted by UBS at their new offices in Broadgate.

The Pioneering Social Enterprise Mark recognises that Urban MBA are a genuine social enterprise that qualify against strict criteria of community-ownership, operation for social benefit, democratic control by Hackney communities, solvency and investment of profit into social objectives. The mark will provide a quality assurance to customers – helping inform ethical decisions around spend, and will promote awareness of the significant benefits that social enterprises bring to the Borough of Hackney.

The Pioneering Social Enterprise in Hackney Mark has been created by Hackney Co-operative Developments, who also provide a support programme to social enterprises across the borough, thanks to funding from UBS. The aim of both the mark and the support packages are to grow the social economy in the borough. The launch of the mark is also part of wider work Hackney Co-operative Developments is leading, with Hackney Council, Social Enterprise UK and the Mark holders to have Hackney recognised as inner-London’s first ‘Social Enterprise Borough’.

Its fantastic that Hackney Co-operative recognized Urban MBA for the work we do in Hackney

“Hackney is a borough that leads the way in social enterprise, it is part of the fabric of our community resilience against many pressures of change and uncertainly. People of Hackney really identify themselves with the borough and seek opportunities to contribute to its strength. Trading with local social enterprises is a powerful way to do this. The 15 businesses that were recognized in today’s awards are true social enterprise pioneers that support Hackney to flourish and I am proud to be working with them.” Dominic Ellison, CEO, Hackney Co-operative Developments


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kofiUrban MBA is a 12 week enterprise course with two, four hour training sessions per week. Young adults will learn how to set up and maintain a business idea. We support and mentor over a 12, 18, 24 months period to keep them on track.

Hackney Co-operative Developments
Hackney Co-operative Developments, itself a social enterprise, has engaged in Community Economic Development projects in Hackney for over 30 years and in particular the support and development of new co-operatives and social enterprises. Aside from social enterprise development, HCD helps over 80 local businesses, community organisations, cultural institutions and shops remain in Dalston through its role as a supportive provider of affordable workspace; provides packages of free training and support for Hackney residents who are furthest from employment; and manages a diary of community and cultural activities in Gillett Square.

Hackney Co-operative Developments were honoured at the Mayor of Hackney Business Awards early this year when they were presented with the Hackney Business Charter Award for Best Overall Contribution to the Borough.

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Startup Kitchen often catches founders at pivotal points in the development of their young companies, Fay Cannings says.

The project tries to deliver as much as possible in the three hours it spends with each participant. “It cuts through a lot in a short space of time,” Ms Cannings says. “They don’t have to go on a huge expensive training course to get the advice they’re looking for.”

Because many will need further support, Ms Cannings is working to build partnerships with relevant services. “Brokering is fundamental,” she says.

Startup Kitchen works with Urban MBA, a training programme to help young adults who missed out on an adequate formal education with their communication skills, as well as Seedcamp, which provides investment and mentoring for the most promising technology-led businesses.


Additional support for the young designers on the Urban MBA course, with Thierry Bayle from Global Fashion Management.


Project meeting with Hackney CSV to support young black males into work, we will provide social media training and interview skills.

Alfred of Seon Swete working on the business model Canvas.


Additional support for the young designers on the Urban MBA course, with Thierry Bayle from Global Fashion Management.


The first opportunity for Fighting Chance Group to get a taste of Urban MBA.


Amanda, 18, designs the STRIP women’s collection for SS16. This is in line with our ethos, in allowing young people the opportunity to develop and gain experience through our organisation. These opportunities are hard to find in today’s working climate.


Tower skills social media training and goal setting to determine “Brand You”.


Audrey of Divine Management and her team, discussing company set up and each individual role within the team.


The first opportunity for Fighting Chance Group to get a taste of Urban MBA.


Tower skills social media training and goal setting to determine “Brand You”.


London social enterprise networking event was set up by Fahmida who is an Urban MBA graduate. After training with us Fahimda is now Digital Marketing & Fundraising Apprentice for Cause4, a charity that raises funds for social enterprises and entrepreneurs.


The first opportunity for Fighting Chance Group to get a taste of Urban MBA.