Allia opens new business centre for entrepreneurs in East London

Over 100 entrepreneurs, investors and mentors joined guest speaker Peter Cowley to celebrate the launch of the Allia Future Business Centre East London last night, Wednesday 28 June. Allia is the UK’s leading provider of spaces for impact entrepreneurs, and its new centre on London Lane, Hackney is a bespoke co-working facility which combines co-working, event and meeting space with free business incubator and accelerator programmes.

At the buzzing launch event, Cowley underlined the aspiration of the new centre to support existing businesses based or operating in East London to scale and create local employment – whilst engaging the audience with advice, experience and lessons learnt around the challenges of growing and scaling a business. Cowley, a serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor as well as a huge supporter of charities creating social change, spoke of the important role that Allia Future Business centres were already playing in Cambridge and Peterborough.

Allia focuses on working with entrepreneurs and ventures who are creating change – from working on a local level to address global challenges. For East London this means understanding the particular challenges faced and providing the right resources and support to help such ventures to effectively grow their business.

Amongst the many guests last night were 26 ventures who have just moved into the centre as part of Allia’s Serious Impact Incubator, an equity-free programme to help entrepreneurs innovate, grow and scale. Allia will be launching a Growth Accelerator programme in the Autumn – to support and advise more established local businesses who wish to grow.

Tim Jones, chief executive of Allia said: “Allia is dedicated to helping impact organisations and initiatives to grow, that will benefit people, place and planet. We are really excited to be joining the evolving ecosystem in London Fields and want our new centre to be the home for East London’s impact entrepreneurs.”

Allia’s work in East London is being supported by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, as part of their philanthropic work to support small business and create jobs. 


Editor’s notes

Allia Future Business Centre East London, 18-20 London Lane, Hackney, London E8 3PR
For more information go to eastlondon.futurebusinesscentre.co.uk

For interviews or more information please contact claire.thwaites@allia.org.uk Tel: 01223 781305

ABOUT ALLIA:
Allia is an independent not-for-profit with a social mission, dedicated to helping impact organisations and initiatives to grow. Our world constantly needs new thinking and new solutions if it is to solve the most pressing global and local challenges. Organisations and initiatives that aim to make positive change and address these challenges, impact ventures and impact entrepreneurs, can transform peoples’ lives. Allia recognises they need the right kind of support and creates innovative and effective services to support them, one great idea at a time.

There are 3 key strands of activity:

Future Business Centres –  the UK’s leading spaces for impact entrepreneurs

Serious Impact – we help impact entrepreneurs innovate, start up, grow and scale with Accelerator and Incubation programmes

Social Finance – Innovative social finance and impact investments to help charities and organisations deliver greater impact

Incubator and Accelerator programmes run at the centre:

Serious Impact East London Incubator An equity-free incubator in East London to help early stage ventures and entrepreneurs innovate, grow and scale. An experienced team and mentors will provide help and support to develop and grow ventures.

Serious Impact East London Growth Accelerator A programme of free help and business support for businesses already established in East London, to get more customers, increase sales and market businesses effectively.