Hackney House re-opens in Shoreditch

The three-floor venue supports creative and technology companies in Tech City

A 4,500 square foot space designed to support and celebrate local businesses has returned to Hackney.

Hackney House was set up by the Council in East Road, Shoreditch, as a temporary space to support creative and technology companies in the area – otherwise known as Tech City – in 2013.

After closing for a year, its new home at 25-27 Curtain Road is bigger – arranged over three floors of versatile floor space – and more ambitious, aiming to cater to businesses in the tech, fashion, retail and finance sectors.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, who launched the venue, said: “This venue is purpose-built to support business growth, helping to showcase East London’s broad creative and commercial community while giving entrepreneurs and start-ups much needed affordable workspace ... [and] helping to create opportunities for employment, training and apprenticeships with the introduction of new businesses into the borough.”

As well as providing affordable workspaces with free wi-fi in a central location, the site is intended for use as a seminar, meeting and networking events space. The aim is to act as a platform from which local projects can be promoted to national, and even global, audiences.

A series of events is programmed for the space, plus there's a digital art gallery, roof terrace and cafe promoting local produce and suppliers.

The venue, which will be open for five years, is being run at no cost to the taxpayer. Funding will be generated through hiring out the space. Any surplus profit will be reinvested into supporting local businesses.