Dec 21, 2017
Here at The Brew, we like to do our bit to champion causes that we care about, particularly when it comes to supporting start-ups and growing businesses. A big part of that is using our newsletter to keep you, our fantastic community, up to speed on what’s going on in the local area and the small business scene - and most importantly, how you can get involved. So as 2017 draws to a close, here’s a look back over some of our favourite initiatives of the year…
Small Business Grants
An injection of cash makes all the difference when you’re trying to get your business off the ground, which is why we’ve loved partnering with smallbusiness.co.uk, to award £5,000 to a different small business every month. Small Business Grants has so far helped some super innovative and interesting businesses, including Techsixtyfour, with its wearable mobile phone tracker for children, and Sent into Space, which offers marketing, education and research opportunities in near space. The competition will continue into 2018, so you’ve got plenty of time left to apply, and we can’t wait to hear about what future winners are up to! For all the details on how to enter, check out our blog here
Virtual office launch
In response to popular demand, 2017 was the year when we launched The Brew Concierge! We discovered that, in the early days, many start-ups and freelancers can’t stretch to hot-desking, a private office space or coworking space, but they still need help with answering phones and managing post, as well as a central address to give that professional image. The Brew Concierge - our London virtual office service - does all this and with flexible options that won’t break the bank. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we know the pain points where freelancers and start-ups need help most, so you can be sure you’re in good hands. All the details of how it works can be found here
The Mayor’s air quality fund
Poor air quality in London is a ticking time bomb so we were very pleased when the Mayor put it high on his priority list earlier this year. The £1m fund was open to any business or business group with a proposal for how to make their local area more pleasant for customers and staff to walk and cycle in, while helping businesses to reduce their emissions and running costs. The results were announced in November, with five ‘Business Low Emissions Neighbourhoods’ selected across five boroughs, showing the wide support for improving air quality within London’s business community. You can read more about the projects here
SME GROW events
Our SME GROW events launched this year to cover the most important issues small businesses deal with every day. Next year we'll have an even bigger programme covering topics as diverse as social media marketing, financial management, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), cybersecurity, HR, legal, fundraising and Search Engine Optimisation. These focused seminars get into the nitty gritty of subjects that really matter to small businesses, helping you to tackle real challenges and gain fresh perspectives to help your business GROW. Look out for more in 2018!
Hackney Loves you campaign
Brexit has been the defining issue of 2017, leaving many of our EU friends, neighbours and colleagues feeling unwelcome and uncertain about their future. As a proudly diverse workplace, The Brew has been dismayed by how the government has handled this issue, throwing our full support behind Hackney Council, which took a lead on doing something about it. The excellent #HackneyLovesYou campaign aimed to show the borough’s 41,500 EU residents that we love having them here, while calling for more action to secure their rights following Brexit. We’re really pleased there have now been some guarantees from the Government, though the devil is always in the detail!