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How to Run a More Collaborative Business

Image Credit: Rawpixel via Unsplash As a business, improving your working environment can help you increase employee productivity and staff retention. Everyone likes to work in a space that feels collaborative and welcoming. Here are seven steps to follow if…

European Commission selects top 30 ideas to harness technological change

30 organisations with ideas for ‘Equality Rebooted’ in the running for three €50,000 prizes for the best ideas to spread the benefits of technological change in Europe 30 semi-finalists have been selected out of almost 800 in the 2017 edition…

Achieve more in your work by knowing your strengths

Our members and partners, CoachingPartner, believe that the path to achieving success – whatever that means to you – starts with understanding your uniqueness. Here they explain why this is one of the most important things to understand if you…

Circular Fashion Workshop: ‘Identifying High-Value Solutions’

Impact Hub Westminster & the Circular Economy Club jointly organised the ‘Circular Fashion Workshop: Identifying High-Value Solutions’ on April 19th, 2017 to explore the opportunities of the circular economy applied to the fashion industry. Read all about the key insights…

Circular fashion: How can we change consumers’ mindsets?

According to WRAP, annually we send £140,000 worth of used clothing to UK landfill each year. Alongside this the average UK household also owns around £4000 worth of clothing, with 30% of this being unworn throughout the year. Such figures…

Six tips for your last minute application to the European Social Innovation Competition

Life happens. Deadlines can sneak up on you. It’s understandable. So if you’ve yet to submit your application for the European Social Innovation Competition, you’ll be relieved to hear you are not alone. The 2016 competition received 84 per cent …

Connected Parking Hackathon

Smart cities experts collaborated with developers, entrepreneurs and policy makers for our Smart Cities Connected Parking Hackathon, in partnership with Westminster City Council, the Department for Transport and Conduent this week. Participants were invited to co-create new ideas and concepts…

7 Profit Draining Mistakes to Avoid in 2017

  If you are looking to grow your business and improve its profitability, your first step should be to identify where your business is losing profit, and it could be in the places you least expect! Profit draining mistake 1…

3 Steps to Explore your Unique Leadership Style

WHAT IS GREAT LEADERSHIP? Many people discuss this question and there are a number of suggested answers. At Coachingpartner we believe there isn´t one great answer to this question. Instead we believe there are many different answers that are unique…

Expanding your business

Expanding your business can be a great way to maximise your profits and take your business to the next level. But be cautious, because growing your business may not guarantee that your profits increase as well. In fact, expansion can…

Impact Hub Westminster to inspire next generation of entrepreneurs

  The UK’s future entrepreneurs will be gaining insight into the world of business at a guided tour of Impact Hub Westminster as part of Westminster Enterprise Week (14-20 November 2016). Students from schools and colleges from across Westminster have…

Duncan Goose, One Water and the Sustainable Development Goals

On Monday 14th November we’re excited to be launching Inside My Impact, where Duncan Goose will be speaking about launching the One Brand and his work towards tackling the sustainable development goals. Here he gives a small insight into his…

Sustainable Fashion: Who really pays the price for our clothes?

This week we teamed up with hub members Wholegrain Digital to put on a community screening of The True Cost. Over 70 members and friends joined us to learn more about the human and environmental impact of the fashion industry,…

What Business Coaching Could Do for You

Have you ever felt stuck, stagnant, confused and not sure how to progress to the next stage of a business venture or in your professional life? More and more people are turning to business coaching as a way of taking…

Hubber of the month: Nadzia Laskar

Welcome to our Hubber of the Month series, where we are celebrating the stories, challenges and achievements of our members. Our collaborative work space is filled with inspirational people creating incredible impact, working alongside each other to achieve their goals.…

Kicking climate change with innovation

The summer months are our quietest at Impact Hub Westminster, as many of our hubbers are taking a well-deserved break. Yet last Friday the space was anything but, with a flurry of international graduates from the 2016 Climate-KIC Summer School…

Women Unite: Good Women Networking Event

  On a warm evening in July, Impact Hub Westminster was creating it’s own kind of heat, as over 100 women gathered to connect, share stories and drive social change. This was the Good Women Network, an initiative by Vanilla…

Hubber of the month – James Stanbridge

Welcome to our Hubber of the Month series, where we are celebrating the stories, challenges and achievements of our members. Our collaborative work space is filled with inspirational people creating incredible impact, working alongside each other to achieve their goals.…

3 easy ways to improve your pitch

Want to improve your pitch? Our Community Support Officer, Viola Träm, has taken a look at the latest techniques to help you present yourself, and your business, in the best way possible. Once upon a time an aspiring entrepreneur, let’s…

Why the best entrepreneurs tell stories

Telling stories is an integral part of human life, we all do it whether we’re aware of it or not.  But how about telling a good story with a clearly defined point for business purposes?  That is an entirely different…

The good, the bad, the ugly: The Community watch Cowspiracy

This week we teamed up with hub members Wholegrain Digital and I AM Enterprises to put on a community screening of the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. Over 50 members and friends joined us to learn more about the environmental…

Unveiling your leadership style

Everybody has opinions about what great Leadership is, but how often do you get to explore your unique leadership style? Hub members were given an insight into just how empowering this can be when Coachingpartner ran an action packed 2-hour…

Food Sustainability in Action: Meet Hubber Sophie Andre

Food sustainability is a hot topic in many spheres, not least in the Impact Hub London network. With resources depleting quickly across our exhausted planet, solutions need to evolve quickly and in response innovative initiatives are constantly emerging. This spring…

Scholars with impact!

In February the 2016 Hub Westminster Impact Scholarship programme kicked off, sponsored by Westminster City Council. It offers access for three months to our ecosystem of collaborative workspace, resources and network to 20 entrepreneurs with big ideas but limited funds.…

World Oceans Day: Protecting the big blue heart of our planet

We all know that forests are the lungs of our planet. What gets far less attention is the fact that our oceans are just as important in keeping us in supply of oxygen. Today is World Ocean Day and the…

The Emerging Northern Digital Powerhouse – Report

THE INNOVATION POTENTIAL OF TECH CLUSTERS OF THE NORTH In the same month the first Impact Hub Scaling programme celebrates its end, we, in partnership with Tech City, released a report about the growing Northern digital economy. Written by the…

Urban Mining – Putting the Fantastic Back into Plastic

Tackling the task of integrating plastic waste as resources into the circular economy is not an easy one. It will require significant systemic change and oodles of innovation. This is precisely the reason Enviu teamed up with Impact Hub this…

A dance with systems at “Systems, Sustainability & Me”

Are you curious by default? Are you comfortable with uncertainty and do you, deep down, think the world is simply too complex to understand fully? If this strikes a chord you might be a systems thinker at heart.   But…

Meet the Cleantech innovators: #1 WITT Energy – converting motion into energy

We offered two Business Support Awards to the teams at COHEAT & WITT Energy at this year’s Cleantech Innovate, a two-day programme that celebrates the very best in green industry innovation, organised by Impact Hub Westminster alumni, Ecoconnect.   The…

Good Women + Impact Hub Westminster

Good Women is a free and open network for women interested in social change, across sectors, organisations and stages of life. It’s run by Vanilla, a social business working to support people and organisations who want to improve the world.…

Meet the Hubber: Catherine McClen, founder of BuddyHub

It’s a really exciting time for Catherine McClen, who has recently launched the pilot of her new business, BuddyHub, in Islington. BuddyHub’s mission is to alleviate loneliness and isolation, particularly in the older generation, by connecting communities together to build…

European Commission seeks bright ideas to support refugees and migrants

2016 European Social Innovation Competition ‘Integrated Futures’ to award three €50,000 prizes for best ideas   The European Commission has officially launched the 2016 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition with the aim of supporting the reception and integration…

U.Lab at Impact Hub Westminster

Between September and December 2015, 48 Impact Hubs joined participants in over 180 countries to take part in the online course “U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self”.   So what is U.Lab all about? U.Lab participants follow ‘Theory U’ and…

Our Raise Impact Cleantech Crowdfunding Accelerator – What happened?

Right now in Paris at COP21, the world leaders are gathering together. As they discuss our move towards a greener economy, and plans for adaptation to climate change impacts, we’ve also been playing our part in supporting climate action.    …

Winners awarded in 2015 European Commission Social Innovation Competition!

Three organisations with ideas for ‘New Ways to Grow’ in Europe selected to share €150,000 prize   Sit-in beekeeping foundation Apiform, peer-to-peer homestay model for older people The Freebird Club, and accessible car sharing platform Wheeliz have been named the…

Launching ‘Journey to Impact’

As we celebrate our 4th Birthday, it feels like a good moment to reflect on the past few years and think about our future. We bring together a community of social and environmental entrepreneurs and the strength of our community…

Enviu & Impact Hub team up for a European Innovation Challenge to reduce plastic waste

The Plastic Fantastic Challenge invites young entrepreneurs, industry and environmental experts to co-create game changing business concepts.   Enviu and Impact Hub have launched the Plastic Fantastic Challenge across Europe! With special events taking place in Rotterdam, Munich, Athens, London,…

Raising the Bar in Crowdfunding Support

Organisations that we supported with our Raise Impact Crowdfunding Accelerator have raised more than half a million pounds.   In April and May 2015, we held two Raise Impact Crowdfunding Accelerators. The goal was to support at least 20 social-purpose…

Finalists selected in European Social Innovation Competition: ‘New Ways to Grow’

Ten European social entrepreneurs compete for three €50,000 prizes The 2015 finalists for the European Social Innovation Competition have been named from a shortlist of 30 and a total of over 1,400 applicants from 40 countries.   This year’s competition…

Forget #GBBO! Common Cause’s micro-enterprises are baking for their lives

Impact Hub Westminster members Common Cause support those below the poverty line to build businesses, by enabling people to donate money, skills or equipment through their crowdfunding platform.   On the launch of their new crowdfunding campaign, we hear from…

Crowdfunding 101: What is reward-based Crowdfunding?

Following our crowdfunding theme, we’re pleased to welcome Jess Ratty, brand communications manager at the UK’s largest reward-based crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder, to tell us more about crowdfunding for social enterprises. Register your interest here in our next Raise Impact Crowdfunding…

Crowdfunding 101: Equity Crowdfunding

In the second post of our Crowdfunding 101 blog series, Kieran Garvey of Crowdcube takes us on a whirlwind tour of equity crowdfunding, focusing on the key things you need to consider when deciding whether equity crowdfunding is right for…

Impact Scholarship 2015: London’s clean-energy generating floating cycle path

The River Cycleway Consortium were awarded first place in our Impact Scholarship Programme 2015. Their first innovation, the Thames Deckway, is a clean-energy generating floating cycle path and flood emergency relief system along the River Thames which will provide a…

Discover Your Campaigning Mindset: 7 Key Traits of Commercial Campaigners

On Monday 6th July we welcomed Michael Hayman MBE and Nick Giles, co-founders of campaigns firm Seven Hills, to present at our regular community event, Hub Talks. Speaking on the topic entitled – ‘Mission: Discover Your Campaigning Mindset’, the pair…

Crowdfunding 101: #1 What are the legal issues surrounding crowdfunding?

The Crowdfunding 101 blog series will bring you bite size pieces on key topics surrounding this revolutionary approach to raising finance. Drawing from the knowledge and expertise of our valued partners and collaborators, including those who have worked with us…

Meet Microgenius: Impact Scholarship 2014 Winners

Last year we launched our first-ever Impact Scholarship Programme, to provide support to purpose-driven businesses with access to our ecosystem of collaborative workspace, resources and network. Culminating in a live pitch event, finalists presented their businesses and projects to the…

Ready for Impact Investment?

Between October 2014 and January 2015, Impact Hub Westminster supported 52 London based businesses with a combined annual turnover of over £2m, on the Impact Investment Readiness programme. This programme aimed to accelerate investment into social and environmental businesses based…

Impact Hub members TheGoodData launch first data co-operative

by Marcos Menendez, Director of TheGoodData After many months of planning and hard work from the team, earlier this week we launched the world’s first data co-operative service. For the first time, this will enable internet users to take control…

Pitching tips: 6 ways to start a conversation that listeners want to continue

You have a social enterprise, or an idea for one. To get the support you need, it’s essential that you are able to articulate the impact you make or want to make. Invariably, this will mean pitching your business to…

4 steps to Street Smart Fundraising

You are about to embark on an exciting journey that hopefully will take your venture to the next level, giving you the muscle to realise your plans. However, before you delve head first into this time consuming activity ask yourself…

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