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26.07.2021

Peer Networks Business Support – Apply now!

Join other creative SMEs to adapt and thrive post-lockdown Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer business support programme for London-based creative SMEs who want to…. – Adapt and thrive post-lockdown – Build a supportive network of like-minded business owners – Create space for strategic thinking and problem solving Following our first cohort earlier this year, we’ll…

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20.07.2021

Wick Freelancers Business Support – Apply now!

Join other creative freelancers to adapt and thrive post-lockdown Wick Freelancers is a new free peer-to-peer business support programme for creative freelancers based in and around Hackney Wick & Fish Island, who want to… – Adapt and thrive post-lockdown – Build a supportive network of like-minded freelance and self-employed creatives – Create space for strategic…

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12.07.2021

Join the team! We’re hiring a Programmes Coordinator & Freelance Facilitators

We’re excited to be expanding our skills and enterprise programmes over the next few months, and we’re hiring a Programmes Coordinator and some new Freelance Facilitators to help us do it! Echo is known for our inclusive, innovative peer-to-peer skills and enterprise programmes. Over the past 8 years, we’ve delivered more than 20 bespoke programmes,…

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07.07.2021

Member Spotlight: Hackney Bridge

We love to showcase some of the exciting and innovative things our members are doing. This time, we’re shining a spotlight on Hackney Bridge – a new canal-side destination in Hackney Wick. We spoke with Engagement & Partnerships Manager, Mason Vincent about what we can expect from Hackney Bridge post-lockdown, his favourite thing about Hackney Wick…

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23.06.2021

Member Story: Kiran Patel

For this month’s member story, we interviewed Kiran Patel,  founder of  Docklands Creative. We asked him about his experiences with Echo as a long-time Echo member, how lockdown has affected him and his passion for cycling around East London!       Hi Kiran,     Tell us a bit more about yourself and what…

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25.05.2021

Guestblog take-over: On Courage & Confidence

We’re excited to announce a guest blog collaboration with Echo member Sara Kärpänen – freelance writer, multimedia artist and founder of Women of the Wick. Sara will dive into the essential topics that affect us as creatives, entrepreneurs and humans, and share some of the insights from her highly recommendable podcast “Girl Get A Real Job“. In…

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18.05.2021

Member story: Christine Preisig

For this month’s member story, we interviewed Christine Preisig, a freelance journalist and videographer. We asked her about being an Echo member, her favourite Echo experience to date and her key learning moments during the pandemic.   Hi Christine, Tell us a bit more about yourself and what do you do?  Hello! My name is Christine…

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17.05.2021

Haringey Networks Business Support – Apply now!

Join other local businesses to adapt and thrive post-lockdown Haringey Networks is a new peer-to-peer business support programme for Haringey-based businesses who want to… – Adapt and thrive post-lockdown – Build a supportive network of like-minded business owners – Create space for strategic thinking and problem solving We are bringing together two cohorts to join…

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14.05.2021

Creative Networks Business Support – Apply now!

Join other creative businesses to adapt and thrive post-lockdown Creative Networks is a new peer-to-peer business support programme from Echo, for creative sector SMEs who want to… – Adapt and thrive post-lockdown – Have a positive impact on the world – Move their business forward with the power of a peer group *Update* – We…

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21.04.2021

Un-Age Food Accelerator, powered by Echo. Applications now open!

Grow your food business with Echo and Un-Age Calling all budding food entrepreneurs… • Have a great idea for a food business that you want to test out? • Want to professionalise your food skills and turn them into a revenue stream? • Have an early-stage food business and want to grow it? Echo are…

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12.04.2021

Member story: Sara Kärpänen

For this month’s member story, we interviewed Sara Kärpänen, a freelance writer, multimedia artist and founder of Women of the Wick. We asked her about being a new Echo member, her many projects and her Echo guest blog take-over.   Hi Sara, Tell us a bit about yourself and your business? Where did the idea come from…

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10.03.2021

Member Story: Nazli Yüceloğlu

For this month’s member story we caught up with Nazli Yüceloğlu, NLP practitioner, life coach and Hackney Wick local. We asked Nazli how her experiences of growing her business, pivoting during Covid and being part of the Echo network.   Hi Nazli, Tell us a bit about yourself and your business? Nazlı Yüceloğlu, founder of life editing coach.…

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08.03.2021

Foreign Affairs Theatre: #ChooseToChallenge

In this guest blog, Echo member Selsabil Amine writes about some Echo members and their wonderful ways of Choosing to Challenge this International Women’s Day. Selsabil Amine is a communications strategist passionate about helping businesses boost their voice, mission, and resilience. Starting as a communications intern on Echo’s ‘The Match’ project, Selsabil has published research-based materials on how…

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04.03.2021

Join us for breakfast!

Looking for ways to stay connected during lockdown? Join us for breakfast on Zoom! Echo Breakfast Socials are a carefully curated hour designed to get your day off to a great start, create meaningful connections and get inspired by stories from other Echo members. This time, we’re very excited to have Echo member Simon Cole,…

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24.02.2021

Guest blog: How to build a powerful network

In this guest blog, Echo member Selsabil Amine shares her thoughts on the value of strong networks, and how to grow and nurture yours.  Selsabil Amine is a communications strategist passionate about helping businesses boost their voice, mission, and resilience. Starting as a communications intern on Echo’s ‘The Match’ project, Selsabil has published research-based materials on how…

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17.02.2021

Join us for breakfast!

Looking for ways to stay connected during lockdown? Join us for breakfast on Zoom! Echo Breakfast Socials are a carefully curated hour designed to get your day off to a great start, create meaningful connections and get inspired by stories from other Echo members. This week, we’re very excited to have Echo member Zahra Davidson,…

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03.02.2021

Future proof your business in a changing world

Join us for a series of practical upskilling workshops to help you future-proof your business and grow your network. Perfect for SMEs, micro-businesses or anyone who wants to skill up and add another string to your bow! The workshops are all free to attend – scroll down to find out more and book your place.…

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21.01.2021

Simple and free tech tools to increase website engagement

In our latest guest blog, Echo member Selsabil Amine shares her tips to help small businesses increase their impact and visibility online. Selsabil Amine is a communications strategist passionate about helping businesses boost their voice, mission, and resilience. Starting as a communications intern on Echo’s ‘The Match’ project, Selsabil has published research-based materials on how businesses can…

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10.12.2020

Join the team as our new Community Activator in West London

We have some exciting news… Echo is coming to West London! After starting Echo in East London 7 years ago, we’re spreading our wings and growing our network on the other side of the capital. Working alongside local people and businesses, with the support of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), we will be…

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02.12.2020

Member Story: Rachel White

We were incredibly excited to interview our newest Echo member Rachel White, founder of House of DIY and Brick London. We asked Rachel what attracted her to join the Echo community, how House of DIY came about and what her key learning moments are amid a pandemic.   Hi Rachel So, tell us a bit about yourself and your…

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24.11.2020

Peer Networks Business Support – Apply now!

Future-proof your business with the power of a peer network. > Are you a creative sector SME based in London? > Do you aspire to improve your business, increase your resilience and hone your leadership skills? > Would you like to join a curated group of business leaders for a 3-month Peer Network journey? Echo…

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18.11.2020

The people skills small businesses need by 2025

In our latest blog post, Selsabil Amine explores the people skills that small businesses will need over the next 5 years, and how Echo can help you skill up. In my article on how SMEs can adapt to the new normal, I outlined 5 things small creative businesses can start doing to boost their business…

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12.11.2020

Member Story: Theo Ruby

We were thrilled to interview our Echo member Theo Ruby, digital marketing consultant and founder of  Theo Ruby Marketing – a marketing consultancy that aims to help small businesses reach their potential with result-driven marketing. We asked Theo what attracted him to join the Echo community, how his experiences have been so far after trading with other…

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03.11.2020

How creative SMEs can adapt to the new normal

At Echo, we have always believed in the importance of peer networks in supporting businesses to thrive. But one part of having a successful network is knowing where your own business is headed in the ‘new normal’, where we will continuously face uncertain lockdown measures. As a small business owner, it’s tough to do and think of everything…

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29.10.2020

Why your business needs a peer network

At Echo we have always believed in the importance of peer networks in supporting businesses to thrive. As a small business owner, it’s tough to do everything on your own, and the support, new perspectives and business opportunities that come from having a strong network can be invaluable. In this blog post, Selsabil Amine explores the value of…

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28.10.2020

Echo x Pinterest UK: Studio Nelle

We are thrilled to be partnering with Pinterest UK to celebrate black entrepreneurs within the Echo community for Black History Month. We were excited to interview Echo member Chanelle, founder of  Studio Nelle, for this feature! Studio Nelle came about as a way to provide a small solution to the issue of textile waste and more representation…

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28.10.2020

Echo x Pinterest UK: Stööki

We are thrilled to be partnering with Pinterest UK to celebrate under-represented entrepreneurs within the Echo community. We were excited to interview Echo member Nadia, founder of  Stööki, for this feature!   The Stööki Craft Makers consist of Nadia Abbas (Jewellery Technologist), Luke Hippolyte (Creative Director) and Maya Mihoc (Business Development). Stööki is an independent lifestyle brand…

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14.10.2020

Echo x Pinterest UK: STUDIO 27°

We are thrilled to be partnering with Pinterest UK to celebrate black entrepreneurs within the Echo community, as well as spotlighting businesses who are finding creative ways to cope with the Covid crisis and taking steps towards reshaping frameworks and structures in their sector. We were excited to interview Echo member Veronica, founder of  STUDIO 27°,…

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14.10.2020

Echo x Pinterest UK: Bam Bam Boogie

We are thrilled to be partnering with Pinterest UK to celebrate black entrepreneurs within the Echo community for Black History Month. We were excited to interview Echo member Bami, founder of  Bam Bam Boogie, for this feature! Frustrated with the lack of diversity and inclusion at her work gym, Bami decided to take matters into her own hands…

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10.09.2020

Member Story – Adventure Stories

We were excited to interview Echo member Edward Clark, founder of Adventure Stories – an award-winning design practice who think about brands differently. We asked Ed how he managed to cope running his business during these unprecedented times, how using Echo has helped his business grow and what his main focus will be, whilst we head towards…

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26.08.2020

Member Story – The Mama Made

We were thrilled to interview our Echo member Michail Sionis, co-founder of  The Mama Made– a contemporary and eco-friendly home decor collection using traditional handcrafting techniques, designed in East London and handmade in Greece by Michail’s Mama.  We asked Michail how using Echo has helped their business grow, how the past few months have been…

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18.08.2020

New Digital Skills Workshops

We’re excited to announce the next three workshops in our digital skills series! Over the last few months we’ve been speaking to hundreds of Echo members and small business owners about how Covid-19 has impacted their businesses. So, we’ve decided to make our next three Echo workshops completely free and open to all (0 Echoes!)…

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23.07.2020

Member Story – Duplikat Press

We had the pleasure of interviewing Echo member Estelle, freelance artist and co-founder of Duplikat Press– an independent Risograph press & design studio located in East London. They offer Risograph printing for posters, flyers, artist prints, zines & stickers as well as a bespoke graphic design & illustration service. We asked Estelle about how she’s…

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21.07.2020

Success in skills sharing: PhDs and Caribbean food

We started The Match back in May to help small creative businesses access vital support from skilled furloughed volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Now, we’re loving hearing the stories about how volunteers and businesses have connected, and the support they’ve received so far. Read on to hear how a new community-led initiative accessed fundraising support…

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08.07.2020

Member Story – The Fabric Swatch

We had the pleasure of interviewing Echo member Piarvé, founder of The Fabric Swatch – a small business that is all about the circular economy, fashion consciousness and encouraging the pleasures of craftsmanship. We asked Piarvé about how she’s been using Echo to grow her business, what lockdown has been like for her, and how…

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12.05.2020

The Match

Connecting skilled furloughed workers with small businesses and charities for strategic and practical business support. Sign up below to offer or request support. What is The Match? Small creative businesses and self-employed creatives are the lifeblood of east London. They’re what makes this area distinctive, but many are struggling for survival in the current crisis,…

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06.05.2020

We’re hiring! Are you our new UX / UI Designer?

We are hiring a UX / UI Designer for an (approximately) 6-week design sprint to help us bring our new, improved Echo digital platform to life.  Over the past few years, we’ve been gathering feedback and ideas from our members to explore how we can have a bigger impact with the Echo platform, and improve…

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09.04.2020

New Digital Skills Workshops Series

If your last three weeks have been anything like ours, you’ve probably spent more time on Zoom than you ever thought possible, and been busy getting used to our new digital reality. We’re all on a learning curve at the moment when it comes to digital skills. So we’ve curated a new series of online workshops…

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07.04.2020

Echo’s guide to surviving & thriving

Hello, This is our effort to collate as many useful resources from Echo members and online to support us all through this tumultuous time. We’ll do our best to update this daily so you’re able to find the most up to date information when you need it. If you happen to come across something you…

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27.03.2020

A Manifesto for Resilience with East End Trades Guild

*From our mailout to the Echo Community, Friday 27th March* In the light of new support offered to the self-employed by the UK government yesterday (we found this summary from The Guardian quite helpful), we urgently want to hear from self-employed people in the Echo network about how this situation is directly affecting you, and whether you think these…

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