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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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21.04.2021

Creative Networks Business Support – Apply now!

Future-proof your business with the power of a peer group 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 We 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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23.03.2020

How to run workshops online – guest blog

As workshops and meetings across the world are moving online, we’ve been exploring how to deliver content online in a way that’s engaging, impactful and still enables human connection.   We asked Echo member Jes Bailey (founder of Crowdfund360) to share some of her top tips with us. As everything moves online now, we are…

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17.03.2020

We’re in this together: Echo’s response to Covid-19

*Content pasted from our newsletter, Tuesday 17th March 2020* We are grateful to be part of such a positive, creative and supportive community with you all, and in these worrying times, we need each other more than ever. We hope that Echo can be a useful tool in this period of uncertainty and anxiety, so we’ve put…

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11.03.2020

Exciting times ahead… Echo is joining forces with Civic!

Echo started back in 2012, as a network of neighbours in East London sharing skills. Starting small, we helped local people get their bikes fixed, practice languages, learn to bake. And pretty soon, businesses wanted in on the action – from local theatres to yoga teachers, tech startups to universities, all trading skills and resources…

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15.01.2020

Global Challenge // Local Solutions – 13th February

Echo exists to fuel connection and exchange, because we believe we can make a greater impact when we work together.  So we’re delighted to be co-organising the next Global Challenge // Local Solutions event on 13th February, focused on bringing businesses together to generate local solutions to the global environmental challenge. Scroll down for all the details,…

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02.01.2020

Echo’s 2019 highlights!

10 heartwarming highlights from 2019 to inspire your 2020 – each and every one powered by the Echo community.  – 1. Echo is now a community of 5,500+ members. You have traded more than 20,000 hours of skills and services together, ranging from branding to bike fixing, graphic design to party planning & everything in between. Thank you for being part of it! 2. Supporting community champions. Ed…

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04.12.2019

Member Story – Jes Bailey

Shining a spotlight on Jes Bailey crowdfunding champion and founder, CEO of Crowdfund 360 who help social good organisations realise their crowdfunding dreams. Who are you and what do you do? Hi, I’m Jes a crowdfunding consultant that helps social good organisations run successful crowdfunding campaigns. Crowdfunding platforms provide very little help themselves and the success rate…

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28.10.2019

Win a 6-month membership at Workable!

COMPETITION CLOSED If you submitted an entry, thank you and we’ll be in touch shortly to announce the winner.   ECHO X WORKABLE – SPACE TO GROW Win a 6-month membership at East London’s newest shared workspace Space to grow your business, your network and your skillset – from a state-of-the-art workspace in the Queen Elizabeth…

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20.09.2019

Global Challenge // Local Solutions – 17th October

Echo exists to fuel connection and exchange, because we believe we can make a greater impact when we work together.  So we’re delighted to be co-organising Global Challenge // Local Solutions on 17th October, focused on bringing businesses together to generate local solutions to the global environmental challenge. Scroll down for all the details, and to…

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