Since 2014, Hatch has piloted a unique approach to enterprise incubation in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark and is now one of the UK’s leading community enterprise charities. We want to support 1000 entrepreneurs by 2020.
After years of working across different sectors in South London, we realised that there was a need for a dedicated enterprise support programme in our local community. This would help fill the gap in support for individuals that are either pushed or pulled into entrepreneurship. Both Lambeth and Southwark face challenges of economic and social deprivation, made worse by austerity and government cuts. Each of the boroughs we work in has wards that are amongst the most deprived across the whole of the UK. The people living in these wards are, however, some of the most talented, high-spirited and entrepreneurial individuals we’ve ever met.