ABOUT GROW, HACKNEY
An Experiment in Ethical and Sustainable Business.
Grow is an independent and self-organised eco-system of studios and a creative space with bars and a kitchen created out of an old sausage factory by the River Lea in Hackney Wick. It is run as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business and works in partnership with local artists, musicians, DJ's and community groups. Events are free wherever possible, from live jazz and blues, open deck reggae, open mic and art and film festivals. Grow pays London Living Wage, uses eco-electricty and sources ethical and locally wherever possible.
We currently serve a seasonal menu and range of drinks, including organic wines and prosecco, cocktails, homemade Hackney Spiced Rum, cask ale and also offer a range of soft drinks including Kompassion Kombucha, Rejuce, Charitea, tea and Union Coffee.
Is it possible to be a financially sustainable enterprise in London whilst:
Paying London Living Wage
Using eco-electricty; eco cleaning and recycled products
Sourcing locally and sustainably wherever possible
Working in partnership with independent and ethical enterprises wherever possible
Using organic and fairtrade wherever possible
Offering free entry events wherever possible to share music, art and community workshops
Some of our Community Partners
Hackney WickED - an annual arts event and open studios when we work with local artists and musicians to share work.
Chisenhale Studios - working with artists from their Into The Wild Program , which is an artist development programme at Chisenhale Studios..
Core Arts - we support this local mental health and arts charity through fundraising at events, including the Hackney Half Marathon
Wick Radio - a group of artists who run a local radio station who sometimes broadcast our events.
Hackney Wick Bouldering Project - a climbing centre also found in Main Yard and we offer members 10% off food and drink.
Hackney Herbal - we dedicate a planter to this social enterprise who hold volunteer sessions and harvest the herbs to make tea.
Plastic Free Hackney - this campaign group who are on a mission to eliminate single use plastics from Hackney meet at Grow to discuss projects.
East London Permaculture Group - meet at Grow every third Thursday of the month to discuss ideas and share knowledge.