Who Are The Hackney Hive?

I’m Denise Rawls and The Hackney Hive is my boutique business and media strategy consultancy which works with organisations of all sizes who want to grow their profitability and influence.

With a background in media, entrepreneurship and international business I, and my merry team of freelancers, contractors and trusted partners, can support you in setting and achieving your desired business and organisational goals.

After joining the civil service at the tender age of 17, I spent three decades working my way from a casual admin assistant to delivering high level communications activity in senior roles including Head of Press at The Insolvency Service and Chief Press Officer at Ofsted. After starting my own successful part time business in 2010 I was keen to develop my business acumen and joined UK Trade & Investment as Head of Local Investment. Here I worked with local government partners to help them attract more foreign owned companies to set up in their locations. I left Whitehall in the summer of 2016 to start The Hackney Hive and help even more organisations grow.

Building on my practical experience of doing a job well I have a degree in media and business and have studied entrepreneurship at The School for Creative Start-Up's. Thanks to my personal business success over the years I have been featured in several media outlets including The Telegraph, Sky News, LBC and BBC Women’s Hour as well as in ‘Make Money From Makes’ by business guru Emma Jones MBE. I was delighted to be accepted onto the Executive Program for Women Leaders Program at Stanford University in 2015. This opportunity reminded me how much I love learning and I am now working towards a post graduate qualification in psychology, coaching and mentoring. I choose this course because it formalises the mentoring I have successfully been delivering for the past ten years.

As a boutique consultancy The Hackney Hive can provide you with the level of support you need; be that an hour on the phone or a whole in-house project team for a month. Whatever your need a no obligation chat will quickly establish the best path for you to take to achieve your goals comfortably within your ideal budget. I look forward to joining you on that journey.

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