business programmes


All 10 business programmes as per newspaper including website link, sign up link and kick off date please. 

The Collaborative Business Programmes have been designed to enable as many people as possible in Barking and Dagenham to participate, while reducing significantly the amount of personal risk normally associated with starting new businesses. They are also designed to be creative, fun, and exciting!

All programmes are family-friendly and offer flexible hours. Everyone is welcome - no prior experience or ideas necessary. To participate you must live or work in Barking and Dagenham. Sign up online for the programme(s) you want to join and come to the mandatory kick off meeting. 

Click on the images to see the different business programme websites.


Fresh, delicious, healthy food - in bowls - for any occasion.

Bowled is a catering collective started by residents of Barking and Dagenham who love sharing and creating recipes and cooking together. Bowled offers a variety of delicious healthy cold salad bowls as well as warm bowls. All created by local residents working together and developing their skills, experiences and confidence.

“The best lunch catering I’ve had in years” - BBC producer

Come to a food tasting on Wednesday 20 November, 7.00 - 8.00pm at Open Project Night, 47 Thames Road, Barking, IG11 0HQ.

Pop Up Cafe at the Festival on Saturday 30 November, 12.30 - 2.30pm, 47 Thames Road, Barking, IG11 0HQ.


No-nonsense sauces. Natural ingredients. Awesome flavours.

Do you make a tasty sauce and always thought it could sell? Join Sauced, a collective of sauce makers selling a range of sauces under a collective brand. Sign up and join the kick off meeting to get your sauce tasted by a food expert and meet others to get ready to start selling together.


Beautiful Shapes. Natural Fabrics. Simple Wardrobes. Planet Friendly.

The minimalist capsule wardrobe represents the simple core of clothing that you can wear each day and every season. Creating a minimalist capsule wardrobe can simplify your life to the point that you can concentrate on more important things, while escaping the fast fashion trap that’s hurting the planet.

Join the Capsule Collection programme, a collective of people designing and producing a clothing range in Barking and Dagenham. No experience or skills required, just motivation and commitment to learn something new!

Kick-Off Meeting

Monday 11 November 6.00 - 8.00pm, 47 Thames Road, Barking, IG11 0HQ

A simple range of high quality breads, tarts, biscuits, and cakes, delivered to your door.

Join Baked, a collective of bakers who make products such as bread, pastries and tarts together and sell them around the borough. Sign up online to register your interest in the programme, and then come to a co-design and cooking session to test out a few recipes in the kitchen with a chef.

Kick-Off Meeting

Saturday 2 November | 10.00am - 1.00pm

47 Thames Road, Barking, IG11 0HQ


Gorgeous knits created in Barking and Dagenham.

Do you knit beautiful products and have always wanted to sell them? Join Knit, a collective of knitters making knitwear and selling around London. Sign up online and join a kick off meeting to learn more about the programme and how to start making and selling.


Kick Off Meeting

Saturday 9 November 2.00 - 4.00pm

47 Thames Road, Barking, IG11 0HQ


Fun, creative, and educational activities for kids designed by local residents testing whether there is a market for these types of activities.

Kids activities are taking over the Warehouse! Drop off your kids at the Warehouse for a half-day of fun and creative activities, where kids of all ages can make, learn, and play together.

During the day, kids can choose to participate in a range of activities.

Spaces are limited. £12 / child if you book online at (£15 at the door). Discounts available for siblings and children under 5. Lunch and snacks included.


60-minute cake mixes that make every day celebrations super!

Join the new co-operative re-inventing cake mixes, making them quicker and more delicious, and with natural ingredients. Sign up online and join the kick off meeting to meet others and start whipping up delicious mixes together.


Would you like to be part of a makers collective, working together.

Slab is a new collective making simple ceramic products together, as a way of developing and learning different skills and techniques about pottery. You will learn about the different ways to work with clay, how to glaze and how tomake a range of products with a distinct style.


Food for everyone, produced by everyone.

Hydroponic growing unlocks creative ways to use available space and get back in touch with the food that we eat.Growing edible plants without soil, and even in places with no natural light opens up the potential to see new spaces as hubs for food production.


A Design Co-op Agency that puts client ideas into the world.

Do you know a bit about making websites, sketches, branding? Join Graphic, a collective of digital designers from Barking and Dagenham, creating beautiful brands and more for clients.

Sign up online to participate and join the kick off meeting to get to know other designers.