Bootstrap is a social enterprise that is committed to alleviating poverty in Dalston, Hackney. Bootstrap provides workspace and support for local start-ups, social enterprises, charities and businesses. By combining this work with a strong programme of cultural events open to the local community and tenants, Bootstrap creates a better place to live and work.
Bootstrap was established in 1977 to support people to set-up their own businesses and improve employability skills. The charity’s activities developed through working with unemployed residents on estates in Hackney, Lambeth and Camden.
These estate services offered residents advice and information about jobs and training opportunities. Later, the support work moved from the estates to Bootstrap’s home in Dalston. Bootstrap has worked in Dalston, Hackney – one of most deprived council areas in England – since 1980.
Over time the activities grew to include the provision of managed workspace at the Print House on Ashwin street. Here Bootstrap manages 60,000 sq ft of workspaces serving over 500 social and creative entrepreneurs.