Bootyard is a pioneering project to turn a neglected car park, at the rear of the Bootstrap buildings, into a new start-up space for social businesses and community activities. The project is growing organically, with The Dusty Knuckle Bakery and the 40ft Brewery as our lead tenants for the space.
In early 2014 we ran a competition for startups to submit their enterprise ideas, the prize being a shipping container to grow their business in the Bootyard.
We had a huge response and the winner was The Dusty Knuckle Bakery who make bread and run workshops to reengage young people in education, training or work.
In the late spring of 2015 the 40ft Brewery launched in the Bootyard, brewing beer in their 40-foot long container, serving Dalston Roof Park as their first customer.
Our aim for Bootyard is to have a blend of start-ups, established enterprises and community projects reside in the space, to significantly increase Bootstraps social impact and create a host of new jobs in Dalston.