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HOW IT ALL STARTED
Charity, Bootstrap Charity
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Throughout 40 years of change, we remain a charity. We look to offer support to our tenants to grow into sustainable businesses and to be socially enterprising, and we empower young people by arming them with skills, knowledge, tools and a network to succeed professionally.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BOOTSTRAP'S HISTORY

Front of the Print House on Ashwin Street in the 1980s, now Mamachari, a local bike shop.

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 and we are now home to more than 100 organisations, including small businesses, creative and social entrepreneurs, charities and start-ups.

Throughout 40 years of change, we remain a charity. We look to offer support to our tenants to grow into sustainable businesses and to be socially enterprising, and we empower young people by arming them with skills, knowledge, tools and a network to succeed professionally.