About Bootstrap Charity

Bootstrap Charity manages and provides workspace for startups, social enterprises, charities and small businesses. We offer support to our tenants to grow into sustainable businesses and to be socially enterprising. We empower young people by arming them with skills, knowledge, tools and a network to succeed professionally. 

4o years of Bootstrap

Bootstrap was established in 1978 as a charity to support people to set up their own businesses and improve employability skills, and it has operated in Dalston since 1980. 

Over time the activities grew to include the provision of managed workspace and we are now home to more than 70 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.

Meet the team behind Bootstrap Charity

David Williams

Chief Executive

David is Bootstrap’s CEO and he doesn’t really understand the point of being on the Internet. He likes to cook and is very proud of being Welsh.

Gunther Jancke

Head of Relationships

Gunther is here to make connections. He leads the Front of House team and loves to build new relationships. When he is not here, he pretends to be Jackson Pollock in his studio in Hackney Wick.

Louise Carpenedo

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Louise is responsible for all comms related activities at Bootstrap, including this website. She is also a photographer and runs a social project screening Brazilian films in London.

Shopna Begum

Finance and Accounting Officer

Shopna is responsible for Bootstrap’s finances and secretly enjoys sewing and stitching garments when she has the time. She is from Bangladesh and hopes to travel and see all the wonders of the world!

Andrew Mason

Real Estate Advisory

Halim Ghanima

Head of Facilities

Halim is responsible for the day to day building management, H&S and contracts. He has been at Bootstrap for 7 years so has a good knowledge of the building and tenants. He became a member of NEBOSH in 2016 and enjoys spending time with his family and cycling.

Sebastine Ojugo

Facilities Manager

Seb supports Halim in the maintenance and repair of our buildings. He is fluent in three languages and you will most likely see him around the buildings, so say hello!

Will Huckerby

Facilities Assistant

Will supports Halim to help with any issues related to our buildings. He is a digital artist and he also makes and performs music. You’ll most likely see him working around the buildings so say hello!

Dani-Lisa Joe

Reception

Dani takes care of our front of house and first impressions on Thursdays and Fridays.

Ryan

Reception

Ryan is our receptionist from Monday to Wednesday.

Our tenants

Bootstrap is home to over 70 organisations, including small businesses, creative and social entrepreneurs, charities and start-ups.

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