providing opportunity for people
in Hackney since 1977

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 45 years of change, we remain a charity. We promote responsible business as a way to address inequality in Hackney.

Our Manifesto

Bootstrap is a family of good people, good businesses, and charities.
We are committed to social justice and equality of opportunity –
We believe responsible business is the right thing to do. 

We give the young people of Hackney opportunity and choice
To develop their talents and nurture their ambitions –
As a way to assert their power to be a force for good.

Responsible Business Practice

We promote responsible business by ensuring of our tenants pay the London Living Wage, support ex-offenders re-entering employment, and promote diversity and inclusion in their recruitment and retention practices.

Young People Support

We help young people in Hackney to make informed career choices through running Industry Insight Days, promoting Work Experience and offering Career Mentorship.

Charity Support

We support our tenant charities to deliver their charitable objectives. We establish skill- based employee volunteering partnerships between our commercial and charity tenants.

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