Skip to navigation | Skip to content

Bootstrap Company’s Bootyard

Locality members Bootstrap Company have been given planning permission to turn a neglected carpark into a hub for new businesses, called ‘The Bootyard’.

Hackney Council gave the green light to Bootstrap’s plan to turn the carpark behind their building in Dalston into a space for start-ups and community enterprises. But instead of building the usual offices, the Bootyard will use shipping containers as workspaces.

building the bootyard
The Dusty Knuckle bakery is already at home in the Bootyard

The Bootyard will contain 10 repurposed shipping containers, each housing a community business, start-up or small enterprise.

On their website Bootstrap said: “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.”

Lots of businesses are already very keen to move in. In fact a couple are there already.

The 40ft Brewery is a microbrewery, making beer in a 40ft shipping container (you can buy beer there on Friday and Saturday from 5pm – 10pm).

Also on site is bakery the Dusty Knuckle – an award-winning enterprise that works with young people, as well as baking delicious bread.

Happy Friday! Fancy an after work pint? Our tap room will be open from 5pm today. Hope to see you there. #40ft

A photo posted by 40ft Brewery (@40ftbrewery) on

Lots more local businesses will soon follow, eager to be part of Bootstrap’s ethos and to benefit from affordable rates. Small businesses and community enterprises are in real need of support, in what has become an increasingly unaffordable area of London (house prices have more doubled over the last five years).

Kirsty, a Community Organiser working in the local neighbourhood, will be turning one of the shipping containers into the ‘community container’. Locality members with ideas for events that need a 20ft by 8ft home and the outdoor events space should get in touch! Please email 

With help from Locality and a grant from Power to Change supporting the Bootyard project, Bootstrap is able to grow and continue its mission: to help fight poverty and get local people into work by providing affordable workspace.


Join Locality

If you’re innovative, enterprising and working to help your community thrive – just like Bootstrap Company – you belong as a member of Locality. We’re the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations – find out more and join today!