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Bristol Open Technology Lab

Bristol Open Technology Lab (or BOTLab for short) is a not-for-profit company (PRI/LBG/NSC (Private, Limited by guarantee, no share capital, use of 'Limited' exemption)) set up as an “umbrella” for technology-related community projects in Bristol. Currently our projects are Bristol Hackspace and Bristol Dorkbot, but in principle we could take on others. It was set up to be a legal “person” able to sign in place of an individual on rental agreements, to open bank accounts, obtain insurance etc. It is registered in England and Wales (company number 07071572, incorporated 10 November 2009) as a Company Limited by Guarantee, and thus has no shareholders - instead we have a cooperative constitution giving all members a right to vote on the running of the organisation, and a committee of (currently) 5 directors, elected by the members at the AGM, who oversee day-to-day activities and are legally the Board of Directors of the company.

Anyone may become a member of BOTLab by filling out the membership application form which will lead to their name being recorded on the register of members. BOTLab membership is distinct from Hackspace membership - you can be a member of either one without the other, though we would recommend that all Hackspace members become members of BOTLab in order to have their say. In the event of the company going into administration, each member may be liable for a sum of up to £1.

Important documents

Hackspace Committee Members (BOTLab Directors)

2017 - 2018

  • Ian Abbott-Stratford
  • Matt Glasspole (Membership secretary)
  • Russell Couper
  • Dr Nick Gover (Treasurer)
  • Toby Seely (Secretary)

Next Meeting Agenda (Committee Meeting Wed 13 Feb 2019, 7:00pm)


Meeting minutes template


How-to guides


Avon Coop Development Association - our constitution was put together with help from Hilary Sudbury here

Accounts: accountant John Lyon, contact Richard Higgs at Bristol Wireless

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