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 +====== What are Rates Rebates? ======
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 +Currently Bristol Hackspace, and indeed the whole of BV Studios, gets 100% rates rebates from Bristol City Council (that is, we don't have to pay any rates on the property). ​ The council are looking to change this in 2013.  They are sending out an "​Impact Survey"​ to see how this will affect different groups. ​ This is the response from Bristol Hackspace, which gets incorporated into the survey which is returned to the council by BV Studios.
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 +====== Survey Response ======
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 +Bristol Hackspace is a social enterprise which aims to open up technology to anybody who takes an interest in it.
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 +We want to ‘open’ technology both in the sense of taking things apart to learn how they work, and how to mend or adapt them; and in the sense of sharing the knowledge we gain from doing so. We are committed to the principles of Open Source and Open Knowledge.
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 +Bristol Hackspace gives people the confidence to use technology for themselves in many areas including art, business and for the sheer joy of building things.
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 +We put on events that show what we do; encourage people to get involved and teach people how to build a variety of projects for themselves:
 +Weekly Thursday open meeting - around 20 people drop in each week to build, share knowledge, chat or just to find out what we do.
 +  * Electronics Micro-controller Workshop 30-31 July 2011 - 11 participants.
 +  * Electronics Micro-controller Workshop 10-11 March 2012 - 12 participants.
 +  * Hackspace Exhibition 15-18 September 2011 - 200 visitors.
 +  * BV Open Studio Exhibition 15-16 October 2011 - 1200 visitors.
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 +Our income comes mainly from members'​ subscriptions and workshop payments (we had 23 paid up members and an income of slightly over £3000 for the period 1/​1/​2011-31/​12/​2011). ​ Recently we have been attracting more external funding for running projects (like the upcoming Air Quality Monitoring workshop and the Field Studies Hackday).
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 +Bristol Hackspace is run on a very small budget, entirely through voluntary efforts. ​ Having to pay rates would severely affect what we are able to do and may even require us to dissolve the group. ​ We could look at becoming a registered charity in order to get discretionary rate relief but this isn't the easiest route when everything within the organisation is done by volunteers.
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 +We have links with other groups and Hackspaces:
 +  * Brighton Hacker Space
 +  * Cairo Hackerspace
 +  * Cardiff Hackspace
 +  * Field Studies Council, Slapton, Devon
 +  * Noisebridge,​ San Francisco
 +  * Nottingham Hackspace
 +  * Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol
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 +====== Related Links ======
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 +Impact Survey http://​www.bristol.gov.uk/​page/​business-rates-reductions-exemptions-and-changes#​jump-link-6
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 +Helpful Information (thanks Vanessa) http://​bristolratesrelief.wordpress.com/​
  
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