Weeknotes

"Week 684 – Shelves and Wardrobes"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 15 July, 7:00pm-9:00pm7pm-9pm Socialist Alternative discussion group
Tuesday 16 July, 6:15pm-8:15pmXR Liverpool
Wednesday 17 July, 7:00pm-9:00pmLiverpool Revolutionary Communists
Thursday 18 July, 7:00pm-9:30pmMaker Night
Our free weekly evening meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.
Friday 19 July, 6:00pm-9:00pmParaphysis Cinema
Sunday 21 July, 11:00am-3:00pmRepair Café

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 408 open, 1518 closed

4 new issues:

Featured issue: Aircon fault in the main room and room 29. Can we move this on or close it?

1 issue closed:

Thanks amcewen!

"Week 683 – Pics from Liverpool MakeFest"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 08 July, 7:00pm-9:00pm7pm-9pm Socialist Alternative discussion group
Wednesday 10 July, 7:00pm-9:00pmLiverpool Revolutionary Communists
Thursday 11 July, 9:00am-6:00pmJelly Liverpool
Thursday 11 July, 7:00pm-9:30pmMaker Night
Our free weekly evening meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.
Saturday 13 July, 12:00pm-6:00pmMaker Day
Our free monthly daytime meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.
Sunday 14 July, 2:00pm-5:00pmPlastic Playgroup (DoES Workshop)
In a world with mountains of plastic and molehills of play, let’s get our spades out and shift the balance.Make new things from abandoned plastic with us. Plantpots, purses … pedalos?Shred plastic. Blend it. Meld scraps together with a heat gun. Make sheets. Laser cut it. CNC it. Stitch potato bags together with soldering iron? Make fabrics with a regular iron? What have we got, what can we make? We don’t know – let’s figure it out!Two rules: 1. No Objectives – this is an aimless and wandering session.2. Bring Your Own Initiative – this is an active session and we’ll help you get creative.
Every two weeks on a Sunday afternoon, between 2pm and 5pm.Facilitated by Plastic Tactics – follow on social for the latest updates, and to see what we make if you can’t be here in person:
http://instagram.com/plastacs
http://twitter.com/plastacs
http://facebook.com/plastictacticsliverpool

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 405 open, 1517 closed

No new issues

Featured issue: Perform an audit of the small tools, etc in the Workshop. Can we move this on or close it?

No issues closed

"Welcoming our July 2024 Start Boost Members – Mark and Claire!"

We’d like to welcome our new July 2024 start Boost members, Mark and Claire!

Workshop Membership Winner – Mark Cutler

Mark is a graphic artist and illustrator and you can find his facebook business page here.

Desk Membership Winner – Claire Berry

Claire is the founder of Fem de la Femme comedy (@femdelafemme_comedy on Instagram, website www.femdelafemme.com).

She says “I’m chuffed to bits to have won office space with DoEs, it will help me so much to keep on track with all with the inevitable admin, I’m way too distracted at home, so I’m looking forward to being a lot more productive and focused. I run a little CIC called Fem de la Femme in which I run comedy events, projects and workshops for women. Recently Its been starting to really gather momentum, which is fabulous so the timing of Joining DoEs is perfect I’m also looking forward to meeting other like mind folks running their own businesses and making their own little mark on the world”

"Week 682 – Kombucha, MakeFest"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Liverpool MakeFest

Liverpool MakeFest is on Saturday 6th July this year. If you have stuff that you’d like to display and/or you can help out then please add details to the Git issue here.

If you just want to visit, you can get a free ticket here.

As usual we’ll be having an after party on Saturday evening, and a maker brunch on Sunday, here at DoES Liverpool. You can get your tickets via EventBrite:

Cool Money

John’s post on finances has led to an interesting discussion in our Google Group. Take a look here (and here) to get an idea of people are thinking, and to add your views.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 01 July, 7:00pm-9:00pm7pm-9pm Socialist Alternative discussion group
Tuesday 02 July, 6:30pm-9:30pmHack the Space Evening
Wednesday 03 July, 7:00pm-9:00pmLiverpool Linux User Group
Thursday 04 July, 7:00pm-9:30pmMaker Night
Our free weekly evening meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.
Thursday 04 July, 7:00pm-4:00amKirsty’s Electile Disfunction Party

Join Kirsty in the event space from 7pm on Thursday for some Election Day camaraderie. Possibly fun, possibly games, nothing is certain.BYOF/B.

Thursday 04 July, 7:00pm-11:00pmLivNUG (Liverpool Nix/NixOS User Group)
Saturday 06 July, 09:00 – 17:00Liverpool MakeFest

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 405 open, 1517 closed

1 new issue:

Featured issue: Make Dinky a nice space for meetings. Can we move this on or close it?

1 issue closed:

Thanks johnmckerrell!

"Week 681 – Electric Butterfly"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Liverpool MakeFest

Liverpool MakeFest is on Saturday 6th July this year. If you have stuff that you’d like to display and/or you can help out then please add details to the Git issue here.

If you just want to visit, you can get a free ticket here.

As usual we’ll be having an after party on Saturday evening, and a maker brunch on Sunday, here at DoES Liverpool. You can get your tickets via EventBrite:

Cool Money

John’s post on finances has led to an interesting discussion in our Google Group. Take a look here (and here) to get an idea of people are thinking, and to add your views.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 24 June, 7:00pm-9:00pm7pm-9pm Socialist Alternative discussion group
Wednesday 26 June, 7:00pm-9:00pmLiverpool Revolutionary Communists
Thursday 27 June, 7:00pm-9:30pmMaker Night
Our free weekly evening meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 405 open, 1516 closed

3 new issues:

Featured issue: Install a hearing loop inside event rooms. Can we move this on or close it?

No issues closed

"Cool Money"

Unfortunately this isn’t going to be one of those posts where I show you lots of graphs telling you how the DoES finances are doing, it is going to be a post where I talk about money though. Overall the DoES finances are doing ok but they could certainly be healthier. This time last year we had about £16,849.84 in total assets. At the end of April that figure is £10,194.39. We’ve not actually had any big unusual or unexpected expenditure over the last year, looking at payments of over £300 it’s mostly rent, service charge, business rates, salary, electricity and water bills. We’ve had a few one-off expenses such as 3D printer parts, buying the laser filtration machine, accountancy fees and insurance but only the laser filtration machine was particularly expensive or unusual, and you couldn’t really call it unexpected given we got a grant of £1000 for it in 2022!

Regular Expenses

Regarding the regular expenses, all of those did go up over the last year. Our business rates valuation nearly doubled from the ridiculous £21,250 to the utterly outrageous £38,750 (remember we are expected to pay about half that figure). Fortunately we were automatically entitled to transitional relief which means the increase in what we paid was less, but that relief reduces each year so what we pay will be going up again this financial year. It’s actually the same scenario regarding our rent. Our initial lease of 5 years ended last year and with the new lease came a new rent. This also is tiered to reduce the impact but again, we’re a year in so it has increased again. Service charge went up because of the various lift issues we had in the previous year and continues to rise to cover the cost of the new lift being installed. The one bright spot now is the electricity bill which, while high over the last year, will now be lower as a 1 year fixed price contract came to an end in early 2024 and the new contract was for a lower amount.

Turnover and VAT

You can probably see where I’m going with all this, but before I say it out loud I have something else to mention. Our turnover in the last year was £73,977.00. We’ve started tracking this because we were concerned that we might hit the threshold where we’re legally required to register for VAT. In the past that threshold was £85,000 but in fact this has recently been increased to £90,000. Right now we’re still a way off hitting that but it’s still something to be aware of.

We can register for VAT at any point and doing so would allow us to claim relief of the VAT on our outgoings; most of those are VATable, including rent and utilities, but wouldn’t include rates or Sean’s salary. We would of course have to charge VAT on our “sales”, although we can choose how much of that (including “all”) to absorb into our current prices.

Upcoming Expense

The final thing to mention is that we do have a large expense that we’re going to need to make in the next few months. The air conditioning units that we use in the main workshop to heat and cool the space have always been rubbish, but now one of the units has broken down and we have been told that it’s not going to be possible to fix this, and that we would be better off getting a new pair of units which should actually provide useful heating and cooling of the space. The cost of this is £5153.55+VAT (£6,184.26 total) plus some electrical work, and we need to cover it entirely ourselves.

What should we do?

Well the obvious thing to do when your costs go up is to raise your own prices. We’d really prefer not to do this as providing low cost access to our equipment and space is our entire reason for existing. That said it does look unavoidable at the moment. If we’re going to change our pricing though it would make sense to have a discussion around whether to register for VAT at the same time. It’s unlikely to save us money but it makes sense to make changes to the prices once, rather than change them now and introduce VAT related changes in 6 months time.

The alternative to raising our prices would be to reduce our costs. Right now we’re somewhat limited in how we can do this. Even as it increases our current rent is actually pretty reasonable. Finding an alternative or additional space has long been a consideration but unfortunately we’re struggling to make any progress on this front (or even find time to try). There could even be an option around restructuring the company that is Does Liverpool CIC, splitting into multiple parts that run different areas, maybe one of which would be a charity, all of which would have different business rates liabilities (and relief). We are very proud of running DoES Liverpool as a sustainable business (in terms of it sustains itself through it’s operations rather than being reliant on external funding) so machinations like that don’t feel like the ideal way or a particularly long term solution.

Let’s talk

So what should we do. Answers on a post card? This blog post is really intended as the start of a conversation, if you have thoughts please post them on our mailing list, or if you want to get in touch more privately you’re always welcome to email hello@doesliverpool.com instead. What do people think about raising our prices? How about registering for VAT? Do you have any bright ideas for reducing costs? We welcome your ideas! Specific suggestions (e.g., “Are you aware of this particular option that could benefit you?”) are especially helpful compared to general suggestions (e.g., “Have you considered seeking funding?”). We look forward to hearing from you!

"Week 680 – ChatGPT, Herring Gull"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Liverpool MakeFest

Liverpool MakeFest is on Saturday 6th July this year. If you have stuff that you’d like to display and/or you can help out then please add details to the Git issue here.

If you just want to visit, you can get a free ticket here.

As usual we’ll be having an after party on Saturday evening, and a maker brunch on Sunday, here at DoES Liverpool. You can get your tickets via EventBrite:

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 17 June, 7:00pm-9:00pm7pm-9pm Socialist Alternative discussion group
Wednesday 19 June, 7:00pm-9:00pmLiverpool Revolutionary Communists
Thursday 20 June, 7:00pm-9:30pmMaker Night
Our free weekly evening meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.
Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 JuneNo Plastic Playgroup at DoES Liverpool this week, as the team will be at Africa Oyé over the weekend. Visit them in Sefton Park and join in everything else that’s happening at Oyé (more details here).

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 402 open, 1516 closed

No new issues

Featured issue: Collect a list of people who sell things made at DoES. Can we move this on or close it?

No issues closed

"Week 679 – Bike Consultation, Plants"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Liverpool MakeFest

Liverpool MakeFest is on Saturday 6th July this year. If you have stuff that you’d like to display and/or you can help out then please add details to the Git issue here.

As usual we’ll be having an after party on Saturday evening, and a maker brunch on Sunday, here at DoES Liverpool. You can get your tickets via EventBrite:

July Start Boost Membership – Only a Week Left to Apply!

Find out more about our free Boost membership and apply here. Closing date for this round is 11:59pm on Sunday 16th June 2024 Please share with anyone you think might benefit.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 10 June, 7:00pm-9:00pm7pm-9pm Socialist Alternative discussion group
Wednesday 12 June, 7:00pm-9:00pmLiverpool Revolutionary Communists
Thursday 13 June, 9:00am-6:00pmJelly Liverpool
Thursday 13 June, 7:00pm-9:30pmMaker Night
Our free weekly evening meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.
Sunday 16 June, 11:00am-3:00pmRepair Café – get your free ticket here

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 402 open, 1516 closed

2 new issues:

Featured issue: Tony apparently not cutting square. Can we move this on or close it?

1 issue closed:

Thanks JackiePease!

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"Week 678 – Boxing Up Orders, Wirral MakeFest Stand"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

July Start Boost Membership

Find out more about our free Boost membership and apply here. Closing date for this round is 11:59pm on Sunday 16th June 2024 Please share with anyone you think might benefit.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 03 June, 7:00pm-9:00pm7pm-9pm Socialist Alternative discussion group
Tuesday 04 June, 6:30pm-9:30pmHack the Space Evening
Wednesday 05 June, 7:00pm-9:00pmLiverpool Linux User Group
Thursday 06 June, 7:00pm-9:30pmMaker Night
Our free weekly evening meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.
Thursday 06 June, 7:00pm-11:00pmLivNUG (Liverpool Nix/NixOS User Group)
Friday 07 June, 6:00pm-10:00pmSimon Jones’ Film Spectacular!
Saturday 08 June, 10:00am-5:00pmMaker Day
Our free monthly daytime meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.
Sunday 09 June, 2:00pm-5:00pmPlastic Playgroup (DoES Workshop)
In a world with mountains of plastic and molehills of play, let’s get our spades out and shift the balance.Make new things from abandoned plastic with us. Plantpots, purses … pedalos?Shred plastic. Blend it. Meld scraps together with a heat gun. Make sheets. Laser cut it. CNC it. Stitch potato bags together with soldering iron? Make fabrics with a regular iron? What have we got, what can we make? We don’t know – let’s figure it out!Two rules: 1. No Objectives – this is an aimless and wandering session.2. Bring Your Own Initiative – this is an active session and we’ll help you get creative.
Every two weeks on a Sunday afternoon, between 2pm and 5pm.Facilitated by Plastic Tactics – follow on social for the latest updates, and to see what we make if you can’t be here in person:
http://instagram.com/plastacs
http://twitter.com/plastacs
http://facebook.com/plastictacticsliverpool

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 401 open, 1515 closed

No new issues

Featured issue: status.doesliverpool.com is down. Can we move this on or close it?

No issues closed

"Week 677 – New Oscilloscope, NixOS logo"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post. And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Wirral MakeFest

Wirral MakeFest is on Saturday 1 June – please get in touch if you’d like to volunteer on the day and/or have stuff to display. We had a great time last year and met some really interesting makers.

July Start Boost Membership

Find out more about our free Boost membership and apply here. Closing date for this round is 11:59pm on Sunday 16th June. Please share with anyone you think might benefit.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 27 May, 7:00pm-9:00pm7pm-9pm Socialist Alternative discussion group
Wednesday 29 May, 7:00pm-9:00pmLiverpool Revolutionary Communists
Thursday 30 May, 9:00am-6:00pmJelly Liverpool
Thursday 30 May, 7:00pm-9:30pmMaker Night
Our free weekly evening meeting where you can find out about our space and all the making equipment in it, get a laser cutter or CNC embroidery machine induction, and work on projects from physical computing and electronics to 3d printing, routing and sewing. Just pay for materials used.
Saturday 01 June, 1:00am-Monday 03 June, 12:59amWirral MakeFest

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 401 open, 1515 closed

1 new issue:

Featured issue: Improve health and safety in the space. Can we move this on or close it?

1 issue closed:

Thanks amcewen!

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