In this issue:

  • Aen Turner “How to make your first £million client sale”
  • Events past and future
  • Space update
  • Safety Always
  • Growing Makespace, how you can help
Makespace has always been a place to learn new skills.  We are now extending that out of the workshop. We had two excellent external speakers visit Makespace for master classes –“Which Legal Issues Matter for a Growing Tech Business?” by Kevin Clader from Mills & Reeve  and  “How to Make Your First £million Client Sale” by Aen Turner.

Which legal issues matter for a growing tech business?

As you start and grow a technology business, one of the challenges is to work out when you really need external advice. Kevin Calder from the local law firm Mills & Reev  talked us through some of the common areas where technology businesses might have legal issues, including IP protection, confidentiality agreements, and employment contracts. He helped several members identify what is really important, and what can wait until later. No one has the time or money to get professional advice on everything.  He will be back later in the year, but is available to answer your questions any time.


Aen Turner “How to make your first £million client sale”.

Aen Turner (international coach, speaker and success accelerator) gave a two-hour workshop at Makespace, entitled “How to make your first £million client sale”. It was very well received and has gotten amazing feedback from the 26 members that attended. While it was a business-focused event, it took into account and used as examples what members had been and were working on at Makespace. We look forward to having her return.


Sign up for these featured events in May and June:

Other events and training

Regular events and training sessions can always be found at meetup.com/makespace.

Thank you, trainers and event organisers

Thank you to everyone who’s run training sessions and events in the past month (and the others who will step forward after reading this):

  • Aen Turner: How to make your first £million client sale – Jonathon W
  • Bandsaw Training – Graeme D (2x)
  • CNC Router Training – Michael D, Toby S
  • CoderDojo – Hannah
  • Cybersecurity Practical – Dan H (3x)
  • Droidscript – David H (5x)
  • Hand Router Training – Michael D
  • Kevin Calder: Which legal issues matter for a growing tech business? – Ward H
  • Laser Training – Mat C
  • Ludum Dare Game Jam – Thomas W, JK Brook
  • New Members Induction – Alaric (4x)
  • Pen Making – Allen K
  • Raspberry Pi-makers – Embedded ‘putin – Kim SJ (5x)
  • Robot Club – Brian C
  • See the Space – Ward H, Eliot L (5x)
  • Sewing Machine Training – Claudia F (2x)
  • Solidworks Introduction – Charlie S
  • Sunday Sessions – Mr C
  • Ultimaker Training – Katy M
  • Warco Metal Lathe Training – Alaric W (3x)
  • Wood Lathe Induction – Allen K (2x)

As members of Makespace you are encouraged to host events that promote making and STEM. Please drop a note to management@makespace.org if you want to host your event at Makespace.

Become a trainer

Becoming a trainer is as easy as watching a training session, doing a training session and then teaching others; watch, do, teach. Being an owner or trainer means you have a say in how the equipment is run, what improvements are made, and what materials are available. Emails for the owners are posted at the equipment, get in touch and get involved. Makespace is what you make it.

Woodworking shop updates

The wood workshop is seeing many changes.  Allen K will now be offering more advanced and creative lessons on the lathe like Pen Making.  Mat J and Lachlan will be taking over inductions.  Thank you to the team.  The lathe is now one of the most active pieces of equipment in the space. 

There’s a box under the lathe, with wood for pen making and other projects. As with all materials in Makespace, the wood can be purchased using the iZettle.

Please always pay for your materials, there has been quite a bit of laser plywood used recently that has yet to be paid for. If you use Makespace stock be sure to make a payment on the iZettle.

Safety Always

Wear safety glasses when working in the workshops. Fresh safety glass and ear defenders are available in and just outside the workshops. If you see someone else not using the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment(PPE) say something to them.

A new PPE rack is needed on the right side of the doors leading into the workshop – can you help build one? If so, please get in touch with management@makespace.org.

The floors are getting dusty and can get slippery as a result. Please always sweep up and wipe surfaces after you are done working.

Growing Makespace, how you can help

Makespace is a volunteer-run organisation, built from the ground up by its members. Your skills can benefit Makespace greatly. New people are joining our community each month and each new member needs training. Being a trainer takes as little as 2 hours per month. If you use a particular item of equipment regularly, please contact the owners of the equipment you use to offer to be a trainer, or via management@makespace.org to discuss becoming becoming a trainer.

Makespace is as economical as it is because you, the membership, make the contributions for which other spaces have to pay. If we had to pay for all that gets done in the space the monthly fee would be many times higher (well done us!). Thank you to everybody who has helps make Makespace what it is!

Watch the Google Group and the notice broad in the main space for other things that need to be done around the space.

There’s been a real uptick in the amount of activity in the space recently, more training and more master classes. We still do need many other things done:

  • 1 hour every other week on Mondays to give See the Space tours for prospective new members. Eliot L and Ward H are now doing the tours, but we could use 2 more people to take up the slack we expect to see over the summer holidays.
  • 2 hours every other week, on a day that you can chose, for New Member Induction. Alaric W has been doing these for a while. Again, 2 people to take the odd weekend would be appreciated. Over 60 people have been inducted this year, it is an important part of Makespace operations.
  • The electronics bench upgraded. An afternoon to organise the components and equipment then 30 min every few weeks to keep it stocked.
  • The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) racks upgraded outside the workshops and at the equipment.
  • These newsletters edited.

Matt S has been working on a huge update of the website.  You can see it here: https://web.makespace.org/  Please send any corrections or comments to management@makespace.org

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