What is Planet Leicester Bakers?

Planet Leicester Bakers harnesses the power of handmade bread to bring local communities closer together, by giving people the chance to learn, work and have fun together with bread dough. It is a business with social purpose and community at its heart.

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The ‘Almost Award Winning’ Bakery of the 1/2 Year!

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It’s been a busy first half of the year with awards happening here and there.As you may have read in the previous post, Planet Leicester Bakers was shortlisted in the ‘Heart of Gold’ category at this year’s national Small Awards. The awards celebrate small businesses and this category was recognising services to the community.

It was a lovely evening at Mary’s Church, Marylebone, London. With a three course meal and plenty of refreshment! We weren’t in luck with the award, which went to Bee Naturals, but I thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with fellow Fulham Bread Angel Liz (aka Ma Baker) and making plenty of connections.

A lovely setting for the Small Awards in Marylebone

A few weeks earlier in April Planet Leicester Bakers also missed out in the national Small Food Award bread category. (You may be aware we picked up a top 3 place in the Viennoiserie category in 2016).

This time the Amalfi Lemon and Poppyseed loaf came 4th – which was brilliant. All three top places went to Bread Angels, which in itself reflects the quality of bread baker the network is home to.

4th place in the Small Food Awards: Amalfi Lemon & Poppyseed

What we do

Planet Leicester Bakers looks for opportunities to use and exploit bread baking in creative ways in local communities.  It started as a micro-bakery, making and selling bread from the home doorstep. Funding was swiftly secured for its first community project, ‘Sharing Bread’.  The project trained people across Leicestershire in basic bread-making and encouraged them to share their bread-making skills with others.

Tailored Services (for example private bread training, team building, public speaking), bread sales through the micro-bakery and grant funding combine to support the community work.  Planet Leicester Bakers is always on the lookout for new partners and new ways of working.

Founder of Planet Leicester Bakers, Michelle Stratford, pitching for funding at Leicestershire County Hall.

Michelle Stratford, Founder, pitching for funding at Leicestershire County Council

Why we do it

Planet Leicester Bakers has been created and driven forward by its founder, Michelle Stratford. Michelle has many years of experience in working for, with and in communities of common interest.  This work has involved helping people to tackle personal and community problems and challenges, as well as advocating for positive change.  She has a passion for finding new ways of working that engage and excite people.  The humble loaf of bread does just that!

Where we do it

Planet Leicester Bakers is based and works in Leicester City and Leicestershire.  However, we are always interested in taking our ideas to other places and to work with other people – geographical boundaries are no barrier.  If you like what you see get in touch, no matter where you are.