Planet Leicester Bakers was founded by Michelle Stratford in 2014. It is currently operating as a sole trader business, running a micro-bakery from Michelle’s home doorstep north of Leicester City. Specialist services for individuals, business and communities are also being developed. A community project arm exists to manage grant-funded initiatives.
The long term plan is to become a fully-fledged social enterprise. This is being worked towards with support from the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) through their highly regarded Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, which Michelle secured a place on for 2015-16.
Founder, Michelle Stratford
Michelle Stratford has over 20 years of experience working in the charity and community sector, at international and local levels. This included work as a tutor in community adult education and on community health projects. In 2013 she began to look at ideas to develop her own social enterprise and Planet Leicester Bakers was the result!
Michelle was taught to bake bread by her mother as a child and has done so ever since. Following research and visiting community bakeries around the country, Michelle decided to take the path of becoming a Bread Angel. She started up her own home-based micro-bakery, before securing the funding for the Sharing Bread community project.
Michelle settled in Leicestershire in 2002 with her partner, a professional youth and community manager. For more information on Michelle’s professional background check out her profile on Linked In.
“Michelle has a natural ability to plan and drive projects forward. An absolute pleasure to work with.”
Rachel Watson – charity sector professional.
Planet Leicester Bakers Community Project
Planet Leicester Bakers Community Project is a fully constituted community group. Together, the committee has over 100 years of experience of work in the charity and community sector, much of it in the Leicester and Leicestershire area. The wealth of experience, range of skills and knowledge that the committee has brought to Planet Leicester Bakers has enabled it to create a solid and successful base from which to flourish across the county and city, and maybe even beyond.
Shirley Godber (PLBCP Secretary)
Cathy Henley (PLBCP Committee Member)
Gareth Miller (PLBCP Treasurer)
Michelle Stratford (PLBCP Committee Member)
Planet Leicester Bakers is more than just bread. It is the people who take part in its projects and activities, in turn becoming Planet Leicester Bakers. This growing network of home bread bakers will, it is hoped, develop a passion and taste for bread that is made by ordinary people in their homes and communities of common interest – helping us all to take more control of our bread and how it’s made.