People who’ve worked with me over the years probably know how much I value a bit of collaboration. There is so much to be gained from teaming up in any way possible, big or small, with like-minded folk who share your ambitions. And especially those working in different areas with different skills who make you look at things a little, well, differently.
I spent part of my childhood in Nottingham, but had never heard of the Welbeck Estate, and certainly not the more recently established School of Artisan Food, until I started on this bready journey. I can now firmly say it’s a corker of a place – and if you ever have the chance to try one of their courses, on last week’s evidence I’d say ‘Do!’ – it’s the real deal.
So much happened for Planet Leicester Bakers in 2015 that it’s hard to imagine 2016 being even better – but it will be!
Looking back, 2015 was the first full calendar year for the start-up, with tremendously exciting developments. Securing a place on the Lloyds Bank Programme with the School for Social Entrepreneurs was a major achievement. Coupled with the launch of the flagship ‘Sharing Bread’ community project it made for busy times.
Sharing Bread has been wonderful. Every group has embraced the sessions with laughter. We now have over 50 Silver Star Planet Leicester Bakers and 7 Gold Stars from all corners of Leicestershire.