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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2016: A Happy, Bready, Tasty New Year!

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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.

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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.