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.
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.
Who we are
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.
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.