Good Bread Doing Good

Community bread projects; Bread training, activities, talks; Bread sales from Planet Leicester Bakers.

PLANET LEICESTER BAKERS harnesses the power of handmade bread to bring local communities closer together. We give people the chance to learn, work and have fun together with bread dough. It is a business with community at its heart.

Planet Leicester Bakers is a member of the Bread Angels network and supporter of the Slow Food Campaign.

Who we are

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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 seeks opportunities to use and exploit bread baking in creative ways in local communities.  The business aims to use good bread to:

  • Bring communities together
  • Improve physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Increase understanding of good food and its benefits
  • Empower people through bread training and knowledge sharing

Tailored Services (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.

Visit the contact page to make an enquiry, or reach us via any of the social media icons at the foot of any page.

Hi Michelle, the bread is delicious! My mom who was visiting thought the same 🙂

Svenja, walnut sourdough customer

Why we do it

Planet Leicester Bakers has been created and driven by its founder, Michelle Stratford.

Michelle has 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. A humble loaf of good bread does just that!

Background photo credit: Corporate Motion

“Great bread. Brilliant idea!”

Lesley, workshop attendee and bread customer.

Where We Do It

Planet Leicester Bakers is based and works in the UK Midlands historic city of Leicester and county of 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.

 

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