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.
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.
Who we are
Watch the video and read more about Michelle and the business by visiting the ‘About‘ page.
Planet Leicester Bakers was founded by Michelle Stratford in 2014. The first flagship community project, ‘Sharing Bread’ quickly followed in 2015 with funding from Leicestershire County Council. Since then three major partnership projects have been successfully created and delivered across Leicester and Leicestershire. To date over 1,000 people have engaged in a wide variety of ways with the business, many becoming Planet Leicester Bakers themselves through bread making activities and sharing their skills.
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.