As mentioned in a previous thread (about the demise of Home on SGR) I have been reading about this co-op bakery - Handmade Bakery
The idea is that as many local people as possible subscribe to receive bread. Pay monthly, pick it up weekly. This commitment underpins the business of the bakery and allows it to set up. Any profits that are generated over the year are circulated among the subscribers.
Not only might this give us the local bakery we've all been after but it might just add something to SGR.
I don't know much more than that at the moment but if enough people are interested I can look in to it... i.e. how many people would be needed to get it up and running, how much it would cost to set up, how it would work legally, where you get a baker from(!) etc
Let me know what you make of it by leaving a comment and if it seems positive enough we can have a look at working it up. In the meantime, any lawyers or accountants out there with anything to add? Pro bono of course.
Interested, but I can't believe the economics stack up on consumer deliveries alone.
If a couple of corporate accounts (bars/restaurants) signed on, that would change it.
I'm much too lazy to knead my own dough, and there's no space in the kitchen for yet another machine. We'd happily join a co-op bakery.
My main question would be how long we'd have to subscribe for. I imagine this sort of business requires a substantial amount of capital to get if off the ground. That would come, at least in part, from subscribers. In other words, a certain number of people would have to pay for x number of weeks upfront, right? I'd kinda like to try the bread before I commit to six months or a year's worth of loaves.
Good for Food is full of mums with buggies during the day. As a rule, I don't approve of screaming toddlers, but it shows that there are people around during the day. A family-friendly cafe/bakery would go down well.
Quality is key to any successful business. Remember when Petek first opened? Or Dotori? They were dead for a while, but once word of mouth spread, they started to fill up. Dotori is now packed at lunchtime.
There were a couple bakeries by Tesco, but they weren't any good. Why would anyone spend £2.50 on a loaf of mediocre bread? I'm happy to pay extra for quality, but I can get average goods at Tesco for less.
We do get bread through Abel and Cole, but we'd happily switch to a nice local bakery.
Btw, has anyone tried the bread at the Happening Bagel Bakery? Their bagels are pants. The challa isn't very good, either. I prefer Grodzinski's.
All good stuff people.
Will look in to it, and I agree that this might be at best marginal (esp with London rents - and even more now that we are officially out of recession [sigh]). I see that the Handmade Bakery started in a restaurant kitchen. I am sure one on SGR would be interested in looking in to it. Maybe one or two of the pizza ovens that tend to only be used in the evenings?
cue MEDI. Down boy.
I'm with @Markwhitehead. I also make my own bread just for my family. I wouldn't want small business moving in to the area and destroying all these micro-businesses like ours...
I've been following that on the Archers too.
Was the consensus that this isnt economically viable? Really fed up with supermarket bread...
If we can't have a bakery, how do we go about setting up a Stroud Green Farmers Market to satisfy our posh bread, veg and burger needs?
Reckon something like that would really help give the high street a boost at weekends.
BBMs baguettes are quite good.
Boulangerie being french for bakery and all.
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