At the heart of our bakery is a much loved but struggling old oven. He's known to us as Greg; named in recognition of his previous life on the high street. Greg is unreliable, inconsistent and at 20 years old, he's in need of replacement. We want to raise £10,000 towards the cost of a modern oven with a long and reliable future.
We have received a £1000 grant from the Carbon Trust in recognition of the new oven's energy saving potential but we're still £36,0000 short of our target. We plan on borrowing to cover the shortfall but want to avoid a huge debt that places the bakery at risk.
Cooper's Bakehouse does things the old fashioned way: we use organic ingredients, we shape and bake by hand and we deliver by bicycle; it's not the cheapest way to supply bread but it ensures wonderful flavour and that we'll always be focused on our local customers and our environment.
We've grown from a back garden bakery in 2012 to our current size baking 1000 loaves every week and employing nine part time local staff. We're proud to pay the London Living Wage as an absolute minimum and we continue to deliver 81% of our loaves by bicycle.
We're a properly local business, we bake locally and deliver locally; all of our bread travels a maximum of three miles to local homes, shops and cafes. By keeping it local, we miss out on some opportunities for growth but we want our development to be led by our customers and not big contracts from outside our area.
We're buying a new oven for £34,500, we've been given £1000 by the Carbon Trust and estimate the extra costs associated with fitting the oven to be £2,500. We're hoping to raise £10,000 to limit our borrowing to £26,000. A figure that's sustainable for us to repay over time without compromising our principles and ethos.
We're offering a range of real rewards in return for your support: baking classes; sourdough starter; local bread delivery and tickets to our Oven Warming Party. Please support us and help keep the bread baking at Cooper's Bakehouse.