A new oven for our small bakery

by Cooper's Bakehouse in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 2nd August 2017 we successfully raised £10,839 with 224 supporters in 35 days

Our old, pre-loved oven is on his last legs; our aim is to raise £10,000 to support the purchase of a new oven for our bakery.

by Cooper's Bakehouse in London, Greater London, England

New stretch target

With just over 18 hours to go, we have hit our first target of raising £10,000 towards the cost of our new oven.  The support, generosity, enthusiasm and love that so many have shown has been truly overwhelming.  Thank you to everyone who has pledged and spread the word with such fervour.

Our work is not quite done.  All in, our new oven is going to cost £37,000.  We'd love to reduce the burden of borrowing on the bakery by as much as possible and offer baking classes, bread and all of our rewards to everyone who still wants to support a newly invigorated, excited and growing business.

Until 4.45pm on Wednesday 2nd August, we'll continue to promote and pursue our campaign.  Every pound we can raise will not only help pay for our oven but will further strengthen our bond to a community that's shown it cares about our business and its future.  


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.

Thank you.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£6 or more

£6 Reward

Thank you for your support. We'll send you a personalised thank you with a picture of our new oven baking its very first loaf.

£12 or more

£12 Reward

We'll send you a dried portion of our sourdough starter and full instructions for bringing it back to life, caring for it and baking successful sourdough.

£22 or more

30 of 100 claimed

£22 Reward

A limited edition Cooper's Bakehouse - Some Like it Hot, new oven T-Shirt plus a dried portion of our sourdough starter and full instructions for bringing it back to life, caring for it and baking successful sourdough.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Receive £25 of bread delivered to your door by bicycle. Delivered weekly, or more often if you're hungry, we'll set you up with a bread account and deliver your bread or breads of choice. This reward is only available if you're in our delivery area; please check the link to a map at www.coopersbakehouse.com/home-delivery If you're not sure please call.

£26 or more

£26 Reward

A Cooper's Bakehouse baking apron plus our dried sourdough starter and instructions for reviving the starter and baking your own sourdough.

£37 or more

£37 Reward

Two Cooper's Bakehouse baking aprons: one adult size, one child size (choice of sizes). Plus our dried sourdough starter and instructions for reviving the starter and baking your own sourdough.

£45 or more

£45 Reward

Receive £45 of bread delivered to your door by bicycle. Delivered weekly, or more often if you're hungry, we'll set you up with a bread account and deliver your bread or breads of choice. This reward is only available if you're in our delivery area; please check the link to a map at www.coopersbakehouse.com/home-delivery If you're not sure please call.

£50 or more

12 of 50 claimed

£50 Reward

Join us on a morning's bake with the new oven. Share in the joy of glass doors, steam, temperature control and coffee before dawn. Go home with a bag of bread and baker-for-a-day pride.

£50 or more

10 of 50 claimed

£50 Reward

Join us at our Oven Warming Party to celebrate our oven's arrival. Meet our bakers, drink beer, eat baked goods!

£125 or more

20 of 32 claimed

£125 Reward

One place on our Introduction to Craft Baking course. Explore baking bread for a fuller flavour with pre-ferments, long fermentation and the right ingredients. You'll get lots of practice shaping the most familiar loaf styles and tips on how to get the most from baking in a domestic kitchen. You'll go home with lots of bread, sourdough starter and a comprehensive baking guide. A maximum of 8 participants, can be pledged as a gift.

£125 or more

0 of 32 claimed

£125 Reward

One place on our Patisserie Course to learn the art of making laminated dough and baking successful croissants, pain au chocolat and pain aux raisins. Enjoy sampling our baked goods in the company of good food and coffee with a maximum of eight participants. You'll go home with a bag of patisserie and a comprehensive guide with all the recipes you'll need. Can be pledged as a gift.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Receive £250 of bread, sourdough or patisserie delivered to your door by bicycle; we don't have a minimum delivery quantity so this might last you three months or a year! This pledge is available to new home delivery customers who are in our delivery area. Please check by looking at the map on our website: www.coopersbakehouse.com/home-delivery or send an email if you'd like to double check.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

20% off - for life. If you're in our bread delivery area or you're one of our existing home delivery customers, we'll give you 20% off the cost of your bread for life.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Sponsor a school. We'll teach a whole class from a local school of your choice (year 5 and above) how to bake bread in sessions of no more than eight students at a time using all of our equipment and the new oven.


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