Luminary Bakery plans next steps
I talked with Alice Boyle recently about the next stage of development of Luminary Bakery of which she is the Founder.
Luminary, based in East London, grew out of Kahaila (café church) in Brick Lane as an innovative response to a need they saw for women who have had a social and economic disadvantage.
Luminary is a social enterprise designed to offer opportunities for women to build a future for themselves. They provide a safe and professional environment where women can grow holistically – encouraging ambition, restoration and second chances. They use baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferrable skills for the working world.
They offer courses, work experience and paid employment within their bakery, empowering women to build their career. Over a 6 month traineeship, by investing in and releasing them to realise their dreams, through training, employment and community, they aim to break the generational cycles of abuse, prostitution, criminal activity and poverty.
They supply wholesale and retail baked goods across London and regularly provide stock for brands such as Ben and Jerry, Pandora, TOMS and Stella McCartney.
They've been in operation for 3 years and have supported 45 women with an 88% success rate of moving into employment, further training or enterprise.
Luminary is now ready to expand and are planning to launch a second retail site in North London and are currently raising finance from investors who have a heart for social investment. Do you know anyone who may be interested in investigating this further? Contact form is here.
Once a second site comes on stream, it will be followed by further expansion in London and then say 5 years down the road, they will expand to other parts of the UK.
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