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Community cash for Companio

Real Bread Campaign supporter Russel Goodwin has raised £30,000 through a bread loans scheme for ‘Manchester’s first Community Supported Bakery.'

The dough will allow Companio to complete the fit-out and equipping of its bakery Ancoats. Read more.

Investors have made loans of £1000 or £2000 for three, four or five years, with interest paid in the form of Real Bread or baking classes.  Companio was launched by Russell as a sole trader, operating the business with the help of family and friends.

Companio currently sells its loaves on Tuesdays and Thursdays, first from the bakery between 12pm and 3pm, then at Manchester Victoria Train Station from 4pm to 6pm. In addition the bakery supplies a Spanish-inspired restaurant. As the business develops, it will offer employment opportunities and volunteer placements for those interested in learning more about bread-making. Russell will also start baking classes later this year.

Before setting up Companio, Russell was a director and baker at the Handmade Bakery in West Yorkshire, the UK’s first Community Supported Bakery.


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Published 7 Jul 2016

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