Hello From West Sussex
after taking so long signing up, I've finally got round to it. I'm really looking forward to establishing great online baking relationships with other bakers. Currently, I own a coffee shop/bakery and have been running since March. From the onset, we sold artisan bread made by another local artisan baker who did not have a shop front but supplied many farm shops and food establishments. We also supplemented our range of bread with the loaves made by another artisan baker and to be honest, we were really happy with them. In the last month, we have seen both bakers cease trading- one out of choice and another because the maths just simply didn't work for them. We now are getting our bread supply from a much bigger but still independent Bread supplier.
So here is here we've done a stupid. In time you guys will realise that I tend to jump in feet first and figure out how to swim later. We've bought a bread oven and I'm now looking after one of the previous baker's two year old sourdough starter (no one told me it's gonna be like looking after a Tamagotchi). It's meant that we've had to have fuse boxes changed, a three phase installed etc.
I'm not planning on going into production tomorrow or next month. I appreciate that I need to do a lot of planning work. Also, there is the huge reshuffle needed because we now will need someone else to come in and do some of the baking (currently, most of the cakes in the coffee shop is baked by me and we've been really busy and have been overwhelmed by just how quickly things have taken off).
So, here's me saying hello, and hoping to eventually be able to contribute to the discussion. Until then, please humour me if I ask stupid questions.