Have you ever wondered how creative businesses come to life? Does each business start with a business plan and an appointment with a bank manager? … Of course not! This month, we talk to Liz, the owner of Ma Baker, Micro Bakery and Bread School based in Fulham, London (www.mabaker.london) about her success story.
Liz, originally a primary school teacher and a single mum of three tells us how taking a class in bread making has made her “bread obsessed” and helped her develop a career she loves. Liz bakes, sells and delivers bread to her local community and runs a variety of bread classes from introduction to Italian to sourdough. These are currently listed as Trip Advisor’s Number 1 Class in London. (January 2020) Ma Baker’s breads have won Great Taste Awards as well as World Bread Awards. Liz was awarded Outstanding Entrepreneur at the Hammersmith and Fulham Business Awards, 2019.
When did you decide to launch Ma Baker?
About 5 years ago, I was at bit of a cross roads in my life. I was suddenly single with 3 kids and in a new home. I was teaching in a primary school but I really wanted to be doing something with food. On a whim, I took a bread class. I was in love. It was magical. Overnight I became bread obsessed. I was very happily doing endless baking and giving the bread away until friends finally said “Liz, you can stop giving it away; we will pay you for it”. And they did.
I promptly registered my food business with the local council and passed my health and hygiene certificate. Through word of mouth, more people heard about my bread, and more people ordered and I moved from bike to car! I then started teaching bread classes (after many trials on friends and family), just on one Saturday a month and I absolutely loved it. To be able to share something I am so passionate about was wonderful. Bread was starting to take over. From very humble beginnings of delivering 6 loaves on a Saturday morning and teaching a bread class once a month, I now bake, sell and deliver nearly 100 loaves on a bake day each week and teach 3 to 4 classes a week.
Tell us more about bread making and weddings.
A bread class is the perfect gift as it just keeps giving. Small, hands on fun classes all held in a home kitchen. A great life skill. Perfect for a small hens party as well. Or a bride, and Mother of the bride day out.
I have received over 500 five star reviews. All classes include all tuition, morning tea, lunch, all recipes and a big bag of bread to take home. And lots of fun.
To book a class, please visit www.mabaker.london.
Do you have any tips for starting a micro business ?
“Be passionate. Be the best that you can be. Make friends with an accountant.”
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