I’m undertaking some research on Social Enterprises and Workers’ Cooperatives in Birmingham. I made a four day visit to the city in early July.
Firstly, I met with Tom Baker of Loaf, a workers cooperative with 6 members, based in the Stirchley area, which is south of the city centre. Began initially as a Social Enterprise initiated and co-founded by Tom and his partner Jane, this lively bakery and cafe produces a range of tasty breads and cakes, enlivening this local high street, which has some neglected areas.
Loaf also runs a cookery school, which offers courses in butchery, sourdough bread, homemade pasta, preserving and more. One of Loaf’s goals is to promote the Real Food Manifesto, which is about food that has a small environmental impact, is slow, healthy, simple and artisan. It’s also about sharing, community, ethics and change.
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My research is exploring how these enterprises are part of creating new alternatives to the mainstream market economy, and how their located-ness impacts on their goals and values.
Image Credits: Sarah Spanton