Fife community bakery shares its recipe for success

A Fife community bakery is set to support aspiring social entrepreneurs in Scotland by sharing the secrets of its business success. 

The Doorstep Bakery, based in Collessie, North East Fife, has been recognised as having a first-class business model, by Firstport, the social enterprise start-up agency, and today (Thursday 26 June) became part of its ‘Ditto’ bank of business ideas.

The bakery worked with Firstport and franchising experts to map out the key factors that made the business a successful social enterprise. This was then documented and put together into a Ditto manual that social entrepreneurs, eager to set up a similar business, will literally be able to pick up off the shelf and get started.

Neil Stoddart from the Doorstep Bakery said: “We are delighted that our business model is going to be shared with other budding social entrepreneurs and make it easier for them to achieve their dreams.
“We have 4 years of development experience to share with others and if this helps one more community to create and grow a viable social enterprise then it will be worth it. We would like to think that folk will be of the attitude, if they can do it, so can we.”

Karen McGregor, Chief Executive of Firstport said: “A community bakery is a fantastic addition to the Ditto bank of business ideas. Consumers want different products that have a story and that are produced in a local and responsible way. We expect this to be a popular model and look forward to supporting a new wave of social entrepreneurs and artisan bakers.”

Ditto is supported by Resilient Scotland and individuals interested in using this or any of the Ditto models can visit the Firstport website for more information - www.firstport.org.uk/ditto

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For further information please contact Fiona Holmes, Communications Officer, Firstport on 0131 220 0511 or Fiona@firstport.org.uk