Our Story

Why a community bakery

Because this Bakery is owned by the community and run to benefit the community.

We want to:

  • create local jobs and apprenticeships for young people
  • attract more customers to the High Street and make sure it continues to thrive
  • and last but not least …
  • keep our customers healthy and happy with freshly baked bread, cakes and savouries

The Story so Far

When Smiths, the last of Dunbar’s traditional bakers, closed in 2008 it seemed like the end of an era and was certainly a great loss to the High Street. But before long some members of Sustaining Dunbar began to explore the idea of a community bakery and find out how they could make this happen.

Community spirit is a powerful force in Dunbar and thanks to the energy, commitment and generosity of the town’s people the Dunbar Community Bakery opened for trade in October 2011.

Since then we’ve learned lessons and built on our strengths. The Bakery now employs 6 full time members of staff supported by 4 part time assistants and 5 Management Committee members. Before the pandemic our annual turnover had reached almost £250,000.

So where do we go from here?

This year we celebrate our tenth birthday with plans to buy the premises and open a training scheme for young apprentices.

Creating local employment has always been an important part of what we do. Until now it has not been possible to fund apprenticeships but we are developing an application to the Scottish Land Fund for a grant to buy the premises and if we are successful the annual rent can be invested back in the business.

The S.L.F. will provide 95% of the purchase cost but the Bakery must contribute the last 5% and demonstrate strong community support for the project.

The proposal is coming together and the next stage is to launch our crowd funding initiative. Our target is to reach £10k which will allow us to make our contribution and replace the old and rapidly deteriorating front shop windows.

This is where we need your help

We really value the support from our shareholders which has enabled us to survive over the years. Now we need to ask for help from old and new friends to ensure another successful decade and deliver even more benefits to the community.

With your help we can create new jobs and energy on the High Street and continue to produce our tasty bakery treats.