Bath-based bakery Thoughtful Bread has asked the local business community to help it expand.

Thoughtful Bread said an expansion would give “much needed” space for additional seating and room for a new bakery school on its current premises, which were also partly crowdfunded – in 2013, it broke records by raising £55,000 in just nine days.

Thoughtful Bread founder Duncan Glendinning said: “Unlike other bakeries with large-scale wholesale plans, our ambitions are a lot closer to home. We are working towards being a busy local bakery and café, supportive of, and supported by the local community.

He added: “This is a very exciting time for us.”

Thoughtful Bread is aiming to raise £30k and begin the expansion in August. Glendinning is calling on all interested businesses to get in touch.

In 2014 Thoughtful Bread opened its first flagship bakery, shop and school, in a move which saw the business relocate to the centre of Bath.