Established: 60 years ago. Michael Bell’s father, John Bell, started off working as a one-man band, making and delivering bread and cakes to the doorsteps of many family homes in Cumbria.
Companies and products
Bells: Rolls and bread, cakes and slices
Village Bakery Melmerby: organic breads and cakes, plus local café/restaurant
OK Foods: Gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free
Customers: From local shoppers looking for craft products to supermarkets nationwide
Ethics: Care for your staff, care for the environment. Community support, and donations to developing countries, eg water cisterns in Brazil, a farming project in Honduras