A new scheme aims to help bakers bring life back to redundant buildings next to pubs and real food to communities.

As part of Project Artisan, the Real Bread Campaign has teamed up with family-owned brewery Everards of Leicester to give bakers and other producers the chance to rent a suitable building, while Everards will support them to develop the businesses.

Campaign project officer Chris Young said: “Everards is offering a great opportunity to people who need a hand to help them bring real bread back to the hearts of their local communities, and take its rightful place alongside real ale in a real local.”

Real bread bakers are being invited to an evening on 17 June to meet members of the Everards team, the Real Bread Campaign and the School of Artisan Food, and other artisan food and drink producers from 6.30pm-9pm at The Royal Oak in Kirkby Muxloe, near Leicester, to hear about the scheme.

Project Artisan builds on the experience gained by Everards in supporting tenants at 172 pubs, and specifically from Project William, whereby Everards has been acquiring unloved locals, investing in them and working with artisan brewers to create brewery taps.

For details on the evening, contact: hp@everards.co.uk.