The Real Bread Campaign has claimed in a recent survey that a surge of people have started up their own small bakery businesses in the last year.

The Campaign surveyed 100 readers of its latest book, Knead to Know, and found that nearly a quarter (22) had set up a small ‘real bread’ bakery or enterprise since the book published last January. Around 10% (9) of respondents had started a bakery business between November 2008 and December 2010, and only one individual surveyed had done the same between January 2007 and October 2008.

Chris Young, Real Bread Campaign coordinator, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to find out just how many people want to start baking Real Bread for their local communities. It’s fantastic that nearly 70% of the readers in the survey said they have now set up small local bakeries or are on the road to doing so.”

Knead to Know, available to download as a PDF for £10 at, is a guide for individuals looking to set up a bakery business and sell handmade bread within their local community. It offers business models, marketing advice, recipes and supplier information.