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A big problem to solve


of all unemployed people in the UK are under the age of 25


of all homeless people living in London hostels want work


Refugees do not have jobs, despite having higher qualifications than uk average and an eagerness to work


of offenders say a job would be the most important factor to stop them reoffending


of all working graduates took jobs as cleaners, office junior and road sweepers six months after leaving university


people are working part time because they cannot find a full time job

Mission Empowerment

Poverty and unemployment in the UK is trapping talent and crushing futures. Hard times in the labour market continues to hit those at the margins the hardest and thousands cannot find economically, intellectually or emotionally fulfilling work.

Breadwinners works as a catalyst to empower people who are unemployed to transform their circumstances by becoming their own boss. We work to systematically address the issues surrounding unemployment in disadvantaged communities and help people at the bottom of the labour market into self employment by arming those who need it most with everything they need to set up and power their own bread delivery business - delivering fresh, locally sourced and beautiful bread to their community by bike. 

Enabled by microloans and empowered through training, Breadwinners buy loaves from bakeries at cost price and sell on for profit - keeping the difference to reinvest in the next day's loaves and build their buisness. As their own boss, their business is theirs to grow, with Breadwinners Foundation there to support them every step of the way. 

The Team

Marika Chaplais
Marika Chaplais, Project Director

Marika grew up covered in flour in a bakery in Gloucestershire. She has worked in the charity sector for 8 years, running large scale events to raise awareness and funds for the charity Freedom from Torture, before moving to Elephant Family as their Head of Development. In 2015 she was approached by miller John Lister of Shipton Mill with the idea of using bread delivery to help empower people to set up their own sustainable bread delivery businesses, and from there, Breadwinners was born. She now runs Breadwinners Foundation from Bathtub 2 Boardroom in Old Street.

John Lister
John Lister, Chair & Bakery Partnership Trustee

John runs the renowned Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire and award winning The Celtic Bakery in London, which will be Breadwinners first partner bakery. John first had the idea for Breadwinners when thinking of ways to put to a good use, the old and characterful Suzuki van stored in the back shed at the bakery, and known endearingly as the ‘Cadillac’. Since then, the idea has grown, and John is passionate about building communities and helping to clear the runway for aspiring entrepreneurs. John has extensive experience in the bakery and commercial sectors, and will be helping Breadwinners grow strategically, implement quality assurance polices and develop relationships with key influencers in the sector. John also acts as a Trustee for the Biodynamic Association and the Biodynamic Agricultural college.

Laura Basset
Laura Basset, Social Impact Trustee

Laura has been working in the charity sector for over ten years, starting at disability charity, Action for Blind People, followed by becoming Fundraising Communications and Innovations Manager at Freedom from Torture and then the Fundraising Manager at Eaves. After working briefly for a start up non-profit she is now Income Development Manager at Young Lambeth Cooperative working across all streams including trusts, statutory and earned income. Laura will be helping Breadwinners with establishing a strong social impact strategy of the charity to maximise and monitor social impact.

George Garrad
George Garrad, Employment Partnership Trustee

George has worked in the multiple needs and homelessness sector for seven years. He currently works for Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) where he oversees all of their practice based work. Prior to MEAM, he worked for Evolve Housing and Support where he managed The Customer Employment Partnership, a partnership of 12 homelessness organisations that seek to employ people with lived experience of homelessness within the sector. He started his career at Look Ahead. George will be helping Breadwinners to champion our service users; develop a strong application process, create strong partnerships with referral pathways, and ensure sufficient policies and procedures are in place to safeguard service users and minimise risks.

Carla Cornwell
Carla Cornwell, Fundraising Trustee

Carla started her career in an investment bank and investor relations but decided to invest her experience into the charity sector. Carla has worked as a fundraiser for eleven years, specialising in philanthropy, special events and patron management. She previously worked for Freedom from Torture as Head of Events and Patrons and went on to set up and run the Major Donor programme at Battersea Dogs & Cats home as Philanthropy Manager. She currently works as a Results Coach of other philanthropy fundraisers. Carla's specific role within Breadwinners includes overseeing the creation and development of a fundraising strategy, helping to identify and secure funding streams so that we reach our aims and objectives, and ensuring we meet best practise fundraising requirements.

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