Thousands of furloughed Londoners discovered themselves with a wealth of additional time on their arms when lockdown shut down eating places and outlets throughout the capital.
Whilst many used the time for some respite others plunged themselves into complete new companies.
One of the most unusual companies to come out of lockdown is Sean’s Loaf.
Not solely is Sean a chef-turned-baker however his baking oven was as soon as an outdoor toilet that he transformed.
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“My residence has change into a bakery,” Sean’s Loaf founder Sean Chambers advised MyLondon.
He added: “I bought the sofa to make room for the bakery. The youngsters and my spouse weren’t completely happy about it.
“The shed was an outdoor toilet however is now the place I preserve certainly one of my ovens. I stripped all of it again, cleaned it re-plastered it and made it what it’s now. I’ve obtained a energy supply there. It’s the solely place it might go.”
Sean Chambers from Cricklewood in North West London has been a chef for over 20 years.
Prior to the pandemic, he labored as the chef to a director of an insurance coverage firm.
Sean stated he all the time loved baking and purchased a baking oven earlier than the pandemic so he might bake extra bread for his household and native space.
However, when lockdown struck in March final yr Sean was furloughed and he quickly began ramping up his residence baking.
Then, when he put a be aware on native neighbourhood app, Nextdoor, his enterprise “went from there.”
Sean stated: “No one wished to cope with money so I arrange a web site and as soon as I did that every little thing sped up a lot. It was a lot simpler, they may guide it on-line. I might ship twice a week.
“It began due to that: individuals wished bread, individuals did not need to exit wherever, I might ship, it ticked all the bins for what individuals wanted.”
Sean delivers his bread by bike to close by areas, together with Golders Green, Belsize Park, Willesden Green, Kensal High Street. His daughter delivers to their native neighbourhood, a service she calls ‘DeliveRuby’ after her identify Ruby.
Sean’s spouse Megan, who has baking expertise as a skilled pastry chef, additionally helps by making croissants and different pastries.
When he first began the enterprise again in March, Sean stated he was delivering 15-20 loaves a week.
Now it does round ten occasions greater than that, delivering between 150 and 200 loaves each week.
On plans for the enterprise post-lockdown, which might finish utterly from June onward in accordance to Boris Johnson’s street map, Sean stated he is nonetheless deciding whether or not to return to work.
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“I would really like it to keep it up. We might maintain a enterprise from it and develop it. With issues opening up once more, I had some wholesale orders via cafes and eating places I wished to decide up.”
Sean stated his prospects have responded very well to the enterprise and having a “relationship with the individual who bakes their bread” is sweet in contrast to simply shopping for from a giant grocery store.
With the floor flooring of his home primarily used for the bakery, Sean stated he hopes to discover some industrial area for the enterprise and get his residence again.
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