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Developer CITU welcomes ethical business with shared values into Little Kelham community

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A sustainable bakery and speciality coffee house is set to open in Little Kelham, Sheffield’s pioneering zero carbon neighbourhood, which has been transformed by property company and placemaker CITU.

Bakers Yard Bakery has been founded by Sheffield couple Sam Lindsay and Becca Crofts who aim to establish their latest artisanal enterprise following the phenomenal success of their micro wholesale business which supplies cafes and coffee shops across the city.

The duo have more than 30 years’ experience in artisanal food, bakery and patisserie production and combine their love of food with a passion for sustainable business practices. Everything from their coffee beans, chocolate, vanilla, dairy and flour products have been chosen to meet the highest of ethical and eco standards, using local suppliers where possible.

Situated in the heart of Little Kelham, the Bakers Yard Bakery encompasses 1,100 sq. ft and is perfectly attuned to the climate conscious values embedded within the Little Kelham development, which saw its first residents move in to their ground-breaking eco-homes, back in 2015. It is now home to a growing community of more than 250 occupied homes and over 10 local and international businesses.

Sam explained: “No 1 Bakers Yard was such an obvious choice for us in terms of the amazing space available but also the vision and passion we share with CITU and the whole community at Little Kelham, where people want to live and work more sustainably.

Chris Thompson, Founder of CITU, agrees: “Sam and Becca have achieved success without compromising on quality or their commitment to reducing their business’s impact on the planet. They are the perfect occupier for No 1 Bakers Yard and we’re delighted they have committed long term to the growing Kelham community.”

Originally named Nourriture Bespoke, the business has now been rebranded as Bakers Yard Bakery and will continue to supply its wholesale clients from the new premises, secured on a 10-year lease.

The success of the wholesale business gave us the confidence to look for physical premises,” explained Becca. “We knew we were doing something different that people really liked and that gave us the momentum to go and look for a permanent base.”

As well as a coffee house, Bakers Yard Bakery will also be home to a retail section that will stock high quality produce and ingredients sourced from sustainable local suppliers.

No 1 Bakers Yard is situated on the corner of Alma Street at its junction with Green Lane, in the heart of Little Kelham and just a 10-minute walk north from Sheffield city centre.

The interior style is informal with distinctive nods to the building’s industrial past, utilising the abundance of oversized windows, natural light and alcove ceilings. Local craft furniture makers Giles Grover Studios designed the Bakery’s interior fittings and feature pieces, combining modern technologies with traditional methods. Original art works adorning the interior walls have been created by Sam’s sister and artist Kate Lindsay.

With finishing interior touches now taking place, Bakers Yard Bakery is set to open in April. It joins a growing list of food and hospitality businesses that have made Little Kelham their home, including SALT, Domo, Hymn to Ninkasi and Isabellas.

They all offer unique products and services but collectively add a huge amount to the vibrancy of Little Kelham,” adds Chris Thompson.

There are only 3 other letting opportunities with CITU to join the Little Kelham business communities including a retail/commercial unit of 1,047 – 2,347sq. ft (this can be taken as a whole or split into units) and a further two commercial (Class E) units currently in the pipeline and due to be delivered in Q4 this year.