A co-op is an enterprise run and controlled democratically by the members – for the benefit of all the members. We are proud to be a workers’ co-operative, which means as employees it is us, the workers, that are the members and who own and manage the business. We have a flat management structure in which all members of the co-op have an equal say in decision-making and take an equal responsibility in the running of our business, and all co-op members are company directors.
As a co-op, we make our decisions by consensus – instead of simply voting and having the majority of the group getting their way, we are committed to making decisions that all members are in agreement with. Consensus decision making is non-hierarchical and ensures that power and control is equally shared by all members, as well as enabling us to make better decisions by collectively weaving together our various ideas and concerns.
Leeds Bread Co-op was originally founded by Ian, Phil and Zig in 2012. We are incredibly grateful for the commitment and hard work of our founder members as well as the various co-op members that have joined us along the way since we began, all of whom have played their own part in getting us to where we are today.
As well as our members, we have a pool of non-member employees who either don’t want to take on the additional work and responsibilities of membership or who don’t work enough hours/haven’t worked for us for long enough to be able to become members yet. They are paid the same standard hourly rate as members and we highly value their hard work in helping us to make, sell and deliver delicious, fresh bread in and around Leeds day after day. Thank you to all previous and current staff!