Women find recipe for success in coffee and cake | Business

One social enterprise is thriving in café society

Alice Boyle set up Luminary Bakery to give women from disadvantaged backgrounds skills in baking that will help them to find work in Londonjack hill/the times

With its menu chalked on to a blackboard and homebaked goods displayed on a marble countertop, Luminary Bakery looks at first glance like just another trendy independent coffee shop in north London. Yet this a business apart. For one day a week, Luminary’s kitchen is a bustling hive of activity as some of the capital’s most disadvantaged young women are taught how to bake, and much more besides.

The bakery is the brainchild of Alice Boyle, who set it up in 2015 as a spin-off from Kahaila, a charity that runs programmes for women. The organisation, which is based in Stoke Newington, has three functions: the training programme, the café and a wholesale business that make cakes and traybakes for coffee shops and corporate clients.

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