We are delighted to announce that Steven Oxford of Oxfords Bakery has been included within the inaugural Family Business United ‘Family Business Top 100,’ which recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their work within a family business.
Recognition in respect of:
- Inspirational Leader
- Champion of Change & Innovation
Oxford’s are a 4th generation, traditional, artisan English bakery which is run by Steven Oxford. They are the original artisan bakery, a place where you can get a beautiful sourdough made using stoneground organic flour, at the same time as choosing which Dorset Lardy Cake you’d like to take home!
They’ve been baking since 1911, during world wars, supermarket dominance and through times where baking was, well, just not fashionable. They have harnessed the skills and techniques that other bakeries crave, to give you a premium quality product, from a bakery with real heritage.
The bakery itself has been standing for well over 200 years. Frank and Olive Oxford bought the village bakehouse in Alweston, near Sherborne, and they began the family journey in September of 1911. The ovens used today were installed in 1921 and their largest dough mixer, the last working one of its kind anywhere in the world, is 75 years old.
The terracotta tiled floors and whitewashed walls are a step back in time, but the dedicated bakers and skills learnt from generations past, within the bakery walls, are what carry them into the future.
Steven is the Managing Director and the driving force behind the business, a young man with a vision and passion to continue to grow the business and build on the past. His entrepreneurship, determination and innovative approach has been instrumental in the evolution of the business over the past couple of years and he is well deserving of his place in the Family Business Top 100.