GAIL's

To make world-class craft baking a part of every neighbourhood.
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https://gailsbread.co.uk

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GAIL's became a rising star in the world of bakery in the 1990s, when Gail Mejia brought London's best bakers together to bake for the city's top chefs and restaurants.

The wholesale business, The Bread Factory, which was named ironically because it is home only to artisan baking, continues to thrive, serving top restaurants and discerning customers.

Today, GAIL's continues to specialise in sourdough, as well as making pastries, cakes and savouries for its 70 neighbourhood bakeries in London and the south-east. It sells in supermarkets and operates an online business that delivers to people at home and in offices across London.

The business is run by co-founder Tom Molnar. Staff are known as "breadheads" and the company aims to make it a welcoming, inclusive and rewarding place to work. It is devising a strategy to make GAIL's actively inclusive — as opposed to passively diverse — as part of its next three-year plan. It has also almost eliminated its gender pay gap and pays above the minimum wage for all roles.

As staff progress in their careers with the company, they are cross-trained so that they understand all aspects of the business and the pressures and challenges of each section, leading to a more resilient and adaptive team.

Managing Director, Marta Pogroszewska, says: "I've been humbled by the outstanding hard work and commitment shown by my colleagues as we continued to grow, especially at a time when hospitality has faced existential challenges."

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Giving Something Back

56% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Gail's flagship sustainability initiative, Waste Not, includes the policy of donating surplus food to those in need. Each bakery is partnered with charities that collect surplus bread at the end of every day.
My Team

86% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Breadboard, the employee forum, is a quarterly meeting between elected colleagues and the Managing Director, Marta Pogroszewska, which reviews upcoming initiatives and voices concerns. The group is then taken out for dinner.
My Company

79% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

At a quarterly ceremony, staff are nominated for awards based on their demonstration of company values. This might be a team member who went the extra mile to support a colleague (caring for each other), or a bakery team who supported their local community during the pandemic (caring for our community).
Giving Something Back
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56% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Gail's flagship sustainability initiative, Waste Not, includes the policy of donating surplus food to those in need. Each bakery is partnered with charities that collect surplus bread at the end of every day.
My Team
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86% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Breadboard, the employee forum, is a quarterly meeting between elected colleagues and the Managing Director, Marta Pogroszewska, which reviews upcoming initiatives and voices concerns. The group is then taken out for dinner.
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79% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

At a quarterly ceremony, staff are nominated for awards based on their demonstration of company values. This might be a team member who went the extra mile to support a colleague (caring for each other), or a bakery team who supported their local community during the pandemic (caring for our community).

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1990
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
29
Employee average age
31% : 69%
Male : Female employee ratio
4%
Employees earning £35k+
64%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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I've been humbled by the outstanding hard work and commitment shown by my colleagues as we continued to grow, especially at a time when hospitality has faced existential challenges. We will only ever be as successful as the Breadheads who join our mission to bring great bread and coffee to even more neighbourhoods. Joining the ranks of the UK's Best Companies is a critical part of our strategy to recruit and retain the best people.

Marta Pogroszewska, Managing Director - GAIL's

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