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Aileen sees Stuart and Eleanor at work in Battlefield Bakery

Aileen Campbell MSP used the recent Real Bread Week as the perfect hook to visit Battlefield Bakery near Strathaven and meet baker and young entrepreneur Stuart Anderson.

From the farmhouse bakery Stuart supplies loaves, scones, biscuits and oatcakes – all handmade in traditional farmhouse style – to shops including his own Duke’s Deli in Lanark’s Castlegate.

From childhood Stuart was always keen on baking, and it is a family trait. His mother, Eleanor Anderson, did all the restaurant’s baking when she and her sisters ran the Chardonnay in Carluke, and her own mother and grandmother were good bakers – although Eleanor, who works with Stuart, thinks the baking gene is growing stronger in every generation!

Leaving school, Stuart studied hospitality management and spent two seasons working in a bakery in Blair Atholl.

Turning 20 he set up the Battlefield Bakery – the family farm overlooks the Drumclog battle site – and he jokes he spent “two solid years standing in the rain” at farmers markets, while calling in at shops persuading them to take his products.

The Lanark deli was one of the shops Stuart supplied, and almost three years ago he had the confidence to take it over and run it himself. His future plans include developing the manufacturing of the shortbread and oatcakes.

Commenting Aileen said: “It was great to speak to Stuart and hear about his clear passion for artisan products, to get a sneaky peek behind the scenes of his bakehouse and even get a chance to fashion loaves and spin some pizza bases!

“What is also incredibly impressive is that Stuart has achieved so much at such a young age – driving forward a successful business and providing much needed local employment opportunities. To have created such success in such a small space of time is inspiring and shows his commitment, hard work and tenacity. Our communities across Avondale and Clydesdale rely on small and medium sized businesses to drive forward our economy and Stuart’s contribution to this is huge. It was also great to hear how important the Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus scheme is that helps small enterprises with their business rates.

“Getting up at 4am each morning, delivering the products, running the shops and keeping up with the paperwork – Stuart is humble but his hard work shows why we should celebrate our young people and the contribution they make to our society.”



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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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