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Deal for Business, which encourages businesses to get involved in the local community

A local pizza company is inspiring the borough’s children to cook fresh food.

Stonebakers, a mobile wood-fired pizza company, recently signed up to Wigan Council’s Deal for Business, which encourages businesses to get involved in the local community. And, they have hit the ground running by joining forces with Fur Clemt, a ‘pay as you feel’ café, to arrange a pizza lesson, encouraging local children to express themselves through food.

Around 60 young people ranging from three to sixteen years were part of an interactive cooking session yesterday (Wednesday 11th April) at Fur Clemt’s base in Central Park, Marsh Green and all who took part were even presented with a ‘Junior Stonebaker’ certificate for their efforts.

Matt Bretherton, co-founder of Stonebakers said: “In addition to our day-to-day work providing authentic Italian pizzas for a number of events, we have also travelled to nearby schools so local school children can have a go at making their own pizza from scratch. The response from students was incredible and this gave us a passion to continue to educate young people with basic yet important life skills.

“We’re committed to providing a fun learning experience, which will hopefully inspire younger generations to make their own food at home. We want to promote cooking as an enjoyable activity that can be done as a family.  “Working with the community is one reason why we signed up to The Deal for Business as we applauded the council’s approach to giving back and engaging with local people.”

Each child was charged £1 to take part, with all proceeds being invested back into Fur Clemt.

Becca Heron, director for economy and skills at Wigan Council said: “We’re committed to supporting our local businesses grow and thrive but also understand the importance of investing time and resource back into our communities. “Stonebakers only signed up to The Deal for Business a couple of weeks ago but they have already really embraced the council’s values by working with community groups and local children. “It’s really important that businesses work together with the community and voluntary sector to build relationships and a stronger borough. We look forward to seeing what Stonebakers have to offer next.”

For more information about The Deal for Business or to see what support the council can offer your company, visit