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#76 Samuel Mensah, MD at Uncle John’s Bakery, on Family Legacy

Over the past 25 years, Uncle John’s Bakery has remained a staple household name within the Afro-Caribbean Community, with a community expanding across the UK as well as around the world. Founded by his parents, today’s guest is Samuel Mensah, the MD of the company. From the very start, the ethos of the business is the Ghanian saying “Obeyeyie”, which means “things will get better”. And amidst the pandemic, this ethos has been their North Star.

Uncle John’s Bakery retails in major supermarkets such as Morrisons, and has collaborated with brands including Dropbox, Ghana Party In The Park, Unicorn Theatre and many more. They have also received positive recognition from major institutions such as GUBA, 10 Downing Street, British Baker and Time Out magazines. 

I’m excited to have Samuel on the show to learn more about running a family business. In this conversation we explore being digitally accessible, the future of the high street, his visit to 10 Downing Street – and their signature sweet bread.



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