How to start an ECD or Creche in Zimbabwe

How to start an ECD or Creche in Zimbabwe

Here is step by step guide in starting an ECD /Creche day – care center in Zimbabwe. 

If you like taking care of the young ones, you can make extra dollars by making use of your empty space at home by starting an ECD /Creche day – care center in Zimbabwe. A you expand, you can consider rented premises. When parents choose a daycare for their children, they look for a place that will enrich and keep their children safe during the day. While your daycare may have those qualities, without the right advertising and marketing, it will go overlooked.

ECD or Creche Students

ECD or Creche Students

You might try a few new strategies to catch the attention of parents and attract new clients to your daycare.

Register your ECD.

Check the registration requirements here…
It is mandatory to register an ECD .There are some requirements needed to register an ECD .These include but not limited to
1.Permission from Local authority to establish an ECD centre
2.Health certificate
3.Memorandum of understanding
4.Proposed names of the ECD centre
5.Physical address of the ECD centre
6.Area to be served by the ECD centre
7.Number of pupils to be enrolled on opening of age and ranges note : one teacher to 20 pupils
8. Name and qualification of teachers to employed
9.Medical certificates plus x-ray is a mandatory since you will be dealing with kids and health status of staff needs to be known
10.Floor plan and house plan
11.Title deeds or lease of agreement
12.Indoor play space area 1:2,25 square meters per child .Age appropriate furniture
13. Outdoor play space 1:5,5 square meters per child
14. Toilets closets 1:2
15.Wash basins

From the data we have gathered, the average startup cost for a daycare centre in Zimbabwe is $1000 to $2500.This can vary widely depending on whether you are opening a home-based daycare center or leasing a separate facility for your care centre .If don’t have $10000+in  bank  account  ,they don’t worry.

Ten tips to start an ECD or Creche in Zimbabwe and be successful :

1.Keep your environment safe and clean-Keep all doors secure .Ideally , have a code available only to parents and staff .Change it regularly.Ensure windows are securely fastened.All stairwells should be gated .Staff and children should wash hands throughout the day..This is especially true before meal times and after diapering /restroom use.Disinfect toys daily.Schedule a time so this task  is not forgotten  .Have a clear routines incase of emergency.
2.Make consistent policies- Clearly outline your policies to protect your business and address parent concerns.Maintaining a regularly updated  parent handbook can make your childcare center stand out  from others.Before enrolling , have parents review and agree to the policies listed in your handbook.Your can also add  your own unique policies .Consider addressing policies about ;hours of operation daily schedule
-food and nutrition
-curriculum {[ more on this later}
-pick -up{who can pick-up the child ? how do you verify identity
-parent communication
-fees and payment
-program closing
3 Invest in training of your staff – babies and toddlers needs consistent , predictable care.For this reason , parents prefer childcare centers with low turnover.Invest training and resources in your staff.Treat them as respected ,appreciated professionals by ;recognizing and rewarding success and hard work
-providing support amd extra help when its neede
-holding a staff appreciation day/ week
-including staff in your vision goals ,  policies
-building relationship goals
4 Develop a curriculum – parents want to know that their children aren’t watching tv or sitting around all day.Young children need active play , stimulation , and learning .Think about programming and your daily schedule .
5. Communicate – to maintain and continue boosting enrollment , communication is key.Parents want to know what their child is up to throughout the day.Some daycare centers even have apps that allow them to share  information about meals, naps , and activities in real time.
Ten tips to manage a creche
1. Have clear policies and follow them-running successful daycares starts with having a clear set of policies .These policies need to apply to both children and parents .
2. Don’t take your friends and family kids- family and friends may expect special treatment regarding your policies .Avid this situation entirely and keep your business professional
3.Always ask for parental feedback-the most successful day care have  myriad of reviews  available on google
4.Have a social media presence – when you are  trying to look up local business information , what is one of the most common places you stop? Get assistance with professional social media management from City Cloud. Check their services here
5.Add value with unique services- look around at your fellow daycare providers to see what they offer .Various daycare centers may have their unique  take on the field.
6. Having a properly trained staff who believes in your vision-child care  businesses may be encouraged to save money by hiring staff that lack experience. However you run the gp of having an educational gap and safety exposures in this case.
7. Don’t forget to take a vacation-business owners who handle their own time typically forget that managing daycares can be an exhausting experience.
8.Simply the business side of things-many times  the business side of daycare can prevent owners from properly focusing.
9.Try to be flexible (within reason)-your parents will appreciate flexibility in their day cares , as some situations may prevent them from arriving on time.
10.Change upfront-while we hate to see it , there is always a chance for flaky parents  who won’t pay you.If they can get a month of free day care out of you straightforward for them to vanish

What’s stopping you from fulfilling your dreams and aspirations? Imagine being your own boss, being able to play an integral role in the development of your beloved country, empowering families and communities through your hard work. The decision is up to you. You have the power to make it happen. Contact us today and we’ll help you register your ECD or Creche business today!

Company Registration in Zimbabwe

What is Company Registration in Zimbabwe?

Company registration in Zimbabwe is the process of incorporating (registering) a business in Zimbabwe either as a Private Limited Company (PLC), Private Business Corporation (PLC) or any other business entity as stated in the Companies and Other Business Entities Act (Chapter 24:31). When a company is incorporated, the business becomes a separate legal entity; separate from its owners. The business becomes an individual ‘person’ in the eyes of the law. Essentially, this means that the company is completely separate from its owners in terms of finances, liabilities, contractual agreements, and ownership of property and assets.

Benefits of registering your own company

  1. Limited liability
  2. Legitimacy and brand awareness
  3. Easier to raise capital
  4. Supplier arrangements
  5. Low Tax Liability
  6. Business continuity

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Types of companies

They are quite a number of companies but the two most popular companies you can register in Zimbabwe are a Private Limited Company and a Private Business Corporation.

Private Limited Company (PLC)

A Private Limited Company is the most common company structure in Zimbabwe.Private limited company is a type of organisation you can set up to run your business.Company ownership is split into shares owned by shareholders.A company must pay corporation tax out of any profits and can then distribute the remaining profits among shareholders.
Private Limited Company requires at least 2 directors and a maximum of 50 directors and also limits the number of shareholders to 50.

Private Business Corporation

A Private Business Corporation is an alternative company structure to a private   limited company that is registered with the Companies registrar of companies in Zimbabwe- through the process of incorporation.

Requirements for company registration in Zimbabwe

There are 4 requirements when registering a company in Zimbabwe:
  1. Company name – should not be similar to an  already registered company, or which is so similar to any such name as to be likely to deceive, is likely to mislead the public, is blasphemous or indecent or likely to cause offence to any person or class of persons, suggests patronage of the Government or some other authority or organisation unless the consent thereof has been obtained, is undesirable for any other reason.
  2. Director’s information – Name(s) and surname as shown on government issued identity documents, national identity number/passport number, official address and former names. This information is shown on the CR 6.
  3. Shareholders information – name(s) and surname as shown on government issued identity documents and official address. This information is shown on the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
  4. Company objectives: These are the commercial activities the company is going to run the business. A company can have as many company objectives as they require. Sample objective can be farming, mining et..c.

Procedure for company registration in Zimbabwe

There are five important steps to the initial company registration procedure in Zimbabwe which include:

1.Name Search and reservation

With us,  you have to give us 5 proposed name and the one which is approved will be the name of the company. This can be done within 24 working hours with the approved name being reserved for up to 3 weeks from the application date. You can however further reserve the company name if it has expired.
2.Appointment of company directors
This is done through the CR 6 form  and is usually prepared by your consultant. A director should be above the legal age of 16 years, and at least one being ordinarily a resident of Zimbabwe. The individual must also not have been previously disqualified from acting as a director or bankrupt.
3.Appointment of company secretary(s)
This is also done through the CR 6 form .A company secretary should be above the legal age of 16 years, and ordinarily a resident of Zimbabwe. The individual must also not have been previously disqualified from acting as a company secretary.
4.Registering of company addresses
This is done through the CR 6 . The addresses should be a physical address which should be a Zimbabwean address, postal address and email address.
5.Company incorporation
The official company registration documents are submitted at the Companies Registry for incorporation. This is done only through a registered consultant, registered with the Deeds, Companies and Intellectual Property by (DCIP). After successful submission of the registration documents at the Companies Registry, the company is incorporated.

Documents you receive after registering a company in Zimbabwe.

The company documents you will receive will differ with the type of company you choose.
For a Private Business Corporation you will receive the following documents:
  • Certificate of incorporation – a legal document issued by the Registrar of Companies showing that your company has been approved
  • CR 28
For a Private Business Corporation you will receive the following documents:
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • CR 5 (Former CR 6) – List of company addresses
  • CR 6 (Former CR 14) – List of company directors
  • Memorandum of Association –  a legal statement signed by all initial shareholders or agreeing to form the company. It also shows the businesses objectives.
  • Articles of association – written rules about running the company agreed by shareholdeor guarantors, directors and the company secretary

Company registration prices in Zimbabwe

Our company registration prices .
  • Private limited company for $150
  • Private business corporation for $120
  • PRAZ for $120
  • Change of directors from $70
  • Tax clearance for $80
  • Name search for $10

Tax clearance

The law requires that a company registers with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) within 30 days of starting to trade. Once you register, you will be issued a tax clearance.

Trade name registration

After registering your company, you may wish not trade with your official company name for different reasons. You can use an assumed name popularly known as a trade name. However, since the introduction of the Companies and Other Business Entities Act (Chapter 24:32) all trade should also be registered.

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Key authorities and legislation to be aware of:
The main corporate legislation in Zimbabwe is contained in the Companies and Other Business Entities Act (Chapter 24:31). The company should also be aware of the following local authorities when doing business in Zimbabwe.

Set up for success

Zimbabwe might be facing economic challenges but take note that Zimbabwe is one of the easiest countries to start up a business. Better still, it helps to work with a trusted partner that has in-depth knowledge of Zimbabwe’s regulations to help smooth flow of your company registration process whilst you focus on your business.

Talk to us

Company registration in Zimbabwe  can help you navigate all corporate secretarial hurdles. Whether you are registering a company in Zimbabwe or something else, Company Registration in Zimbabwe has a team of gurus with extensive local knowledge covering business establishment, corporate secretarial, tax compliance, advisory and other regulatory requirements.
How can we help you?
To discuss how Company Registration in Zimbabwe can help you with registering your company, call, WhatsApp, text or complete our contact form  and one of our experts will contact you.
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How to apply and win tenders in Zimbabwe this 2024



How to apply and win tenders in Zimbabwe this 2024

Here is a step to step guide on how to apply and win tenders in Zimbabwe this 2024. This is what they will not teach you in college or any school of business. To apply and win tenders, just make sure: you have a registered company, a valid Tax Clearance Certificate, PRAZ certificate, NSSA certificate, a vendor number, a detailed company profile, signed recommendation letters and follow the few other tricks that we’ll layout in this guide. Applying and winning tenders is as easy as copy and paste.

What is a tender?

In the first place, you may wanna know what a tender is? In simple terms, a tender is a formal request by a certain company to get a specific supplier to carry out a specific task or deliver certain goods , at a stated place and within a specific time frame. Please take the word specific time frame religiously! Most companies do not win tenders simply because they do not state their delivery period. Go through this document so you can learn how to apply and win tenders in Zimbabwe.

How much can I get from a tender?

By no doubt, a tender means big money! Whilst there is no specific amount of how much you can earn from winning a tender, be guided accordingly by these minimum thresholds:

(i) Goods- USD 10 000 or equivalent at bank rate.

(ii) Services – USD 5 000 or equivalent at bank rate.

(iii) Works (such as renovations, construction) USD 20 000 or equivalent at bank rate.

This is in accordance with the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ). The amount you can get if you apply and win a tender differs. Some tenders may give you upto USD 100m. At some point, you can win a tender for supplying say stationery or toiletries for the whole year. Imagine supplying toiletries to Zimbabwe Electrical Supply Authority (ZESA) or supplying stationery to NetOne. Winning a tender means big money!

Where to get tenders?

Approximately, hundreds and hundreds of tenders are being flighted on the local press. Most of them are flighted in the Sunday Mail, Thursday Herald or Financial Gazette. Those willing to apply for government tenders, you can check the Government Gazette as well. Due to technological advancements, you can also get tenders from corporate websites, other tender-listing websites like: or etc. To check tenders on a company website, just type the name of the company + tenders. Example: Zinara Tenders or POSB tenders. Other companies are just putting a very short advert in the press and share a link to their website for full details.

POSB Tenders



What are the steps in applying for a Tender?

To apply and win tenders, you have to:

(i) thoroughly read the tender and see if it’s applicable to your line of speciality. Some tenders maybe marked as domestic tenders and that means the tender is open to the residents of that specific region only. For example, Buhera Rural District council can flight a domestic tender that is limited to Manicaland Province companies only.

(ii) check if the tender is still valid and whether you can or cannot meet the delivery period. If you come across a tender with a tight deadline that you cannot meet, you better leave it. We however advise you to try all the possible means to increase your workforce, capital or any other economic resource in the short run so you can deliver.



Documents required to apply and win tenders.

Here is a list of the documents that will be required when applying for a tender in 2024. Note that this list shares the common documents that are requested. At some point in time, there may be extra documents required or some documents we have listed below may not be required.

1. Company registration documents

These documents are a prerequisite when applying for a tender. They include Certificate of Incorporation, CR 5, CR 6, Memorandum and Articles of Association. Companies that were registered before February 2020 may show CR 6 and CR 14 instead of CR 5 and CR 6 respectively. Of you do not have Company Registration documents, please get in touch with us :+263716196475 | +263777069078. Check more about why you must register a company here… We advise you to make sure that all shareholders and directors’ details are upto date. Should you need any changes to your company registration documents, please get in touch as well.

2.Tax Clearance Certificate

This is another prerequisite when applying for tenders. A tax clearance certificate shows that you are paying your taxes to the government. If you don’t have a Tax Clearance Certificate, it means you will lose 30% of your earnings as Withholding tax by the government. Example, you wanna sign a deal of 100 000 but you do not have a Tax Clearance Certificate, it means you’ll lose $30 000. In most instances, you’ll lose the deal entirely of you do not have a tax clearance certificate. If you do not have a tax clearance certificate, please get in touch with us so we can process one for you. Remember to check our document on how to obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate in Zimbabwe…

3.Business bank account

This is where your funds will be deposited once you win the tender. At no point in time will a tender be awarded to a company without a bank account. Check out how you can open a corporate bank account in Zimbabwe here. Make sure you type the correct account number and branch codes when applying for a tender. Mistakes are costly. Do things right at the first time.

4. PRAZ Registration.

The Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) is the arm of the government that governs how tenders are flighted, selection process etc. When applying for government tenders, PRAZ Registration is a prerequisite. Register for PRAZ here…

5. Vendor Number

If you want to apply and win tenders from the government, you are obliged to have a vendor number. You maybe wondering what a vendor number is? It’s a unique code, usually 5-digits that you’re assigned by the Ministry of Treasury. It’s use of for you to get paid by the Ministry of Finance whenever you have supplied something to the ministry. We covered the vendor number application process on this blog.

6. Detailed company profile.

A detailed company profile helps you stand out from the crowd! Make sure you keep your Company profile updated to reflect the requirements of the specific tender.There is no one size fits all in business. What must be included in the company profile: Company name, physical address, phone numbers, email address, list if products and services on offer, key projects you have done, details of key personnel and their qualifications, payment details (bank account, branch code etc). Make sure you document whatever is necessary as per tender requirements. The art of winning tenders is by following instructions like you’re carrying arm orders. In case your company profile is not updated, get in touch with City Cloud Private Limited. They’re the best web and graphic designing agency we have dealt with so far.

7. Trade references.

From our experience, to apply and win tenders, you must have trade references that are signed and stamped. Trade references serve the purpose of making sure you have supplied the same items before. They help you become more authentic and increase your chances of winning the tender. Make sure the contacts on your trade references are reachable.

8.NSSA Certificate:

A NSSA Clearance Certificate is a certificate issued by the National Social Security Authority [NSSA] to registered employers liable for NSSA contributions, under any of the Acts administered by the National Social Security Authority. The certificate is issued upon request from employers whose contribution accounts are up-to-date or has made alternative debt settlement arrangement with NSSA.

 What are the benefits of NSSA Clearance Certificate?

NSSA Clearance Certificate is required when bidding for tenders.

It acts as an assurance that, the trading partner’s employees are adequately covered by social security schemes as enshrined under Section 12 of the Accident Prevention & Workers’ Compensation Scheme SI 68 of 1990.

A NSSA Clearance Certificate is a pre-requisite when applying for licences issued by local authorities.

Business counterparts have confidence in doing business with companies who are compliant to statutory obligations

What is required to obtain a NSSA Clearance Certificate?

The Employer’s account must be up-to-date in terms of contributions & premiums.

Employers with outstanding legacy debt, must make alternative debt settlement arrangement, approved by NSSA.

The Employer must furnish all statutory returns particularly P4 return or make satisfactory arrangements with NSSA for the furnishing of such returns.

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9.Bid Security

It is also known as a bid bond. This is a refundable fee that you pay as a security. This is done to avoid suppliers who win tenders and fail to deliver.The bid security shall be payable through the below options:

First Option…………. A certified bank cheque; or

Second Option………A bank guarantee from a commercial bank;

Third Option…………A cash deposit to the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) – If the third option is chosen, bidders must also submit proof of payment of non-refundable Bid Bond Establishment fees in terms of the section 90 part IV of the S. I 5 of 2018. The amount payable to PRAZ as non- refundable cash bid bond establishment differs. Any bid not accompanied by a Bid Security where this is a requirement of bidding, will be rejected by

the Procuring Entity as non-responsive.

10.Declaration of corrupt practises.

Most companies now require you to declare that you have not been involved in any corrupt activities and you’ll not even do so. A sample of a declaration of corrupt activities takes this form:

We at [your company name] do hereby declare that we do not egage in any corrupt activities.

Signed: [Company secretary or any other signatory]

Please note that most companies take the declaration of corrupt activities seriously and failure to declare that you’re corrupt means automatic disqualification. Make it a habit to include this even if it’s not mandatory.

The Government of Zimbabwe requires that Procuring Entities, as well as Bidders and Contractors,

observe the highest standard of ethics during the procurement and execution of contracts. In pursuit

of this policy: the Procuring Entity will reject a recommendation for award if it determines that the Bidder

recommended for award has, directly or through an agent, engaged in corrupt, fraudulent,

collusive or coercive practices in competing for the Contract or been declared ineligible to be

awarded a procurement contract under section 99 of the Act;the Authority may under section 72 (6) of the Act impose the sanctions under section 74 (1) of the Regulations; and any conflict of interest on the part of the Bidder must be declared.

Tender application checklist

Inorder to apply and win tenders, have a checklist so you will not ommit important items. Here is a checklist you can ammend to fit yours:

  1. Company Registration documents.
  2. Tax Clearance Certificate.
  3. PRAZ Registration
  4. NSSA Registration
  5. Vendor Number
  6. Check if you have FULLY signed the Bid Submission Sheet.
  7. Check if you have attached Proof of Payment for a Bid Security Fee.
  8. State bid validity and delivery period.
  9. Recommendation Letters.
  10. Any proof of being a member of a certain professional body.
  11. Detailed Company Profile.
  12. Declaration of corrupt practises.
  13. Business bank account.

Tenders are an opportunity for your company to showcase itself and to demonstrate that you have what it takes to be considered as a potential supplier. It is not easy to win a tender. However, with proper preparation, you can increase your chances of winning.

One of the main reasons why companies lose tenders is that they do not always meet the requirements set out by the client. To make sure that you get shortlisted for the next round, it is important that you understand what the client is looking for. This will help you to complete your proposal in a way that addresses the client’s needs and demonstrates how your company can meet their requirements.

This guide has given you all the steps of writing a successful tender application in 2024 and give you practical tips on how to write a winning proposal.We wish you all the best in your business.

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Company registration online in Zimbabwe

No matter what business you are in, you ought to start with company formation in Zimbabwe. If you want to start a business in Zimbabwe, you need to register a company. Without this, you will not be able to open a bank account or apply for a VAT number, apply for ANY tenders. Most other transactions are impossible as well. Therefore, if you want to be successful, you must register a company in Zimbabwe. The problems you can solve with registering a company are endless.

Company registration in Zimbabwe has become necessary as a response to the growing business sector in the country. The Government of Zimbabwe requires businesses to be registered with the Registrar of Companies who is based in either Harare or Bulawayo.
Legally own your ideas. Get the legal protection Zimbabwe currently lacks. Startups fail because entrepreneurs lack the financial and legal resources to carry them through
Registering a company in Zimbabwe is a way of protecting yourself, and your big idea!

In this case, the registrar shall not permit any application for registration of a company name that is identical with another already registered name in the registrar’s records or which contains any word or name prohibited by law. This is the law that requires one to start a new business using a different name from your personal name, nickname, or surname. The early bird gets the best worm. When you start your startup is more important than where you start…

Registering a company in Zimbabwe will not be as difficult as you think. Register a company in Zimbabwe with a government-approved company registration agent. Procedures for company registration in Zimbabwe to be followed are outlined here… 

You can register your company from the comfort of your home
Advantages: saves valuable time
Benefits: Quickest and easiest way to incorporate a new business
You can start your own company from the comfort of your home. Registering a company in Zimbabwe requires a lot of paperwork, we take care of it all for you. All you need to do make sure you have all the company documents ready and that is it.

Company registration fees in Zimbabwe range from USD 75 for a Private Business Corporation and USD 100 for a Private Limited Company. Check the difference between the two here…

Registering a company in Zimbabwe online is easy. Here are the Company Registration in Zimbabwe contact details:
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Email: [email protected]

Alternatively, place an order here

Fill in this contact form and get assistance in registering your company…

How to start a tuckshop or confectionery shop in Zimbabwe

Ever considered a bread bakery business in Zimbabwe or any African country? You’re about to learn several reasons why you should.Everyone eats bread. Bread competes against rice and cassava as the most popular food and a staple in Africa. It has remained a widely-accepted food item because of its convenient and ready-to-eat nature. Here is a step to step guide on : How to start a tuckshop or confectionery shop in Zimbabwe.

Bread is a common food item in many African households and up to 70 per cent of breakfast diets on the continent contain bread. In urban areas of Zimbabwe, bread has become a major part of the breakfast diet. With the current economic crunch, bread prices fetch between RTGS $45 to $80 depending on the quality and size of the loaf.

The size of the Zimbabwean bread market is worth millions of dollars every year and all the bread we eat is produced locally. A bread bakery business is easy to start up and can be run from a home kitchen or a bread factory. Easy….

Let’s take a dive into this interesting idea and explore the business opportunities for Zimbabwean entrepreneurs in the bread bakery business…

Why is the demand and market for bread growing very fast in Zimbabwe?

The key drivers of this demand are Zimbabwe’s rapidly growing population, an expanding middle class which has more money to spend, an enlarging labour force, and increasing rates of migration to Zimbabwean cities and towns.

Many of the Zimbabwean population now lives in towns with Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo being the major towns.

Statistics reveal that urban dwellers and city people eat more bread than people in rural areas. Given the rapid growth of Zimbabwean city populations, bread is sure to remain a highly sought-after food item by African households.

More than 80 percent of all imported and locally produced wheat flour in Zimbabwe is used by bakeries to produce bread. The rest is used by food processors to make biscuits, cakes, and pasta.

Over the last decade, more bread has been consumed in Africa than maize and rice. Why? It’s simply because bread is more affordable (costs much less than rice, yam, and maize).

Bread also appeals to the convenience and lifestyle of most people – it’s an instant meal that requires no further preparation and makes a great fast snack (besides its popularity as a breakfast item).

Many of us may not know this: bread provides more nutrients than any other single food source and is particularly important as a rich source of carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins B and E!

Market opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to start a bread bakery business in Zimbabwe…

There are different categories of bread that attract different kinds of consumers in Zimbabwe. It’s very important that entrepreneurs understand these categories to help them decide on the type of bread they will produce, the likely competition, and the needs of the market.

Plain White Bread

The bread bakery business at the bottom of the ladder is the basic, plain and cheap white bread. This variety is very common with low-income earners or people who just want to fill their belly and don’t care about nutritional content.

This type of bread usually comes without any labeling, branding, or packaging and very little attention is paid to product taste, quality or hygiene. It’s best described as ‘bread for bread’s sake.’

More than 50 percent of bread sold on the Zimbabwean market are of this type and most consumers are drawn to it because of its very low price. As a result, most independent and small-scale bakeries producing this bread make money by selling cheap at high volumes.

Brown bread
This is usually for those who are health conscious and most of them live in medium to low-density housing projects.

There are usually no leading producers in this segment of the bread market and it’s commonly dominated by many small-scale and family-run bakeries. This bread appeals to, and is targeted at, Zimbabwean middle-class households and customers who are conscious about high food standards, nutritional content, quality and taste. These customers are also willing and very happy to pay extra for this higher quality.

Most families also prefer brown bread for their growing children. As a result, brown bread costs much higher than the plain version on the market. Consumers who prefer these kinds of bread do so for lifestyle, health, taste, or cultural reasons.

This type of bread usually contains ingredients like eggs, milk, fruits, etc. and generally do not contain unhealthy supplements or additives.

A lot of attention is usually paid to the product’s taste, branding, packaging and overall quality.

Special bread
Special bread is usually sold in specialty stores and supermarkets. They cost much more than the plain white and brown versions and require specialized skills and experience to produce. The specialized may include but not limited to scones, muffins, doughnuts and more…

Bakeries that produce this bread target niche markets like upper-class residential areas and parts of town with a large population of foreigners.

How to start a bread bakery business – An important checklist
1. Prepare a business plan

Bread bakery business requires business plan is not as scary as it sounds. Even if you don’t intend to source any capital from banks or investors, it is important that you organize your thoughts on paper.

A business plan doesn’t have to be complex or too elaborate, just something to keep your eyes on the big picture. The business plan will allow you to easily identify the obstacles and anything you may not have considered.

Your business plan should consider the prevailing market price for the type of bread you want to produce and how much competition there is. You also need to estimate the profit you’re likely to make in the first, second and third years.

Is it sustainable? Is it worth the time, effort, and capital?

It’s usually wise to keep 8-12 months of working capital to adequately support a bread bakery business.

If you’re looking for a sample bakery business plan template, I have found a good one you can adapt and use for your own bread bakery idea.

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2. You should know enough about bread

Nobody says you must be a master baker to succeed in this business; you really don’t need to. However, you need to know the basics and tricks of the trade if you want to survive in this business.

3. Choose a location that’s close to your target market

Bread bakery business 7The types of bread in the African market appeal to different segments of consumers. You must ensure that the type of bread you intend to produce will find a sizeable market in your area.

What kind of people lives around you?

Are they high, middle, or low-income earners?

Are they students, single people, or households with families?

Are they predominantly young or old people?

If you live in a closely-knit community like a residential estate or a university campus, it may be a great opportunity to run this business from your home kitchen.

Look for newly established or developing suburbs and high-traffic locations that have little competition. It’s also important to focus on areas that may not be well serviced, like industrial estates or high-density office blocks where you can draw eager customers.

4. Would you need a permit or license to operate?

Depending on your country and location, you may require a permit or license from a government establishment or the City Council or Environmental Management Agency office to operate a bakery.

What are the requirements and standards for approval?

Would you need to have specific equipment like fire safety tools?

Is there a standard qualification you must obtain to be eligible for a permit?

You must know these requirements in advance and take the necessary steps to ensure you get the approval you need to open your doors to the public.

You need to use the right equipment

The size and quality of your equipment will depend on how much bread you intend to produce for the market and the amount of startup capital you have.

It’s very important that you don’t spend too much on equipment at the beginning of this business. Look out for any good quality, pre-owned (second-hand) bakery equipment you can find at a bargain price.

The basic equipment you need to start a bakery business includes an oven, mixer, dough molds, dough divider, fermentation chamber (proofer), and maybe a bread slicer.

The bread bakery business is an interesting opportunity in Zimbabwe…
Because most people WILL eat bread most of the time, the bread business can be a very rewarding venture if entrepreneurs can find a large market with few competitors.

With some creativity and higher quality, a new bakery can easily win consumers over from an established bakery. When properly planned and operated, bakeries can become a rich source of lasting income.

If you believe this type of business will work for you, start working on a business plan and take action as soon as possible.

You could also choose from many more amazing business ideas in the Business ideas we have. Of much importance, you must register your business as you grow so that you comply with the Companies and Other Business Entities Act of Zimbabwe and also to take part in competitive bidding for bread supplies. We assist in company registrations as well.

We would love to hear from you about your successes, challenges, advice, and questions. Do not forget to leave a comment in the section below and share this opportunity with your friends.

To your success!

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Steps to Register a Business or Company in Zimbabwe



Steps to Register a Business or Company in Zimbabwe

Stage 1: Name search

A request is made to the Registrar of Companies office (also called the DCIP – Department of Companies &

Intellectual Property) for a search to be made in the Register of Companies.

The following is applicable at the name search stage:

If the Registrar approves your application to reserve a name, he will reserve that name for you for a period of up to 1 month to enable you to register your company.

He will not allow any other person to use that name during that period.

You are advised to give five names in your application so that if one name is not accepted, another one may be.

You should list the names in order of preference.

The Registrar will not accept a name which is similar to that of another company or PBC, or is likely to mislead the public or is indecent.

The Registrar will give a written notice of whether any of your names were accepted or if they were rejected. This process takes 1 to 3 working days.

Reason why names may be rejected


1.Your chosen name is too close to a registered company or PBC either when written down or when pronounced e.g. OK and Okay.



2.Your company name is likely to be offensive, blasphemous or indecent to any person or class of people.


3.Your company name is likely to deceive or mislead the public e.g. a company called Ministry of Computers.


4.Your company name suggests patronage of the Government or some other authority or organisation.


5.Your company name is undesirable for any other reason.

You can make use of these company name generators for your convenience: Namelix and Business name generator


Stage 2: Incorporation and registration

a) Steps on how to register a Private Business Corporation in Zimbabwe?


After your name has been successfully reserved, the documentation for the registration of the PBC must be submitted to the Registrar of Companies.


This process involves the appointment of members (shareholders/ directors) of the PBC. Each member is assigned a percentage of ownership in the PBC. The total percentage for all members must add up to 100%.


The Registrar will then register the PBC and assign to it a registration number. The Registrar will put his seal, his stamp and his signature to the PBC Incorporation Statement to signify its authenticity. The PBC is also entered into the Company registry and becomes searchable in the Registrar’s database.


This process takes 3 to 6 working days.



b) Steps on how to register a Private Limited Company in Zimbabwe?

After your name has been successfully reserved, the Memorandum and Articles of Association signed by the shareholders together with the CR6 and CR5 signed by either a director or secretary of the company are submitted to the Registrar of Companies.


Each shareholder must sign in their own handwriting and specify the number of shares they have been allocated.


The Registrar will then register the PLC and assign to it a registration number. A certificate of Incorporation is also issued.


The Registrar will put his seal, his stamp and his signature to the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association and

the CR6 & CR5 to signify their authenticity.


The PLC is also entered into the Company registry and becomes searchable in the Registrar’s database. This process takes 3 to 21

working days



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