The Bees for Business story began on a small dilapidated farm nestled on the Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire border with, at its heart, three friends driven by the same ethical and environmental passions.
A combination of experience in both beekeeping and the corporate sector seemed an unlikely pairing, however, with more organisations looking further afield for creative and alternative ways to express their corporate social responsibility and with a wider appreciation for environmental impact, the powerful concept of Bees for Business was born.
For thousands of years, the healing, health and culinary benefits of honey have been well-known. The Victorians considered honeybees, and their natural products, a key part of not just food and health, but of society.
By 1900 it is thought there were as many as 1 million beehives across the United Kingdom but by 2015, this number was as little as 270,000.
It has been widely reported by the media that the honeybee population is increasingly under threat by disease, lack of pollination and pesticides, however, the real threat is surely a gradual decline in the awareness of its' social importance: one third of the food we eat relies on pollination by the honeybee.
Bees for Business provide solutions to create positive results for honeybees, humans and the environment by allowing organisations across the country to adopt beehives on our farm, rent beehives sited on their premises or adopt individual bees and beehives for unique corporate gifting. In each case clients enjoy all of the benefits of beekeeping but without any of the hard work!
As well as providing beehives for rental and adoption, from our organic farm, Bees for Business harvest and prepare some of the finest honey products, including jarred honeys, whole honeycomb frames, propolis and beehive adoption plan gift sets, for recognisable and iconic brands across the UK, under the exclusive brand, Bees & Co.
Each jar of honey is harvested, jarred, labelled and numbered by hand in the same way our artisan bee master ancestors did, truly dedicated to quality and preserving the natural properties of delicious, raw honey.
Having been known among corporate social responsibility and culture professionals as “the secret weapon in CSR” and within the catering and hospitality industry as “honey's best kept secret”, in 2017 Bees for Business launched a public campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the honeybee and encourage corporate responsibility in this area by promoting beekeeping as a hobby, busting some of the most common myths surrounding it.
Read more about the natural solution to corporate social responsibility here.
Learn more about our Beekeeper for a Day Gift Experiences and 1 Day Beekeeping for Beginners Workshops here.
Discover our exclusive, feast-worthy honey brand, Bees & Co., here.