Jez Rose, speaker, business leader and author Jez Rose started Bees for Business in his garden, Bees for Business, part of The Good Life Project, allowing businesses to fulfil their CSR responsibilities by adopting or sponsoring beehives in his garden which he looks after
Bees for Business provides honeybee hives for businesses to adopt as part of our drive to encourage corporate social responsibility and help to reverse the decline of the honeybee in the UK.
We do this by installing a minimum of 20 new beehives each year. We are privileged to look after the bees and jar the honey for some of the most iconic brands in the UK.
In 1900 there were as many as 1 million beehives in England. By 2015 that figure was just 270,000. We care passionately about the environment and so, from our organic farm in Lincolnshire, wanted to provide a solution to help increase the number of beehives - and therefore the honeybee population - whilst enabling businesses to get involved and do their bit to help the environment.
As artisan, ethical beekeepers we can do all of the hard work, providing businesses with beautiful, delicious, raw honey from their hive each year.
One is seeing so many people being blown away by how different - and much nicer- raw, artisan honey tastes than what is often on offer in the supermarket. At our honey tasting events people are so surprised at how much they actually like honey, when they thought they didn’t before! Artisan honey is just like artisan chocolate; there’s a flavour for everyone.
The other highlight has to be the sheer volume of interest, businesses from Yorkshire to London and everywhere in-between have contacted us to adopt hives and champion the honeybee.
The garden is where the bees live so it offers us the opportunity to be the closest to them; we moved into our then dilapidated farm just 12 months ago and have intentionally planted bee and pollinator-friendly plants everywhere. It provides freedom for us; to simply look up into the garden, or walk out through the orchard or beehives and instantly escape from email for a while. Working in the garden provides inspiration and very often clarity - we wouldn’t have it any other way!
I think we have it! But in a few years’ time as everything is very young and new. A space that has lots of interest; several areas to suit different moods and emotional needs: a space for quiet reflection and to get away from it all, which is our jungle area where we have a hammock and some of our hives; a jewel garden with lots of colour from spring to summer, which is a visual spectacle.
The orchard is as beautiful in spring with the wild flowers and bulbs as it is in the winter with frost and revealing the sunrise through the trees. Whatever the space, the bees bring life and are a must in our dream garden.
Every single day. From sunrise to sunset - it is our escape and by far the most important part of the house. Probably more important!
Burghley House, England’s finest and most historically important Elizabethan stately home, is just a few miles from where we live and for the first time in over 100 years, we are installing two brand new apiaries to bring the house and its guest’s exclusive Burghley honey. It’s historically important but environmentally, too, as each apiary will have at least 20 hives, making a measured positive impact on the environment.
We are also working with London’s newest, exciting hotel, The Ned, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm to create some exciting cocktails with award-winning head barman Dan Berger.
Lastly, we’re working with Brain Tumour Research, helping to raise money for them by making a donation from sales of certain honey products and designing a very special, exclusive honey for them.