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Bee-keeping idea creates a buzz on Crowdcube!

Warren Bader, April 30, 2014

The Lanarkshire-based company has joined the Crowdcube platform with a target of raising £175,000 by early June, and has so far attracted £36,420 from 32 investors, according to the Crowdcube website.

But founder Warren Bader said that he expected to more than double that total in the near future, and that would trigger substantial pledges from further investors which take the fund-raising past £100,000. “It looks a bit bleak at the moment but the position will change. I have already got investors pledged for £75,000 once I reach £25,000.” The platform says the fundraising target would equate to 34.4% of the company’s equity.

Warren Bader Profile Picture - Plan Bee Ltd

Mr Bader, formerly a film producer in his native South Africa, started the business at Wishaw in September 2011 alongside the ‘plan bee’ campaign to reverse the decline in honeybees, which are critical to biodiversity and estimated to be worth £1bn to UK agriculture. Plan Bee has over 50 beehives, which it leases to businesses in return for enhanced sustainability and community credentials and a couple of dozen jars of their own ethical honey. Its customers include Balfour Beatty, Clyde Dental Group, the Two Fat Ladies restaurants, Caledonian University, Glasgow’s Holiday Inns, the Royal Troon golf club, and Highland Spring, which Mr Bader said had expanded its involvement.

Nine months ago it raised £65,000 from Kelvin Capital and a matching £65,000 from the Scottish Investment Bank under the tax-efficient SEIS scheme which offers 50% tax relief on small company investments of up to £150,000.

The crowdfunding offer shows that investments may qualify under the Enterprise Investment Scheme.

Mr Bader said the proceeds would be used to buy processing and extraction equipment, add to the stock of beehives and bee colonies, and take on more staff.

He added: “We are getting a lot more involved with councils and extending the service into the educational area, what we do ties in with the curriculum for excellence.” Plan Bee is running programmes in schools which include training in how to look after beehives, Mr Bader said, with North Lanarkshire and Inverclyde were among the authorities already involved.

Balfour Beatty - Buchanan School - Plan Bee Ltd

On the crowdfunding initiative he said: “It is about getting the community behind it and understanding the philosophy, a lot of people today want to invest in ethical companies.”

On other ambitions, which include persuading councils to turn gap sites into temporary wild flower meadows to attract pollinating insects, Mr Bader said: They are taking a bit longer to educate people but we are making slow progress.”

Plan Bee says it offers organisations “the fastest way to make a natural positive impact on their local environment and produce traceable, provenance-driven honey and by-products of the hive, for sale regionally and internationally”, and that its service “allows companies to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, as well as boosting the bee population around the installation sites”.

Source: Herald Scotland

The Green Up Film Festival is going on!

Warren Bader, April 29, 2014

The Green Up Film Festival is going on! You can watch for free some very informative movies about issues surrounding biodiversity, food, agriculture, water, pollution as well as green economy. 

green up film festival

1o documentaries are available on their website until Wednesday 30th of April:

1. New-York, the green revolution
2. Secret of the fields
3. Chemerical
4. E-Wasteland
5. LoveMEATender
6. Global waste
7. The well
8. Nôgô, insalubrity
9. Climate chaos from the south
10. Together

Amount of nectar on farms is generally not sufficient

Warren Bader, April 28, 2014

Recent farm surveys demonstrate that the amount of nectar on farms is generally not sufficient to sustain uninterrupted yearlong pollination services to crops. Encouraging the number of pollinators on unused farm land at critical times of the year was demonstrated to increase yield from fields. Notably there two main pinch-points in the pollinator calendar: March and September/October, particularly if spring is late or the onset of cold weather in autumn is early. At both pinch-points, poor availability of sufficient nectar sources leaves hive stocks depleted with the result that the hive is vulnerable to disease or gets a slow start in spring.

Bee pollinating - Plan Bee Ltd

By sowing unused corners and edges of fields with meadow flowers and flowering shrubs such as hawthorn, farmers can ensure that these pinch-points are limited and that brood development of honeybees is ensured early in the season and nectar stocks are provisioned prior to the onset of cold weather in autumn. At Plan Bee we recommend sowing mixed meadow flowers and placing beehives along field margins and in unused corners, where these are not obstructive to farming operations, but substantially boost crop yields at very little additional cost to the farm.

Flower - Plan Bee Ltd

Plan Bee has Amazonia Easter Kids Buzzing

Warren Bader, April 25, 2014

Last Easter weekend, we treated youngsters to lessons in bee-keeping and helped them decorate a hive at Amazonia, Scotland’s Largest Indoor Tropical Forest.

Children painting the hive - Plan Bee Ltd - Amazonia

Warren Bader, Plan Bee’s CEO said:

“It was great to see so many kids turn out with their mums and dads to help us paint the bee hives. Visitors are used to more exotic creatures at the M&Ds attraction, but they learned the importance of these little insects that are a little bit closer to home. Everyone was really enthusiastic about the hive and how they could play their part in decorating it. Everyone is used to painting Easter Eggs but to paint a beehive was something out of the ordinary.

“Events such as this weekend’s Amazonia hive painting are great fun, but they are also important for getting the sustainability message out there and for helping people to understand the importance of bees within our ecosystems; and the issues facing this vital insect that supports the pollination of a third of our food sources.”

Children in the bee suites - Plan Bee Ltd - Amazonia

Picture and Quote of the Week 21/04/2014!

Warren Bader, April 24, 2014

Nobody on this planet is...

Picture and Quote of the Week 21/04/2014!

‘Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change’ – Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri – Chair IPPC

Balfour Beatty’s hives highlight sustainable commitment to schools

Warren Bader, April 23, 2014

Balfour Beatty is funding an on-going sustainability project at St Ambrose and Buchanan High Schools in Coatbridge as part of a lasting legacy for the new £44 million schools’ campus, which it constructed.

The project includes the acquisition of two bee hives which were delivered to the schools shortly before the end of the spring term.

Balfour Beatty will fund the management of the hives by specialist company, Plan Bee, who will also teach the basics of bee-keeping and the importance of bees to the environment to pupils at the schools.

Balfour Beatty - Buchanan School - Plan Bee Ltd

Elizabeth Denton, Deputy Head of St Ambrose High School, said: “The idea came after a sustainability day we held at the school a few years ago. Saint Ambrose, our patron saint, has a strong association with bees. Our school badge features bees on it. So naturally we were keen to have bees on our lovely new campus.”

Buchanan High School was also enthusiastic to become involved as environmental projects play a large part in the school’s curriculum.

Margaret Fannon, Head Teacher of Buchanan High School, said: “We are all excited at the prospect of working with Plan Bee and St Ambrose High School to learn bee keeping skills. This will allow us to build on our work in relation to Eco Schools and sustainability.”

Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty Delivery Unit Managing Director, said: “Balfour Beatty is committed to engaging with the communities in which it works. It was important to us to work in partnership with Buchanan High School, St Ambrose High School and North Lanarkshire Council to ensure we left a meaningful legacy once construction of the new schools was complete.

Balfour Beatty - Buchanan School - Plan Bee Ltd

“Sponsoring two beehives for five years, with bee-keeping lessons and equipment, fits the bill nicely. The initiative ties in with many elements of the curriculum and will give pupils the opportunity to learn about biodiversity and understand the importance of the bees in a practical way.”

St Ambrose and Buchanan High Schools were officially opened in March 2013 and were the 28th school that Balfour Beatty had delivered for North Lanarkshire Council over a period of six years. The building was designed with sustainability in mind with the construction process seeing 92% of being recycled.

A Success for our Crowdfunding launch event!

Warren Bader, April 2, 2014

A massive thank you to all the people who attended our Crowdfunding launch event last night!

Plan Bee Banner - Plan Bee Ltd People arriving at the Crowdcube event - Plan Bee Ltd Liam was looking after the tasting stall - Plan Bee Ltd Crowdfunding cake - Plan Bee Ltd Ian McDougal of McDougall Johnstone Chartered Certified Accountants and Business Advisers - Plan Bee Ltd We hire a cameraman for the Crowdcube event - Plan Bee Ltd The Plan Bee Team - Plan Bee Ltd

We were delighted to present our current projects, our vision for the future as well as the latest opportunities being pursued through the pioneering Crowdfunding initiative.

We also would like to thank Ian McDougall of McDougall Johnstone Chartered Certified Accountants and Business Advisers, who presented an overview of the tax benefits to investors on the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

Watch our video introducing Plan Bee Ltd and the latest opportunities through the pioneering crowdfunding initiative!

More information at www.planbeeltd.com/join-the-hive/