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Stepps kids join #GenerationBee at The Bridge

Warren Bader, September 24, 2015

Scottish Water Beehives web 2Children from Stepps Primary School have helped one of the UK’s ‘greenest’ buildings to get greener.

The youngsters joined eco-innovation business, Plan Bee to help increase Scottish Water’s sustainability credentials. The utility giant is working alongside Plan Bee to introduce an education element to the partnership, with local primary school children involved in the creation of a wildflower meadow around the hives, helping to provide a rich source of available pollen for the honeybees and a colourful view for employees and visitors to the site.

Stepps Primary School’s Head Teacher, Paul McKeever added:

“Both our students and teachers were delighted to get this opportunity from Scottish Water and Plan Bee. The lessons were specifically tailored to meet the needs of the curriculum and to get practical, hands-on opportunity to put the lesson into practice was unique. It will certainly leave a lasting legacy. As these honeybees buzz about our gardens, I’m sure the children and their families will take a renewed interest in their efforts and may even recreate their own wildflower areas to support dwindling honeybee numbers.”

Plan Bee has worked with small family-run businesses and global household names to promote sustainability and the importance of bees within our delicate ecosystem to community groups across the UK. In some instances, children have been involved in designing and painting beehives. Plan Bee is a Legacy 2014 business, and worked with a dozen schools to promote lessons around the environment, literature, history and art in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.

Warren Bader, Plan Bee’s founder and CEO concluded:

“Scottish Water is a great company to work with, and this is a prestigious site. Already we are collaborating with a number of organisations to help them up the ante on their environmental credentials, whether that be large utilities or even renewable energy companies. Scottish Water realises the importance of leaving a lasting sustainability legacy, and what better way to do so than investing in the future of bees, whose existence is threatened by climate change and poor pesticide management, two of the factors also facing our vital water resources. They are to be applauded in taking this long-term sustainability step and we look forward to work with them in the years to come.”

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The Bridge is buzzing with new recruits

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SW Bridge Hives webOne of the UK’s ‘greenest’ buildings is about to get even greener with Scottish Water adopting two beehives at their Glasgow offices, ‘The Bridge’ in partnership with multi-award-winning sustainability business, Plan Bee Ltd.

The eco-innovation business has supported numerous utilities, renewable energy companies and global household brands to increase and promote their sustainability credentials. Scottish Water is working alongside Plan Bee to introduce an education element to the partnership, with local primary school children involved in the creation of a wildflower meadow around the hives, helping to provide a rich source of available pollen for the honeybees and a colourful view for employees and visitors to the site.

Alan Thomson, Scottish Water’s Head of Corporate Relations said:

“The Bridge is one of the most sustainable buildings in the country; it was carefully planned to have minimal environmental impact and is of the utmost energy efficiency. We want to increase that sustainability portfolio even further and working with local Lanarkshire business, Plan Bee Ltd will allow us to adopt a proactive sustainability approach. It’s about us playing a part in the future of the environment and supporting these endangered pollinators to ensure our plants and trees, and the food we eat are all protected as the children we see here today grow to become adults.”

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Plan Bee Jamie Goes Viral

Warren Bader, September 14, 2015

Jamie BuskingPlan Bee Warehouse Operative, Jamie Keenan is used to life in the local spotlight as a member of leading Wishaw band, The LaFontaines.

But even Jamie couldn’t predict the events of the last 24 hours following an impromptu busking session to promote the bands forthcoming gig at the Barrowlands.

Jamie is more used to sitting behind a drum kit, but popped up as frontman with his guitar and a mic to sing a version of ‘Granny Aff The Drugs’ at the Barras Market yesterday afternoon (2pm, Sun 13th Sept, 2015).

The video has since gone viral, with more than 600,000 views… and rising.

Interest has already been shown from a number of national newspapers and TV stations, but Jamie modestly admits he’s been a little surprised by all the attention:

“We only did the busking to help promote the bands autumn gigs. We’re playing the Barrowland on the 7th of November and we were hoping to promote that. The reaction has been amazing and I’m hoping that the video will attract a lot more people to our music. And, if they also want to buy some honey then even better.”

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Plan Bee working with Scottish food leaders at World Expo

Warren Bader, September 9, 2015

PLAN BEE TOM LEWIS webPlan Bee founder Warren Bader will be working with some of Scotland’s leading chefs and food authorities at the World Expo this week.

The Milan expo theme aims to highlight one of the most pressing challenges of our time – how to feed and sustain an expected rise in the world’s population to 9 billion by 2050. Plan Bee Ltd has been exclusively selected to represent Scotland as a unique niche producer within the fine food sector.

Plan Bee will collaborate with renowned chef, Tom Lewis (Monachyle Mhor) on a number of Scottish dishes for demonstration during the course of the event.

Together they will promote the rich offerings of Scotland’s natural produce, which are renowned around the world.

Speaking ahead of the event, Tom Lewis added:

“High quality seasonal produce is the key to Scotland’s growing food reputation; with provenance an essential component of that offering. We have become a much sought after global food destination, while Scots are also falling back in love with their food. We’re taking some really interesting products to this prestigious event, and that will be accompanied by a real sense of fun. To be able to showcase the best natural produce that Scotland has to offer on this world stage is truly prestigious and something that I am looking forward to.”

The event coincides with Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015, celebrating the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce.

James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink commented:

“Scotland at the Expo is a fantastic platform for us to showcase the country’s world-class food and drink offering. I am delighted that Warren will be amongst those representing Scotland at the event, helping to further raise Scotland’s profile and conveying the expertise we have in food and drink production including in crucial areas like sustainability. With food and drink growth at a record high and 2015 being Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, what better opportunity for us to showcase our Land of Food and Drink to the world.”

In his final speech, the Plan Bee founder is working with writer Tom Bruce-Gardyne to deliver the ‘Beer and the Bees’ talk about the innovation and guile behind the craft brewing sector in Scotland, and the part played by the company’s Beehive Brae brand in delivering an innovative new product to market.

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Plan Bee represents UK at World Expo

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PLAN BEE TOM and WARREN webEco-innovation business Plan Bee Ltd is heading inter Milan for the World Expo, the largest universal exhibition on the planet.

The Lanarkshire sustainability company has been invited to represent the UK at the 6-month long global showcase by UKTI, the Westminster government’s trade
and industry division. Plan Bee
founder Warren Bader will deliver three speeches based on the central theme of the expo – Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

Mr Bader outlines some of the themes of his discussions ahead of representing Scotland at this prestigious event:

“The World Expo only happens every five years, and with more than 140 countries represented it will certainly provide a significant stage on which to promote Scotland’s sustainability efforts in the leading food and drink field. More than 20million visitors are expected to pass through the expo during the course of the event, with 20,000 people visiting the UK pavilion every day.

“Bees play a central part in the showcase, with the pavilion designed around a hive. I’ll be looking at the lessons businesses can learn from bees, and the importance of bees to the world’s economy. I’ll also be taking a more whimsical look at bees and beer. This is an amazing stage on which to be promoting not only Plan Bee, but also Scotland and all that we have to offer in our larder.”

 

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Plan Bee pipped at the post

Warren Bader, September 7, 2015

Heather Honeycomb web 1Plan Bee Ltd’s premium honey brand has just missed out in the final of Aldi’s Next Top Product awards.

The Lanarkshire sustainability business presented their products Scottish Runny Heather Honey, Scottish Set Blossom Honey and Whisky Honey to the Aldi Scottish Buying team, but despite reaching the last stage of the competition was narrowly beaten to the winners post.

Richard Holloway, Managing Director of Aldi in Scotland, said:

“Our business model in Scotland has always been about working with the best local producers to bring top quality products to our customers at everyday low prices. “

The event was launched to coincide with the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, celebrating the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce. The Scottish Government initiative is led by VisitScotland and supported by Scotland Food & Drink and Think Local. It is designed to capitalise on the momentum created by the previous Year of Food and Drink in 2010 and Homecoming Scotland. 

Scotland Food & Drink Chief Executive James Withers commented:

“Aldi is placing a strong focus on sourcing locally and the resultant relationships with Scottish suppliers are great to see. This approach is invaluable for the continued growth of our sector. The Scottish food and drink industry has been enjoying sales growth year on year and there is good reason for us to be recognised as a Land of Food and Drink as we offer quality products with a strong identity.”

Building on Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, September’s Year of Food and Drink theme is Celebration with a focus on events and products that celebrate provenance and the produce on our doorstep.

 Warren Bader, Plan Bee Ltd’s CEO added:

“Provenance is our middle name here at Plan Bee, and it is something that we take particular pride in. This premium Scottish product has sustainability and the protection of dwindling honeybee numbers at its core, and it is great to see a big name supermarket like Aldi supporting this ethos through this prestigious competition. While we are disappointed not to have won the competition it is an honour to have been recognised in this way.”

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Creating a buzz on Aldi catwalk

Warren Bader, September 5, 2015

Heather Honeycomb web 1Plan Bee Ltd’s premium honey brand has sashayed into the final of Aldi’s Next Top Product awards.

The Lanarkshire sustainability business has been asked to present their products Scottish Runny Heather Honey, Scottish Set Blossom Honey and Whisky Honey products to Aldi’s Scottish Buying team who will support the winner through the process of getting their product on the shelf.

Richard Holloway, Managing Director of Aldi in Scotland, said:

“Our business model in Scotland has always been about working with the best local producers to bring top quality products to our customers at everyday low prices. We want to help give a local business their big break by offering them access to our knowledge and expertise to help get their product off the ground.”

The event has been launched to coincide with the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, celebrating the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce. The Scottish Government initiative is led by VisitScotland and supported by Scotland Food & Drink and Think Local. It is designed to capitalise on the momentum created by the previous Year of Food and Drink in 2010 and Homecoming Scotland.

Scotland Food & Drink Chief Executive James Withers commented:

“Aldi is placing a strong focus on sourcing locally and the resultant relationships with Scottish suppliers are great to see. This approach is invaluable for the continued growth of our sector. The Scottish food and drink industry has been enjoying sales growth year on year and there is good reason for us to be recognised as a Land of Food and Drink as we offer quality products with a strong identity. This hunt for the next best product will be good exposure to new or as yet undiscovered products in the market.”

Building on Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, September’s Year of Food and Drink theme is Celebration with a focus on events and products that celebrate provenance and the produce on our doorstep.

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Health & Safety boss embraces bees

Warren Bader, September 4, 2015

Kellogg's HeatherBefore we begin beehive installations with our clients we like to carry out health and safety checks.

Health and Safety officers, particularly those working for large organisations are extremely cautious people by profession and often by nature.

That’s why when we received this lovely blog from Kellogg’s safety advisor Heather Gaskell, we thought it would be appropriate to share it:

I’ve been safety advisor at the Kellogg Manchester Plant for nearly 3 years.

So instinctively you would think I would have been slightly twitchy about the thought of bees on site. It would almost be so easy to say no, were not having them its not worth the risk!

Possibly a part of me did think that, however when the opportunity arose to go and look at them closely and inside the hives I jumped at the chance. Surprising as even the thought of a money spider within ten feet of me would usually be enough to make me sweat!

I’ve always been very passionate about gardening and flowers and bees being a big part of this means I’ve always had a vague interest in them. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I got geared up in the bee suit to go and look inside the hives.

It wasn’t what I thought anyway! The bees didn’t care about me being around. They just busily carried on doing what they do. The gentle hum of the bees was actually very calming and put me at ease.

I think my view now is that the fear of bees is fairly irrational. It surprised me how much I enjoyed the experience.

I would urge others to get involved in any way they can with bees, they are beautiful creatures that do nothing but good! I think businesses can be put off by the health and safety aspect of keeping bees but really there is not a lot to it! A simple risk assessment, PPE and basic training is all you need. Keeping them also has the added reward of a pot of honey. It’s a win win situation! I’m definitely a true bee convert!

Heather Gaskell

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