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My Summer With Plan Bee (By Jack McHugh)

Admin, August 24, 2017

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Hello I am Jack McHugh and I am 16 years old and going into my last year of secondary school. Over the summer I worked for Plan Bee, part time and had a fantastic experience. I was given the opportunity to work at several festivals all over the UK, selling, meeting the public and gaining some vital experience for what I hope can assist me to a successful career in the future. At the end of June, just a month after my exams finished I went to London with a fellow employee to the Hammersmith area where we stayed for several days working at the House and Garden show in the Olympia. This show was rather challenging for my first show in England solely due to the fact that, the public at this show were very different to those I had met at food shows in and around Glasgow. I really enjoyed this show and hope I can do others similar to this one in the near future with Plan Bee.

The following month myself and the owner and founder of the company spent a week working at the Hampton Court Flower Show in what would prove to be, once again, a great experience. Being with a man who has been selling Plan Bee produce for a long time, I was able to copy and adapt to his selling techniques. This particular week in Hampton Court was extremely warm which, as you can imagine, made it very hard for me but nevertheless we met some great people from all over the world and were able to not just sell our produce to some of them but inform them of our great small business and our environmental orientated ethos.

Following Hampton Court I worked in my final show of the summer and it was Carfest in Cheshire. This particular show may have been my favourite for many reasons but I must admit, the super cars and Kaiser Chiefs playing next door wasn’t too bad! Again, the people that went to this show were different to the ones at Hampton Court and also to those at the House and Garden Show. After the previous two shows I believe I now had the knowledge to understand how to adapt to this and try my best to sell our produce and tell the public of where we come from and why this company was started. At Carfest, we brought a display hive down and this turned out to be a real attraction to not only kids but people of all ages. Overall it was a great show and a fantastic way to end the summer for myself.

To conclude, Plan Bee allowed me to gain experience in sales, see new places, meet new people and make some friends and all in the space of 2 months. I hope to work with them as much as I can over the course of the year and if so look forward to the challenges which I will face.

Bee Positive sweeps 3 awards at Young Enterprise Forth Valley Finals

Admin, March 16, 2017

Work with Plan Bee ensures legacy.

Representing Stirling High School, a dedicated team comprising of 5th year students in a competition dominated by 6th year students swept 3 awards at the Young Enterprise Forth Valley Finals.

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The Bee Positive team commenced their campaign with the mission statement:

To have a positive impact on our school and community whilst leaving a legacy beyond our young enterprise experience.

To meet this manifesto, the team worked closely with Plan Bee as a supplier. Plan Bee also brought additional experience and representation of a local, scalable and circular economic business model.

Plan Bee was able to facilitate quick turnaround of honey and supporting engagement resources; working with the team as they progressed through the various stages and associated trade fares.

Through their salesmanship and award winning stand design the team were able to engage with the manager of the Thistles Centre Stirling, itself a Green Apple award winning Mall with eco-credentials. As such they ensured the legacy of their project with Plan Bee now providing Hives and community engagement projects in tandem with the Thistles and Stirling High School; a 6 green flag High School, in a multi-year project.

 

1st Place Most Innovative Business

1st Place Best Trade Stand

1st Place Best Business in the Community

 

“The Bee Positive teams awards on the evening very much represent the cornerstones of Plan Bee and as such the symbiotic relationship established.”

David Hall: Plan Bee Director of Buzz.

Plan Bee is a hive to shelf company.  Through our fully managed beehive rental and husbandry packages, we are beekeepers for schools, companies and communities throughout the UK partnering with some of the world’s leading brands, small businesses and private individuals.  Together we are working to communicate and address the plight of the dwindling honeybee.  Where others attempt to counteract problems, we are proactive; giving back to our environment and communities whilst spreading our message and influencing the marketplace through our diverse range of products.

Plan Bee Wins Bronze at Mazer Cup International Mead Competition

Admin, March 12, 2017

Old World Inspiration for the Modern Palate

Mead… the sacred drink of men and gods alike, brewed from honey believed to have descended from the Heavens as dew then gathered in by bees. Folklore tells us that Mead (honey wine) was thought to bestow health and strength, wit and poetry, virility and long life to those who partook of its fragrant essence.

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Beehive Brae Meadery brings the age-old art of making mead into the twenty-first century,  creating a new tradition.  With the finest British honey harvested from our UK hives at its core, our Mead is truly uncompromising and packed with provenance.

Our mission is to produce the boldest and most innovative meads in the world.  We use experimental batches, modern methodology and precise control of fermentation to create meads that are distinct and varied.  We believe in quality, flavour and craftsmanship.

Beehive Brae Brewery & Meadery was established in 2014 in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire.  Beehive Brae sits within the brand family of Plan Bee; a hive to shelf company.  Through our fully managed beehive rental and husbandry packages, we are beekeepers for schools, companies and communities throughout the UK partnering with some of the world’s leading brands, small businesses and private individuals.  Together we are working to communicate and address the plight of the dwindling honeybee.  Where others attempt to counteract problems, we are proactive; giving back to our environment and communities whilst spreading our message and influencing the marketplace through our diverse range of products.

Join the team – Beekeepers

Admin, January 17, 2017

BEEKEEPERS – 6 MONTHS CONTRACT – UK Various Locations

Plan Bee Ltd – sustainability champions dedicated to halting the decline in honeybee numbers. We are beekeepers for companies throughout the UK including well-known Brand names, small businesses and also private individuals.

With our share of the honey, we produce our Origin™ range of honeys and Honeygar and our Beehive Brae™ brand of honey beers and mead.  These are sold in prestigious department stores, supermarkets, farm shops and specialist online retailers in the UK and overseas.

To help us tend to all our hives, we are looking to take on some temporary beekeepers to cover the 6 months between April and September.  Beekeepers will be responsible for a designated area and work to a detailed schedule of hive visits.  The role is client-facing and will involve travel.

You need to have a minimum 2 years’ commercial beekeeping experience with sound knowledge of beehive management, colony health and disease control.  You will need to have a full driver’s licence and be eligible to work in the UK.

Salary £25k pro rata.

Please send your current CV together with a covering letter outlining your experience and why you are applying for the role to the HR Officer via julia@planbeeltd.com