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Motherwell based beehive management and sustainability business, Plan Bee Ltd, have recently been recognised by a number of organisations for eco-innovation, environmental impact and quality of their produce.
Following on from a finalist placing at the BBC Food and Farming Awards they were also the recipients of a Producers Bursary Award from the British broadcaster. The Good Food Show judges described the company as ‘an outstanding producer of Scottish food and drink’ for their natural, pure honey from sustainable sources. As a result, Plan Bee were invited to exhibit at Glasgow’s BBC Good Food Show at the SECC in October, courtesy of the corporation.
Plan Bee Ltd will return to Glasgow’s SECC for Scotland’s only dedicated fine foods fair, taking place from the 18th - 20th January in 2015, the Year of Scotland’s Food & Drink . The Speciality Food Show will showcase artisan food and drinks from a wide variety of local producers, attracting food retailers and buyers looking for the best examples of produce derived from the Scottish larder. Plan Bee will be displaying their natural Scottish honeys, handmade pure beeswax candles and their newly brewed blonde Honey Beer and traditional Mead.
But it’s not just about what Plan Bee get out of the hives, it’s the collaborative work with like-minded individuals, communities and companies to ensure the positive impact that honeybees have on the local ecology which drives the business. Company founder, Warren Bader, describes their approach as ‘profit with purpose’ and extends fair and ethical values in the partnerships they forge and how the company is run. The combination of sustainability through eco-innovation, product quality and the ‘return on involvement’ they promote and adhere to, propelled Plan Bee Ltd to the recent finals of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The awards, which took place on the 9th of November in London, have become the recognised standard of excellence amongst entrepreneurs and Plan Bee were finalists in both the Eco Entrepreneur of the Year and Rural Entrepreneur of the Year categories, going onto receive the Special Merit for Natwest’s Eco Entrepreneur of The Year. Plan Bee founder, Warren Bader, said of the awards “These awards highlight that the UK is currently the finest place for entrepreneurs in Europe – both in terms of the creativity and ingenuity we have here and the support and encouragement they receive from a number of national organisations to realise their businesses. We are delighted to be awarded with the distinction of Natwest’s Special Merit for Eco Entrepreneur, highlighting that good food choices and good environmental actions make sense for all of us”
About Plan Bee
Plan Bee Ltd is a sustainability business with the simple philosophy - Planet, People, Profit. In that order the company works with clients to make a proactive impact on the environment, unlike many other initiatives which simply offset the carbon impact of business or industry, Plan Bee’s
customers are investing in the planet. It’s people, whether clients, employees or community stakeholders come next, and then like any business it is about making a profit. Plan Bee is driving innovation in corporate social responsibility and sustainability practice across industry, the economy and communities.
It has widely been professed that without bees that man would have only 4 years left on the planet. Without bees there would be no pollination, without pollination there would be no plants and without plants there would be no animals and no more food. Honey bees pollinate around a third of the foods that we eat. University of Reading research found that in the last 20 years around a half of the honey bee population has died through mites, climate, pesticides and disorders. This is com-pared with a 20 per cent drop in Europe. This decline has now been called a global phenomenon by the United Nations.
About CEO, Warren Bader
Plan Bee Ltd CEO Warren Bader left sunny South Africa to continue his work in advertising and music video production, where he worked with a wide variety of stars ranging from Tina Turner to Boyzone. In order to alleviate the stress of the glamorous lifestyle he found himself an allotment and began growing heritage fruit trees and other fruits and vegetables that couldn’t be bought in the shops. It wasn’t long before he began dabbling with beehives and from then on he was hooked. That passion for bees, honey and sustainability has been the foundation on which Plan Bee Ltd has grown.