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Jez's Notebook | March, 2020 Archive

Position Statement on the keeping of honeybees

Bees & Co. was founded by honeybee farmer, Jez Rose. A student of the Cornell University Master Beekeeper program, our beekeeping practice is ethical, sustainable and science-led. There are many inaccurate reports regarding managed honeybees and its ethics; this position statement aims to set out our position on our approach to managing honeybee colonies and some of the most common misinformation surrounding managed honeybees.

Nature Works – the neuroscience behind nature

Nature works on our brain at a neurological level, improving not only our happiness and calmness but our ability to concentrate and be productive.

As part of a new series of videos on my YouTube channel and on social media (@ThatJezRose) celebrating #WorkplaceWednesday; how nature can help businesses thrive and employees feel great, and just what impact does nature have on our health, wellbeing and behaviour?

There are many things that stimulate our brains to produce “feel good” chemicals that in turn help us to feel happier, calmer and reduce stress – in turn allowing us to be more productive, focused and energised. Some of those are obviously chemical but there’s a whole host our body naturally produces and which can be stimulated by specific factors.

I believe one of the most remarkable things about nature, available to every employer – and employee! – to harness is the entirely free ability to improve and change human behaviour. Reconnecting harmoniously with the natural world, both in and out of work results in healthier, happier, productive, efficient and ultimately more profitable

Why CSR and Why Now? Sustainability As a Source of Connection in Crisis

Why CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)?

In short – why not? Aside from any ethical or moral arguments, starting a journey to becoming g a “responsible business”; taking into consideration ways your organisation can help others, or at least champion or support good causes, is actually a smart and considered commercial decision, too. According to Business Case for Purpose, companies with a clearly defined sense of purpose are up to 50% more likely to successfully expand into a new market. 

Actively creating a sustainability project, or considering how your business might be seen to be more responsible, engages existing employees; is more attractive to graduates and individuals with a greater sense of work ethic, and is welcomed by key stakeholders as a sign of future protection. It’s also a PR and marketing department’s dream!

Why Now?

In any time of uncertainty; period of change, or moment of reflection, humans need something to believe in: something to positively capture our attention and inspire us. Off the back of Brexit, our attention is now dominated by Corona virus. While both

Our Famous Honey Flapjacks

These delicious flapjacks with honey at their heart won’t stay around for long!

The secret is finally out! Our friend and chef, Kathy, has been baking these ultra-delicious, soft, chewy, tasty flapjacks for us for some time now and we’ve been sending them out as gifts to rapturous response!

Finally we’ve conceded to share the secret recipe

Corona Crisis Sees Surge in Responsible Businesses Adopting Beehives

The Coronavirus has put a stop to a lot of things, but it’s also shined a spotlight on the importance of finding innovative ways to maintain engagement with staff and stakeholders, whilst simultaneously embracing novel methods of cutting through a lot of noise to ensure your brand and its values continue to be seen.

Adopting a bee hive provides a corporate social responsibility (CSR) solution with maximum environmental impact.

Here on my farm, we’ve been providing businesses the opportunity to adopt working honeybee hives for three years now. In that time we’ve worked with clients from a wide range of sectors: hospitality; creative; retail, and automotive, including The Ned hotel in London; Tom Sellers’ Michelin-starred Restaurant Story and Sophie Allport. We’ve attracted some of the most iconic brands in Britain, but one thing that connects them all is the realisation just how important it is to be able to demonstrate in what ways they are a responsible business. Simply talking about “doing your bit” is no longer enough – you need to be seen to be acting, and with a clearly positive outcome.

According to Business Case for Purpose, companies with a clearly defined sense of purpose are up to 50% more likely to successfully expand into a new market.

Fortunately, my work as a conference host and consulting on behaviour insight has brought me up close to business challenges. It was this that helped show me exactly what my clients needed, and we were fortunate

Top Tips for Maximising Digital Conferencing

If you’ve cancelled your company conference, or postponed a live training or development event due to the Coronavirus concerns, you’ll know all too well that you’re also faced with a broader challenge: how to maintain employee and stakeholder engagement; inspiration and networking, and distribute key messages or education.

While there are many communication opportunities that exist, from internal social media like Yamma, and distributed newsletters, one of the popular topics right now is digital conferencing as more organisations ask the question: “can we continue with our conference plans but online?”.

The reality is that, despite the

Nature works – but does your work nurture nature?

A new video and article series by Jez Rose explores how nature works to improve workplaces.

Surprisingly little has been written about the impact of nature on workplace wellbeing, behaviour and business performance culture, and as a result very little is known about it in almost all of the industries I work in as a speaker and workshop facilitator.

A few years ago I began an independent research study entitled The Good Life Project, along with colleagues from psychology and neuroscience, to evidence the impact of nature on human health, wellbeing and behaviour. The results were so dramatic that they were often simply unbelievable. We checked and we double checked to make sure data was being interpreted correctly and we analysed with the severest skepticism existing studies.

Despite the data available, almost all organisations I work with are either unaware of the positive benefits, or simply don’t understand it. I’m about to change all of that with

Unique Teambuilding Experiences at Jez’s Farm


For over 15 years Jez’s work in the corporate sector has been bringing company individuals together, and now here at Jez’s farm, we’ve launched an exciting range of corporate team building experiences.

Escape the office to the beautiful surroundings of rural Lincolnshire and the world’s first carbon neutral honey farm for engaging and inspirational half or full days of collaboration, problem solving and wellbeing.