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A message from Jez about Coronavirus, our farm, workshops and experience days

What’s Happenned

I sat down with my team last week at the farm (socially distanced, of course) and we began to hatch a plan as to how we could make our workshops and experience days work with social distancing measures, in preparation for an announcement from the Government, at some point in the future, that would allow us to invite you here again.

Many of you have purchased – or been gifted by others – places on our 2020 beekeeping, rural craft and gardening workshops and experience days, and we are immensely grateful to you all for your patience and for ‘hanging on’! 

The pizza oven is never ‘closed’ at this time of the year!

Much of the practical elements like how we would arrange the refreshments; changes we’d need to make to our ‘build your own’ pizza lunch, and how we’d ensure everyone was able to keep a reassuring 2 metres from others, were all simply thought out. I’ll be honest with you

How to Supercharge Your CSR

Supercharge Your Corporate Sustainability!

Owner of Bees & Co., broadcaster and honeybee farmer Jez Rose, offers simple but highly effective ways to create – or maintain – a supercharged, effective corporate social responsibility culture that pays.

  1. Aim to engage with or support a global cause; something that connects your employees or business aims or values, rather than something that’s close to only one or two people. Consider how customers and stakeholders will react to your choice. Improving the environment – our shared living space – is a good example of a global cause.
  2. Consider brightening up empty patches of land for staff and visitors, whilst providing essential food for pollinators by using wildflower seeds as gifts, incentives and for promotions. Or create a project at your premises that shares the progress throughout the seasons.
  3. Don’t be shy about being a tiny bit selfish: it’s okay for you to benefit, too! You’re much more likely to obtain global buy-in when doing something that works for your business and its employees. True altruism is achieved by being a little more selfless, however, so consider how your CSR or sustainability activities might benefit everyone inclusively.
  4. To truly stand out and make your responsibility count, find ways to engage regularly with your cause: encourage walking meetings to generate discussion among your businesses advocates and champions whilst simultaneously boosting wellbeing through outdoor contact; host a monthly gardening club to grow herbs and create a wildlife area, or consider adopting a beehive, for example.
  5. Champions are critical to the success of corporate responsibility programs: recruit a team to lead the cause and maintain the momentum, acting as a communication channel within your organisation to share and inspire.
  6. Demonstrate the importance to your organisation of corporate responsibility by recognising or rewarding employee engagement. With Bees for Business you’ll enjoy jars of your own delicious, raw, British honey from your hive, which make ideal, meaningful gifts.
  7. Be proud of the active role you are playing. Many businesses use corporate responsibility as nothing more than a tick in a box: engage with your local, industry and national press to confidently champion your cause. We provide Bees for Business customers with a Press Pack, with most of the work already done for you.
  8. Simple things can make a big difference. Corporate social responsibility doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Simply hanging bird feeders (and keeping them topped up throughout the year!) to support local wildlife is better than doing nothing. Find something that is easily achievable for you; most things can be scaled up in time when resources allow.
  9. Aim to move forwards and truly make a difference with your program, rather than repeating the same things for the sake of it. With an adopted beehive you’re continuously improving the environment by supporting a living infrastructure and helping to prevent the decline of the native, British honeybee population, whilst benefiting from the myriad health benefits of raw honey.
  10. Keep employees up to date with progress, achievements and future plans for corporate responsibility: all too often interest and engagement fizzles out because people aren’t kept engaged.

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Banana Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe

We teamed up with one of our Business Beehive Adoption clients, The Ned hotel in London, to create some exciting cocktails with honey at their heart, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm. Head of Bars, Dan Berger, shook up a honey storm behind the bar with these delicious recipes you can try at home!

Ingredients:

30ml Star of Bombay

10ml Banane du Brésil liqueur

20ml Fresh lemon juice

20ml Honey water (3 parts honey, 1 part water)

50ml Champagne

Method:

Step 1:

Shake lightly with ice then strain into a coupe, top with the Champagne.

Step 2:

Garnish with a fresh orange zest.

Step 3:

Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy that Friday feeling…

HOW TO MAKE HONEY WATER

Use warm water so it’s easier to blend with the honey. Pour the specific amount of warm water into a cup or cocktail shaker if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Tom Cruise. Spoon into the warm water the specific amount of honey. Stir. That’s it!

 

We all love to celebrate the weekend or a special Birthday with a little tipple but please remember to drink responsibly.

Apricot Fix Cocktail Recipe

We teamed up with one of our Business Beehive Adoption clients, The Ned hotel in London, to create some exciting cocktails with honey at their heart, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm. Head of Bars, Dan Berger, shook up a honey storm behind the bar with these delicious recipes you can try at home!

Ingredients:

15ml Sage infused honey water
(3 parts honey, 1 part water, infused with fresh sage)

25ml Fresh lime juice

5ml Green Chartreuse

10ml Apricot liqueur

35ml Woodford Reserve

Method:

Step 1:

Build in a rocks glash and churn with crushed ice.

Step 2:

Garnish with dried apricot and 2 fresh sage leaves.

Step 3:

Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy that Friday feeling…

HOW TO MAKE HONEY WATER

Use warm water so it’s easier to blend with the honey. Pour the specific amount of warm water into a cup or cocktail shaker if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Tom Cruise. Spoon into the warm water the specific amount of honey. Stir. That’s it!

 

We all love to celebrate the weekend or a special Birthday with a little tipple but please remember to drink responsibly.

Hunny’s Lemonade Alcohol-Free Cocktail Recipe

We teamed up with one of our Business Beehive Adoption clients, The Ned hotel in London, to create some exciting cocktails with honey at their heart, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm. Head of Bars, Dan Berger, shook up a honey storm behind the bar with these delicious recipes you can try at home!

Ingredients:

40ml Honey water (3 parts honey, 1 part water)

20ml Fresh lemon juice

20ml Fresh lime juice

100ml Soda water

Method:

Step 1:

Build in a highball glass with ice.

Step 2:

Served in a highball glass with a ginger candy garnish.

Step 3:

Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy that Friday feeling…

 

We all love to celebrate the weekend or a special Birthday with a little tipple but please remember to drink responsibly.

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.

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