Who are we?
We are Suzie and Iain Millar. We started The Scottish Bee Company in 2017 because we were hugely saddened at the decline in bee numbers. Our aim was to increase hive numbers in Scotland by giving hives to artisan bee farmers and selling delicious honey on their behalf.
What we've done so far
We have increased the bee population in Scotland by 23 million and work with 3 artisan bee farmers. We also started Scotland's first bee farming apprenticeship and a charity: Repollinate which aims to 'repollinate' the environment by building wildflower spaces and people's lives through education programmes including apprenticeships. 10% of this crowdfund will go directly to www.repollinate.org.uk.
Our products are in such demand that within 18 months we have increased our sales tenfold. We are in wonderful places such as House of Bruar, Visit Scotland, Torabhaig Distillery amongst others. We also sell through our ecommerce platform. We support the charity through the sale of our honey and other bee related products.
Its not all about bees!
Honeybees get a lot of attention but all types of pollinators are under threat including ladybirds and butterflies. Our vision is to continue to grow the business and charity through the addition of more hives, building wildflower spaces and getting premises. With every jar comes a packet of wildflower seeds to scatter to provide more food for bees and butterflies.
We really want to convey that our aim is to save bees and all types of pollinators. If we succeed our world will look more beautiful - just think of all the colour we will see with glorious wildflower spaces across the country. Imagine how healthy we could be with properly pollinated food.
What we will do with your donations
- Purchase more hives so our lovely honeybees can flourish.
- Build more wildflower spaces so all types of pollinators can thrive.
- Take on premises so our business can grow.