Sweet Smell of Success as Kettering Company’s Beehives Produce First honey

Sweet Smell of Success as Kettering Company’s Beehives Produce First honey

A Kettering company is buzzing after its beehives produced their first honey which will now be sold to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Two beehives were installed in the grounds of Telford Mann Pensions & Investments’ head office in Ironstone Place last year as part of its aim to create a sustainable environment around the building.

Charlie Hancock and Kieron Brace, both chartered financial planners at Telford Mann, became the company’s official beekeepers and joined the Northamptonshire Beekeepers’ Association to learn the art of apiculture.

Jilly Mann, joint Managing Director of Telford Mann, said: “When we moved into our purpose-built office last year, creating a fantastic environment both inside and out was a key priority.

“Charlie and Kieron have taken huge pride in this project over the last year and, despite some worry over hive rebellion amongst the bees, the queens and the scouts have done their job and the inaugural crop is looking plentiful.”

The honey – named Bee Well – will now be sold in jars from the company’s premises and that of its sister business, the nearby Ironstone Wellbeing Centre.

As part of its drive to be environmentally friendly, solar panels have been installed to help power the office and electric vehicle charging points are available to encourage the move towards clean energy transport.

Other projects include the planting of a wildflower meadow which will both improve the look of the area surrounding the building and attract more pollinators.

Staff at Telford Mann have formed a Garden Gang and each member has sown their own patch of ground, with competition running high to see who will grow the best blooms.

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