So you want to keep Bees? Beekeeping in Britain is largely a hobby. There are commercial beekeepers, but the vast majority of them use beekeeping as part of their income and the number who rely entirely on bees is very small.
We would recommend that in the first instance you contact your Local Association as they can provide you with the local level of support required to get started.
By taking part in an Introduction to Beekeeping course you will benefit from a basic understanding of what becoming a Beekeeper will entail. Most Associations support the course with a visit to a local Apiary where you can handle bees before you make the investment in equipment and your honey bees.