Honeybees are key players in pollination. However, they face real threats such as pesticide use, the Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) weakening their defences, Deformed Wing Virus, Nosema, as well as imminent threats of Small Hive Beetle and the Asian Hornet.

As a Business Partner or Corporate Member there are many ways in which you can become involved in bees and beekeeping, helping us to reshape the landscape and ensure that Britain's bees keep buzzing. For more information please fill in our online form and we will get right back to you or contact the BBKA office by email, here.

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors:

-ALK

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-Hatch Mansfield

Jean-Luc Colombo is a family wine business based in the Northern Rhône in France. Their green philosophy embraces the role that honey bee plays in the biodiversity of their vineyard and are proud to support BBKA in the UK.

Jean-Luc Colombo is a relatively young company by French wine standards. With family origins in Marseille, Jean-Luc moved in 1982, with his wife Anne, to Cornas in the heart of the Rhône Valley. Here they set up an oenology lab and Jean-Luc worked as a winemaking consultant in the region. Four years later, they bought their first vineyard and celebrated their first vintage in 1987. Today, as well as owning vineyards in Cornas, Saint-Péray and the surrounding area, they are pioneering vineyard development in the stunning ‘Blue Coast’ area. The winemaking philosophy is all about respecting the fruit, creating a style which exalts elegance and complexity, with good fruit and freshness, and balanced minerality, alcohol and tannins.

At their hilltop Cornas homestead, Jean-Luc and Anne have created a little paradise with abundant cherry and fig trees, and beautiful flower gardens that offer a stunning view of the Rhône Valley. Living in this idyllic setting in the middle of their vineyards, the family preserve their environment by acting in harmony with nature’s abundance. In addition to their little farm, complete with horses used for the work in vineyards, the Colombo family has 4 beehives producing their own honey. Their first vineyard ‘Les Ruchets’ (The Beehives) was named in honour of the bee colonies found on the property. Their Côtes du Rhône range Les Abeilles (The Bees) is named for these mysterious creatures that inhabit the vineyards where this wine is produced.

Honeybees pollinate more than 90% of flowering crops and so play a vital role in our food supply. In many places around the world, however, bee colonies are in severe jeopardy due to the ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’. To help fight this bee crisis, the Colombos have created the Jean-Luc Colombo ‘Bee Helpful’ program in the US, the UK and in France, with donations going to several organizations dedicated to research and development of methods to bring back the honeybee colonies.

For more information please contact Hatch Mansfield, an exclusive UK agent for Jean-Luc Colombo wines, at [email protected] 
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-2BScientific

With its headquarters in Oxfordshire, UK, 2BScientific is reinventing the supply of immunological reagents and kits to the European research market. At the heart of everything we do lies our mission statement:

2BScientific Ltd’s mission is to become the leading supplier of innovative life science reagents and services to the European research market.

Set up in 2009, the Company recognised how crucial it was for researchers to access the very latest reagents at affordable prices. The company offers the best quality products that make a world of difference to research;

  • Novel range of quality reagents and kits
  • A unique personal service and support designed with the researcher in mind
  • Value for money, always competitive
  • Easy access to friendly and experienced technical support
  • Easy to use website, on line ordering and technical resources
  • Quick and guaranteed delivery

For every order received £1 is donated to the British Beekeepers Association which helps fund their research and helps understand and reverse the decline in both honey and bumble bee numbers. 2BScientific also donates to the Bees for Development Charity!

2BScienitific has also taken the decision to be free of single use plastics and consequently, we have now changed all of our packaging to include recyclable cool bags, recyclable jiffy bags, paper packing fillers, biodegradable self-sealed product bags, biodegradable bubble wrap, biodegradable foam chips (recycled from suppliers). 

2BScientific is very conscious of its responsibility towards the environment and will be continuing to work on utilising alternative materials from plastic from now onwards.

www.2bscientific.com


With another special thanks to these kind organisations who pledge a certain amount to the BBKA each financial year;


We must thank our Grant Giving Trust & Foundation donors for their support. Last year The British Beekeepers' Association hosted the first UK International Meeting of Young Beekeepers at Marlborough College, Wiltshire. The event played host to 27 countries from around the world and contributed to our Vision to inspire a new generation of beekeepers. 

Our supporters included;

Eva Crane Trust

Vandervell Foundation

Wax Chandlers