Thursday, 27 February 2014

We Are Recruiting

Role: Office and Production Manager 

Salary: Dependent on experience

Location: Bermondsey, London
Hours: 24 hours p/w

Position type: Part-time

Contract: Fixed term

Closing date: 14th of March
Contact email: 

Start date: 1st April – 14th April

This is an exciting time to join the company as we are growing fast and planning a move into a specially fitted new larger warehouse.

Office and Production Manager Key Responsibilities:
  • Innovate to improve company work practices and identify new opportunities keeping the company authentic, delicious, fresh and fun.

  • To drive honey sales through customer communications, responding to sales enquiries and disseminating product information.

  • To maintain office and warehouse records including honey stock, production, sales, course bookings etc.

  • Monitor business finance including bank transactions, outstanding sales invoices and purchase invoices. Contribute to financial forecasts and reports. Make authorised payments.

  • Prepare accounts to be reconciled by the accountant, assist the accountant in preparing the quarterly VAT returns and the closing of end of year accounts.

  • Manage office and warehouse supplies.

  • Manage company post and emails.

  • Prepare sales paperwork and arrange the delivery of orders.

  • Oversee warehouse production and staff in Steve Benbow’s absence: bottling of
    honey, cutting of comb, labeling and packing of honey orders.

  • Collaborate with clients and colleagues, including designers, on the development
    of new products both under the London Honey Company brand and white-label products (products sold under other brand names).

    Other responsibilities and opportunities
  • Update the company blog.

  • Attend and work events such as festivals, honey tastings and shows.

  • Assist with beekeeping.

  • Honey processing and packing.

  • Assist with beekeeping courses.

  • Assist in managing hive servicing contracts including site assessments, attending
    client meetings and maintaining client contact.

    Personal Specification

  • Energetic, practical and hard working.

  • Flexible and able to work late, come in early or work weekends occasionally.

  • Interested in food and the food industry.

  • Happy to do physical work when necessary.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work confidently with limited supervision.

  • Confident to use initiative, innovate and problem solve.

    Experience Required
  • Office administration.

  • Working in a food production or food retail environment or proven transferable

    Essential Skills

Works well with others.
  • Good communicator.

  • Works well under pressure.

  • Numerically and computer literate, ideally with Apple Mac computers.

  • Ability to balance priorities and co-ordinate work effectively with colleagues.

  • Can use Excel.

    Desirable skills:
Experience using accounting software, especially Sage One and Xero. 

Further Details

Reports to:
Steve Benbow, owner of the London Honey Company.

To apply:

Please send us a CV and a cover letter, explaining your interest in joining the London Honey Company and the contribution you believe you could make to the Company. Please email your application to Steve Benbow at

Applications are scheduled to close on 14th of March and interviews to take place on the week of 17th March.

If you have any questions about the role advertised please contact Emily Reed or Steve Benbow at the London Honey Company: 02073947072, 

Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Bee House

We are proud to be exhibiting a fantastic piece of artwork created by Sophia Jones, artist in residence for RIVA artists. Sophia spent three weeks working with year 5 children at Deptford Park Primary school to produce this fantastic piece.

The Bee House is a not only a celebration of bees and how humans depend on them but also shows an understanding of the plight they now face. Each child was given their own bee hive drawer which they decorated with a bee story, come and explore the bee house and see if you can spot Steve's story in there!

We will be exhibiting this piece in our warehouse on the 18th and 25th of January during our normal Saturday opening hours of 9 am to 2.30 pm so get yourself down to The London Honey Co HQ.

RIVA (Residencies in Visual Art) is a charity set up to place artists in schools and give children and their community the opportunity to work alongside professional artists. By doing so children are able to be involved in an intensive creative process and produce their own work individually and collectively.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Want to Be an Apprentice Beefarmer? Aged between 16-24?

We are delighted that the Beefarmers Association has developed an apprenticeship scheme. It is exactly the sort of programme I would have liked to do when I started as the modules are very varied and cover lots of aspects. It is still shocking that 85% of honey 
eaten in Britain is imported despite the growing public interest in honey and beekeeping. We are keen to bring on the next generation of beekeepers who are equipped to deal with the complex issues facing both pollinators and food producers but ultimately to produce top quality honey for people to enjoy. We love our job and think an apprentice will too. 

More information on what the three year training will cover is below, information on pay will be disclosed on request. The apprenticeship leads to a City and Guilds level 3 or higher. You must be between 16-24 to apply.

The apprenticeship scheme has been developed with the support of Defra and the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers.

So what will BFA apprentices study?

• introduction to beekeeping

• anatomy and dissection

• microscopy

• diseases

• integrated pest management

• pollen and nutrition

• botany and forage sources

• queen rearing and stock improvement

• seasonal management

• processing hive products

• bottling and presentation

• equipment cleansing and recovery

• carpentry including basic woodworking skills

• setting up a business

• finance

• business structures

• marketing

• the competitive environment

• the industry worldwide

• first aid

• health and safety

• food hygiene.

There will be 46 weeks practical work with the company both in the warehouse and with the bees. There may be opportunities to work on different bee farms throughout the country and visit different bee farming set-ups to gain a variety of experience. There may be some experience abroad as well. 

Give Sweet Treats and Candle Light

We're ready to give gifts. I know it still seems a bit early to talk Christmas but if you get the presents sorted early then you can sit by the fire and drink mulled wine and eat mince pies. We've already started on the stollen as the work tea break accompaniment of choice. 

If you'd prefer to put together your own gift box then we can take orders over the phone and can send out gift vouchers for our April beekeeping course, they go nicely as part of a box.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Leach & the London Honey Company

We have teamed up with Leach Pottery to produce these delightful beeswax candles, which have the Leach Pottery stamp on the base. Once finished, the pots can be used as egg cups - fantastic recycling and are a geat collectors item.

The pots are hand thrown by Roelof Uys and the team at the pottery in St Ives. A bit of history: founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach  Pottery is amongst the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world. He trained as a potter in Japan 1910-20, something which I feel can be sensed through their distinctive style of the pottery. Bernard Leach's pottery can be found in the collections of the Tate and the V&A, galleries which we have great affection for, such was his significance in 20th century art.

We are delighted to collaborate with the pottery which is still based in St Ives, Cornwall, as it has been over the last hundred years. 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

107% thank you x

Great excitement broke out at bee HQ today as the funding level for Steve and Alys' book tipped over from 99% to 100%! Alys swiftly turned up on her bike with a bottle of champagne and a little celebration ensued. We've ended the day on 107% funding which is amazing. 

You can still support the book and get in on the action at

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Steve's South Korean debut

Look what we've received in the post! The South Korean translation of Steve's first book: The Urban Beekeeper - A Year of Bees in the City. Just thought we'd share it with you. We'd love to hear from any South Korean customers, what do you think of the translation?