Newbattle Beekeepers Association were pleased to host a two day course, The Move From Hobbyist to Bee Farmer, over the weekend led by Tony Harris, NDB and Ann Chilcott, both Scottish Expert Beemasters. The course was for beekeepers wishing to launch or re-launch their business or looking to make the move towards professional bee farming. It covered the practical issues affecting bee farming on a larger scale, as well as information on setting up a business, keeping accurate accounts, running a business and writing a business plan. Marketing and branding of products was also covered.
Course participants discussing business planning
The weekend was subsidised by the Scottish Rural Development Programme, Farm Advisory Service and free to the delegates attending.
Thanks go to Rosemary Mackay , Martin Vevers and Annette Evans for the excellent catering on offer over the two days.