WHO ARE WE?
I am Mark
Founder of Bee1. A company that specialises in Corporate and Social Responsibility delivery. Focusing largely on environmental, biodiversity, education,community, health and well being including mindfulness. A qualified beekeeper who uses these endangered species and other pollinators to highlight our very real local environmental challenges. Co-Founder is Deb Robinson. Award winning businesswoman, colleague and great friend.
Former Director of NatWest Bank across Wales and Chairman/Founder of NatWest Cymru. Localising a national brand and embracing the wants, needs and identities of local customers and communities. Finalist of both Inspire Wales and Leading Wales awards. Didn’t envisage returning to the Financial services sector after 35 years service but some genuinely exciting new disruptor companies have changed that thinking. Delighted to be joining one of Wales best kept secrets in Niche IFA. Hugely exciting, customer focused, ethical company that also look after all of my finances, investments and protection needs. Praise indeed from an experienced, cynical old banker!
Husband to best friend Deb, proud Dad to Liam and Cameron. Adoring Grampa to Ruby. Count my blessings every day .
I am Debbie
Co-Owner of the Derwen Group, an industry leading innovative recycling company, recycled aggregate producer, with a newly introduced materials recovery and recycling facility. Co-Founder of Bee1, Registered Beekeeper, Ashtanga Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Practitioner (MBSR/MBCT), Time for Change (Mental Health pledge) Mentor, trained in First Aid for Adult Mental Health, Train the Trainer, Chartered Waste Manager, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management MCIWM, WAMITAB NVQ Level 4 Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (UK), Safety Health and Environment Awareness (SHEA) affiliated, NEBOSH Level 3 General Certificate, Occupational Safety & Health (Distinction), Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Management NVQ Level 4, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Certificate in Management, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Supervisory Management Certificate, Swansea Bay Young Business Dragons Sponsor and Judge.
WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?
These little creatures make such a huge positive impact to our planet, if we don’t protect them – who will? Our job is to educate everyone as much as we can, and live in hope that we may be able to bring the numbers right back to where they should be.
HOW ARE WE MAKING A DIFFERENCE?
Bees are absolutely essential to both a healthy environment and a thriving economy. We rely on them and other pollinators to pollinate most of our fruit and vegetables.
Our bees are under threat, and without them, our food and economy is at risk. So, have a look around our website and see why we’re so passionate about them and find out what you can do to get involved.
Almost all beekeeping in the UK is carried out by members of the public as a hobby, so the role of individual beekeepers in safeguarding honey bees for future generations is crucial.
A contribution of the funds raised by Bee1 are invested to support local charities, applied research projects at universities, and to develop education programmes for school children to ensure that they are all properly informed trained and best able to help keep honey bees alive and well.