On Friday, beehive management company, Plan Bee, announced that it has appointed consumer goods veteran Mark McDavid as chairman. It also revealed that it is planning to return to equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to raise £200,000 for expansion.
According to Herald Scotland, a Wishaw-based company that focuses on “eco-innovation” and sustainability, shared plans to use the funds raised through the upcoming initiative to move and expand its operations. The company provides beehive management services for household brands including breakfast cereal company Kellogg’s and mineral water producer Highland Spring as well as for construction group Balfour Beatty and renewable energy company Low Carbon
Chief executive and majority shareholder of Plan Bee, Warren Bader, stated that the company has an annual turnover of about £200,000. He declared that Plan Bee had last year raised £105,000 on Crowdcube and £75,000 from Kelvin Capital and the Scottish Investment Bank.
“It is really prestigious for a company from Wishaw to be selling in these very highfalutin places. I love it.”
McDavid has more than 30 years of experience in the consumer goods industry. He has been managing director of food company Aunt Bessie’s, Hallmark, and salmon farming brand Marine Harvest USA. He is currently a chairman of food producer HECK! And non-executive director of NHS National Services Schotland.
“We are just delighted to have Mark McDavid. He brings huge amounts of experience, having worked at Hallmark, at Aunt Bessie’s. For a small company like ours to get somebody like him to be our chair is fantastic.”
“Plan Bee is a truly modern business that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. I defy anyone not to be impressed by the passion of Warren and his team, and their positivity for planet, people and profit is infectious.”
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