To commemorate World Bee Day, Bentley announced the expansion of the Excellence Centre for Honey Production in Crewe. It involves a significant increase in the colony size of the renowned Bentley Bees from 600,000 to over 1 million, accomplished through the installation of seven new bee hives.
Aligned with Bentley’s Beyond100 strategy, which strives to establish the company as a frontrunner in sustainable luxury mobility, the historic Crewe campus is undergoing further enhancements to promote environmental friendliness. In line with this commitment, Bentley is actively encouraging its employees to contribute to local biodiversity by distributing wildflower seeds, urging them to plant these seeds in their respective communities. This initiative aims to foster a healthier and more vibrant ecosystem, complementing Bentley’s sustainability goals.
Our Bentley Bees have been at our site for almost five years, producing over 2,000 jars of honey for our extraordinary colleagues and customers. We hope that by installing seven new hives, in addition to ten hives already in place at our Excellence Centre for Honey Production, we can further enhance our positive impact on the local environment as part of a wider sustainability program. This is to ensure Bentley remains a significant contributor to local biodiversity and adds to our ambition to be the leader in sustainable luxury mobility. – Andrew Robertson, Head of Site and Facilities Planning
In partnership with ‘Buckley Bees’, Bentley has taken a significant step towards its #GOTOZERO sustainable strategy by installing a colony of 120,000 indigenous honey bees. This year, the company’s headquarters will host impressive growth, with the colony expected to reach over one million bees across 17 active bee hives. Bentley, based in Crewe, aims to surpass last year’s remarkable honey harvest record in 2023 when the bees produced over 1,000 jars of honey. These industrious bees not only contribute to the on-site flora’s pollination but also provide wider benefits to the beautiful Cheshire countryside.
The establishment of the Excellence Centre for Honey Production represents just one of the many initiatives implemented at the Crewe campus to enhance site sustainability. Bentley colleagues have passionately contributed to these efforts by handcrafting bird and bat boxes, creating hedgehog highways, and developing colleague allotments, among other activities. These initiatives not only support local wildlife and promote natural beauty in the surrounding areas but also have a positive impact on colleagues’ mental wellness by providing ample green spaces.
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