How we started
My stepdad Kevin started making honey back in 2002 after my Mum spotted an advert about beekeeping at their local garden centre. This sparked his interest due to a love of insects and the outdoors.
Kevin gradually became an expert on beekeeping and amassed several hives as well as lots of equipment. Selling some jars to a few local shops and individuals helped to pay for what was becoming an expensive hobby!
Over the years the honey became extremely popular and those who tried it always came back for more. I went from someone who thought honey was 'alright' to realising it was delicious when produced in the right way.
The Yorkshire Hive
I'd always dreamt of running my own business, in particular an online shop. Fast forward several years and I finally decided I needed to get on with it and start following these dreams I'd be talking about for so long!
I was very lucky to have the most amazing product available to me - delicious pure Yorkshire honey made within the family. It was a no brainer that this is what my online shop would be based around.
So in 2019 The Yorkshire Hive was born. Once I had set it up as a honey shop, I then added beeswax candles to the website - we make our own hand-rolled candles using high quality beeswax sourced in the UK and also stock hand-poured candles and melts made here in Yorkshire using local wax.
Over time I have begun to stock other products from local, independent businesses. From lip balms and bath melts to soaps and beeswax wraps. I hope to be able to continue to support more local makers and suppliers as time goes on. One of my aims is to be a ‘go to’ place where you can shop for all sorts of different gifts and products, all made locally and all made by small businesses.
If you are a Yorkshire-based business and think your products would be a good fit for the site please feel free to send us your product information. It's a bonus if your products are honey or bee themed!
Thank you for reading 'our story' - hopefully this is just the beginning!
Our honey process
When you buy our honey you're purchasing 100% raw honey which goes from the hive to the jar with as few steps as possible in- between. We use no hard chemicals or extreme heat.
First the honey is cool spun from the honeycomb into food grade containers.
It is then gently warmed and filtered into a settling tank for ripening, before being put into jars and sent to our customer to enjoy!