The Little Honey Co (one of our amazing clients) are a small family business running around 400 beehives commercially around the Mid-Canterbury region, focusing predominantly on honey production and pollination services.

As well as producing and selling honey, the other side of their business is centered around education. They run beekeeping programs in schools, beekeeping experience days for children and adults and hobbyist beekeeping courses here in Ashburton.

One of our most exciting projects that they’re working on at the moment is the bees in schools’ programs. They’re offering schools between Christchurch and Timaru two different options. The first is the ‘Bee Educated’ Programme, which is an educational talk that is often delivered to the entire school. They take along a live glass display hive and a bunch of other resources and teach the kids about the importance of bees to our ecosystem and food production. The second programme is the ‘Into The Hive’ Programme, this is a year long programme for 10 year 7/8 students where they bring a few hives into the school and run the students through the basics of beekeeping throughout the season, the students get to produce honey comb from scratch, design a label, harvest and sell their product as a fundraiser for their school. It’s a really awesome programme teaching real life skills that they’re stoked to be delivering after many years of dreaming up ideas.

The team at little Honey co had offered up some very kind words about our experiences working with them – “Sidekick has been amazing every step of the way with helping us set up our business. Being totally new to running a business, the process was very daunting to us, but the team at Sidekick Ashburton have helped to ease the stress by guiding us through the process. From talking with us when our business was merely an idea, to helping us organize funding, registering our company and more recently helping us get set up on Xero – they have taken the stress out the accounting side of things so that we can focus on what we do best. By setting us up with programmes like Xero, Hubdoc and Paysauce we are saving so much time on accounting tasks! The team are super friendly and approachable, and our questions are always answered in a timely manner. Sidekick have enabled us to get off the ground and running – worry free!

If you want to find out more, you can visit their Website, Facebook and Instagram. If you are interested in a honey related Christmas gift, they’re currently selling kids busy bee boxes, which have proven to be very popular!