Jonathan Stead is the founder (and maker/designer/photographer/marketer!) of Sheffield-based Our Tiny Bees. His mission is to create natural, beautiful bee products and to educate both adults and children about bees.
He has his own small hive and works with many small-scale British beekeepers who operate in a sustainable way. This means that the keepers are dedicated to preserving and increasing bee numbers, which has a positive effect on UK pollination.
The company’s products are hand-made from 100% British beeswax and honey, blended with nut oils and butters, fruit powders, seed and essential oils. They are sustainable, naturally effective and support British beekeepers.
All the products, which include balms, salves, bath melts, body scrubs, face masks and candles, are 100% natural, with no added chemicals or synthetic ingredients.
Jonathan is determined to grow the business in an organic, realistic way. His expertise has been featured on BBC’s CBeebies channel, but he turned down an opportunity to appear on Dragon’s Den, as he has no wish to build a vast empire.
He is happy to work with small organisations such as Fair Trader, who believe in his products and share his values.