GreatnessWe believe that everybody has the potential to be great.
OpportunityWe support our young people and staff in their personal and career development.
LearningWe are a learning organization and we realize that mistakes are helpful to improve as individuals and as an organization.
DisciplineWe know that self-discipline is essential to learn our trade and work well as an organization
EmploymentWe think that much self-worth is to be found through gainful employment and the young people working with us are paid for their work.
NatureWe promote the use of local goods, champion responsible beekeeping and respect the natural environment.
The Golden Co is a social enterprise – our profits are re-invested for the benefit of the community. We work with a small number of young people from the local area. We actively promote and signpost young people to further employment and training opportunities both within the company and further afield.
Our office is part workshop, part kitchen, part stock cupboard, part library. The sign above the door says craft room – which is the closest to what we are doing: creating an enterprise and learning our craft.
We offer a space for young people to work with each other and members of the local community ranging from schoolchildren to corporate groups and everyone in between. We believe that there’s a lot to share and learn by bringing diverse groups together around a common goal – using nature as our inspiration we have chosen to start with bees.
“They don’t judge your past, they look for the potential within you” Bee Guardian, 20
We come together to look after our hives at St. Mary’s Secret Garden and for our clients in the City. As we work with the bees we learn about each other and ourselves; sometimes we get stung, sometimes we sit in the sunshine eating honey. Our approach to working with young people, nature and our local community has been influenced by our diverse range of backgrounds and professional experience. Some of the thinking behind The Golden Co was influenced by studies in Deep and Human Ecology and a systems based approach to working with bees. We recognize the interconnectedness of both human and natural communities, and our bees provide us with opportunities to interact with people who inhabit the same physical landscape but, at times, entirely different social and economic worlds.
Who We Are