Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games provides a unique opportunity to shape the future across schools, business and the wider community Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said as he launched the latest 2014 Legacy project.
The Scottish Secretary visited Lourdes Secondary School in Glasgow to launch a scheme by eco-innovation company Plan Bee. The company works with organisations to install and manage bee keeping facilities across various sites.
Their business model fits within the Glasgow Legacy 2014 Sustainability Hub which aims to use the unique profile of the games to provide lasting change across the whole of Scotland.
Plan Bee has been able to benefit from the UK Government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme which offers tax relief and encourages investors into start up businesses, to raise £130,000 in order to continue and expand its work.
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said:
I’m pleased to have been part of the Plan Bee project launch. It is exactly the sort of innovative thinking that we have seen and now come to expect from the Commonwealth Games. There are only positives that can come from schools educating their pupils about the importance of biodiversity.
It is great to see this company make use of the UK Government’s Seed Enterprise Scheme. Plan Bee have taken the initiative and have been able raise £130,000 to expand its work.
While people across Scotland have cheered on Team GB at the Winter Olympics we can look to Glasgow 2014 to provide further inspiration for the country this time on our doorstep. As part of this great spectacle, the Legacy Programme provides a unique opportunity to make links between businesses, schools and the wider community to help shape our future for the better.
Warren Bader Plan Bee CEO said:
Plan Bee Ltd is a new generation of investment vehicle with investors wanting to make profit but at the same type help cure some of the world’s ills.
The mentality of investors, particularly millennials, has shifted away from pounds and pence to pounds and sense.
Plan Bee’s legacy project will see participating schools presented with a bee hive which they are then asked to design in line with one of four themes:
- Anniversary of World War 1
- Bannockburn 700
- A Scottish book or author
- A Commonwealth country
The designs will then be placed online and the public can vote for their favourite. Following this, the winning school will have bees introduced to hives in summer 2014, and Plan Bee will assist in looking after them.