MIV Catch Up - Haughton Honey

Founder of Haughton Honey, Crispin Reeves, joined us on Twitter for #MIVReveals on Wednesday 11th May 2016.  Haughton Honey are members of the Bee Farmers Association and began trading in July 2014.  They principally sell raw English honey produced by themselves and other large commercial honey producers, distributing directly to farm shops, delis and food wholesalers, as well as selling online via their website.  The business also supplies other food and drink manufacturers with honey as an ingredient for their own products.

@HaughtonHoney thanks for joining us Crispin Reeves, could you firstly just explain to us what it is you do? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures We're bee farmers and packers of English honey based in south Cheshire and work with others to supply the Haughton Honey brand #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney Can you tell us about your background and what inspired you to create Haughton Honey? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures I have a tech background before becoming a bee farmer. I realised there was a gap in the market for a bright, new English brand #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney What makes your honey unique compared to competitive products currently available? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures Our honey is raw and straight from the hive, meaning unpasteurised and unprocessed. Very different from most main brand honey #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney What have been the biggest challenges of setting up your #company? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures Getting the branding right and winning those first retail customers, along with raising our brand awareness #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney What type of financial and #mentoring support have you received? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures We were self-funded and are now #crowdfunding on @CrowdCube raising investment for growth. We're self-taught! #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney What would you say is your proudest #business moment so far? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures Securing the premium supermarket Booths as a customer and becoming a supplier to The Protein Works, owned by Alliance Boots #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney How do you advertise your business? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures We attend lots of regional food and drink festivals, trade events and we use social media (particularly Twitter) a great deal #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney What does success look like to you? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures A jar of Haughton Honey in kitchen cupboards up and down the country (in front of the jam!) #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney What does the future hold? Any exciting plans we should keep an eye out for? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures Yes. We're developing other branded honey-related food products that complement our core offering, which is obviously honey #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney Finally what advice would you give to other #entrepreneurs looking to set up their #ownbusiness? #MIVReveals

@Myincventures - Love your job, learn from those who know more and keep the faith when times are tough! #MIVReveals

@HaughtonHoney Great advice! Thanks for joining us today Cris, it's been really interesting to share your story. #MIVReveals

 

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