On arrival at the building I was greeted by both bright livery for the company and the cheery faces of student volunteers who happily brought coffee for the visitors. Next I was met by Jenni, Plan Bee's office manager, who explained the theme and plan for the evening. She also offered me a taste of the best honey I have tried to date. This was part of their stock and an example of what you could get if you were to get involved with the company. My favourite was the Creamed Honey with Malt Whisky, well worth a try if you ever come across it.
After a brief introduction to Warren Bader (Mr Bee) the gathered crowd were taken into a presentation room for the main event. Mr Stewart Patrick, the CEO, of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce was first up with the aim of describing exactly what Crowdfunding is and why it is a good idea. It was interesting to find out that the TATA company were started up in this exact same way back in 1868 in India by Jamsetji Tata. Crowdfunding is a method of gathering a small amount of money from a large amount of people in order to fund a business idea. This gives each investor a small amount of shares, and therefore a steak, in that company.
Warren then took the stand and wowed the audience with a fantastically produced video and presentation which outlined the ethos of the company and the direction in which they are heading.
This event has left me in no doubt at all that crowdfunding is a fantastic model for small businesses to get on their feet - or indeed to progress further - and for anyone to get involved with business. Plan Bee have a great business plan and the theory of increasing biodiversity while producing your own honey, while it is not a new idea, it is a forward-thinking and worthwhile one. This falls directly with our own thinking and we hope that, should our application for Stalled Spaces be successful, we will be getting our hive on with our site.
The conclusion of the evening was more honey tasting and a further chat with Jenni and Phillipe regarding a possible colaberation between SGP and Plan Bee in the future for an article. It seemed that a great night was had by all and I look forward to dealing with the guys in the future.