A fourth-generation beekeeper and the director and head beekeeper for The Hive Honey Shop in London, James was awarded a QEST Scholarship to study beekeeping and bee disease techniques around the world. James was part of an extensive bee-breeding scheme at Hadlow Agriculture College in Kent to re-establish the original British black bee that disappeared from the UK in the 1920s. He has also traveled to Nepal to study the Himalayan cliff honey hunters and document their techniques, and has collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture Bee Units in Turkey and Egypt
James’s shop, which was recently awarded London Magazine’s Shop of Shops award for best food shop, sells a large range of products from honey to beeswax candles and cosmetics. His newest product, HayfeGUARD®, was developed after many years collating information from those who suffer from hay fever and researching the pollen that is prolific in their areas. Launched in January 2012, this honey based product will relieve the symptoms of acute sufferers.