BJ Sherriff, the market leader in protective beekeeping clothing, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this July.
Dissatisfied with the protection available in the 1960s, beekeepers Brian and Pat Sherriff utilised their knowledge of clothing manufacture from their lingerie factory to create the first lightweight, self-supporting hood with Clear View veiling. The innovative hood not only protected from bee stings but offered exceptional visibility.
Fast-forward 45 years and the family company continues to revolutionise the world of beekeeping from its base near Falmouth in Cornwall where Brian, with a life time of experience, still pattern designs and cuts the clothing.
Working alongside him is his daughter Angela Sherriff who runs a small team of staff as well as a network of eight local machinists.
She said: “It is amazing that something that started out as a hobby in 1968 has become a thriving commercial enterprise, and is a key part of beekeeping around the world.
“A lot of research goes into our products, from finding out the best bee friendly colours to sourcing the best fabrics, and this is why we are respected by many organisations within the beekeeping industry including the British Beekeeper’s Association.”
BJ Sherriff’s variety of clothing and accessories is sold throughout the world to amateurs, professionals, adults and children, and even an extra, extra, extra large size was sent to the Honey Monster as part of a campaign for National Honey Week.